Fine wins for Moate’s Joe Ward and Galway (St Brendan’s) , Ryan Dervan were the highlights of the semi –final stages of the Irish Youth Championships at the National Stadium last night.
Dervan produced one of the shock results of the Championships with a semi-final victory over Anthony Coyle edging out Geesala welterweight on a 6-5 count back following a 2-2 tie.
St Mary’s lightweight Michael McDonagh, meanwhile, produced a stunning performance to beat Ryston’s Dylan Carr 13-0.
AIBA World Youth champ Joe Ward saw off the brave challenge of James Corcoran. Ward, officially 11th in the World Senior rankings, was 14-1 up when Corcoran retired in round two.
Limerick’s Myles Casey beat Gavin McComb by a four point margin, and Patrick Nevin found the winning score in the final five seconds versus Orin McDermott.
Stephen Mulholland, George Bates and Michael McDonagh also registered last four wins at the South Circular Road venue.
Portlaoise prospect Michael Nevin will meet Belfast’s Colin McKay in the final after both boxers advanced.
Nevin posted an 8-4 win over Evan Metcalfe and McKay registered a shut-out 5-0 verdict over Jamie Higgins.
Stephen Broadhurst, Eamon Tighe, Kieron Forde, David Roche, Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise) Gary Sweeney and Jack Morrissey booked their tickets into tonight’s finals with impressive victories on Friday evening.
49kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) beat Evan Metcalf (Crumlin) 8-4
49kg: Colin McKay (St Pauls Belfast) beat Jamie Higgins (St David’s Naas) 5-0
52kg: Gavin McComb (Immaculata) lost to Myles Casey (O.L.O.L) 8-12
52kg: Patrick Nevin (Cavan) beat Orin McDermott (Finn Valley) 1-0
56kg: Stephen Mulholland (St Malachy’s) beat Paddy Joyce (Brosna) 7-1
56kg: Ryan Peake (Ballyhaunis) lost to George Bates (St Marys) RSC2
60kg: Michael McDonagh (St Marys Dub) beat Dylan Carr (Ryston) 13-0
60kg: David Roche (Riverstown) beat Noel Adams (Gleann) 6-2
64kg: Noel Murphy (Macroom) lost to Kieran Forde (Monivea) 0-6
64kg: Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise) beat Adam Hickey (St Colman’s) RSC1
69kg: Ryan Dervan (St Brendan’s Galway) beat Anthony Coyle (Geesala) 2-2 c/b 6-5
69kg: Patrick Ward (Gurteen) lost to Christy Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) 1-6
75kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan) beat Michael O’Reilly (St Seachnalls) 3-0
75kg: Eamon Tighe (Ballinacarrow) beat Daniel O Neill (Paulstown) 6-1
81kg: James Corcoran (Dunboyne) lost to Joe Ward (Moate) RET2
91kg: Patrick Ward (St Pats) lost to Gary Sweeney (All Stars) 0-7
91kg: Stefan Benesch (St Nicholas) lost to Jack Morrissey (Sacre Coeur) 1-10