Oakleaf Amateur Boxing Club was celebrating after claiming two gold and one silver at the recent Ulster Nine-County Novices Championships in Rochester’s Boxing Club.
Undoubtedly the performances of newcomer, Eoghan Tierney, took centre stage. In the semi-final the first year St. Joseph’s College student, making his competitive debut, out-pointed James McDonald from Old School ABC, Monaghan. Tierney did just enough in each round to catch the judges’ eye and record what was in the end a comfortable victory.
In the final, the Oakleaf youngster opponent was the highly-fancied Conor Daragh from St. Agnes’ Belfast, who brought plenty of support with him. Round one saw the Belfast boxer take the fight to Tierney, who in turn boxed with great ease ‘on the back foot’, using some sharp south-paw counter punching to shade the opener.
Round two followed the same pattern as the first, Tierney again catching his opponent with the better shots. The final round saw Daragh once again carry the fight to Tierney, who showed great movement and patience to allow the Belfast lad to come on to his punches, Tierney taking it by unanimous decision 3-0 in one of the contests of the Championships.
Mark Doherty (Boy 3, 29kg) had an easy path to his medal after his opponent withdrew, leaving the Oakleaf boxer winner by walk-over. Incidently Mark’s twin brother Jason had to withdraw from the championships due to illness.
Troy Killen-Bell lost out on points in the final of the Boy 2 (36kg) to Ballykelly’s Jodie Peoples. The Tullyally youngster made the slower start but Troy, to his credit, came on strong in the third round and probably nicked the round but it was the Ballykelly boxer’s hand eventually raised for a deserved points victory.
Oakleaf Club chairman Gerard McGilloway praised his boxers efforts and stated that this was a good first outing of the season for the clubs younger boxers.
“Everybody did was excellent but I would single out young debutant, Eoghan Tierney, who came through two tough contests in the semi-final and final, for special praise,” said McGilloway, “And when you consider that our club premises at Brandywell Sports Centre have been closed for essential maintenance, the boys all did remarkably well.”