ILLIES Golden Gloves man Darryl Moran bowed out of the European Youth Championships on Wednesday despite a top-class display against England’s Niall Farrell.
Moran was beaten on a split decision in the light-flyweight quarter-final by Farrell.
Letterkenny IT student Moran took the first round and established himself with two lefts early in the second; the Donegal teen also finished out that frame with a left to the head right on the bell.
The third was equally close, Farrell using his reach advantage and raking jab well, Moran delivering off both hands on the inside.
It was a big display from Moran, a five-time Irish champion, who never stopped taking the fight to his elusive opponent.
A DONEGAL boxing team will travel to Manorhamilton on Sunday for the first inter-county tournament of the new season. The card gets underway at 5pm in the Sean McDermott club.
The Donegal team is: Liam McMonagle, Dennis Lafferty (Raphoe); Adam Enfield, Oran Shields, Michael McConigley, David Tstoria, Ryan Ward, Stephen Doherty (Letterkenny); Bryan McNamee, Lee Boyd (Convoy); Ethan Sweeney, Lee Bradley (Twin Towns); Oran Doogan, Colm McFadden, Sean Kelly, Caolan Harkin (Dunfanaghy); Oran Wallace, Mark McCole (Dungloe); Aaron Kelly (Dunree); Gareth Harkin (St Brigid’s).
The team will be under the guidance of Letterkenny ABC’s John Elliot.
DONEGAL NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE Donegal Novice Championships were held on Sunday and Tuesday in the Letterkenny gym. 104 boxers entered with 88 males and 16 females. Participants from 12 Donegal clubs entered the Championships and one final has been held over until Friday night’s show, run by the Carndonagh ABC, in Ballyliffin.
Dungloe twins Mark and Kevin McMonagle, at 50kgs and 52kgs respectively, were among the many winners from Donegal clubs. The Dungloe duo’s achievements is a unique one among Donegal boxers.
Included among the other Donegal winners were: Danny Roulstone, Ronan Kelly, Conor Coll (Raphoe); Cian McDaid (Finn Valley); Michael Connors, Michael O’Donnell, Patrick McFadden, Adam Enfield, John Paul Ward, Marty O’Boyce, Matthew Hanlon, Liam Doherty (Letterkenny); Kevin Maguire, Conor McGlynn, Andrew McPhearson, Barry Doherty, Ciara Anderson, Jody Lafferty (Twin Towns); Matthew Gordon, Joshua Givens (Convoy); Martin Ward, Charles McDonagh, John Ward (Bluestack); Senan Jackson, Colm McFadden, Sean Kelly, Oran McGinley, Odhrán Doogan (Dunfanaghy); Oran McRory, David Tennyson, Luke McDermott (Dungloe).
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