Competition for the three Munster places for the third All-Ireland series intensified in the past week.
All four Munster Junior C semi-final slots have now been secured. Former Cork senior footballer Michéal O’Sullivan meets last year’s All-Ireland U16 champion Jordan O’Sullivan at Durrus. The other semi-final sees Michael Faulkner play Timmy Murphy at Gortroe.
Michéal O’Sullivan led all the way to a comfortable last shot win over Mark Sheehan at Baile Mhuirne. He opened with a big bowl to win the first tip well. He went over the rise in two and out sight in three to go a bowl up. He raced almost two bowls clear in five. Then he played two bowls to right and Sheehan brought the lead under a bowl.
O’Sullivan steadied things again and was a bowl in front facing the line. Sheehan played a sensational last bowl that beat the line by five metres. O’Sullivan missed the line by 50m with his reply. He closed with a good bowl that comprehensively beat Sheehan’s tip.
Jordan O’Sullivan bounced back from defeat in the Munster U18 final to beat Tom O’Donovan at Derrinasafa.
O’Donovan won the opening shot by less than a metre, but hit a pillar with his second to fall 40m behind. He closed the gap with a good third, but O’Sullivan held the lead to the bridge in four. O’Donovan got a nice rub with his fifth to regain the lead. O’Sullivan then got a poor shot and O’Donovan stretched his lead to almost a bowl by opening Ross’ in six.
O’Donovan played his next to the right and missed Cotter’s cross. O’Sullivan clipped the lead to ten metres with a big shot to the high hedge.
He followed with a smashing ninth bowl to full sight at the Darkwood turn. O’Donovan missed sight and only beat O’Sullivan’s tip by 50m with his next.
O’Donovan played a big shot to Walsh’s lane to keep O’Sullivan’s lead at just 55m. O’Sullivan then beat a big bowl from O’Donovan to stretch his lead to 150m past the novice line. O’Donovan’s next was left and he was now almost a bowl down. O’Sullivan pushed on with two great shots past the line to win by a bowl.
Timmy Murphy beat Frank Kiely by almost a bowl at Berrings.He was a bowl in front at the graveyard, but Kiely levelled it with three to go at the start of the straight.
Murphy pushed clear again in the closing stages. Faulkner beat Tony Carey by a bowl at Carraig na bhFear last month.
In the Novice I semi-finals Darren Bowen plays Derry Crowley. Paul O’Rourke, brother of All-Ireland Junior A champion, John, will play either PJ McCarthy or Eoin Healy.
O’Rourke gave a sensational performance in Clondrohid, where he scorched to the line in 12 shots against Peter Nagle. They were dead level after two. Nagle then missed John’s lane and O’Rourke beat it to open a big lead. He raised a bowl with his fourth and made the wide road in five to go two clear. He reached the Black House in six and made the Bell Inn in eight. He kept the lead over two bowls in his last four.
Darren Bowen was equally impressive at Ballinagree against Danny Twomey. He raised a bowl at Lehane’s lane and gradually extended that to almost two bowls at the line.
Derry Crowley held off Bert Randalls in the last shot at Grenagh. Randalls won the first three. Crowley led with a his fourth.
Randalls then played a poor fifth to fall almost a bowl behind. Neither player made gains in the next few throws. Crowley raised a bowl with a brilliant shot to Magnier’s lane and held it to Boula lane.
He kept control with a good shot to the cross and looked to have enough done with another good one towards the line. Randalls hit back with a brilliant bowl to the second cross past the line. Crowley had a tricky shot to beat, but played it well to hold on by 40m.
In the Novice II semi-final Conor Hegarty and Richard Murphy meet at Newcestown. Mike White closed with five sensational shots against Jerry Hubbard at Clondrohid. It was all square at the Bell Inn, but White then went up several gears to win by two.
In the semi-final at Togher Cross, he will plays either Damien Healy or Stephen O’Connell who meet at the Clubhouse.
Gary Daly stormed home to beat Gavin Twohig by a bowl in the feature score of the cancer research benefit series at Shannonvale.
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