Killian Kingston shakes off Séamus Sexton to reach Munster final

Killian Kingston will contest his first Munster senior final after an impressive win over Séamus Sexton at Grange on Sunday.

The lead changed hands in each of the first three to the stud farm, where Sexton had 15m odds for what would be his last lead. Both were right with their next, but Kingston reached Holland’s wall, but Sexton’s hit a pillar 40m hind. They both struggled in the next two, but Kingston had a big lead at de Barra’s gate. Sexton just beat that with his eighth to leave almost a bowl between them.

After two more, Kingston was just shy of the school cross and Sexton was at the middle of the hill. Sexton then delivered a beautifully weighted bowl that rolled through the cross and the score looked wide open again.

Kingston banished that illusion with a perfect loft through the cross that rubbed the bank and ran to sight facing O’Sullivan’s. Sexton missed that well. Kingston followed with another smashing bowl up the rise past O’Sullivan’s to stretch his lead to almost two bowls.

Sexton cut the odds with a fine bowl tight left past Hodnett’s farm. Kingston produced another massive bowl past Hodnett’s bungalow and now he was almost two clear again. Kingston blew his next left. Sexton got a good bowl to White’s, but Kingston hit back with another big one to push his lead 100m over a bowl.

He put it out of reach with his next around Barry’s corner. Sexton got a good second last to the pub in a bid to save the bowl of odds. Kingston killed that bid with a great last bowl past the line.

The semi-final between Edmond Sexton and James O’Donovan was deferred to next Friday, due to a major traffic diversion on Saturday. The winner will play Kingston on Sunday June 26 at a venue to be confirmed. Thomas Mackle will defend his Ulster senior title against Cathal Toal at Tullysaran on the same day.

Mackle easily defeated Bryan O’Reilly in his semi-final. O’Reilly opened with a very short bowl and never got back into contention. Mackle had a bowl of odds at the chapel and powered two clear at Mary Ann’s pub.

Cathal Toal beat Martin Toal in the other semi-final. He opened with a super shot and raised a bowl after three. He was two bowls clear at the Orange Hall and held that comfortably to the line.

David Shannon is in the Munster Junior B final after beating Billy Dalton by over a bowl at Crookstown. He had a good lead after three to sight and raised a bowl with his next to Lucey’s wall. Dalton knocked it in the next exchange but Shannon drove clear to raise a second bowl in three more. Dalton knocked the second bowl at the waterfall, but got no closer.

Shannon faces the winner of tonight’s semi-final at the Clubhouse between John Butler and Vincent Cahalane.

Dan O’Halloran and Jimmy Collins contest the Munster Veteran (Junior) final at the Pike on Saturday. Collins beat Tony Carey by a bowl at Jagoes Mills. They were level to O’Brien’s bend, but Carey took a big lead with his shot from there. Collins fought back and went 80m clear at the railway. He raised a bowl at the power station.

O’Halloran was too strong for Pat Callanan in the other semi-final at Macroom. Level at the gap, O’Halloran powered clear from there. James O’Leary and Jimmy Nyhan meet in the Veteran (Novice) final at Caheragh.

Tim Young beat Donncha O’Brien by almost a bowl in the West Cork Junior A final at Drinagh. He gained a vital edge by making sight at Hegarty’s in four and raised a bowl after seven super throws to Shandrum cross. He held most of that to the line despite a strong finish from O’Brien.

Noel Bowen is North East champion after beating Timmy McDonagh by almost a bowl at Bottlehill. He had well over a bowl after two blistering opening shots, but McDonagh fought back and led. Bowen regained the initiative with two good bowls to the railings.

Peter Nagle beat Anthony Gould with a huge last shot in the Cork city final at Templemichael. He was almost a bowl down after two great openers from Gould. He levelled after four to the wall. Gould hit back but Nagle stormed home in three great shots from the novice line.

James Nagle showed mixed form but beat JC Desmond by well over a bowl in the Carbery final at the Marsh Road. Huge shots past the quarry and later past Thornhill cross set him on the way and a big 14th past the avenue sealed it.

Terry Mallon easily beat Jerry O’Riordan in the Gaeltacht semi-final at Clondrohid. They were level at the Bell Inn. Mallon went up several gears from there and will meet Darren Oliver in the final.

Johnny O’Driscoll beat Jimmy O’Driscoll and Ian Callanan by a bowl and two bowls in the last of the South West round robin scores at Shannonvale. That win means the two O’Driscolls will contest the final over the same road.

Carmel Ryan had two Munster senior championship wins, against Louse Collins at Killumney and Aileen Murphy at Ballinacurra. Lisa Hegarty and Bernadette Murphy will context the Munster intermediate final.


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