Caitlin Fryers guaranteed Ireland at least one silver medal at the European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Sofia,Bulgaria today.

The on-fire Belfast light-fly ungraded her guaranteed bronze medal to at least silver in impressive style after scoring a unanimous decision over Germany’s Maxi Klitzer.

She’s now meet Bulgaria’s Mari Todrova for 48kg Youth gold on Saturday.

Lauren Kelly had to settle for bronze against Anastasia Shamonova in the 75kg Youth semi-final. Kelly put in a massive shift against the Russian 2015 AIBA World Junior champion but had to retire with a rib injury in the third round.

Earlier, Ireland’s talented Junior prospects Daina Moorehouse,Ciara Brien and Catherine Blaney won their quarter-finals at the Sports Hall in the Bulgarian capital.

Brien and Moorehouse recorded unanimous decisions over Lidia Monostory and Viktoria Fabuliak of Hungary and the Ukraine in the Junior pin and light-fly classes and Blaney followed that up with a 4-1 split verdict over Lenka Bernardou of the Czech Republic at flyweight

Chloe McDaid, who was making her international debut, was beaten by Jekaterina Marchenko of Latvia, the Irish bantam putting in a big performance.

Today’s results mean that Ireland will be taking home at least one silver and five bronze from Sofia.

Friday is a rest day at the tournament. The Youth finals and Junior semi-finals will be decided on Saturday. The Junior finals are pencilled in for Sunday.

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) beat Maxi Klitzer (Germany) 5-0
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Anastasia Shamonova (Russia) RSCI3

July 8th


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Mari Todrova (Bulgaria)


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) beat Lidia Monostory (Hungary) 5-0
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) beat Viktoria Fabuliak (Ukraine) 5-0
50kg Catherine Blaney (Ireland) beat Lenka Bernardou (Czech Rep) 4-1
54kg Chloe McDaid (Ireland) lost to Jekaterina Marchenko (Latvia) 0-5

July 8th


46kg Ciara Brien (Ireland) v Melek Zakivova (Bulgaria)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Diana Ermakova (Russia)
50kg Catherine Blaney (Ireland)  v Martina La Piana (Italy)
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) v Angelina Tsaturian (Russia)

Irish Squad

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata) (Silver, 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)

46kg Ciara Brien (St David’s, Naas) (Bronze, at least)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry) (Bronze, at least)
50kg Catherine Blaney (Navan) (Bronze, at least)
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