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Dale Youth make it a double

PUBLISHED: 12:46 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky DALE Youth Club were celebrating this week after two of their youngsters clinched Golden Gloves championships at the national finals in Yorkshire. Tommy McDonagh, who lost in the semi-final last year, followed in the footsteps of his older br

By Ben Kosky

DALE Youth Club were celebrating this week after two of their youngsters clinched Golden Gloves championships at the national finals in Yorkshire.

Tommy McDonagh, who lost in the semi-final last year, followed in the footsteps of his older brother John by winning a Golden Gloves title this time around.

There was also success in the final for 15-year-old Luqman Patel - and both boys have been rewarded with call-ups to the England team for next month's GB tournament.

McDonagh, 13, overcame Ryan Fillingham (Bracebridge) in the Class 2 under-44 kg final, recovering a 3-2 first round deficit to triumph 8-5.

An excellent display of counter-punching enabled McDonagh to get on top in the second round and, despite being trapped on the ropes late on, he had done enough to win.

Dale Youth trainer Steve Newland said: "Tommy had some lovely clear shots and looked good. It's brilliant for him because he's worked so hard and he's probably the most reliable kid in the gym."

Patel (pictured above) made a nervous start to his Class 3 under-42kg final against Connor Nixon (Wombwell & Dearne) and was pinned on the ropes in the opening round.

But Nixon was warned for holding in the second and Patel began to come out of his shell, landing two good uppercuts - one of which put his opponent on the canvas.

The Dale Youth boy was still trailing on points, but was now producing the better punches and, when Nixon collected another two warnings for the same offence, he was disqualified.

Newland added: "I don't like to see anyone disqualified, but it had to happen because he was holding, pulling and doing anything he could to stop Luqman getting his shots off.

"People are going to try and do that and I'm sure Luqman will learn from the experience. But he's boxed well all through the competition and we couldn't be more pleased for the pair of them."

McDonagh will compete for England in Sheffield on April 11, while Patel's involvement comes a week later in Cardiff.

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