Eoin McGarrell is back in an Irish final again as the diminutive Raphoe ABC man won through to the Junior 1 48kgs decider.
McGarrell – pictured above with coaches Gary McCullagh and Gerard Keaveney – was very impressive as he defeated Saints’ Reece Toner at the National Stadium.
‘Bullet’ McGarrell took a commanding hold of the fight from the opening bell and was given the nod from all five judges at ringside.
It is three years now since McGarrell, then competing for Finn Valley ABC, won his first Irish title. In the Boy 2 33kgs final of 2014, McGarrell – a beaten semi-finalist the previous year – defeated Myles Casey from Limerick.
Tomorrow-week, April 8, McGarrell squares up to Na Fianna’s Stephen Doyle in the final. Also this evening, Doyle defeated St Ailbhe’s Luke Beresford.
McGarrell already has an Ulster title to his name this year after his win over Cookstown’s Craig Bigger.
In a Junior 2 semi brought forward by a week, Illies Golden Gloves’ EJ Gibbons retired in the third round of his 54kgs clash with Colm Murphy from St George’s in Belfast.
Two Donegal boxers had already been guaranteed a place in next weekend’s finals.
Letterkenny ABC’s Paddy McShane is in the Boy 4 36kgs final while Dunfanaghy’s Sean Kelly will line up in the Junior 2 final at 48kgs.
McShane defeated Aoisin Mulholland of East Down in the semi-final and will take on Olympic Mullingar’s John Joyce in the decider, while Kelly received a bye to his final, where Martin C McDonagh from Ballina is in wait.
There was double disappointment for two Donegal females in finals tonight in the Girls Youth and Junior Competition finals at the Ringside Club.
In a junior final at 54kg Leah Richardson of St Michaels beat Chloe McDaid of Illies 4-1.
Labhaoise Clarke’s quest for a tenth Irish crown was denied by Shauna O’Callaghan of Clann Naofa. O’Callaghan was given a 5-0 verdict and the Carndonagh corner left unhappy with both the verdict and some incidents during the fight.Tags: