Ireland chalked up four wins out of six bouts on Day 2 of the European Juniors in Romania.

Mark Duffy, Winnie McDonagh, Aaliyah Butler and Martin McCullough, with his second victory in 24 hours, had their hands raised in victory in Galati.

But Irish female captain Rachael Lawless bowed out after a close three-rounder with Sophia Mazzoni and Mustafa Edris was on the wrong end of a split verdict versus England.

Duffy, alternating between counter punching and using his height and reach to good advantage and attacking, beat fiery Romania middleweight Lucian Miltitelu.

McDonagh put in a top class performance to advance at the expense of Ceren Tuncer in the 63kg class while Edris was unlucky to go out to England’s Royston Smith-Barney in an all southpaw contest.

Lawless and Mazzoni, who occasionally switched to orthodox, both had their moments in a mostly all southpaw battle but the Italian got the nod.

An excellent contest featuring boxers of similar styles, Edris took an unwarranted standing count in the third round and Smith-Barney progressed on a 4-1 verdict.

Butler put the pressure on – and kept it on for all three rounds – versus Ellie Taylor. The Welsh bantam got a public warning for holding in the second round with Bulter attacking at every opportunity.

McCollough rounded off the day for Ireland with his second win of the tournament, the Irish champion seeing off the challenge of Armenia’s Ares Hakoyban to earn himself a well earned break tomorrow and a place in Monday’s quarter-finals.

Team Ireland have recorded nine wins out of 16 so far in Romania.

Six Irish boxers box in Galati tomorrow. Click here for today’s results and Sunday’s program.

Images courtesy of Tibor Kincses, Tara Robins Mari and Irish squad.

European Male and Female Junior Championships Galati, Romania, May 22/June 2

May 25

Last 16

52kg Rachael Lawless (Ireland) lost to Sophia Mazzoni (Italy) 0-5
54kg Aaliyah Butler (Ireland) beat Ellie Taylor (Wales) 5-0
57kg Martin McCullough (Ireland) beat Ares Hakoyban (Armenia) 4-0
63kg Winnie McDonagh (Ireland) beat Ceren Tuncer (Turkey) 5-0
75kg Mark Duffy (Ireland) beat Lucian Miltitelu (Romania) 5-0

Last 32

54kg Mustafa Edris (Ireland) lost to Royston Smith-Barney (England) 1-4

May 24

Prelims Last 16/32

1st session

48kg Michael Donoghue (Ireland) beat Zoltan Cservak (Hungary) 5-0
48kg Robyn Kelly (Ireland) beat Iryna Melnyk (Ukraine) 5-0
66kg Taylor Guiney (Ireland) beat Orhan Mehmet (Turkey) 5-0
66kg Tiegan Farrell (Ireland) beat Petra Kovacs (Hungary) 5-0
80+kg Thomas McDonnell (Ireland) lost to Dzmitry Barysav (Belarus) 1-4

2nd session

50kg Jason Nevin (Ireland) lost to Saba Tkebuchave (Georgia) 1-4
57kg Martin McCullough (Ireland) beat Kevin Bohm (Sweden) 5-0
60kg Shelby Myres (Ireland) lost to Maryna Muliarchk (Belarus) 2-3
63kg Thomas King (Ireland) lost to Niv Rahamin (Israel) 1-4
80kg James Ward (Ireland) lost to Jack Turnbull (England) 2-3

May 26

Last 16

46kg Dylan Eagleson (Ireland) v Rafael Lozano (Spain) (Eagleson listed as GBR on Sunday schedule)
48kg Michael Donoghue (Ireland) v James Sweney (Scotland)
52kg Donagh Keary (Ireland) v Asad Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
57kg Nicole O’Sullivan (Ireland v Poland or Romania
60kg Michael McCarthy (Ireland) v Giorgi Zhorzhaliani (Georgia)
66kg Taylor Guiney (Ireland) v Andrei Mustet (Turkey)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Alperen Terzi (Turkey)

May 27


48kg Robyn Kelly (Ireland) v Gamze Soguksu (Turkey)
63kg Winnie McDonagh (Ireland) v Sweden or Finland
57kg Martin McCullough (Ireland) v Spain or Azerbaijan
57kg Nicole O’Sullivan (Ireland) v Poland or Romania
70kg Shauna Doherty (Ireland) v Melania Moldovan (Romania)
80kg Margaret Stokes (Ireland) v Natalia Hodyk (Ukraine)

May 28


46kg Breda Quilligan (Ireland) Romania or Hungary
50kg Marie Marine-Gabriel (Ireland) v Veronika Zajicova (Czech Republic)
54kg Aaliyah Butler (Ireland) v Antoneia Alecu (Romania)
66kg Tiegan Farrell (Ireland) v Radmyla Rodinova (Ukraine)
75kg Dearbhla Tinnelly (Ireland) v Nur Kocaoglu (Turkey)
75kg Mark Duffy (Ireland) v Vinny Huczmann (England)

Irish squad


46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Robyn Kelly (Ballynacargy)
50kg Marie Marine-Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
52kg Rachael Lawless (Portlaoise) Cpt
54kg Aaliyah Butler (Monivea)
57kg Nicole O’Sullivan (Corinthians)
60kg Shelby Myres (Crumlin)
63kg Winnie McDonagh (Neilstown)
66kg Tiegan Farrell (Arklow)
70kg Shauna Doherty (Sacred Heart, Dublin)
75kg Dearbhla Tinnelly (Clann Naofa)
80kg Margaret Stokes (Callan)


46kg Dylan Eagleson (St Pauls, Antrim)
48kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
50kg Jason Nevin (Olympic Mullingar)
52kg Donagh Keary (Rathfirlnd)
54kg Mustafa Edris (Monkstown, Dublin)
57kg Martin McCullough (Gleann)
60kg Michael McCarthy (Mayfield)
63kg Thomas King (Ratoath)
66kg Taylor Guiney (Drimngh)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis) Cpt
75kg Mark Duffy (Charlestown)
80kg John Ward (Brosna)
80+kg Thomas McDonnell (Docklands)

IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team managers: Eugene O’Kane Snr and Anne Murphy
Coaches: Billy McClean, James Doyle, Gerard McDaid, John Gallagher, Aoife Hennigan
R&J: Loughlin Gannon