Donegal boxers set for National finals after Ulster success

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Donegal will have nine boxers competing in next week’s National Schoolboy Championships in Dublin.

At the weekend, six Donegal punchers received walkover wins and another three won in the ring at the Ulster finals.

Illies Golden Gloves’ Rory McDaid – who was beaten in an Irish final last year – overcame Daniel O’Neill from St John Bosco.

McDaid took a 4-1 decision to lift the Boy 2 35kgs crown and book his place in the National finals.

Luke Kelly from Dunfanaghy ABC was an impressive 5-0 winner over Conal Casey from Silverbridge. Kelly landed the Boy 1 43kgs title and will hope to emulate his brother Sean when he takes to the National Stadium’s canvas next week.

Luke Kelly

Raphoe ABC’s Aaron McDaid got past St Pat’s Newry man Gary Conway on a 4-1 decision to win the Boy 3 48kgs final. McDaid, a grandson of Raphoe ABC President Tommy Stewart, will head to the capital in fine fettle.

Aaron McDaid

The trio are joined by the six from Donegal who took walkover wins at the weekend: Thomas Browne (Convoy, Boy 1, 41.5kgs); Matthew Carlin (Dunree, Boy 2, 40kgs); Oisin Doherty (Carn, Boy 2, 48kgs); Kelvin McDaid (Clonmany, Boy 2, 59kgs); Anthony Doohan (Dunfanaghy (Boy 2, 62kgs); Shay Collum (Letterkenny, Boy 2, 76+kgs).

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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