Muskerry had a great win in the Fred Daly Trophy area final last night, beating Mallow in a very close match. Blarney was the venue for the match and Mallow would have been favourites to advance. They had a big handicap advantage on paper and most of the players would have much more experience at this level of inter-club competition.
Jack Egan was first out for Muskerry and he beat Ed Walsh on the 18th to set a strong positive tone for the winners. As it happened the first point was already in the bag for Muskerry, Jack Taylor was giving up five shots in his match but still recorded a 4&3 win to claim a point for Muskerry. Taylor’s match was the only one not to go the full distance. When Egan closed out his mast on the 18th shortly after the advantage was clearly with the underdogs. The winning point came from Sean Geary who holed out from the fairway on the last hole, Geary birdied from 70 yards to win one up and secure the win for his club. At the same time Fionn Hickey was headed up the 19th after finishing level after 18 holes. He was called in, as was Eoghan O’Shaughnessy who was one up in his match on the 18th. It was a hugely impressive win considering that Muskerry were giving up an aggregate of 21 shots in five matches. The subs were Stephen Riordan and Peter O’Mahony, and the squad was under the watchful eye of Dave Taylor and Peter Fenlon.
It’s been a great run for Muskery, the beat a fancied Fota Island side in the semi-final and beat Castlemartyr and Fermoy in the earlier rounds. Muskerry now go on to the Munster finals which take place in Fermoy in early August.