Gavin Twohig just too good for in-form Dónal Riordan

Gavin Twohig beat Dónal Riordan in the feature score of the Carbery-South West festival at the Pike.

Gavin Twohig just too good for in-form Dónal Riordan

Riordan, who was magnificently at the Marsh Road the previous week, never got going in this one.

Twohig won the first tip by 30m with a good bowl and led to the line. Riordan made Giles’ gate with his second and Twohig stretched his lead. Riordan just beat that with his third to leave almost a bowl between them. Twohig ratcheted up the pressure by reaching White’s cross in five, against seven for Riordan, to leave two clear bowls between them.

They were just shy of sight at Draper’s in three more with Twohig still two clear. Riordan lofted there and left his bowl inside the fence to concede a third bowl. They bowled on to the novice line where Riordan conceded.

With 23 scores contested over five days the festival was an outstanding success. Among the highlights were the three meetings of John Cahalane and Johnny O’Driscoll on Saturday. Cahalane won the first, but O’Driscoll took the next two. On Monday, Emma Fitzpatrick beat Clare O’Sullivan in the last shot of a great contest.

Éamon Bowen bowled brilliantly at Carraig na bhFear on Saturday where he beat James O’Donovan by two bowls.

He shaded the opening exchange, but O’Donovan got a great second to sight to win the next tip. Bowen then got a great bowl to the Doctor’s to go almost a bowl clear. He reached Daunt’s in five, while O’Donovan missed sight there in five. He was just short of the creamery in seven to keep his lead. He got a huge bowl from the creamery cross to push his lead towards a second bowl. They contested that lead to the junior finish, where O’Donovan conceded.

Brian Daly led all the way to a bowl of odds win over Jimmy O’Donoghue in the Cork city Junior A championship at Templemichael. He won the opening tip by 50m. He had 20m odds at the first bend and held that to the start of the straight. He was almost a bowl in front at Sarsfield’s Court cross and raised it with his next to the green.

O’Donoghue knocked the bowl to the bend. Daly raised it again at the novice line, but O’Donoghue got a great bowl from there to knock it again. Daly instantly raised it again and held it.

Jerry Gibbons beat David O’Mahony by a bowl at Jagoes Mills. They were level after three to Lordan’s bend. O’Mahony fell almost a bowl down when he got a very short shot at O’Brien’s bend. He rallied to take the lead after three great bowls to Callanan’s. Another error at the power station put him almost a bowl down and Gibbons raised it in the run in.

Kevin Ward won the Kenneth Murphy Trophy at the same venue by beating Gary O’Sullivan by two bowls. O’Sullivan won the first two shots. Ward led with his third to Lordan’s bend. He had a bowl after six to O’Brien’s bend and he raised a second bowl at the railway.

Michael Bohane bounced back from his Marsh Road defeat to give a five-star display in the Pete Grimley Cup at Ból-Fada. He laid down a marker from the off and was full value for his three bowls of odds win over Paul O’Reilly.

Aidan Murphy opened with a brilliant shot to the bridge to raise a bowl on Cathal Toal. He didn’t build on that though. Toal had it well under a bowl at McCann’s corner, but he didn’t make any inroads to the creamery lane. Toal got a big bowl to Gallogly’s height, but lost momentum into Twynam’s. Murphy controlled the rest of the score.

Killian Kingston and Nicholas Carey recovered from a mixed first half to beat Eddie Carr and James Oliver in the last shot. Carr and Oliver led after three to McKee’s wall. Kingston got a poor shot to the churn stand and Carr hit back with a super throw to the carnival gates to raise a bowl. They held that lead past McCann’s corner.

Kingston and Carey did better in the shots to the creamery lane where they took their first lead. Kingston opened a big gap with a fine bowl from the creamery lane and they were almost a bowl clear for the last shot. Carey missed the line with his last bowl and although Carr got a big shot to the bridge Kingston beat it well.

Fergal McCreesh and Ryan Gamble won the first score of the festival against Colm O’Donovan and Frank Kiely at the Viaduct Road. It was level to the ‘capped bullet’, but the Armagh pair totally dominated to the iron gate. In the second, Darren Donnelly and Shane O’Neill beat Mick Hurley and Tony Carey by almost a bowl. It was level to King’s, but Hurley missed a chance to push clear. It was in play to the Meeting House. The Armagh pair made sight which gave them their winning lead.

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