SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Young leaves it late in Drinagh

John Young got the most significant win so far in the Junior A championship when he beat Jerry Gibbons in the last shot of an enthralling contest at Drinagh on Monday.

They were level after two each to sight and Young just edged the third tip. Gibbons got a decisive break with his next shot, which took him to the point of the bend at the waterfall. Young’s reply got caught at the top of the hill so there was almost a bowl between them after his next throw.

Gibbons made the point of the bend before the black stick with his next. Young looked to have a chance to level but he missed that tip to concede a full bowl. After Gibbons’ perfect loft at the black stick he pushed his lead to virtually two bowls at Shandrum cross. Young kept the lead under two bowls in the next two shots towards the church. Gibbons then misplayed his next shot and the lead was back to a bowl of odds.

Young pounced on this with a perfect bowl into the church corner. Gibbons was too tight with his reply and the lead was now under a bowl. Gibbons rallied with a good bowl to the line cross, followed by another good bowl to sight at the barking dogs for what looked an unassailable lead.

Young battled on though with a beautiful loft which rubbed nicely and ran towards Barry’s cross. Gibbons needed to beat the cross to seal the score, but he played too far left and just beat Young’s tip. Young went for the jugular with a perfect last bowl that beat the line and ran to the end of the railings. Gibbons needed a big one to beat that tip. He played his bowl well, but it didn’t have the velocity to reach Young’s tip.

Neither of the scheduled Munster intermediate ties were played. A bout of flu forced Jimmy O’Donoghue to pull out of his meeting with David Hubbard at Cobh. Noel Gould aggravated a shoulder injury in the warm-up for his clash with John Shorten at Bweeng. Shorten beat Anthony Gould in a replacement pick-up score.

Jimmy Cowhig beat Thomas Boyle by a bowl in a tremendous score at Waterfall. He won each of the first three shots. Boyle won the fourth to the corner of the lawn and increased his lead with his next. He was too tight with his bowl at the senior bend and Cowhig levelled.

Cowhig went a bowl clear at Dan Herlihy’s corner after Boyle made a mistake coming down the hill. He held that lead in the next three. Boyle cut the odds with a great third last, vbut Cowhig had almost a bowl again for the last shot. He played a great last shot to win by a full bowl.

Edmond Sexton got the first win in the renewal of the Mick Crowley Cup at Bauravilla at the expense of Brian Wilmot. Wilmot missed a chance to take a big lead at the rock. They were level after 12 each to the bridge. Sexton bowled well from there and was 60m clear with three to go. Wilmot cut the odds to two metres with a great second last. He followed with a big last bowl, but Sexton beat it well.

Denis O’Driscoll beat Liam O’Sullivan by almost a bowl in the JJ Murphy Cup semi-final at the same venue. O’Sullivan started brightly, but didn’t pull clear. O’Driscoll fought back and they were level after 12 each to the bridge. O’Driscoll turned the score with five great bowls from there.

Sean Twomey beat Tony Murphy by three bowls in the Christy Coleman Cup final at Clashmore. He raised a bowl with his first shot, but Murphy matched him to Butna Foley’s. Twomey then made Lenane’s boreen in six to go two bowls clear. He made a mistake with his next and the lead was well under two bowls, but he followed with a massive bowl to the Top-of-the-Lios and the score was over.

Peter Fitzgerald proved too strong for Ted Lyons in the Paddy Hennessy Cup final at the same venue. He went almost a bowl in front with his second shot, but Lyons kept the lead in check to Coolbagh cross. Fitzgerald got a massive shot from the cross, which put him well over a bowl in front. He had two at the pylon and another massive shot from the palms sealed it.

Seamus Sexton beat Gavin Twohig at Ballinacurra. He was close to Brinny cross in two and he was past Foley’s in another two where he was over a bowl in front. Twohig knocked the bowl with his next and had the lead down to 60m at the Novice D line. Sexton pushed clear again, but a mistake at Cronin’s left it wide open. He kept his focus though and won comfortably in the last shot.

PJ Cooney beat Dan O’Halloran by a bowl at Derrinasafa. At Templemartin Denis Wilmot eliminated European youth champion Cian Shorten from the Junior B championship and DJ Holland beat Tommy Butler in the last shot in the veteran championship semi-final.


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