Brian Coughlan rises to the challenge at Seán Ó Muirthile Cup final

Brian Coughlan won the historic Seán Ó Muirthile Cup final at Drinagh on Sunday, which commemorated the only Cork volunteer to fall in the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.
Brian Coughlan rises to the challenge at Seán Ó Muirthile Cup final

He took control of this contest with Terry Arundel from the off.

He had sight at the church in four against five for Arundel, which put him a bowl of odds clear.

He reached Kennedy’s in two more to extend his lead to two bowls.

He held that lead to the black stick and onto the pond.

Arundel knocked the second bowl with his shot to the waterfall, but it was too late to impact the outcome.

Former world champion Eddie Carr became the first big casualty of the 2016 senior championship when he lost his Ulster senior championship tie in the last shot to Cathal Toal at Tullysaran.

Toal opened a good lead with great second and third shots which helped him raise a bowl with his fourth to McSorley’s.

He didn’t build on this though and Carr levelled with a great bowl to Mary Ann’s pub. Carr missed light at the Orange Hall bend to hand the initiative back to Toal.

It looked over facing the last bend where Toal had a simple shot to light, but he played his bowl onto the bank and missed the bend and Carr’s tip.

Carr won the next exchange too to hold a 25m lead facing the line.

Toal closed with a tremendous bowl up the rising road and past the line. Carr delivered his sweetly too, but it hadn’t the pace to reach Toal’s tip.

Martin Coppinger beat Aidan Murphy in the last shot of the feature score in the International Fund series at Castletownkenneigh.

Murphy won the opening shot and Coppinger shaded the next two to the bridge.

Coppinger then got three brilliant bowls to the Round Tower pub to raise a bowl. Murphy missed a chance to level to Pyne’s corner. Coppinger didn’t get a great bowl from the corner, but Murphy missed the tip.

Murphy rallied with a great bowl towards Forshin’s cross and might have levelled but he missed the cross with his next. It was well under a bowl after they lofted there.

Coppinger then played a very short bowl which left him just 30m fore for the last shot. Murphy went for a big one, but he didn’t deliver it cleanly and his chance was gone.

Donal Riordan was a very impressive winner over Gavin Twohig in the same series. He had a 50m lead at the Round Tower pub.

He then played two massive bowls to Pyne’s corner to go almost two shots clear. Twohig cut the lead to a bowl in the run in.

David Hubbard won the Josie Crean Cup final in a great battle with Denis Murphy at Whitechurch.

He won the first three shots to the pump. Murphy then got a good bowl past the bend and Hubbard missed it well.

He recovered with a great shot to the end of the wall and raised almost a bowl with his next onto the flat. Murphy levelled with two great shots from Boula lane to Downey’s line.

It was still level at the top of the straight, but Hubbard gained ground to the farmhouse.

Murphy got two short bowls to the Devil’s bend and Hubbard raised a bowl. He held that lead to the wall. Murphy beat the line with a huge last shot to save the bowl of odds.

James Nagle gave a high octane display at Bauravilla where he beat John Cahalane by two bowls in the Carbery Junior A championship.

Cahalane opened with a good bowl. Nagle’s first was very short. He played an incredibly fast second, which rubbed the school wall and reached Robin’s cross to level the score. It was level to the rock.

Nagle pushed clear with two great shots to the bridge. He raised almost a bowl with a brilliant bowl to Madore station. He got another massive bowl from there to raise a second bowl.

Jimmy Collins beat Pat O’Donovan in the last shot of the Carbery Veteran (Junior) final at Ballydehob. O’Donovan raised almost a bowl with his first shot to sight.

Collins made the cottage in nine to lead by a bowl. O’Donovan regained lead with two to go.

Collins closed with a good bowl. O’Donovan’s bowl hit the right bank and missed it by less than 10 centimeters.

Donal Harnedy beat PJ Connolly and Oliver McCarthy in a blistering Carbery Veteran (Novice) final at Leap.

This turned into a duel between Harnedy and Connolly as McCarthy’s only fore bowl was his second to the well. Harnedy had almost a bowl at the top of O’Sullivan’s hill.

Connolly levelled with a brilliant bowl to the forge and led at the last bend.

Harnedy got a good bowl towards the line, which Connolly missed by 10m. Connolly closed with a sensational bowl to the hollow, but Harnedy matched and beat it by five metres.

Hot favourite Odhran Rafferty is out of the 2016 under-18 championship after losing in the last shot to David Devlin in the Ulster semi-final at Port Mór-Blackwatertown. Rafferty started strongly to go a shot clear.

He didn’t build on this though and Devlin had the lead for the last shot. Rafferty closed with a big bowl, but Devlin beat it.

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