Irish squad

Kildare’s Kaitlyn Doyle and Tipperary’s Ellie Mai-Gartland guaranteed Ireland two bronze medals at the European Junior Championships after emphatic quarter-final wins this morning and late afternoon in Anapa, Russia.

Doyle piled on the pressure in all three rounds to score a unanimous decision over Romania’s Georgina Andrei to set up a 75kg semi-final against either Russia or Moldova.

Mai-Gartland found the target with solid left hooks throughout her contest with Bulgaria’s Eva Porumova, the Tipp bantam rocking her opponent back into a neutral corner with a big shot inside the final 20 seconds of the bout which saw Porumova receive a warning for dropping her head.

Barry O’Connor was in outstanding form versus Croatia’s Anton Lovakovic en route to a unanimous verdict and will be back in action on Saturday with at least a bronze medal up for grabs.

Patrick Sweeney was beaten in a close bout with Hungarian bantam Zsolt Ziro.

Niamh Fay, Bethany Doocey and Chloe Gabriel bowed out at the last eight stage after tight contests with England’s Maria Scott, Romania’s Georgiana Schnte and Russia’s Valeria Linkov in bouts which could have gone way.

Seven Irish boxers are between the ropes tomorrow in the quarter-finals and last 16.

Meantime, Ireland have won 10 bouts so far and lost seven.

“Everyone is working very hard. The tournament is very intense and we have another seven on tomorrow. All our team gave it everything today and can be proud of their performances,” said Irish Women’s team manager Anna Moore.


European Junior Championships Anapa, Russia


October 12


57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ireland) v Josefin Betist (Netherlands)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) v Alina Katemrova (Russia)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) v Loretta Bostos (Hungary)
66kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) v Finja Bree (Germany)

Last 16

70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Renato Kozak (Hungary)
75kg Jason Myers (Ireland) v Angelo Sparaco (Italy)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Ireland) v Levanta Kiss (Hungary)

October 11


48kg Chloe Gabriel (Ireland) lost to Valeria Linkov (Russia) 1-4
52kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) lost to Marie Scott (England) 2-3
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) beat Eva Porumova (Bulgaria) 5-0
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) beat Georgina Andrei (Romania) 5-0
80kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) lost to Georgiana Schnte (Romania) 2-3

Last 16

54kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Zsolt Ziro (Hungary) 0-5
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) beat Anton Lovakovic (Croatia) 5-0

October 10

Last 16

46kg Michael Donohoe (Ireland) beat Erik Yervandyan (Armenia) 5-0
48kg Michael Maughan (Ireland) beat Mark Rozsavolgyi (Hungary) 5-0
50kg Shane O’Brien (Ireland) beat Martin Balogh (Hungary) RSC2
52kg John McConnell (Ireland) beat Evegeni Zhorov (Russia) 3-2

Last 32

60kg Steve Cairns (Ireland) lost to Giorgi Gegetchkori (Georgia) 2-3
63kg Taylor Guiney (Ireland) lost to Dmitry Zakharov (Russia) 1-4

October 9

Last 16

50kg Rachel Lawless (Ireland) lost to Elaine Ayari (Italy) 1-4
52kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) beat Nikolina Boke (Latvia) 4-1
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) beat Andreea Marin (Romania) 5-0

Last 32

52kg John McConnell (Ireland) beat Matvejs Prokudins (Latvia) 3-2

October 13


46kg Michael Donohoe (Ireland) v Jack Dryden (England) or Victor Serbov (Moldova)
48kg Michael Maughan (Ireland) v Colin Cairney (Scotland) or Mihail Taranu (Moldova)
50kg Shane O’Brien (Ireland) v Michaelle Baldassi (Italy) or Denii Alagic (Croatia)
52kg John McConnell (Ireland) v Billy Adams (England) or Davit Yegoryan (Armenia)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) v Scott Jones (Wales)
80kg Patrick Myers (Ireland) v Matous Kasrviank (Czech Rep)

October 15


46kg Breda Quilligan (Ireland) v Hungary or Turkey
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) v Sameenah Toussan (England)
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) v Russia or Germany
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) v Margarita Zueva (Russia) Emena Sapovalov (Moldova)
80kg+ Kori Goad (Ireland) v Olowia Toborek (Poland)

Irish squad


46kg Michael Donohue (St Michaels Athy)
48kg Michael Maughan (Olympic
50kg Shane O’Brien (Raging Bull)
52kg John McConnell (Holy Trinity)
54kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Sliabh Luachra)
60kg Steven Cairns (Legacy)
63kg Taylor Quiney (Drimnagh)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
75kg Jason Myers (Olympic)
80kg Patrick Myers (Sligo City)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Olympic Mullingar)


46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
50kg Rachel Lawless (Portlaoise)
52kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Clonmel)
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ryston)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Togher)
66kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe)
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (St Brigids Kildare)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Castlebar)
80+kg Kori Goad (Cahen Vale)

Team Managers

Anna Moore (St Francis)
Joe Hennigan (Connacht Council)


Billy McClean (High Performance)
Eve Carr (Enniskerry)
Liam Cunningham (Saints)
James Doyle (Monkstown Dublin)
Brian Barry (Riverstown)
Martin Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes)


Michael Gill (Ballymore/Hollywood)