Gavin Buggy downs Lynch in Limerick
Written by Antoin Ó Braoin, Rúnaí Contae
Gavin Buggy, Wexford confirmed his status as a top eight player in the GAA Handball M. Donnelly 60×30 Open Senior Singles championship by defeating perennial rival Dominick Lynch, Kerry 21-17, 21-12 in a R16 tie at Hospital, Limerick last night.
This was a real potential banana skin for the Wexford player who has found the left hander from Glenbeigh a tough nut to crack in the past.
Last night was no different as Lynch led 15-9 and 17-15 before Buggy managed to rein him in. Two lob serves to Lynch’s right then edged him 19-17 in front before the Wexfordman closed out the game 21-17.
The second saw Buggy lead all the way as his greater will to win and fitness kept him in front throughout. The winning margin of 21-12 was a fair reflection of his superiority and sets him up nicely for their expected rematch in the All Ireland O 35 A Singles final in few weeks time should both, as expected, qualify for same.
Meanwhile Brian Carroll, Meath now awaits at Crinkle, Co. Offaly on Saturday afternoon next at 3pm when the quarter finals of the Open Senior Singles take place. Widely acknowledged as maybe the best right sided doubles player of all time, the brilliant young Kells star is fast establishing himself as an outstanding singles player as well and he will certainly pose a huge challenge to Buggy.
A place in the top four of the M. Donnelly Open Singles awaits the winner.