Dean Clancy guaranteed Ireland at least one bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in Italy today.
But there was last-eight disappointment for Caitlin Fryers and Edward Barrett, while Aoibhe Carrabine, Mary Geraghty and Aoibhe Ginty went out at the last 16 stage.
Clancy beat Italy’s Patrick Cappi on a 4-1 split to advance to the 52kg semi-finals.
The Sligo flyweight took round one on four cards and swayed three judges with him to lead 20-18 on three cards going into the final frame.
Cappi, with the home fans relatively subdued, piled forward in the last frame, but Ireland’s 2017 European Junior finalist kept picking off his shots en route to victory.
Barrett, in against England’s Karol Itauma in an excellent all southpaw battle, stung the Londoner with a short right in the second, but Itauma, a 2017 Celtic Box Cup champion, forced the Irish light-heavy into two counts in the same frame to ultimately seal victory. A close first round finished 3-2 to the eventual winner.
Earlier, Mary Geraghty and Caitlin Fryers lost to Turkey and Russia.
Geraghty was beaten by Aycan Guldagi, the Turkish bantam taking the first round of a lively encounter. Geraghty upped the pace in the latter frames and certaintly detonated enough leather, but the hard-working Turk progressed.
Fryers hit the ground running in her flyweight clash with Liubov Sharapova, the World Youth medalist lashing home two combinations inside the opening 30 seconds. The Belfast fly also connected with a huge right at the start of a second round which finished even at 19-19 on four cards and 20-18 to Sharpova who got the nod on four cards from a see-saw final frame.
Carrabine led 4-1 at the end of the first in an exciting light-heavy clash with Sagit Emanur but the gutsy Turk battled back to take the final two stanzas. Ginty, the last Irish boxer in action tonight, was beaten by Germany’s Stephanie von Berge.
Six Irish fight in the quarter-finals tomorrow aiming to join Clancy on the medals podium.
Irish female captain Lauren Kelly, Daina Moorhouse,Jude Gallagher,Brandon McCarthy, Dearbhla Rooney and Evelyn Igharo are between the ropes.
European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy April 17/26
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) lost to Liubov Sharpova (Russia) 1-4
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Aycan Guldagi (Turkey) 0-5
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Ireland) lost to Stephanie von Berge (Germany) AB3
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Patrick Cappi (Italy) 4-1
81kg Aoibhe Carrabine (Ireland) lost to Sagit Emanur (Turkey) 0-5
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) lost to Karol Itauma (England) 0-5
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Ali Dagly (Ukraine) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Murat Ugurlu (Turkey) 5-0
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Joe Tyres (England) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) lost to Ilya Popov (Russia) 1-4
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) lost to Konstantin Barbosu (Hungary) 1-4
48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) beat Jvanisova Olena (Ukraine) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Weronikia Pawlak (Poland) 5-0
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) beat Ahmad Abdun Abu (Israel) 4-0Last 32
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland beat Maksim Pankou (Belarus) 5-0
60kg Alex Higgins (Ireland) lost to Bojan Timotijevic (Serbia) 1-4
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Alexander Tanko (Slovakia) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Kilp Frank (Germany) 5-0
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Michal Jarlinski (Poland) 5-0
75kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Gabrijel Veocic (Croatia) 2-3
48kg Daina Moorhouse (Ireland) v Marta Lope (Spain)
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Seyran Yeghikyan (Armenia)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Muhamet Qamili (Albania)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Nikolina Cacic (Croatia)
65kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Anita Zilic (Croatia)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Sena Erdogen (Turkey)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Yurii Tomiuk (Ukraine)
49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow) (Bronze, at least)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)
60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgans)
64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
69kg Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.)
75kg Kane Tucker (Holy Family GG) Cpt
81kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott)
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Geesala)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigids Edenderry) Cpt
81kg Aoibhe Crabine (Geesala)
IABA President Dom O’Rourke
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell and Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan,Anita Just
R&J John Casey