Kingston too strong for Riordan

Killian Kingston beat Donal Riordan by over a bowl in the Tim Foley Cup at Templemartin on Sunday.

Riordan won the opening tips, but Kingston got a great second to Desmond’s to go almost a bowl in front. He missed Slyne’s corner in two more and Riordan levelled with a brilliant fourth. Kingston pushed 60m clear after seven. Riordan fought back to lead at Collins’ and led to the Schoolhouse Cross. There was little between them from there to Buttimer’s lane.

Kingston then got a brilliant shot to the monument, which Riordan missed well. He missed the cross with his next and Kingston went out. Riordan just beat that to hold off the bowl of odds. Kingston raised it with his next past the pub and pushed further ahead with a brilliant bowl past the line.

This win will be a boost to Kingston ahead of Jim O’Driscoll Cup, but the other three players still in the frame also had wins over the weekend.

All-Ireland intermediate champion Cathal Toal played a massive last shot at Tullysaran to beat 2011 All-Ireland senior champion Conor McGuigan.

On Saturday, William O’Driscoll beat David Hubbard by over two bowls at Ballinacurra.

Hubbard opened with a great bowl to take the first tip by 40m. O’Driscoll’s second jumped the kerb and hit a tree, but Hubbard directed his bowl to the left and beat it by just a metre.

O’Driscoll won the next exchange towards Brinny cross and increased his lead with a good fourth past the post box. Hubbard missed Foley’s with his fifth and O’Driscoll went out to go almost a bowl in front.

Hubbard bowled well to keep the lead under a bowl in the shots to the bridge. O’Driscoll then got a poor shot past Innishannon cross and Hubbard surprisingly missed the tip to concede a bowl of odds. O’Driscoll followed with two huge bowls towards Cronin’s to push his lead well over two bowls.

At Ballincurrig, Éamon Bowen beat PJ Cooney by a bowl. He edged the first two shots, Cooney won the third and Bowen was back in front after four to the creamery. Bowen got the better of the next shots, but they were level again after the shots through the lines. Cooney then got a great bowl to just short of O’Riordan’s, while Bowen played two poor shots to go almost a bowl down.

Cooney cut his next bowl too tight and lodged on the right to leave them level again. Cooney had the edge again at Leahy’s. Bowen got a great bowl to just short of the big corner to go back in front. He stayed in front to the top of the short straight. He then got an exceptional bowl to the sycamores and raised a bowl. He consolidated his lead in the next two to the finishing straight.

Dave Fitzgerald comfortably beat Bowen in the return score.

The Munster Colleges competition will be hosted at Shannonvale on Friday morning. In a benefit score for this, Christy Mullins beat Gary Daly by close to a bowl at the same venue. Daly got the longest ever first shot almost to the return line. Mullins’s second to the bungalow was almost as good and put him in front. He led in the next four to Desmond’s, but Daly led again in the shots up the hill.

Mullins then got another huge bowl well past Sam’s lane to go a bowl in front. Daly knocked the bowl with a good shot to the novice line, but Mullins kept control in the last two throws.

Ulster champion Eddie Carr will not take his place at King of the Roads. The Ulster Executive have now scheduled a three-hand Ulster qualifier between Cathal Toal, Conor McGuigan and Thomas Mackle next Sunday over the All-Ireland course at Port Mór-Blackwatertown.

Mick Hurley and Patrick Butler shared the spoils in the exhibition score for the Cork City EcCoWeLL Conference at the Wood Road on Friday.

Butler finished with a good shot to snatch the opening score after a good contest. In the second, Hurley recovered from a slow start to pull clear before the finish.

Butler followed up with two wins over Thomas Boyle on Sunday at Templemichael. Boyle raised almost a bowl with his opening shot and raised it fully with his second. He held that lead to the corner, but Butler got three great bowls past Sarsfields Court cross and onto the green to raise almost a bowl.

Boyle levelled to the next bend and took a vital 10m odds at the last bend. Butler missed the line by two metres with his next and although Boyle beat the tip, he missed the line by a few centimetres. Butler closed with a great shot, which Boyle missed by 15m. Butler was in charge from the off in the second score and won by well over a bowl.

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