SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Riordan powers home against O’Donovan to reach final

Donal Riordan powered to the Munster Intermediate final, beating Willie O’Donovan by a bowl of odds at Castletownkenneigh.

He won the opening shot. O’Donovan played a good second. Riordan was right with his reply and missed it by five metres. O’Donovan led till before the Round Tower pub. Riordan got a super eighth to there to regain the lead by 40m. O’Donovan cut that to just five metres with a great bowl up the straight.

O’Donovan missed Pyne’s corner with his next. Riordan made sight and followed with a great throw to raise a bowl. He increased his odds to the black gate. O’Donovan knocked the bowl with a brilliant bowl to the top of the hill. Riordan made a mistake with his next. O’Donovan needed to reach Forshin’s cross to level, but he missed and Riordan made it to regain control.

Riordan got a big bowl from the cross to raise the bowl again. He was just short of the line in 18. In the final he plays either Michael Harrington or Paddy O’Donoghue who meet at Gortroe on Saturday. The Munster winner will face James Oliver or Paul Rafferty in the All-Ireland final.

Oliver beat Mark Toal in the Ulster semi-final at Knappagh. He was a bowl clear at Knappagh Angles, but played two poor shots to see his lead fall to 20m. He picked up the pace again and won comfortably.

The Munster senior clash between David Murphy and Séamus Sexton at Macroom is in abeyance following a dispute. Murphy opened with a sensational bowl over the rise and well down towards Bantry’s cross. Sexton missed this in two to concede a bowl. There was still a bowl between them after the shots through the cross. Murphy held the bowl in the next exchange up the hill.

Sexton then played a big bowl past the waterfall, which was called. He missed that tip by 40m with his second attempt. A dispute arose as Murphy was preparing to play his reply. This resulted in the tips being painted and the matter being referred to the National Executive.

In Ulster, Paul O’Reilly edged Conor McGuigan by five metres in a senior championship tie at Madden. He was a bowl up after four super shots to the bus shelter. McGuigan was struggling to hold off a second bowl at Barrett’s, but bowled impressively to lead at McIlvenna’s. They were locked together to the line.

James Cooney and Johnny O’Driscoll will contest the Munster Junior A final at Templemartin. Cooney beat David Hubbard at Crookstown and O’Driscoll beat James Nagle at Ardcahan.

Nagle won the first two shots at Ardcahan. O’Driscoll was 30m fore after five. He held that with a huge sixth to the grotto. He had 50m odds after two more to Ardcahan cross. He held his advantage past Burns’. Nagle tripped playing his next and O’Donovan hit back with a great shot to raise a bowl.

He increased his lead in the next exchange. Nagle then got a big shot to the novice line. O’Driscoll missed it by 40m and was only 70m fore after his next. Nagle then missed the last corner and O’Driscoll went out. Nagle couldn’t get the line with his last throw and O’Driscoll beat it.

Cooney won the opening shot well at Crookstown, but there was little between them after two. Hubbard fell playing his third but got a big shot to win the lead by 40m. They were at the stone wall in five, the next bend in seven.

Chances fell both ways, but neither player could gain an advantage. Cooney played his second last to the right, Hubbard missed it when he looked set to take a decisive advantage. He missed the line with his last, Cooney’s bowl was tight right but it beat the line by 20m.

Fergal Carr flew in from the US to beat Seán O’Reilly in the Ulster Junior A quarter-final, but then lost to Shane O’Neill in the semi-final. The other semi-final is between Armagh football star Ethan Rafferty and Mick O’Neill.

Séamus O’Regan beat Owen Healy in the Munster U18 semi-final at Bauravilla. He raised good odds to Dekker’s and edged towards a bowl at the rock. He had well over a bowl at the bridge and sealed it after three more past Madore station. He plays Conor Creedon or Timmy McDonagh in the final.

In the Junior B Mick Wall beat Pa Butler by almost a bowl in the East Cork- Waterford final at Ballincurrig while Terry Mallon had too much speed for Jerry O’Riordan in the Gaeltacht final at Macroom.

Cian Shorten was brilliant at Castletownkenneigh in beating Johnny Murphy in the Mid-Cork final. JC Desmond beat Donie Harnedy and John Cahalane in the Carbery final at Bauravilla.


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