Belfast light-fly Caitlin Fryers assured Ireland of at least a second Youth bronze after beating Christina Madalina of Romania at the European Youth and Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria today.

But Mary Geraghty, Marguerita Nevin and Katelynn Phelan went out at the last-eight stage early this evening, the Irish trio putting in big performances against Russia, Poland and Bulgaria.

Fryers, constantly pouring forward, found the target with the  majority of shots throughout the three-rounds. Madalina impressed when she was allowed use her height and reach advantage to operate from distance, but the Irish champion, launching attack after attack, rarely allowed her the luxury of boxing within her comfort zone.

Earlier today, Mayo middleweight Aoibhe Carabine guaranteed Ireland a first Junior bronze.

But Mary Katie Nevin and Evelyn Igharo bowed out at the quarter-final stage to Italy and Turkey, Igharo adjudged to have lost despite forcing her opponent to take two standing counts.

Carabine, who was making her international debut in the Bulgarian capital, convincingly beat Wiktoria Kluska to make the semi-finals, with the Pole taking a count in the second.

Six boxers will be in action tomorrow in Sofia, with Fryers and Lauren Kelly looking to upgrade to at least Youth silver and Ciara Brien, Daina Moorhouse, Catherine Blaney and Chloe McDaid aiming to claim at least bronze in the Junior class.

As things stand, Ireland will be bringing home at least three bronze, courtesy of Fryers, Carabine and Lauren Kelly.

European Women’s Youth & Junior Championships Sofia, Bulgaria July 2nd/10th



July 3rd

75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) beat Gabriella Petrovics (Hungary) 4-1

Last 16
69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) beat Natalia Melesha (Ukraine) 5-0

July 4th

Last 16
48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Eliana Pileggi (Switzerland) 5-0
51kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Goryana Stovea (Bulgaria) 0-5
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) beat Anahit Aroyan (Armenia) 4-1
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Ireland) lost to Ulyana Yesipena (Belarus) 0-5
63kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) beat Vyataute Kupciunaite (Lithuania) 5-0

69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) lost to Olivia Hussey (England) 2-3


July 5th


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Christina Madalina (Romania) 4-1
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Exaterina Molchanova (Russia) 0-5
60kg Marguerita Nevin (Ireland) lost to  Patrycja Borys (Poland) 1-4
63kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) lost to  Aaslahan Mehmedova (Bulgaria) 0-5

July 6th


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Maxi Klitzer (Germany)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)


July 3rd

Last 16
57kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) lost to Vilma Viitanen (Finland) 0-5
63kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) beat Diana Rys (Russia) 3-2

July 5th

63kg Evelyn Egharo (Ireland) lost to Gulca Arga (Turkey) 0-5
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) beat Wiktoria Kluska (Poland) 5-0
Last 16
52kg Mary Kate Nevin (Ireland) lost to Giorgia Rossi (Italy) 0-5

July 6th

46kg Ciara Brien (Ireland) v Lidia Monostory (Hungary)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Viktoria Fabuliak (Ukraine)
50kg Catherine Blaney (Ireland) v Lenka Bernardou (Czech Rep)
54kg Chloe McDaid (Ireland) v Jekaterina Marchenko (Latvia)

July 8th


75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) v Angelina Tsaturian (Russia) or Duyar Ozturk (Turkey)


Irish Squad

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata) (Bronze, at least)
51kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Carndonagh)
60kg Marguerita Nevin (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
63kg Katelynn Phelan (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
69kg Shannon Reilly (Bray)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St.Brigid’s, Edenderry) (Bronze, at least)

46kg Ciara Brien (St David’s, Naas)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
50kg Catherine Blaney (Navan)
52kg Mary Kate Nevin (Elite, Mullingar)
54kg Chloe McDaid (Illies, Golden Gloves)
57kg Niamh Fay (Bracken)
63kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Geesala) (Bronze, at least)

Team Manager: Bernie Harold
Head coach: Jimmy Payne
Coaches: Ger McDaid, Antoinette Faye-McClean, Liam Brereton
R & J: John Casey