North team sinks English
By Eamonn O’Hara & Thomas Hawkins
There were three very close calls for Ulster boxers in a
cracking night’s boxing at the Dockworker’s social club in
Belfast at the weekend.
But it all came right on the night as the Northern Ireland team celebrated a hard-fought 6-3 win over their English counterparts.
Stephen Donnelly (All Saints, Ballymena), Niall McGinley (Bishop Kelly) and Conor Coyle (St Joseph’s, Derry) were all deadlocked at the final bell, the computer countback needed to determine the winners of these light-welter and welter contests.
“It was a great night’s boxing for the supporters and a great win for Ulster boxing against a strong English team,’’ said Ulster vice-president Jim Noonan.
“All the lads performed well and the three countback contests added further drama to the evening’s boxing.
“Both teams gave it their all tonight and I have to say that the fitness and skill of the Ulster side was a treat to watch. This is just a small section of the talent in Ulster boxing at present, right across all the grades and there is great talent coming through.’’
A home match against the USA is being planned for Friday, October 23 also at the Dockworker’s club.
48kg: Paul Kayes (Eastside) lost Sam Smith 11-3; 51kg: Ruairi Dalton (Holy Trinity) bt Phillip Smith 1-04; 57kg: Marc McCullough (Cairnlodge) bt Lewis Pettit 12-10; 60kg: Eamon Finnegan (St. Agnes) lost Antonio Counihan 6-2; 64kg: Stephen Donnelly (All Saints) bt Andy Townsend 8-8; countback 20-17; 69kg: Niall McGinley (Bishop Kelly) bt Ahmet Patterson 6-6; countback 15-12; 69kg: Michael Bustard (Monkstown) bt Adam Grigg 6-4; 69kg: Conor Coyle (St Joseph’s, Derry) bt Tommy Langford 6-6; countback 13-10; 81kg: Steven Doherty (Dungloe) lost Jimmy McCann 8-1.