McDonagh records more success on national stage

McDonagh records more success on national stage

NEILSTOWN Boxing Club boast a winner from the Girls National Championships.

Still running this month, the competition saw Winnie Christina McDonagh captured the Girl Three 61kg title following her unanimous victory over Laura Moran of St Anne’s in the decider in the National Stadium recently.

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Winnie Christina McDonagh produced another fantastic performance to capture the Girl Three 61kg title

Both boxers were going for their fourth national title with Moran having not yet tasted defeat.

“Winnie won the first round, but the second was a lot closer and I’d say Moran edged it,” recalled Neilstown coach Ger Fleming.

“I told her [McDonagh] if she wants to win a fourth title she was going to have to go out there and win the last round, and for the next minute and half she boxed out of her skin,” he said.

Both McDonagh and Moran will be heading away with the Irish squad for the European Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Championships in Bulgaria next week.

Disappointment for Cherry Orchard

Back in the national championships, there was disappointment for Cherry Orchard’s Abbie Gibbons after she was stopped in the Girl Two 41kg semi finals by Kilfenora’s Caitlin O’Connor that same evening while Whitechurch’s Kim Lane fell at the final hurler in her bid to land the G3 67kg prize.

There was more local boxers in championship action this weekend with Crumlin’s Macy Cunningham up against Dunree’s Brenda Collins in the G3 43kg Final while Whitechurch’s Kacie Delaney took on St Mary’s Aine Doyle for the G3 57kg prize.

On Friday, the Girl Four semi-finals saw Shelby Myers of Crumlin take on Amy Carey of Geesale for the 61kg prize while 63kg boxer Francesca Maughan of Jobstown and Ardagh Crossmolinia’s Karen Keavey went head-to-head.

Girl Five and Six semi-final competition took centre stage on Saturday with Jobstown’s Chantelle Spencer (48kg) facing off against Chantelle Robinson of St Nicholas BC while Megan Hewitt of Hyland Boxing Academy meeting Ennis boxer Keisha Attwell.