Daly edges Mullins to keep title hopes alive

Gary Daly kept his championship ambitions alive with a good last shot win over Christy Mullins in Pool C of the Munster senior championship at Shannonvale.

He got the better of a slow start by winning the first two tips, but Mullins took a substantial 50m lead with his third. Daly was back in front after two more to the quarry, but his lead was back to a metre after eight to Desmond’s cross.

Daly took a big lead with his shot from the cross. Mullins cut it to ten metres with his next towards Sam’s Lane and regained the lead with a great bowl on the straight. He got the better of two brilliant shots to the palms, but Daly went back in front in the shots to sight at Campbell’s.

He was just 15m fore at Campbell’s lane, but he beat three brilliant shots in-a-row from Mullins to the line. The last of which gave him a tricky 170m target, which he beat by 30m.

Killian Kingston and David Hubbard secured the first two places in the Munster Intermediate semi-final.

Kingston beat Arthur McDonagh by almost a bowl at Carrigaline. A big second shot gave him a lead and he had a bowl after four past the boreen. He extended his lead with a big shot past Ashman’s. McDonagh cut it to a bowl and knocked the bowl with his following shot to the pump house.

Kingston’s shot into the wind was not great, but McDonagh beat it by just 50m. A beautiful lofted bowl to Morgan’s put Kingston almost a bowl in front again. After two more past the double gates he was over a bowl clear. He had close to two after his next. McDonagh bowled strongly to knock the bowl at the foxes’ run, but it was too late to impact the outcome.

At Newcestown, David Hubbard beat Gavin Twohig by almost a bowl. He won the first shot, but Twohig took the next four to the junior line. Twohig was almost a bowl in front after two more. Hubbard levelled in the next four, but Twohig stayed in front to O’Brien’s cross.

Hubbard got a great bowl to light from the cross. Twohig failed to follow. The contest was effectively over when he missed the last bend and Hubbard went out to push the lead towards a bowl of odds.

Five regional junior A titles were decided over a very busy championship weekend, commencing with Declan O’Donovan’s win over Tony O’Sullivan in the Carbery final at the Marsh Road on Friday.

He plays Vincent Kiely in the first round of the Munster championship at Castletownkenneigh today. Kiely beat John O’Rourke by 20m in the North Cork final at Sally’s Cross, while O’Rourke’s first-cousin Richard Murphy was beaten by Peter Nagle in the Cork city final at Templemichael.

Patrick Butler won his fourth East Cork title in a last shot win over James Cooney at Ballincurrig. Cooney went clear again to the long straight but two mistakes there left him a bowl down, but he got back into it at the sycamores. Butler failed to make light in two from there and Cooney got in for a last shot. Cooney finished with a big bowl, but Butler beat it well.

Denis O’Driscoll was awarded the West Cork title at Durrus after Humphrey O’Leary arrived late. In South West, Vincent Cahalane beat Ian Callanan by almost two bowls at Timoleague to force a play-off with Johnny and Kieran O’Driscoll for a place in the final. Callanan had already qualified.


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