Cahir Gormley and Eoghan Lavin booked tickets into the quarter-finals of the European Schoolboy Championships in Valcea, Romania today.

But Sean Roche bowed out despite a big performance in the 54kg class.

Gormley held his composure to keep picking off his shots against busy Bulgarian pin-weight Gabriel Paynarov. Gormley’s best work arrived early in the third, the Maydown Olympic BC prospect picking off three solid combinations in quick succession with a neat left thrown in at the end.

Lavin was always in control against Kamil Urbaniak of Poland, the Irish lightweight taking every round to nail a well deserved victory.

Roche was involved in a tough battle with Ersungur Goktur. All three frames were tight, but the Turkish bantam got the nod on a 4-1 split.

Seventeen Irish boxers will compete in the last-eight and at least bronze at the 30-nations tournament tomorrow.

European Schoolboys Championships 2017, Valcea, Romania July 17th/26th

July 18th (Last 16)

65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) beat Samuel Florin-Cimpoesu (Romania) 5-0

July 19th (Last 16)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) beat Einoras Sinkevicus (Lithuania) TKO2
48kg Sheamie McDonagh (Ireland) beat Beka Tserediani (Georgia) 5-0
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) beat Barga Entika (Hungary) 5-0
62kg Danny McHugh (Ireland) lost to Marcus Ellis (England) 2-3

July 20th (Last 16)
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (Ireland) beat Jack Dryden (England) 4-1
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) beat Vadim Ystonov (Moldova) TKO3
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) beat Pavel Bozovic (Montenegro) 5-0
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) beat Jure Bratovich (Croatia) TKO1

July 21st (Last 16)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) beat Gabriel Paynarov (Bulgaria) 4-1
54kg Sean Roche (Ireland) lost to Ersungur Goktur (Turkey) 1-4
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) beat Kamil Urbaniak (Poland) 5-0

July 22nd (Q/Finals)
38.5kg Michael Donoghue (Ireland) v Radoslav Rosenov (Bulgaria)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ireland) v Yaslin Farell (Germany)
41.5kg Jack Charles (Ireland) v Zgajner Jure (Slovakia)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (Ireland) v Abdullah Karpuz (Turkey)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Ireland) v Octo Ibrahim (Turkey)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) v Vlad Vaskovskyii (Ukraine)
48kg Sheamie McDonagh (Ireland) v Alexandr Zyrianov (Russia)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Ireland) v Yunis Guliiev (Ukraine)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ireland) v Lukasz Perkoski (Poland)
56kg James Whelan (Ireland) v Kosta Simeno (Bulgaria)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Danil Tsitko (Belarus)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Ireland) v Yahor Simakov (Belarus)
68kg John Ward (Ireland) v Szyman Szyma (Poland)
72kg Sean Walsh (Ireland) v Alam Kudic (Croatia)
76kg Darragh Farrell (Ireland) v Borna Loncaric (Croatia)
80kg Jordan Ward (Ireland) v Arten Buiru (Ukraine)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Ireland) v Hovhan Papazyan (Armenia)

Irish squad

38.5kg Michael Donoghue (St Michaels Athy)
40kg Brooklyn Saunders (Ballybough)
41.5kg Jake Charles (Mullingar Elite)
43kg Cory Byrne-Dunbar (St Aidans)
44.5kg Cahir Gormley (Maydown Olympic)
46kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
48kg Shamie McDonagh (St Pauls Wat)
50kg Patrick Donovan (Olympic)
52kg Cain Lewis (Ballymun)
54kg Sean Roche (Donore)
56kg James Whelan (Dublin Docklands)
59kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
62kg Danny McHugh (Two Castles)
65kg Aaron McElligott (Cashen Vale)
68kg John Ward (Brosna) cpt
72kg Sean Walsh (Trojan)
76kg Darragh Farrell (St Josephs Edenderry)
80kg Jordan Ward (Bay City)
90kg Thomas McDonnell (Crumlin)

Team Manager – Peter O’Donnell
Coaches – Stephen McElhinney, Paddy Gallagher and Liam Brereton
R&J – Larry Durand