Red Cove Inn proved to be the more consistent and deserving of the four teams involved in the Murphy Stout B division cup finals night when they captured the title after a 4-2 final win over the Gallows played at the Glenryan Tavern on Monday last.
Gallows claimed their spot in the final with a very impressive 4-2 win over a strong Muskerry Arms side while the Red Cove Inn were winners by the same margin over the Hollyhill Inn.
Gallows continued to impress in the early stages of the final as they opened with a win through Billy Murphy as he had a 2-0 win over Red Cove number one John O’Brien, and Murphy was followed by Danny Flaherty who made it 2-0 as he was a 2-1 winner over Derek Hegarty, with Flaherty coming from a leg down to win.
Ray Glynn then won the first leg of his match-up with Red Cove’s captain Tony O’Regan, but O’Regan fought back to take the game as he won the remaining two legs after top scores of 110 and 120 helped him win the third game to reduce the arrears.
Dean Forde drew encouragement from his captains performance as he took to the oche in his match against Gallows number four Niall O’Shea, and in a real tight tussle it was Forde who took the game on a 2-1 scoreline to have the teams all square at the break.
Red Cove Inn had their tails up at this stage, and the resumption saw them leave off where they had finished prior to the break as their number five on the night Rob Leahy, won the first leg of his encounter against Gallows Martin O’Mahony, but O’Mahony fought back to square the game, but in a real nailbitter of a deciding leg it was the Mahon player who stole it as he hit a double 8 for the win.
Red Cove Inn just a game away from glory then and to the oche came old Red Cove favourite and veteran Con Delaney, while with him there was Gallows number six Ger Crowley, and it was Crowley who gave his team hope as he took the first leg from Delaney, but it was short lived, as Delaney upped his performance to level as he won the second leg, and in a real blistering third and deciding leg from both players it was the Red Cove player who just about edged it on a double 4 for the title.
Shamrock Bar were winners on the double in the first round of the CDO Presidents challenge cup with the first team winning 4-0 against the Tower Bar in the only all A division clash in the first round.
Shamrock had winners in Peter Quinn, John Twomey, Richie McGrath and Jason Kavanagh over Stephen Hill, John O’Shea, Eddie Cull and Anthony Murray.
Shamrock’s second squad came home 4-2 winners against Brian Dillon’s 2 as Oliver White, Martin O’Toole, Sammy O’Driscoll and Eric Naughton all won for the away side with the two wins from Brian Dillon’s coming from Bernard O’Donovan and Deckie Cotter.
Challenge cup holders the Gerald Griffin came through a stern away test as they accounted for the Glenryan Tavern 2 despite dropping the opening game as Brian Buckley went down to Anthony Nolan.
Pat Foley, Dave Looney, Gerry McCormick and Donal O’Donovan then followed with wins over ger O’Leary, Ger Kiely, Ted Miller and Brendan herlihy to seal a very impressive win.
Ballincollig GAA eased their way into the second round of the challenge cup as they were comfortable 4-1 away winners over Quinlans.
Brian McSweeney, Shane Cotter, Matt Kenneally and Alan Errington were the point winners for the GAA club while the sole win for Quinlan’s came from Denis O’Shea.
Joshua Tree 2 had no sympathy for losing Murphy cup semifinalists the Hollyhill Inn as they outgunned the home side 4-2 again in the Presidents challenge cup first round.
Jimmy McSweeney and Trevor Keating had the Josh 2-0 to the good before Declan Gostl drew one back for the Holly with a win over Damien Madden.
Josh then went 3-1 ahead as another Gostl, Stephen Gostl, this time on the Blarney Street side was a 2-0 winner over Denis McCarthy.
Glen O’Driscoll reduced the arrears for the Holly as he outscored Trevor McSweeney at number five to pull another game back, but that was it as Eddie Keating hit the winning double as he was a 2-1 winner over Ken Bruton in the sixth game.