SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Bowen masters Murphy in Mick Barry Cup final

Éamon Bowen secured the last semi-final place in the Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads with a clear win over Aidan Murphy in the Mick Barry Cup final at Ballincurrig on Sunday.

He beat Murphy’s opening shot by 80m, but Murphy had that clipped back to just 10m after two more past the black sign.

It was the same after the next exchange, but Bowen pushed clear again with his bowl past the creamery. Murphy then missed the no-play line and Bowen beat it. Murphy went well past the play line with his seventh.

Bowen got a good shot from the line and then played a super eighth onto the long straight to beat Murphy’s good bowl by 100m.

He raised a bowl with his next, capitalising on a poor ninth from Murphy and he held that lead to the big corner in 11. When Murphy failed to make the top of the short straight from there he was facing a second bowl of odds. He didn’t bridge that gap and was still over a bowl behind at the last bend.

That win puts Bowen into a King of the Roads semi-final on October 10 against All-Ireland champion David Murphy and German champion Ralf Look.

James Buckley will defend his title in the opening semi-final against Ulster champion Thomas Mackle and Dutch champion Jos-Bert Aalbers. Aidan Murphy’s consolation is that he is first reserve for the semi-finals.

Murphy beat Killian Kingston in the last shot of Saturday’s Mick Barry Cup semi-final.

He got a great opening shot to the first bend to win the first tip by 40m and increased that to 100m with his second. Kingston snapped the lead with a great third to Geary’s green and increased his odds to 60m with his fourth. They both took two each to beat the no-play line.

Murphy came out well on top in the shots from the line, but Kingston won the next exchange onto the long straight.

Murphy got a poor shot up the straight and Kingston pushed his lead to 70m. The lead was back to just 10m after the shots to sight at Leahy’s, where Kingston missed a chance to take a tighter grip on the lead. They were out the big corner in 12 each with Kingston still just fore.

They both got great shots to sight at the top of the short straight, with Kingston still five metres fore. Murphy reached the sycamores with his next and Kingston was lucky to beat that by 20m after his bowl rubbed the left. They were both facing the line in two more with Kingston 20m fore.

Murphy closed with a good bowl to the middle of O’Connell’s green. Kingston’s reply broke right and missed it by 20m.

Donal Riordan won the Jerry Desmond Cup final at Kildee where he beat Michael Bohane in the last shot.

Bohane led by 10m after two to Rodger’s and increased his lead with his next three past O’Sullivan’s. He continued to set the pace past Boreen-na-Parach. Riordan fought back to gain the lead with his good eighth. He stayed just in front in the next exchange towards Ballygurteen cross.

Bohane then regained control with two good bowls to Reenascreena cross where he was almost a bowl in front.

Riordan clipped the lead to just 15m by negotiating the big wind in one against two for Bohane, who misplayed his bowl at Harte’s cross. He followed up with a massive last shot past the line to Kilmeen creamery. Bohane’s reply drifted right and missed the tip well.

Thomas Boyle won the Champy Deasy Cup final at Grange when he beat John Cahalane in the last shot on Saturday. On Sunday veteran Denis Collins won the Jimmy Cahalane Cup final by beating John O’Brien in the last shot.

O’Brien won the early shots, but Collins fought back to edge clear at Hodnett’s. They were locked together from there to the school cross.

Collins seemed to have gained the upper hand when he got a great bowl to de Barra’s to carry a big lead for the last shot. O’Brien closed with what looked a winning bowl. Collins’ reply needed a rub to beat the tip.

Donncha O’Brien’s recent top form held strong at Ardcahan where he beat Mick Hurley in the last shot in the Tristan Cahalane Medical Trust benefit series.

Jerry Gibbons broke the deadlock with David Hubbard with a big shot at the grotto and won by close to a bowl. Edmond Sexton and Olan Noonan rescued what looked a lost cause when they wiped out a deficit of almost two bowls to beat Brian and Denis Wilmot in the last shot.

John Creedon returned from a long absence to beat James Buckley by a bowl at Bweeng. He raised a bowl at the concrete. Buckley fought back to reduce the odds, but Creedon pushed clear again with three great closing shots.


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