Martin Coppinger delivers with his last bowl

Martin Coppinger beat Edmond Sexton with a big last shot in the feature score of the Ray Murnane benefit at Durrus on Sunday.
Martin Coppinger delivers with his last bowl

He missed the bridge from Ross’ corner with his first, but Sexton just beat it as his bowl hit the parapet. Sexton held the lead and beat a big bowl from Coppinger.

He increased his odds and looked well placed to raise a bowl facing Annie Florrie’s. Coppinger kept him in check and beat his tip there by 50m. Still Sexton kept control to sight at the cattle grid.

Coppinger stormed back with a brilliant bowl past Blair’s Cove and he won the lead with his next over the hill. He tightened his grip with his shot past Coolcoulaghta cross. He then beat the line with a big bowl to deny Sexton.

Jerry Gibbons scorched to just short of the line in 11 shots against Aidan Hurley in the last score at Durrus. Earlier Michéal O’Sullivan closed with four great bowls to beat Mark O’Sullivan by a bowl. Ger O’Driscoll hit top form in his 13 shot display against Frank Kiely.

In the Munster intermediate championship Brian Wilmot beat Paddy O’Donoghue at Berrings. O’Donoghue made sight from the pub with his first to take his only lead.

Wilmot reached the graveyard with his second and O’Donoghue missed it. He increased his odds to the end of the graveyard. He lofted his next and then went past Burke’s to raise a bowl. He held that lead onto the straight. After two more he was close to two bowls clear. O’Donoghue got a super shot to the end of the straight to cut the lead to a bowl.

Wilmot held the bowl to the novice line. O’Donoghue then got a bit shot to light at O’Mahony’s to bring the lead under a bowl. Wilmot had 100m after his next, but O’Donoghue cut that to 50m with a great second last up the hill. His last never got going though and Wilmot had almost a bowl again.

Bill McAuliffe closed out his unfinished intermediate tie with Wayne Callanan at Ballincurrig. He raised a bowl with his shot to the top of the short straight. Callanan then got a brilliant bowl to the sycamores to knock the bowl. McAuliffe was in trouble after his next, but he got a huge bowl to light at the last bend to go almost a bowl clear again.

Paul Buckley beat Seán Murphy by almost a bowl at Killumney. Murphy won the first two towards Gurrane cross, but he made a mistake with his third and never recovered. Buckley was 70m fore at the cul-de-sac. He had almost a bowl after two more to sight. He followed with a great bowl towards Connie’s corner which put him a full bowl clear. He just held the bowl in the shots to sight. Murphy knocked the bowl with a good throw to the novice line, but he couldn’t get closer Jimmy Cowhig and John Shorten meet in the Mid-Cork Junior A semi-final.

Shorten beat Brendan O’Neill at Béal na mBláth. He won a decisive lead with his good fourth. He had close to a bowl after his fifth to sight and raised a full bowl with his seventh from Shorten’s cross. He increased his lead with his eighth to Long’s lane and raised a second bowl with his next to Twohig’s. He held that in 13 shots to the big corner.

At Newcestown Jimmy Cowhig had a bowl on Denis Murphy after five to Mac’s lane. He held that in six more to Desmond’s and onto O’Brien’s cross in another six. He took four to make the last bend and Murphy opened it in three for his only lead. Cowhig’s last bowl made the pub after rubbing the left. Murphy’s reply was well played but it fell right 30m shy of the tip.

In the South West Junior A Jimmy O’Driscoll beat Ian Callanan and Johnny O’Driscoll at Shannonvale. He led both by a bowl after eight to Desmond’s.

Callanan closed the gap, but when he missed sight at Tobin’s in two he was almost a bowl down again.

Aidan Desmond plays John Butler in the Mid-Cork Junior B final following his impressive win over Brian O’Halloran at Ballinacurra. He was a bowl clear after three to Brinny cross. O’Halloran had the lead under a bowl at the bridge, but Desmond finished well to win by two.

Michael O’Leary beat Seán Twomey in the East Cork-Waterford Junior B championship at Conna. He was in control at the school. Twomey levelled with a massive bowl to Burns’ forge and pushed clear up the hill. His mistake from the cross gave the initiative to O’Leary who finished strongly.

Michael Murphy beat David Hubbard in the last shot at Kilcorney. He led well after four to Cooney’s but Hubbard levelled with a great shot to Coleman’s bridge. Murphy pushed clear again, but Hubbard cut the winning margin to 10m with a big last shot.

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