Aidan Murphy sees off Killian Kingston at Ballinacurra

Aidan Murphy beat Killian Kingston by a bowl in the feature score of the Mid-Cork fundraising weekend at Ballinacurra on Monday.

Aidan Murphy sees off Killian Kingston at Ballinacurra

Kingston opened with a great bowl to the bollards which Murphy missed. Murphy made the factory with his second, but Kingston extended his lead with a great bowl towards Brinny cross. Murphy levelled with a good third to the church. Kingston regained most of his odds though with his fourth past Foley’s.

Murphy won the lead with his good fifth past the gas line. Kingston then got two poor shots in succession, both too far right, which left him almost a bowl down. Murphy reached the GAA field in two more with Kingston still keeping the lead under a bowl. Murphy then made the bridge, but Kingston beat that with a good bowl to Innishannon cross.

Murphy reached sight in two more and edged close to a bowl with his next past the Junior C line. It was still just under a bowl at Cronin’s Avenue. Murphy then got a great bowl to sight facing the line and Kingston narrowly missed it. He just missed the line with his last shot and Murphy beat it with a good 14th to hold his bowl of odds.

John Shorten was outstanding in his win over Eugene Kiernan. He scorched back to Brinny cross in eight shots from the Junior C line. He was a bowl up after three to the GAA field. He had over a bowl after two more to Perrott’s. After seven to Foley’s he was two bowls clear and he increased his lead with his eighth to Brinny cross.

Donncha O’Brien was impressive too in his dismissal of Denis Murphy on Saturday.

Davey Fitzgerald took the gloss off that win when he beat him well on Monday. O’Brien raised a bowl after two great shots to sight from the avenue. He made a mistake with his next though. Fitzgerald led at the GAA field. He was a bowl up at Perrott’s and two clear at the factory.

Séamus Sexton was brilliant in the feature score of the Gaeltacht-North Cork benefit at Ballinagree. He opened a good lead with a great third shot up the hill. He followed with another big one on the straight to take his lead to a full bowl. He was left with his sixth, but Bowen didn’t close the gap.

From there he played a succession of perfect bowls to extend his lead to almost three bowls at the bridge.

David Hubbard beat Cian Boyle by almost a bowl at the same venue. They were level after three to the cross. Hubbard went clear after a big shot up the hill, but Boyle fought back and led on the straight.

They were level at the bridge. Boyle played a perfect bowl down towards the village, but it hit a kerb. Hubbard seemed to be too far right with his reply, but it rubbed and ran towards the line. Boyle just beat the line with last shot.

Andrew O’Callaghan and Liam Kearney bowled brilliantly at Macroom in the same series. They easily beat David Hubbard and Tadhg Creedon. They took control after Hubbard missed light at Bantry’s cross. They had over a bowl at the waterfall and over two at the gap.

John O’Rourke gave him Coffey a shot of odds, but still beat him by almost three bowls at Clondrohid. He opened with a big bowl and led after his second. He was almost three bowls clear the Bell Inn.

In the Carbery-South West fundraiser on Monday at Rosscarbery, Tim Young beat Johnny O’Driscoll by a bowl. O’Driscoll won the first two shots. Young took the second and was a bowl up after his fourth. He was at the bottom of Barry’s hill in five and held his lead in three more to Barry’s lane. He scored the line in 12.

Earlier Claire O’Sullivan and Louise Collins beat local players Emma Fitzpatrick and Maria Nagle by a bowl of odds. The winners raised a bowl at the priest’s house and held it to the line.

That series opened at Reenascreena on Saturday. John Cahalane and John Young dominated the day with a win each. In the first Cahalane got three brilliant opening shots towards the cross to raise almost a bowl. He held the upper hand until Young got a brilliant 11th shot to Frankie’s to cut the lead to 20m. Cahalane got back on track with two brilliant bowls towards the line which put him a bowl clear again Young started better in the second score and was a bowl in front after four. He extended that to almost two bowls after three more to O’Sullivan’s.

Cahalane continued to press, but was still a bowl down facing the line. He closed with a massive shot past the line. Young missed the line with his reply, which left him with a tricky tip to beat. He measured up well to that test and beat the tip comfortably.

At the Marsh Road on Sunday Sidney and Shane Shannon did just enough to beat Finbarr and Brian Coughlan by a bowl. Mark Shannon beat Jack Cahalane in the last shot, but was later beaten by Eoin Murray in the last throw.

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