Ireland gained a convincing 6-3 win over Scotland at the National Stadium on Friday night. Both teams used the opportunity to ‘blood’ some newcomers to the International scene.
A.B.A Scotland you will recall generously stood in at the last moment after India “withdrew” some 72 hours or so before the contest. Getting a strong International team together, especially for an “away” International, at such short notice is no mean feat especially with boxers from all over the country, so the Scottish Association and their Management deserve all the praise heaped upon them by the grateful IABA.
In the night’s opening bout Chris Phelan from the Ryston Club in Kildare got Ireland off to a flying start with a 15 -1 points win over Denny ABC’s Liam Moles. The young Scottish fighter also survived a third round standing count.
Scotland drew level when in the 2nd flyweight bout of the night, John Thomson of Dennistoun McNair ABC defeated Limerick’s Myles Casey (Our Lady of Lourdes BC) 7-5 though the latter had the support of big brother Willie at the ringside.
The next three bouts all went the way of the Irish side with Danny Coughlan from the St Anne’s Westport club gaining a 5-4 count back verdict against Stephen Tiffney(scores were level at 3-3 at the end of the contest).
There followed an impressive win for Crumlin boxer Jason Conroy 16- 8 against his Scottish opponent Andrew McKenzie who boxes out of the Viewpark ABC in Uddingston.
Ireland moved to a 4-1 lead when Tyrone McKenna of the Oliver Plunkett club outpointed newly crowned Scottish champion, 19 years old Callum Susans of Dunfermline ABC 10-6. Young Susans is very highly rated and seen as a “likely ” member of Scotland’s team when the 2014 Commonwealth Games are held in Glasgow.
Scotland then had two victories, firstly when James Thomson defeated Crumlin’s Stephen Carroll 9-7 in a close encounter and they followed up that when Christopher Givan got another count back verdict 15- 7 over Arklow’s Fergal Redmond (5-5 at the end of the bout).
And so to the final bouts of the evening and the two wins for the Irish side which brought about that 6-4 final score. Davey Joe Joyce continuing his recent fine run, stopped his opponent, hard hitter Scott Hartley in the 3rd round and as the evening drew to a close, Sunnside Cork fighter Patrick O’Shea, the silver medallist in the 2010 World Military Championships overcame Steve Nichol 12-7 .
Another good night for Irish boxing but a brave display from the Scotland side under the circumstances and no doubt before long we will see these two Nations meet again, perhaps in Scotland for a return match.
Ireland will face meet England on 25th May at Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace Football Club in London when there are also likely to be some womens bouts on the card.
Ireland v Scotland – National Stadium – Dublin – April 1st, 2011:
52kg:Chris Phelan (Ryston) beat Liam Moles (Scotland) 15-1
52kg:Myles Casey (Our Lady of Lourdes) lost to John Thomson (Scotland) 5-7
56kg:Danny Coughlan (St Anne’s) beat Stephen Tiffney (Scotland) 3-3,c/b 5-4
60kg:Jason Conroy (Crumlin) beat Andrew McKenzie (Scotland) 16-8
64kg:Tyrone McKenna (Oliver Plunkett ) beat Callum Susans (Scotland) 10-6
64kg:Stephen Carroll (Crumlin) lost to James Thomson (Scotland) 7-9
69kg:Fergal Redmond (Arklow ) lost to Christopher Givan (Scotland) 5-5,c/b 9-17
81kg:David Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Scott Hartley (Scotland) RSC3
91kg: Patrick O’Shea (Sunnyside) beat Steve Nicol (Scotland) 12-7