Irish fans in Sofia


Caitlin Fryers, Mary Geraghty and Katelynn Phelan recorded a Day 2 hat-rick for Ireland at the European Youth and Junior Women’s Championships in Sofia.

Fryers hammered out a unanimous decision over Switzerland’s Eliana Pileggi and Geraghty and Phelan followed that up with impressive wins over Armenia’s Anahit Aroyari and Lithuania’s Vyataute Kupciunaite in the last 16 of the tournament.

“Caitlin followed tactical plan. Her work rate was very high against a very talented Swiss opponent, said Irish team manager Bernie Harold.

“Mary won against a very tough Armenian opponent. The Armenian was very strong coming forward. Mary used her angles and her shot selection was perfect. This is probably the most accomplished performance from the Baldoyle boxer in an Irish vest.

“From the first bell until the last, Phelan stalked her Lithuanian opponent. Katelynn was back to her best controlling the distance  and keeping her opponent on the back foot for all three round and  it was  a brilliant performance from Katelynn.

Labhaoise Clarke,Shauna Blaney and Shannon Reilly are in action in today’s 2nd session which begins at 4pm (Irish time).


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) v Goryana Stovea (Bulgaria)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) beat Anahit Aroyan (Armenia) 4-1
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Ireland) v Ulyana Yesipena (Belarus)
63kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) beat Vyataute Kupciunaite (Lithuania) 5-0

69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) v Olivia Hussey (England)


July 5th


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Mery di Bari (Italy) or Christina Madalina (Romania)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) v Charolette Hoffman (Germany) or Volha Tserekhave (Belarus)
60kg Marguerita Nevin (Ireland) v Patrycja Borys (Poland) or Hristiana Nedyalkova (Bulgaria)
63kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) v Aaslahan Mehmedova (Bulgaria) or Klaudia Budasz (Poland)

July 6th

75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)


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) v Gulca Arga (Turkey)
75kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) v Wiktoria Kluska (Poland)

Last 16
52kg Mary Kate Nevin (Ireland) v Giorgia Rossi (Italy)

July 6th

46kg Ciara Brien (Ireland) v Lidia Monostory (Hungary)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Viktoria Fabuliak (Ukraine)
50kg Catherine Blaney (Ireland) v Lenka Bernardou (Czech Rep)
54kg Chloes McDaid (Ireland) v Jekaterina Marchenko (Latvia)

Irish Squad

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
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, at least)

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

Team Manager: Bernie Harold
Head coach: Jimmy Payne
Coaches: Ger McDaid, Antoinette Faye-McClean, Liam Brereton
R & J: John Casey