PADDY O’DONOGHUE and Killian Kingston were the big championship winners last weekend.
O’Donoghue won the Murphy’s Stout Munster Intermediate final when he beat Seamus Sexton by almost a bowl at Ballinacurra, Upton on Sunday. The previous day Kingston became the youngest holder of the Munster Junior A title when he had the same winning margin over Brian Wilmot at Newcestown.
O’Donoghue shaded the opening tips in the intermediate final, but Sexton made Brinny Cross in two more to raise 100m odds. He held the lead with his next to the church. O’Donoghue cut the odds to just five metres with a great bowl from there to well past Foley’s. He followed with another good bowl, which Sexton missed by 40m after playing his bowl to the right. He increased his lead in the next exchange to Perrott’s.
Sexton closed the gap with his next throw and made the GAA field with his following shot. O’Donoghue released a brilliant bowl in reply which made light before the bridge.
Sexton then played two poor shots in succession. O’Donoghue did not exploit the first, but he made light with his second to push his lead to almost a bowl.
Sexton held the lead just under a bowl in the next three to Cronin’s Avenue. O’Donoghue edged closer to a bowl of odds with his good 15th shot towards the line, but Sexton managed to save the bowl in the last shot.
Kingston’s win at Newcestown was a tremendous fillip for the young star just a few weeks after dramatically losing the U18 final.
Wilmot opened the score with a good bowl, which Kingston missed by 50m. Kingston’s second was poor, but Wilmot only beat it by 70m in what turned out to be a key turning point. Kingston got a good third shot to cut the lead to a metre and he led for the first time after five each to Mac’s Lane. Wilmot fought back strongly and regained the lead.
Kingston’s great shot past Fehilly’s put him into a commanding lead again, which he consolidated with his next shot towards Desmond’s Lane. Wilmot fought back with a good bowl into the dip. Kingston hit back with a brilliant shot tight on the right that went to the top of the hill and put him almost a bowl in front.
Wilmot got the better of the shots past Collins’s Lane. Kingston lofted his next under the trees, but played it to the left and gave himself a very difficult shot to make the line at O’Brien’s Cross. Wilmot got the perfect reply to Foley’s, which left him with an easy shot to O’Brien’s Cross.
Kingston showed great character though to deliver a brilliant bowl that shot through the cross to hold an advantage of a full throw.
He closed out the score with a great bowl down the left to light at the water. He played his next to clear light facing the line and Wilmot conceded.
Kingston will play Fergal Donnelly in the All-Ireland final. Donnelly was a surprise winner over hot favourite Thomas Mackle in the Ulster final on the Markethill Road.
It was a score with both a dramatic start and finish. Donnelly was called twice on his opening shot from Tassagh Bridge — a third call would see him eliminated. He was called too on his last throw, but still held on to win by less than a metre.
Juliet Murphy and Carmel Ryan will contest the Munster Senior Women’s final at Carraig na bhFear. Murphy beat Gretta Cormican by over two bowls at Templemartin in the semi-final.
They were level for the first three tips. Cormican had a chance to take control after Murphy missed light at Slyne’s Corner, but missed her tip. Murphy gradually increased her lead from there and raised a bowl with a great shot through the schoolhouse cross. She went almost two in front to the stonefield bend and was over two clear at Buttimer’s Lane.
The Munster winner will play Kelly Mallon in the All-Ireland final. She beat Dervla Toal-Mallon by a bowl of odds in the Ulster final. She had a big lead at Twynam’s Corner, but Toal-Mallon cut the odds to 20m at McCann’s.
It was all Mallon from there though as she comfortably won by a bowl.
John Creedon and James Buckley had wins in the Mick Barry Cup at Ballincurrig. Buckley beat Bill Daly and Creedon edged Gavin Twohig in the last shot.
A massive third shot to the green gave Creedon his first lead.
He was almost a bowl in front at the no-play line, but Twohig regained the lead at the top of the short straight. Creedon won back the lead at the sycamores and just edged it in the last shot.
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