Impressive Aidan Desmond sets up final tilt against Michael Barry

Aidan Desmond was an impressive winner over Seán Twomey in the Munster Junior C semi-final at Templemichael on Sunday.

He now faces Michael Barry in the Munster final at Whitechurch on Saturday. It is preceded by the Munster Novice I final between Daniel Murphy and Garret Bourke.

Twomey opened with a great bowl to take the first tip by 50m. Desmond reached the farm with his second, Twomey’s reply went right and beat that tip by just 20m. Desmond won the next exchange, with neither player making sight.

Desmond had 40m odds after two more past the wall. He increased his lead with his next. Twomey then played a huge bowl across the straight. Desmond hit back with an even bigger one, which beat Sarsfield’s Court cross and took his lead to almost a bowl. He raised the bowl with his shot towards the green. Twomey cut the odds with his next, but Desmond immediately pushed clear again.

Two good bowls past the bend took his lead well over a bowl. He increased the intensity past the novice line where he extended his lead to two bowls.

In the Munster Novice I Garret Bourke beat Ger O’Driscoll at Macroom. He won the first two tips, but O’Driscoll shaded the third to Bantry’s cross. Bourke regained the lead with his next up the hill. He then moved up several gears and was two bowls clear before the line. He was almost a bowl in front at the top of the waterfall. He raised the bowl with his next and then made sight at the gap. He scorched over the straight with four brilliant bowls to push his lead over two bowls.

Daniel Murphy ended Connie Connolly’s run at Ballinacurra. Connolly led at Foley’s and had a chance to extend his lead with his next. He was still in front at Perrott’s. Murphy then produced a series of great bowls past Innishannon cross. He raised a bowl and held it comfortably to the end.

Seán Nyhan beat Darren Whooley by a bowl in the Novice II semi-final at Ardcahan. He now plays Peter Kelly in the final at Bauravilla. Whooley beat Nyhan’s opening tip by 100m and was 50m fore after three. Nyhan got in front with a big fourth up the rise. He increased his lead after two more towards the grotto. He made a mistake with his next, but still had 40m odds at Crowley’s shop.

Whooley misplayed his next into the bend. Nyhan hit back with a big shot to Ardcahan cross, which Whooley missed to concede a bowl of odds. Whooley knocked the bowl after two more to the top of the hill and had the lead back to 20m after his next. He lost all his gains when his following bowl hit a pothole, this left him almost a bowl down. Nyhan raised the bowl with his next and held it past the line.

Nyhan beat David Crowley in an exceptional quarter-final at Béal na Marbh. They both made light in two and were at the top of the hill in another three. They were still locked to the start of the straight. Crowley lost ground when he played his next to the left and Nyhan drove on to go almost a bowl clear at the end of the straight.

Nyhan missed light at the end of the short straight and Crowley was back in contention after two more. It stayed in the balance to the last throw, with Nyhan just 15m fore for the vital throw. Crowley beat the line with a good bowl, but Nyhan beat it comfortably.

Fergal McCreesh is through to the Ulster Novice II final after beating Martin McCaughey in last shot at Tullysarran. He broke the deadlock with a good second last to lead by 15m facing the line. McCaughey missed the line with his last. McCreesh threw a gem to beat the line.

Donal Riordan beat Nicholas Carey in the last shot in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup at Ballincurrig. After a close start Carey lost ground with a poor shot past the creamery.

He recovered with a brilliant sixth past the no-play line. Riordan took control again, but a short bowl at Leahy’s saw him trail at the big corner.

A sensational bowl up the short straight put Riordan back in front. It remained in the balance till Riordan got a great rub with his last to beat the line and snatch it.

John Young beat Denis O’Driscoll in the last shot of the Marsh Road final.

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