Ireland and England went right down to the wire before sharing the spoils in an historic international at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.
Cork celebrated a hat-trick with Saorise Morrissey, Megan Lehane and Linda Desmond, both of the Rylane BC, recording three wins for the Rebel County over the visitors.
Donegal stand out Chloe McDaid also had her hand raised in triumph in the first ever Schoolgirl meeting at the home of Irish boxing.
Breda Quilligan and Chloe Gabriel produced brave performances in the opening two bouts of the session but were edged out by talented English pair Alex Brown and Maria Edwards on split decisions, while Zoe McGlone and Rebecca Touhy left absolutely everything in the ring
Charlie Horgan was involved in a tight affair with Brook Eaton, with the English feather getting the nod on a split in the battle of the team captains in the penultimate contest of the session. That verdict left the visitors one bout in front with one fight remaining.
But Clare’s Keisha Atwell ensured that it finished honours even with an impressive victory over Emily Asquith in the final bout of a thrilling meeting between two of the top boxing nations in the World.
Atwell and Asquith, both big-hitters, had their moments in the opening two rounds, and the third promised to be good as both would have to go for it…and they didn’t disappoint.
Final scored: 5-5
Pat Ryan, President of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association, hailed the performances of both nations and thanked the visting English team and clubs, club coaches, referees and judges and staff for their contribution to what he described as an excellent evening of international boxing.
One minute’s silence, called by MC and IABA Secretary Al Morris, was observed for the deceased and injured in Nice, France last evening.
July 15th – Ireland versus England National Stadium Dublin (7.30pm)
40kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale BC) lost to Alex Brown (Newbiggin) 1-2
46kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart BC) lost to Maria Edwards (Collyhurst and Moston) 1-2
44kg Saoirse Morrissey (Setanta BC) beat Gaynor French (North Road) 3-0
48kg Meghan Lehane (Rylane BC) beat Sameenah Toussaint (Norholt) 3-0
50kg Chloe McDaid (Illies GG BC) beat Jessica Pattinson (Alnwick) 3-0
50kg Linda Desmond (Rylane BC) beat Sophie Morton (Droitwich) 2-1
52kg Zoe McGlone (Emerald BC) lost to Jude English (Hamer) 0-3
54kg Rebecca Touhy (Esker BC) lost to Danielle Marshall (Hartlepool Catholic) 0-3
57kg Charlie Horgan (Ryston BC) lost to Brook Eaton (Five Star) 1-2
63kg Keisha Atwell (Ennis BC) beat Emily Asquith (Bridlington) 3-0