Surprise defeats for Gallagher & McLaughlin

National Elite Championships Preliminaries February 11th National Stadium Dublin

Two major upsets on the opening night of the 2011 Irish Senior Elite championships at the National Stadium where both Commonwealth Games champion, Patrick Gallagher and WillieMcLaughlin of
the Illies Club in Donegal all but saw their hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics disappear following qualifying round defeats.

Dublin welterweight Daniel Quinn produced the biggest shock National Championships with a stunning win over Commonwealth Games champion Patrick Gallagher
Gallagher, who claimed gold for Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, was tied at 1-1 with Quinn at the end of the first.

But Glasnevin BC prospect Quinn scored the only three points of the second round en route to a 6-1 win.

Meanwhile, Willie McLaughlin, who beat Gallagher in the recent Ulster final, was shocked on a count back by the impressive Craig McCarthy.

Both welterweights were locked at 0-0 at the end of the first. McLaughlin finally got through with a right in the second, but McCarthy got through with a right of his own to make it 1-1 before having his hand raised in triumph on accepted scores against the 2009 AIBA World Senior Championships quarter-finalist.
Ross Hickey nearly suffered the first shock of the Championships against hard-punching Crumlin light-welter Stephen Carroll in the opening 64Kg clash.

Hickey, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 European Championships, opened a 1-0 lead in the first, but Carroll landed two quick shots in succession to take a 2-1 lead in a fairly explosive second round.

Hickey responded with a cracking right which forced his opponent into a standing count. Carroll took another count in the third, but stormed back to make it 3-3 with a close range left. However, two thudding right hooks sealed a 5-3 win for Hickey.

“He made me work hard, he’s a very strong puncher. I caught him with two right hooks when I needed them because he was coming on strong. I had to give him something to stop him, ” said Hickey.

“I am more comfortable at light-welterweight. I’m not struggling to get down to 60Kg. I was too big – too tall – I’m enjoying it this way. Every weight division is tough these days.”
The Championships continue today.

56Kg: Danny Coughlan (St Anne’s) lost to Sean McComb ( Holy Trinity) 1-4
60Kg: Gavin Keating (St Saviours) lost to Michael Myres (Ryston) 5-6
60Kg: Paul Raymond (Bray) lost to Jason Conroy (Crumlin) RSC3
64Kg: Stephen Carroll (Crumlin) lost to Ross Hickey (Grangecon) 3-5
64Kg: Barry Gillespie (Twinstown) lost to Niall Murray (Gorey) 0-8
64Kg: Jake Hanney (Corinthians) lost to Stephen Coughlan (Bray) 2-13
64Kg: Tommy Dwyer (St Aidan’s) lost to Tyrone McKenna (Oliver Plunkett) 0-3
64Kg: Eamon Tuohy (St Carthage’s) lost to Anthony Upton (Holy Family) 1-5

69Kg: Shane Murtagh (Crumlin) beat Jonathan Dowling (Paulstown) 3-0
69Kg: Patrick Gallagher (Gleann) lost to Daniel Quinn (Glasnevin) 1-6
69Kg: Karl Brabazon (St Saviours) beat Graham Hogan (Crumlin) 3-1
69Kg: Fergal Redmond (Arklow) lost to Adam Nolan (Bray) 0-3
69Kg: Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG) lost to Craig McCarthy (St Pauls) 1-1 c/b 2-3
69Kg: John Murray (Gorey) lost to Jamie Dowling (Paulstown) 2-8
91+Kg: Patrick O’Shea (Sunnyside) lost to Patrick Corcoran (Olympic) 2 -14

Female Q/Final
69Kg|: Joanna Barclay (Holy Family) lost to Jessie Lyons (St Francis) RSC3


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