Aidan Murphy edges Gary Daly to claim Mother Hegarty Cup at Lyre

Aidan Murphy beat Gary Daly by a bowl in the Mother Hegarty Cup at Lyre.
Aidan Murphy edges Gary Daly to claim Mother Hegarty Cup at Lyre

He was almost a bowl clear after two to the forestry after Daly played both his first and third shots to the right. Murphy had a full bowl after four to the tunnel. Daly knocked the bowl with his shot past the tunnel and cut the odds to 70m with his next.

Murphy made Crowley’s bend in two more to lead by a bowl and 50m. Daly cut the lead with a great bowl to sight at McCarthy’s bend and knocked the bowl with his following shot to sight. Murphy didn’t make McCarthy’s wall with his next and now his lead was back to 60m.

Daly got a third successive super bowl to the big tree. Murphy replied with a sensational bowl to extend his lead to over 100m. Daly missed that tip to concede the bowl of odds again.

The Munster Vintage (over-60) final between Mick Murphy (I), Kevin Ruby and Teddy Murphy will be played at Carraig na bhFear next Saturday. Last Saturday Kevin Ruby beat Kevin Leahy by a bowl in the Vintage B final at Grenagh and Teddy Murphy beat Tim Walsh in the Vintage C final at Castletownkenneigh.

Ruby was magnificent in his win over Kevin Leahy in the B final. He beat a good opening shot from Leahy by 10m. Leahy was unlucky to catch the kerb with his second and Ruby extended his lead to 60m. Leahy got a huge third shot and Ruby just beat it.

Ruby increased his lead to 80m in his next two onto the straight. Leahy beat that second shot by just 30m to fall almost a bowl behind. Ruby raised a bowl in the shots towards the farmhouse. Leahy contested that lead till Ruby put the score out of reach with two huge shots to Boula lane that pushed his lead to three bowls.

Teddy Murphy got off to a good start, winning the first three tips, against Tim Walsh in the C final at Castletownkenneigh. Walsh got a great fourth from the bend and beat the second no-play line in five and Murphy missed in five. They made the triangle in three more where the lead was 40m less than a bowl.

Walsh raised a bowl and 40m odds in the next three on the straight. Murphy fought back strongly to bring the lead well under a bowl after three more. He then got a nice bowl to the cross. Walsh played his reply to the left and lost the lead. He beat the line with a good last shot, but Murphy beat it.

Conor McClelland created history when he beat Séamus Carr by five metres in the Ulster Novice 3 final at Newtownhamilton, winning the title held by his father in 2014.

He won the opening shot, but Carr took the second and raced almost a bowl clear after five to the top of the hill. McClelland cut the odds to 50m with a brilliant seventh to the quarry and regained the lead with his next to the straight. He stayed in front till he made a mistake with his 12th to the mushroom houses. He regained the lead with his next.

Carr got a great bowl to sight at the bridge. McClelland’s reply was too tight on the right and missed it by 30m. Carr consolidated his lead onto the last straight where he had a vital 20m odds. McClelland missed the line by 50m with a good second last shot. Carr misplayed his reply and beat that tip by just five metres. McClelland beat the line well with his last and Carr missed it by five metres.

Michael Murphy had a convincing win over Cian Boyle in an international benefit at Donoughmore. Boyle won the opening shot. Murphy took the second with a great bowl. He missed a chance to extend his lead, as he didn’t make the bounds in three. Still he led to the halfway line.

He then went up several notches with four great shots. He made the end of the wall with the first. He covered the straight in two more and had almost two bowls of odds after the fourth to the nooks. David Hubbard beat Thomas Boyle in the return. He clinched this in the shots from Ring’s, taking a bowl of odds with a big last throw.

David O’Mahony beat Jimmy Cowhig with a tremendous last shot at Whitechurch. At Derrinasafa Dan O’Halloran beat John O’Rourke by a bowl Michael Barry beat Seán Twomey by a bowl at Carraig na bhFear. Twomey won the first shot. Barry got a brilliant second to the doctor’s and quickly went over a bowl clear. Twomey knocked the bowl with a great shot to the creamery and cut the lead again with a fine loft there. They battled over the bowl of odds till Barry sealed it with a great bowl to the last bend.

Bowlers have an opportunity to stake a place on the Irish road team in the final trial at Castletownkenneigh on Sunday.

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