Last-gasp Séamus Sexton claims cup in Donoughmore

Séamus Sexton won the Pat Barry Cup at Donoughmore where he beat Michael Bohane in the last shot.

Bohane was just fore after four each to the bounds and increased his lead to 70m after two more to Ring’s. He held the lead onto the straight. Sexton was just short of the nooks in two good bowls, where he led by ten metres. Bohane was back in front after his 11th to the nooks.

Sexton nosed ahead again to the second last. Bohane then missed sight. Sexton snatched it by slicing tight past the bend and beating the line.

James Buckley moved a step closer to King of the Roads when he beat Aidan Murphy by a bowl in the Mick Barry Cup at Ballincurrig.

He shaded good opening shots. Murphy hooked his second to the right and Buckley hit back with a smart bowl past Moore’s gate. Murphy missed the black sign with his third to leave almost a bowl between them. Buckley made Geary’s with his next and raised a bowl with is fourth past the creamery.

Murphy missed the line when his next bowl ricocheted off a pothole. Buckley missed too when he might have raised a second bowl.

Murphy rallied strongly on the long straight. Buckley quelled that comeback with a fine effort to the big corner. Murphy continued to press, but Buckley went on to win by a bowl.

Martin Coppinger beat Killian Kingston by two bowls in the Phair Cup at Shannonvale. Good second and third shots put him a bowl clear at the quarry.

Kingston clipped the odds with a good bowl to Sam’s lane. Coppinger pushed clear again with a brilliant bowl from there. Stephen Murphy gave a top class performance at Castletownkenneigh where he beat Shane Shannon in the Munster Junior C quarter-final.

He reached the bridge following a great rub with his third to go a bowl in front. He beat Spillane’s with his fourth and beat the new house in six to raise a second bowl. He was at O’Leary’s bend in ten where he had three bowls.

Shannon beat Daniel Murphy by a bowl at Newcestown in the previous round. He led by a bowl after three to O’Brien’s cross. He made Keane’s in four more, but Murphy reached there in three to cut the odds to 30m. Shannon raised the tempo again with three super shots towards the line.

Stephen Murphy plays Tony Carey in the semi-final. Adrian Callanan is already through to the final, he beat Paul Walsh in the other semi-final at Macroom. Walsh broke the deadlock with a big bowl to the gap.

Callanan levelled with an equally good bowl and they went to Glasheen cross level. Callanan gained the upper hand after his bowl from there got a perfect brush. He beat the line with his following shot.

Dean Sexton beat Liam Walsh in the last shot at Castletownkenneigh to set up a meeting with Frank Kiely in the Novice I semi-final. He led by 50m after three past the hollies. He raised a bowl after a huge sixth and held it with his next two to the triangle. He beat a great ninth from Walsh to hold his lead to Peg’s corner. It was just under a bowl at the pitch bend, Sexton raised it again in the last two.

The top Novice II performance was Stephen Sewell’s incredible ten shot salvo to just short of the line against Oliver Dempsey at Newcestown. He made O’Brien’s cross in eight and was looking at the line in two more where he led by two bowls.

He then secured a semi-final meeting with Christy McCarthy by beating Kevin Manning by a bowl at Castletownkenneigh. They were level after five to the second bend. Sewell took almost a bowl lead by reaching the triangle in seven. He raised the bowl after 11, though his bowling was patchy.

John Hickey and Bernard O’Donovan contest the other semi-final.

O’Donovan beat John Connolly at Templemartin. Connolly raised a bowl with his first six to Slyne’s corner. O’Donovan virtually levelled with a huge shot from there and won the lead at Collins’ wall. He raised big odds to the schoolhouse cross and won comfortably.

Hickey beat Mike McCarthy by two bowls at Ballygurteen. He opened the first bend with two brilliant throws to go a bowl up. He extended his lead with impressive bowling on the straight.

McCarthy finished well, but couldn’t get close. PJ Cooney gave a top class performance in beating Bill McAuliffe by a bowl in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup at Ballincurrig. He scorched to just short of the no-play line in four and reached Leahy’s in a record equalling eight to lead by a bowl.

Seven Gretta Cormican Cup first rounds were decided. Lydia Sexton beat Eibhlís Murray by a bowl at Newcestown. Meghan Collins beat Lisa Hegarty by a bowl at Castletownkenneigh.

Emma Fitzpatrick turned her score with Aileen Murphy with a great bowl at the end of the straight at Drimoleague.

Ciara Buckley beat Denise Murphy at Donoughmore. Mairéad O’Driscoll finished with two big shots to beat Bernadette Murphy at Timoleague. Louise Collins raised almost a bowl on Catriona Murphy to the ‘black sticks’ at Drinagh. Emma Hickey held off the fast finishing Helen Whyte at Bauravilla.


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