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
66kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) v Finja Bree (Germany)
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)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) lost to Georgiana Schnte (Romania) 2-3
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) beat Anton Lovakovic (Croatia) 5-0
52kg John McConnell (Ireland) beat Evegeni Zhorov (Russia) 3-2
63kg Taylor Guiney (Ireland) lost to Dmitry Zakharov (Russia) 1-4
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) beat Andreea Marin (Romania) 5-0
52kg John McConnell (Ireland) beat Matvejs Prokudins (Latvia) 3-2
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) v Scott Jones (Wales)
80kg Patrick Myers (Ireland) v Matous Kasrviank (Czech Rep)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) v Sameenah Toussan (England)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) v Margarita Zueva (Russia) Emena Sapovalov (Moldova)
80kg+ Kori Goad (Ireland) v Olowia Toborek (Poland)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Olympic Mullingar)
80+kg Kori Goad (Cahen Vale)
Joe Hennigan (Connacht Council)
Martin Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes)