2018 National Youth Championships Day Two Report

Kerry win Tommy Murphy Cup for fifth time

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 2018 National Under 16 Inter-County Scoresheet

Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on today’s National U-16 Inter-County Championship in Fermoy as Kerry won their fifth title overall.


A TIGHT three way battle between Kerry, defending champions Cork and Westmeath all came down to the Singles in Fermoy this afternoon as it was the Kingdom who prevailed for the first time in six years in winning the Tommy Murphy Cup.


            Leinster Champions Westmeath led by a stroke at the halfway mark with the completion of the Scotch Foursomes on 11 under par, one ahead of Kerry with Cork back in third on eight under par. A five under from Brian Bray & Conor Mullins of Westmeath along with a four under round from Conor Mullins and Padraig Carton were big factors in their lead although Cork duo Glenn Towler and Cian Murphy had scored eight under for the Rebels with Cillian Courtney and Robbie Harnett scoring seven under for Kerry in their Scotch Foursomes total of 10 under.


            Team Captain Courtney along with Jack McCarthy were the stars of Kerry’s Singles surge however with rounds of eight and six under par respectively. Those scores along with a two under round from Erin Moloney as well as one over from Fintan Martin and four over par from Eoin O’Riordan Looney their other counting scores in a tournament total of 21 under par. Despite seven under for Padraig Carton in the Singles and three under for Conor Mullins, Westmeath had to settle for a score of 17 under as Jack Buckley and Eanna Rabbitte were the other members of the Lake County side.


            Cork still had a chance to catch Kerry and do three-in-a-row however in the closing stages as five under from Cian Mulcahy along with four under from Liam McGrath and two three under par rounds from Glenn Towler and Aaron Roche brought them to within three shots however they would have to settle for a tournament total of 414, 18 under par with Colm O’Sullivan the other member of the Rebels side. Kerry’s win is their fifth in history and a first since 2012 in St Bridgets when Cillian Courtney and Jack McCarthy’s older brothers Creagh and Conor were members of that winning side.


            Westmeath were well clear of Meath in third as the Royals finished on 438, Offaly were fifth on 444 with Louth piping Tipperary/Limerick for sixth on the sixth card after both shot scores of 451.


Click on the scoreboard to see all the individual scores from today.