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.
European Women’s Youth & Junior Championships Sofia, Bulgaria July 2nd/10th
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) beat Gabriella Petrovics (Hungary) 4-1
69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) beat Natalia Melesha (Ukraine) 5-0
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
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
48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Maxi Klitzer (Germany)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)
57kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) lost to Vilma Viitanen (Finland) 0-5
63kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) beat Diana Rys (Russia) 3-2
63kg Evelyn Egharo (Ireland) lost to Gulca Arga (Turkey) 0-5
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) beat Wiktoria Kluska (Poland) 5-0
52kg Mary Kate Nevin (Ireland) lost to Giorgia Rossi (Italy) 0-5
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)
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) v Angelina Tsaturian (Russia) or Duyar Ozturk (Turkey)
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