Luke Maguire got Ireland off to a winning start at the Golden Gong multi-nations in Skopje, North Macedonia today.

The Irish light middle recorded a unanimous decision at the 50th edition of the tournament.

He’ll now be back in action in the last-four tomorrow.

Wayne Kelly receoved a bye into the final while Jake Marley received a walkover. Paddy McShane suffered an ankle injury and was wiotdrawn.

The Irish squad arrived in Skopje last night.

Golden Gong Multi Nations North Macedonia

November 11th

72kg Luke Maguire (Ireland) beat  Marine Naccarie (Moldova) 5-0

S/Finals November 12
63.5kg Dean Clancy Ireland) v  Nazif Sejdi (Serbia)

54kg Jake Rapple (Ireland) V Bashkin Bajoka (Kosovo)

57kg Sean Purcell (Ireland ) v Sing Yu To (China)

72kg Luke McGuire (Ireland) v  TBA (Kosovo)

Final Novermber 13

67kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland ) v Sneptin Bajoka (Kosovo)

91+kg Jack Marley (Ireland) W/O

Irish squad
51kg Paddy McShane (Letterkenny)

54kg Jake Rapple (Monkstown Dublin)

57kh Sean Purcell (Saviours/ Crystal)

63.5kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)

67kg Wayne Kelly (Ballincargy)

72kg Luke Maguire (Esker)

91+kg Jack Marley  (Monkstown Dublin)

Coaches: Damian Kennedy and Rory McShane