Tralee end 67-year wait in AIG Munster Junior Cup
Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30
Tralee claimed the Munster pennant in the AIG Junior Cup for the first time since 1949 with a clear-cut win over County Tipperary at Cork Golf Club.
Following Barton Shield and Senior Cup wins for Cork and Monkstown, hopes were high for a third local win with Fermoy.
However, Tralee saw off the North Cork side 4-1 in the semi- finals as Nenagh fell 3-2 to Tipperary to set up an enthralling decider.
Thomas Hewitt won the first match for Tipperary, but Tralee replied quickly with wins from Verner Tess and Danny Leen. When Kevin Lucey won 2 and 1 it meant that Donie O'Keeffe's three-hole lead in the back match wasn't needed and team manager Billy Naughton accepted the blue pennant.
AIG Junior Cup
Munster Semi-Finals: Co Tipperary 3 Nenagh 2 (Thomas Hewitt bt Tony Scroope 1 hole; Oliver Carr bt to Scott O'Brien 1 hole; Daniel Kennedy lost to Alex Jones 5&4; Brian Webster lost to Michael Scroope 3&2; Brian Slattery bt Michael Corrigan 4&3).
Tralee 4 Fermoy 1 (Gareth O'Donnell bt Stephen Wolfe 5&4; Kevin Lucey bt Ronal Bagnell 4&3; Tim Leahy bt Trevor Moloney 5&4; Verners Tess halved with Eoin Callanan called in; Donie O'Keeffe halved with Brian O'Callaghan called in).
Munster Final: Tralee 3.5 Co Tipperary 1.5 (O'Donnell lost to Hewitt 4&3; Lucey bt Carr 2&1; Tess bt Alan Horgan 6&4; Danny Leen bt Webster 5&4; O'Keeffe halved with Slattery called in).