TWO young Millstreet boxers gave it their all in a terrific campaign of fantastic endeavour only to be denied All-Ireland glory in the National Juvenile Championships. Both Seán Óg O’Connor and Eric Barrett are in their debutant season with Rylane Boxing Club and came close to securing outright honours. Seán Óg began his quest in the Boys 1 33kg grade on comprehensive wins over Jack Daly (Riverstown) and Patrick McDonough(Leeside) to capture county accolade.
And the momentum was maintained in the Munster campaign, Seán Óg to the fore in a marvellous provincial final against Patrick Doyle from Clonmel.
Onto the national semifinals, Seán Og bettered Vasgl Checjansky from Drogheda in a merited semi-final win. That placed him into the decider where from a close duel, the destination of the spoils hinged on the last round where Seán Óg relented to Cypril Bealty from Carlough club.
For his part, Eric Barrett secured county and Munster championship honours. Securing a passage to the All-Ireland semifinal, Eric enjoyed a triumph over Noel Foy from Gilword. However Eric’s gallant bid for outright honours ended on a defeat to Seán Conroy of Kilmaine.
Ultimately, it was tough luck on both Seán Óg and Eric who showed great character and resolve to secure county and Munster accolades. And though national glory eluded the boys, both possess enough talent to make inroads in their boxing careers.
from the Corkman