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Gold honours for All Saints lads in Ulster Championships

Shaun Oneill

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Shaun Oneill

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ALL Saints duo Conor McKeown and Archie Richie won GOLD in the recent Ulster Chmpionships in County Donegal!

“They both turned in outstanding performances” said club coach, Dermot Hamill.

McKeown’s family is steeped in the history of All Saints.

Great Uncles Harry, Paddy and the late Gerry and Francis were members when the club first opened its doors in the early 1960’s .

Between them, along with his grandfather Tommy O’Neil and his cousin Paul in the mid 90’s, they lifted Down and Connor, Ulster, Antrim and Irish titles.

Meanwhile, in Raphoe young McKeown, who lost out in the semi finals of the Ulster Novices a few weeks ago, defeated the Ulster Novice champion from St Paul’s Belfast in the semi final.

And in the final he over powered a lad from Castleblaney to win the gold medal in the 38.5kgs classl!

Richie, from Moordields, lifted the 44.5kg title.

The Dunclug College student stopped Pat McDonagh from Armagh in the third round.

Richie is a very strong lad for 11 years of age.

Looks as though he is going be a threat to any lad in this Division this season with his natural strength.

And former Irish champion Rhys Wright also came home with the Ulster title by way of walkover.

Bellaghy lad Charlie Cushenan was very unlucky not to come away with gold.

He lost out on a split decision in his final.

He performed fantastically and looked to have done more than enough to take the title.

But it was not to be and he had to settle for silver this time round.

Keenan Concoran can also count himself very unlucky.

The Ballymena lad and grandson of another All Saints legend Martin Ward was beaten on a split decision in his semi final by the eventual gold medal winner.

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