SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Wilmot holds off late O’Donoghue surge

Brian Wilmot made a successful start to his senior championship career when he beat Patrick O’Donoghue in their Pool C tie at Gortroe.

He comfortably won the opening tip with a good bowl to the piers and increased his lead to 70m with his second to the end of the railings. He was 80m clear after his fourth and increased his lead at the sixth tip with a super shot past the white piers.

O’Donoghue knocked the bowl at the next tip, but Wilmot was almost a bowl in front again at the Well Bar. The latter restored his bowl of odds with a brilliant bowl to light but lost focus with two poor shots and O’Donoghue led for the first time. Wilmot regained the lead for the next two throws and held on to the finish.

Pat Butler had things much easier against Edmund Sexton in Pool B at Clondrohid. He was a bowl in front after three good shots to the mulch yard but lost ground with his shot to Tirbeg cross. He made Gough’s lane in three more where he was two clear and from there it was a case of marking the shots as Butler held his lead and Sexton conceded with two shots to go.

Bantry had a Connie Killarney Cup double.

Martin Coppinger was close to his best in the semi-final of the Kealkill version where he blitzed both David Murphy and James O’Donovan while in the Marsh Road semi-final, Donal Riordan was irresistible in sweeping Michael Bohane’s challenge aside. At Kealkill, Coppinger missed light in two at which stage James O’Donovan led with David Murphy second. Coppinger got a brilliant third to the post office where he took his first lead, but just three metres separated him from David Murphy in third place. He opened up a 100m lead with a brilliant fourth shot to the council houses.

Another huge bowl past O’Sullivan’s gave him almost a bowl on Murphy and just over a bowl on O’Donovan. He made Kingston’s in another two and was now a bowl in front of Murphy and well over a bowl clear of O’Donovan. After two more he was at the graveyard, where O’Donovan was two bowls adrift and conceded. His next shot pushed him within a shot of the line, with Murphy now close to two behind.

Riordan was on his way at Skibbereen after his first bowl got a great run on the footpath and beat Glencurragh cross. Bohane missed that by 80m. At the quarry gate Riordan was a bowl in front and he increased that to two after nine to the steps. He was unlucky to miss light at Ballyhilty in two more, but he held his lead and the contest quickly petered out.

Riordan plays Raymond Ryan in next Sunday’s final at the Marsh Road, while Coppinger faces John Creedon and Thomas Mackle at Kealkill.

James Buckley beat Eamon Bowen Snr. by almost a bowl at Templemichael. He was almost two bowls of odds clear after five great opening shots. Bowen knocked the bowl and cut the odds to 80m, but Buckley played a brilliant last bowl to push his lead to almost a bowl.

Denis Murphy snatched victory from Dan O’Halloran at Templemartin in the Mid-Cork Junior A championship. He was almost a bowl in front at Slyne’s corner but O’Halloran had it back to 45m at the schoolhouse cross and took his first lead at Buttimer’s. Murphy went back in front, but O’Halloran took a 30m lead with his second last past the pub. Murphy then released a sensational bowl, which O’Halloran missed.

David O’Mahony beat Tommy Butler by a bowl in the same championship at Ballinacurra.

Elsewhere, Teddy O’Driscoll had a last shot win over Mick Young in the West Cork championship at the Clubhouse. PJ Cooney beat William O’Driscoll at Timoleague in the Jerry Desmond Cup. Martin Daly beat Mick Hurley with the last shot in the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch while Jimmy Cowhig beat Maurice Connolly. In the Northern Builders Cup at Knappagh, Darren Donnelly beat Michael Rafferty, Oisín McCready beat Gerard Rafferty, Paul McCann beat Frank Nugent and Kevin McQuaid beat Shane Donnelly.


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