McCarthy wins fifth title at packed Croke Park

September 12, 2016

Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy captured his fifth 60x30 Senior Singles title at a packed Croke Park on Saturday evening as he defeated Dublin's Eoin Kennedy 21-13, 21-17.

Kennedy started the brighter in the first and opened a 9-4 lead but McCarthy soon levelled at 9-9. McCarthy who was in impressive form throughout clicked into top gear and showcased his array of skills as he raced to a 21-13 first game win. 

The second was a tighter affair with the St Brigids man making a determined comeback to try and force a third game but McCarthy was able to stay just far enough ahead to keep out of reach.  McCarthy led 7-1 and 10-2 but Kennedy kept within range and reduced the gap to 14-13 at one stage however McCarthy and secured the points needed to capture his fith title winning on a 21-13, 21-17 score line to the delight of his large support.

In the Ladies final Limerick's Martina McMahon shocked the number one seed and favourite Catriona Casey (Cork) winning an enthralling battle over three games 21-10, 14-21, 21-10 to secure her maiden Senior title. McMahon started like a train and took the first 21-10 with some sublime long range shooting to lay down a marker of her intent. Casey hit back in the second winning 21-14 and forced a third. McMahon seized the initiative in the third and closed out the game 21-10 to capture her first Ladies Senior 60x30 title.

Meanwhile Kilkenny's Shane Dunne is the 2016 Minor Champion following a 21-10, 21-11 victory over Galway's Diarmuid Mulkerrins. In the opening game of the programme.

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