This weekend Ireland hosted an International double header between England and Ireland’s youth and junior female boxers. The England squad contained a mix of experience and included junior and youth European Gold medallists Ebony Jones (Heart of Portsmouth) and Chantelle Reid (Allenton BC).
The squad also included boxers who were representing England for the first time following their selection after successful performances at the Junior and Cadet National Championships. The Irish squad boasted considerable experience in the form of Olympic Youth Silver medallist and ex-AIBA World Junior Champion Ciary Ginty (Geesala BC).
Both nations met at the National Stadium in Dublin on Friday 27th March for the first leg of the competition. Chloe Watson (pictured), England’s Team Captain, led from the front to give England a 1:0 lead in a split decision against Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves BC).
The experienced and talented Ebony Jones continued her winning ways by convincingly beating Shannon Reilly (Bray BC) in a unanimous decision. With some impressive performances by debutants from the visiting nation, England managed to lead the first leg of the double header 6-3.
The second leg was hosted by Clann Naofa Boxing Club in Dundalk on Saturday 28th March and was a sell out affair. Sadly Chloe Watson couldn’t continue her winning ways losing unanimously to Navan’s Shauna Blaney. However, Youth Middleweight Chantelle Reid managed a double win this weekend beating Sara O’Brien (Carickmacross) in a unanimous decision.
Irish Olympic Youth Silver medallist Ciara Ginty proved too much for Ellie Scotney (Lynn) at lightweight but she gave a fantastic account of herself given the relative experience deficit.
Overall Dundalk saw a 4-4 draw; a win and a draw is a considerable result for England for this double header and shows exactly the tremendous talent we have coming through for England Boxing.
Double Header Results
National Stadium Dublin, Friday 27th March England won 6-3
46kg Chloe Watson (Birkenhead Venture BC) beat Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves BC) split 2:1
60kg Shelly Sweeney (Harrow and District) lost to Shannon Reilly (Bray BC) Unan
48kg Molly Perkins (Far Cotton) lost to Emma Flannery (Baldoyle BC) split 1:2
51kg Ebony Jones (Heart of Portsmouth) beat Jackie Lynch (Golden Gloves BC) unan
54kg Jade Ashmore (Chesterfield) beat Sophie Tierney (Clonard BC) split 2:1
57kg India Wilkinson (St Paul’s) lost to Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan BC) TKO3
60kg Ellie Scotney (Lynn) beat Ciara Sheedy (Aglish BC) unan
60kg Shona Whitwell (St Ives) beat Saoirse Kelly (Sliabh Luchra BC) unan
75kg Chantelle Reid (Allenton) beat Aoife Burke (St Mary’s BC) split 2:1
Clann Naofa BC Dundalk, Saturday 28th March Ireland and England drew 4-4
46kg Chloe Watson (Birkenhead Venture BC) lost Shauna Blaney (Navan BC) unan
60kg Shelly Sweeney (Harrow and District) lost to Shauna O’Callaghan TKO1
48kg Molly Perkins (Far Cotton) beat Chloe Fleck (Canal BC) unan
51kg Ebonie Jones (Heart of Portsmouth) beat Caitlin Ryan (Middleton BC) TKO1
54kg Jade Ashmore (Chesterfield) lost to Chloe Commisskey (Glin) split 1:2
60kg Ellie Scotney (Lynn) lost to Ciara Ginty (Geesala BC) unan
60kg Shona Whitwell (St Ives) beat Shannon Edge (Edenderry BC) split 2:1
75kg Chantelle Reid (Allenton) beat Sara O’Brien (Carrickmacross) unan
Report from Lucy O’Connor