Donegal quartet into finals of National Girls Championships


Four Donegal boxers have booked their places in the finals of the National Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.

The Donegal trio – Illies Golden Gloves’ Chloe McDaid and Carndonagh trio Clodagh McGonigle, Jessica Clarke and Shania McCloskey – will all line up in their respective finals next weekend at the home of Irish boxing.

McDaid (pictured) overcame Molly Kearns from St Anthony’s/Pat’s in her semi-final. In the Girl 4, 53kgs class, McDaid – who won her first Irish title last year – was an impressive and convincing winner, taking a unanimous decision win to book a place in the decider.

McCloskey last week defeated Elizabeth Lloyd from Ballyhaunis 4-1 in the Girl 3 51kgs class to book her spot.

Next Friday, McGonigle gets the action underway when she lines up against Clann Naofa’s Amy Joyce McDonagh in the Girl 2 49kgs final.

On Saturday, McDaid takes on Zoe McGlone from St Paul’s, while McCloskey squares up to Satires Roche from Legacy.

Clarke, in the Junior 2 50kgs final, meets Immaculate’s Caitlin Fryers.

There was no joy, however, for Dunfanaghy’s Ciara Craig. After a win over Holy Family’s Sionna McKenna, on a split decision, on Friday night, Craig was beaten on a similar decision by Castlebar’s Kirsten Cresham at Junior 2 52kgs.

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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