Dylan Duffy and Keith Flavin joined Jordan Moore in the quarter-finals of the European U/22 Championships in Braila, Romania.

But current Elite champion Kurt Walker, Keylan Cassidy and Brian Kennedy bowed out to opponents from Italy and Greece, Walker unlucky to be on the wrong end of 4-1 split versus Raffaele Di Serio in a see-saw bantam contest.

Flavin and Duffy impressed, with Duffy on top against Dutch lightweight Romano Marengo and Flavin forcing Belarusian light-welter Mikhail Baisiakov into two standing counts in the first en route to a comprehensive win.

Cassidy, who won one bout in Braila this week, was beaten by compact Italian southpaw Salvatore Cavallaro in a three-rounder which was a lot closer than the unanimous decision against the Irishman suggested and four of the judges favoured Greek light-heavy Polneikis Kalamaras in a close bout with Kennedy.

Duffy, Flavin and Moore will maintain Ireland’s interest at the 2nd edition of the tournament this weekend.If any of the trio win tomorrow or Sunday they will be assured of at least bronze.

Moore is in action Saturday and Duffy and Flavin on Sunday.

European U/22 Championships Braila, Romania March 14th/22nd

March 14th

Last 32

75kg: Keylan Cassidy (Ireland) beat Armen Minasyan (Armenia) 5-0

March 15th

Last 16
52kg: Jordan Moore (Ireland) beat Andry Tyshkavenko (Ukraine) 4-1
Last 32

56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Adrian Powal (Poland) 4-1

March 16th

Last 16
69kg Eugene McKeever (Ireland) lost to Vitalii Tereshchuk (Ukraine) 2-3
91kg Geoffrey Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Adam Hamari (Hungary) 0-5

91kg+: Thomas Carty (Ireland) lost to Vitalii Pakuliak (Ukraine) 0-5

March 17th

Last 16
56kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Raffaele Di Serio (Italy) 1-4
60kg: Dylan Duffy (Ireland) beat Romano Marengo (Netherlands) 4-1
64kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) beat Mikhail Baisiakov (Belarus) 5-0
75kg: Keylan Cassidy (Ireland) lost to Salvatore Cavallaro (Italy) 0-5

81kg: Brian Kennedy (Ireland) lost to  Polneikis Kalamaras (Greece) 1-4

March 18th


52kg: Jordan Moore (Ireland) v William Cawley (England)

March 19th

60kg: Dylan Duffy (Ireland) v Yaroslav Khartsyz (Ukraine) or Panev Asenov (Bulgaria)

64kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) v Paulo Di Lerna (Italy)

Irish squad

52kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg Dylan Duffy (Pegasus)
64kg Keith Flavin (Paulstown)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family Drogheda)
75kg Keylan Cassidy (Saviours Crystal)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys Daingean)
91kg Geoffrey Kavanagh (Glasnevin)

91+kg Thomas Carty (Glasnevin) cpt

Team Manager: Paddy Osbourne

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Pat McDonagh

R&J: Philip Rooney