By Niall O’Shea
Castlemartyr put aside the disappointment of their Barton Shield loss when they won the South Munster section of the Irish Senior Cup on Sunday. It was a dramatic win for the young club as they won each of their four matches over the two days. On Saturday they saw off Kinsale but faced holders and hosts, Cork in the second round. Both Cork and Castlemartyr had won the morning matches with ease so it promised to be an exciting game. Cork’s Paul Tobin had a massive 6&5 win over Davey Barry but that was the only game not to go the distance. In the end it was 2-2 with John O’Brien and Eoghan Murphy level after 18th, so the match would be decided on the sudden death holes. O’Brien won the 19th with a par and Castlemartyr advanced. On Sunday morning they faced Mallow and came through winning four matches. On the other side of the draw Douglas were up against Lee Valley. Brian McCarthy and Derek Burns put points on the board for Lee Valley but Douglas won out with Barry Williams getting the decisive third point.
Castlemartyr were on a bit of a roll at this this stage, Kenny McGarry went out first in all matches and won all four, as did Mark Shanahan. John O’Brien and Kieran McCarthy each contributed with two wins but the hero of Sunday afternoon was Davey Barry. He didn’t play on Saturday morning and lost his matches against both Cork and Mallow. On Sunday afternoon, Douglas Barry Williams took an early advantage and the match looked lost when Williams went 4 up on the 10th. Davey Barry won the 11th with a birdie and went on to win 12 and 13 to leave himself only one hole behind. At this stage the other four matches were in with everything resting on the last game. The 14th was halved in bogies but Davey went on to win 15, 16 and 17 to close out the match and a first win for Castlemartyr at this level.
Muskerry qualified for their second Munster finals when they beat Cork Golf Club in the Junior Cup last week. Like so many matches this season it was a very competitive affair. Muskerry took an early lead but Cork fought back and the overall lead changed hands several times on the back nine. Leon Foley and Rory Dineen won for Cork and James O’Connor and Joe O’Keeffe won for Muskerry. The last match saw Cork’s Thomas Healy and Muskerry’s John McSweeney go head to head. Healy went one up on 16, but McSweeney holed out from 90 yards to win 17 and level the match. The 18th was halved in birdies and the match went to the 19th. McSweeney continued his streak and birdied the hole from about 14 feet to take the win for Muskerry. They now face the winners of East Clare and Castletroy who play off this evening. This weekend, East Cork’s Purcell team face Thurles in the Munster semi-final on Saturday and on Sunday Lisselan face Spanish point in the Bruen.