Kieran Murphy’s final flourish seals Ballinacurra win

Kieran Murphy finished strongly to beat Gavin Twohig by over a bowl at Ballinacurra.

Murphy played his first too tight on the left and Twohig beat his tip by 100m. 

Murphy was too tight left too with his second and was now close to a bowl down.

Murphy kept the lead under a bowl in the next exchange to the factory pedestrian entrance. Little changed in the following shots to Brinny cross.

Twohig lost ground when his bowl through the cross caught rough tarmac, but he still had a clear lead at Foley’s. 

He raised a bowl with his next shot and increased his lead after Murphy’s bowl blew to the right.

From there Murphy hit top gear. 

He zipped past Perrot’s with his next shot.

Twohig missed that tip by 40m to lose his bowl of odds. 

He played his following bowl to the right and now had just 50m odds. 

Murphy cut the lead to 30m with his shot to the GAA field.

His next bowl brushed the right and reached Innishannon cross. 

Twohig lost the lead when he played his reply to the right and missed it by 30m. 

Twohig shaded the next exchange, but Murphy edged in front again with his shot onto the closing straight.

Twohig then missed Cronin’s avenue and Murphy hit back with a great bowl to stretch his lead. 

Twohig missed that tip with his next shot to concede a big bowl of odds. After his next he was just fore bowl and the contest was dead.

Denis Wilmot had an extraordinary win over David Hubbard in the return score. 

He had victory after playing just four shots to the Novice D line. 

Nothing went right for Hubbard from the off and it took him seven shots to cover the same distance. 

Ger O’Driscoll beat Paul Walsh by two bowls. Walsh started well, but O’Driscoll totally dominated from Foley’s.

Denis Cronin bowled impressively to beat Alex O’Donovan by almost a bowl at Ballygurteen.

O’Donovan won the first tip with a good shot and was still fore after his second, though he missed sight. Cronin just edged the third throw.

He followed with a good fourth to push his lead to 40m and he held that to the Women’s Lane. 

O’Donovan got a poor shot from there and Cronin extended his lead with a fine effort to the avenue.

Cronin kept a substantial lead on the straight and on to O’Donovan’s. 

He kept control in the next three to Burke’s. 

O’Donovan got a poor shot from there to just beat Cronin’s tip and leave almost a bowl between them just short of the finish line.

His brother Chris Cronin beat Conor Creedon in the last shot at Ardcahan. 

Cronin won the first shot well, but Creedon clipped the lead to a metre after three to Lordan’s. 

Cronin pushed clear again, but Creedon had it back to three metres at the grotto. 

Cronin regained control, but Creedon snatched the lead with his second last.

Cronin recovered with a huge last shot past the line. Creedon’s reply veered left and missed it by just 15m.

John Young beat Andrew O’Callaghan in the last shot at the same venue. 

O’Callaghan got a brilliant first shot to gain almost a bowl of odds. 

Young whittled back the lead and hit the front with his shot to O’Farrell’s.

He edged clear from there, but a mistake at the hump had his lead back to five metres. 

He won the next exchange to sight and closed it out with a good last shot.

Brian Coughlan won the Ballydehob three-hand final. 

He led all the way to beat Colin Kingston comfortably in the last shot with Frank Kiely a bowl behind in third.

He raised a full bowl on Kiely after five shots and was almost a bowl clear of Kingston.

Kingston rallied strongly in the closing stages and had the lead down to just 20m with two to go. 

Coughlan raised the tempo again and increased his lead to the line.

In Armagh, Darren Donnelly won the Ból-Chumann na Meirleach tournament on the Moy Road, where he beat Shane Feighan. 

He gained the upper hand in the shots to Allen’s where he was a bowl clear. 

He pressed on to raise a second bowl at Bond’s, which effectively ended the contest.

Bryan O’Reilly beat Cathal Toal by a bowl at Knappagh. Toal got the better of two brilliant opening shots. 

After that promising start the standard dipped to Donnelly’s, where O’Reilly led. 

O’Reilly picked up the pace to Farrelly’s where he was a bowl clear. Toal failed to bridge that gap.

Johnny Kelly gave a five star performance in his bowl of odds win over Seán O’Reilly. 

He got the better of the early exchanges, but O’Reilly rallied to level it at Farrelly’s with a great bowl.

Kelly refused to yield though and burst clear again to raise his winning bowl of odds.

Tonight the national executive will confirm the grading of senior and intermediate men for the 2016 Munster championships.


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