Ireland got amongst the medals on Day 1 of the European Youth and Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Irish middle Lauren Kelly is assured of a least bronze after putting the record straight versus Hungary’s Gabriella Petrovics this afternoon.

Kelly claimed a split decision. She’ll now meet Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova in the last-four – and is aiming to upgrade to silver after today’s performance.

“The first fight is always the hardest one. With that under my belt I would be confident going into the semi-finals, she said.

“That girl (Petrovics) beat me two years ago and that was the win I wanted. With that fight I’d be confident.”

(The Kelly results was changed from 3-2 to 4-1 after the supervisor deducted the two points for warnings to her opponent).

Shannon Reilly also impressed in the Youth welter class en route to a unanimous decision over Natalia Melesha of the Ukraine this afternoon.

Irish team manager Bernie Harold said Kelly and Reilly had to dig deep to register decisions for their country.

Earlier today, Evelyn Igharo advanced to the Junior quarter-finals, but Niamh Fay bowed out despite a brave performance against Finland’s Vilma Triebelova in the feather class.

Igharo obliged Russian light-welter Diana Rys to take a standing count in the third.

“Niamh boxed very well against a strong opponent, just shaded the second round, said Bernie Harold.

“Evelyn performed brilliantly against the much favoured Russian. Evelyn caught her with a few cracking right hands forcing a standing count in the third round.”

Six Youth boxers will be between the ropes tomorrow in a heavy schedule for Team Ireland in the Bulgarian capital.


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) v Eliana Pileggi (Switzerland)
51kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) v Goryana Stovea (Bulgaria)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) v Anahit Aroyan (Armenia)
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Ireland) v Ulyana Yesipena (Belarus)
63kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) v Vyataute Kupciunaite (Lithuania)
69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) v Olivia Hussey (England)

July 5th

60kg Marguerita Nevin (Ireland) v Patrycja Borys (Poland) or Hristiana Nedyalkova (Bulgaria)

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