Lisacul’s Denis Creaton called on every last ounce of his grit and experience when beating Mayo’s exciting Patrick Murphy in a pulsating Junior 40×20 singles clash held in St. Coman’s last Thursday night.
Murphy lived up to his billing when he blasted out of the blocks with some tremendous serving and killing. He led 8-0 before Denis began to get to grips with the speed the ball was travelling and started to make inroads.
However, the lead was too wide to haul back and Murphy took the first 21-15.
Denis was by now using a very clever game-plan of keeping Murphy moving and the long rallies slowly began to drain the powerful youngster and prevented him from setting his feet to kill the ball.
Denis led 10-0 before Murphy scored his first point and Denis kept the pressure on, running out a 21-3 winner of the second game.
The third continued in the same vein and it looked like a comfortable win was on the cards for Denis when he led 6-0 and 12-6.
A change of serve from Murphy caused major problems for the West Roscommon man and in a very sudden turnaround Murphy went from looking well out of the match to leading 14-12.
From there to the finish both players served up some marvellous handball. Never one to make it easy for himself, Denis had to come from 16-20 down and save two match points before taking a thrilling third 21-20.
Denis followed this win up only two days later with a good win over Sligo’s Jason Earls. Played in Denis’s home club of Lisacul he never looked in much trouble and won 21-10, 21-15.
On the same bill Shane Noonan lost to Mayo’s Tommy Harrington 21-17, 21-15 in their Golden Masters ‘B’ Connacht semi-final.
40×20 Over 35 ‘B’ Connacht Semi-final
St. Coman’s Glenn Walshe had a fine win over Mayo’s Aidan Connaughton in their Over 35 ‘B’ Connacht semi-final held in Glenn’s home court last Saturday.
Transplanted Williamstown native Connaughton was a very game and mobile opponent, but some very consistent lob serving allied to a very effective roof game by Glenn had him on the defensive for virtually the whole match.
Once the powerful citeog from Roscommon started adding kills to the mix there was an inevitability about the result.
Glenn romped home 21-8, 21-11 and will hopefully add the 40×20 Connacht title to the 60×30 one he won in the same grade last summer.
Cumann na mBunscoil County Finals
Lisacul hosted the County finals of the Cumann na mBunscoil competition last Saturday where three finals were played.
The First match of the day saw a good win for local lad Sean Corrigan (Lisacul NS) in the Boys U11 singles when he defeated Gaelscoil de hIde’s Seamie Carthy in a very close three-gamer.
Seamie narrowly won the first, but a crucial change of serve by Sean saw him narrowly win the two remaining games in a very exciting match.
The Girls U13 doubles saw victory for the Roxboro NS pair of Ella Bailey and Shona Kennedy who held off the challenge of Lisacul NS duo Roisin McDonagh and Ava McGreal thanks to some excellent serving.
The Boys U11 doubles was won by Scoil Bhride pair Luke Shally and Cormac Naughton. The strong Fourmilehouse lads beat Lisacul NS pair John Reilly and Niall McGreal in two straight games showing some lovely volleying skills in the process.
The complete list of players representing Roscommon in the Connacht finals in Salthill next Saturday are as follows:
U11S Sean Corrigan (Lisacul NS)
U11D Luke Shally / Cormac Naughton (Scoil Bhride Fourmilehouse)
U13S Eoghan Carthy (Gaelscoil de hIde)
U13D Sean Cattigan / Jack Greene (Lisacul NS)
U13S Shauna Corrigan
U13D Ella Bailey / Shona Kennedy (Roxboro NS)