Edmond Sexton edges James O’Donovan in Munster semi-final thriller

Edmond Sexton beat James O’Donovan in the last shot of a sensational Munster senior semi-final at Clondrohid on Friday.

O’Donovan opened with two huge shots to raise almost a bowl. Sexton cut the odds with a big fourth to the wind. Still O’Donovan had a good lead after five.

Sexton then got a great sixth, but O’Donovan beat it well. Sexton made the Bell Inn with his seventh. O’Donovan beat that too to push his lead towards a bowl.

O’Donovan’s next clipped the left and his lead plummeted to 40m. Sexton cut that to 20m with his shot over the rise. They made sight at the farm in ten shots with O’Donovan five metres fore. Sexton won his first lead with his 11th past the farm towards the junior line.

O’Donovan hit back with another big one. Sexton followed with an incredible bowl to sight at the last bend to push his lead to almost a bowl. He then beat the line with his 13th to set a new road record.

Paul Buckley beat Bill McAuliffe at Kilcorney in the Munster intermediate championship semi-final. He won the first tip with a great bowl, but McAuliffe took the second. They were past Cooney’s in four and reached the bridge in six.

McAuliffe gained big odds to McKeering’s and was a bowl clear after his 12th past the novice line. He lost momentum passing the junior line and Buckley was in front for the last shot.

McAuliffe beat the line with a good throw, but Buckley beat it by 15m.

Mark Kiernan is Ulster Junior B champion. He beat Kevin McQuaid with a great last shot at Knappagh. He had almost a bowl after three great shots to Farley’s. McQuaid missed a chance to level after eight. Kiernan pushed a bowl in front to the plum trees. McQuaid led again after two massive bowls to Daly’s. Kiernan was back in front for the last shot.

Kieran plays either David Shannon or John Butler who meet in the Munster final, in next months All-Ireland final.

Butler beat Vincent Cahalane at the Clubhouse. He was a bowl up after four to the chips. Cahalane levelled to Clonakilty cross, but Butler gained almost a bowl again with a super shot to Murray’s. He made a mistake with his next and they were level to O’Riordan’s. Butler had 50m odds at the end of the creamery. Cahalane levelled with a brilliant bowl to the school and had a nice lead facing the line. Butler got a smashing last bowl, which Cahalane missed by 20m.

Jimmy Collins beat Dan O’Halloran by a bowl in the Munster Veteran (Junior) final at the Pike.

They were level after seven to White’s cross. Collins won the next two by 20m. O’Halloran then got a poor break off the bridge. Collins replied with a fantastic bowl that beat the line at Dreaper’s. That put him a bowl in front. He increased his lead to the last straight, but lost ground in his last three.

James O’Leary beat Jimmy Nyhan by two bowls in the Veteran (Novice) final at Caheragh. Nyhan had his only lead after a great second towards Lisangle cross. O’Leary was 70m clear after five to the soccer pitch. He raised a bowl with his shot over the bridge and had over two at Sheily’s farm.

O’Leary and Collins meet in the overall Munster final. In the Ulster final Teddy Conway plays Joe Shortt.

Conway had a sensational last shot win over Pat Mallon at Tassagh. Mallon was a bowl clear after two to McKee’s and extended that to almost two bowls. It was back to a bowl facing the line. Conway got a huge bowl down the hill past the line. Mallon missed the line and then missed Conway’s tip.

Shortt beat Jarlath Devlin. Devlin led by a bowl after four. Shortt turned the score to McKee’s where he was two in front. Devlin cut it to a bowl at the diamond, but Shortt finished strongly.

Vincent Kiely completed a North Cork Junior A four-in-a-row when he lifted the Paddy Murphy Cup after defeating John O’Rourke at Donoughmore.

O’Rourke won the first two shots and led to Ring’s corners. Kiely won his first lead with his sixth to the halfway line. O’Rourke regained the lead with a super bowl to the end of the wall After three more Kiely was level following a great bowl to the end of the straight.

O’Rourke cut his next bowl too tight and missed the nooks. Kiely seized the opening with a great bowl to sight. He was just short of the line in three more and won well despite a big last shot from O’Rourke.

Darren Oliver beat fellow Armagh exile Terry Mallon by over two bowls in the Gaeltacht final at Macroom. They were out Bantry’s cross in three. Oliver pushed a bowl clear to the waterfall. Mallon knocked the bowl at the gap. Oliver was two in front at Kelleher’s and had well over two at Glasheen cross.

Johnny O’Driscoll is South West champion after a three bowls of odds win over Jimmy O’Driscoll at Shannonvale. He made Desmond’s cross in six to go three shots clear. He was past Kingston’s in another three and had sight at Campbell’s lane in nine.


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