Irish squad

Team Ireland kicked off their European Junior Championships campaign with three wins out of four in Anapa, Russia today.

Irish female captain Leanne Murphy and Niamh Fay advanced to the last eight on 4-1 splits, and John McConnell, who won on a 3-2 split, is back in action tomorrow in the last 16.

Rachel Lawless produced a big performance versus Italy’s Elaine Ayari in the 50kg class but the split verdict went against her.

Irish team managers Anna Moore and Joe Hennigan hailed the Irish quartet at the Black Sea holiday resort.

“All four boxed their hearts out today and gave it absolutely everything,” said Moore. “All the hard training is paying off as they were all brilliant today.”

Ireland will have another busy day in the ring tomorrow with five athletes in action in Anapa.

European Junior Championships Anapa, Russia (October 8/17)

October 9

Last 16

50kg Rachel Lawless (Ireland) lost to Elaine Ayari (Italy) 1-4
52kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) beat Nikolina Boke (Latvia) 4-1
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) beat Andreea Marin (Romania) 5-0

Last 32

52kg John McConnell (Ireland) beat Matvejs Prokudins (Latvia) 3-2

October 10

Last 16

46kg Michael Donohoe (Ireland) v Erik Yervandyan (Armenia)
48kg Michael Maughan (Ireland) v Mark Rozsavolgyi (Hungary)
50kg Shane O’Brien (Ireland) v Martin Balogh (Hungary)
52kg John McConnell (Ireland) v Evegeni Zhorov (Russia)

Last 32

60kg Steve Cairns (Ireland) v Giorgi Gegetchkori (Georgia)
63kg Taylor Guiney (Ireland) v Dmitry Zakharov (Russia)

October 11


46kg Breda Quilligan (Ireland) v Hungary or Turkey
80kg+ Kori Goad (Ireland) v Olowia Toborek (Poland)


48kg Chloe Gabriel (Ireland) v Valeria Linkov (Russia)
52kg Niamh Fay (Ireland) v Marie Scott (England) or Filippa Giannakopoulov (Greece)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Ireland) v Eva Porumova (Bulgaria)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (Ireland) v Georgina Andrei (Romania)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Ireland) v Georgiana Schnte (Romania)

Last 16

54kg Patrick Sweeney (Ireland) v Zsolt Ziro (Hungary)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Ireland) v Anton Lovakovic (Croatia)


October 12


57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ireland) v Josefin Betist (Holland)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Ireland) v Alina Katemrova (Russia)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Ireland) v Loretta Bostos (Hungary)
66kg Leah Gallen (Ireland) v Finja Bree (Germany)

Last 16

70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ireland) v Renato Kozak (Hungary)
75kg Jason Myers (Ireland) v Angelo Sparaco (Italy)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Ireland) v Levanta Kiss (Hungary)

October 13


80kg Patrick Myers (Ireland) v Matous Kasrviank (Czech Rep)

October 15


70kg v Lisa O’Rourke (Ireland) v Russia or Germany

Irish squad


46kg Michael Donohue (St Michaels Athy)
48kg Michael Maughan (Olympic
50kg Shane O’Brien (Raging Bull)
52kg John McConnell (Holy Trinity)
54kg Patrick Sweeney (Olympic)
57kg Barry O’Connor (Sliabh Luachra)
60kg Steven Cairns (Legacy)
63kg Taylor Quiney (Drimnagh)
70kg Eoghan Lavin (Ballyhaunis)
75kg Jason Myers (Olympic)
80kg Patrick Myers (Sligo City)
80+kg Bonvie Ndefi (Olympic Mullingar)


46kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale)
48kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart)
50kg Rachel Lawless (Portlaoise)
52kg Niamh Fay (Swords)
54kg Ellie Mai Gartland (Clonmel)
57kg Lauren Dempsey (Ryston)
60kg Sinainn Glynn (Cloghan)
63kg Leanne Murphy (Togher)
66kg Leah Gallen (Raphoe)
70kg Lisa O’Rourke (Castlerea)
75kg Kaitlyn Doyle (St Brigids Kildare)
80kg Bethany Doocey (Castlebar)
80+kg Kori Goad (Cahen Vale)

Team Managers
Anna Moore (St Francis)
Joe Hennigan (Connacht Council)

Billy McClean (High Performance)
Eve Carr (Enniskerry)
Liam Cunningham (Saints)
James Doyle (Monkstown Dublin)
Brian Barry (Riverstown)
Martin Donovan (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Michael Gill (Ballymore/Hollywood)