James O’Donovan beats Killian Kingston to reach Barry Cup final

James O’Donovan added another significant win to his current run when he beat Killian Kingston by three bowls in the semi-final of the Paddy Barry Cup at Rosscarbery.

Kingston shaded the first two throws and O’Donovan edged in front with his third. Kingston got a very short fourth, having played his bowl too far right. O’Donovan replied with an extraordinary bowl to the priest’s house. Kingston missed that with his fifth to concede a bowl of odds. Kingston lobbed his next and it fell left. O’Donovan beat that by 30m.

O’Donovan followed with three good bowls to just short of Barry’s boreen, where he had almost two bowls. He drove his next to the left and it missed the guesthouse. Kingston’s veered right and missed that tip to leave two full bowls between them. Kingston rallied with a good bowl from there, but O’Donovan beat it by 40m to extend his lead.

Kingston’s next unluckily broke left and he was now facing a third bowl of odds. They both made the Cahermore line in two more with an even three shots between them.

Denis Murphy beat Peter Nagle by almost a bowl in the Flor Crowley Cup at Ballinacurra. Nagle won the first two to the end of the factory. Murphy won the third through Brinny cross and was 50m fore after two more to the gas line. Nagle closed the gap in the next two, but he made a mistake with his next. Murphy pushed clear in the next three past the bridge. He kept that advantage to the line.

Brendan O’Neill beat Thomas Boyle by over a bowl in the Champy Deasy Cup at Grange. He opened with a super shot, but Boyle came very close to it. His second to White’s wall was equally good and put him a 60m clear. He extended his lead past Hodnett’s bungalow. He was just short of O’Sullivan’s in five where he was a full bowl in front.

They both made the garage in two more and they reached the school gate in another. They were at de Barra’s in another two. Boyle then made bare sight at Holland’s and O’Neill went well around the wind to push his lead close to two bowls.

Chloë O’Halloran bowled with speed and accuracy to beat Clíodhna Ní Laoire by three bowls in the Munster Junior Women’s final at Ballinacarriga. Ní Laoire won the first three tips. O’Halloran then got four massive shots from McSweeney’s to Lynch’s corner which put her two bowls clear. She held that to the creamery and added a third bowl on the home straight.

Jerry Gibbons secured the last semi-final slot in the Marshall Clarke Cup when he beat Johnny O’Driscoll by two bowls at Derrinasafa. O’Driscoll won the first tip with a great bowl to almost sight. Gibbons made the high gate with his second. O’Driscoll fluffed his reply and only beat the tip 50m with his fourth.

Gibbons was a bowl up after six to Ross’. He held that lead in three more to the Darkwood turn. He increased his odds with his next and was two bowls clear at O’Neill’s lane. He plays James Nagle in the semi-final, with Donncha O’Brien and Mick Hurley meeting in the other side.

Andrew O’Callaghan advanced at the expense of Jim Coffey in the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch. Coffey went almost a bowl clear at the wall, but O’Callaghan cut the odds with a good shot to the end of Boula lane. Coffey still held a big lead to Downey’s. O’Callaghan levelled with two big shots to the top of the straight. He led after two more to the novice line. He sealed it with a huge second last.

Jim Cronin won the O’Driscoll Cup final at Drimoleague with less than a metre to spare on Dan O’Sullivan while Martin Coppinger and Flor Crowley beat Éamon Bowen and Stephen Sewell at Grenagh.

The Annual William Wolf Memorial is at Waterloo on Saturday and Sunday. In the first semi-final holder Tony Dunlea faces the 2013 and 2014 winner John Donnellan and Liam Scannell. The second semi-final has Declan O’Mahony, Gearóid Spillane and Johnny Byrnes. The final is on Sunday afternoon, preceded by three supporting scores, starting with Cian Boyle against David Hubbard.

Castletownkenneigh will host a major Co-Action benefit on Saturday. This has three top flight scores. Martin Coppinger and Séamus Sexton play brothers David and Aidan Murphy in the opener. Michael Bohane and Gary Daly play in the second and the day concludes with the meeting of James O’ Donovan and Killian Kingston.


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