Michael O’Reilly, Joe Fitzpatrick and Gary Sweeney guaranteed Ireland another three bronze medals at the European Youth Championships at the Citywest Convention Centre tonight.
But team captain Michael McDonagh, Kieran Forde and Evan Metcalfe bowed out of the tournament following last-eight reversals this afternoon and evening.
Earlier today, Stephen Broadhurst and Jack Morrissey guaranteed Ireland’s first bronze medals of the Championships with quarter-final wins.
Belfast flyweight Fitzpatrick (Immaculata BC) got Ireland off to a positive start tonight with a 15-14 verdict over Tural Ahmadov of Azerbaijan.
And O’Reilly, who boxes out of the Portlaoise BC, followed that up with a convincing 18-5 win over English welterweight Damon Jones.
Mayo light-heavy Sweeney (All Stars BC) completed the hat-trick with a well deserved 10-6 decision over 2010 European Junior champ Aleksandre Dokvadze of Georgia.
Dundalk middleweight Broadhurst beat Scotland’s Grant Quigley 8-5 this afternoon, followed by a 15-10 win for Morrissey over Paulius Zujevaz of Lithuania.
But McDonagh, boxing in the lightweight category, was on the wrong end of a 9-6 reversal to Azerbaijani southpaw Parviz Baghirov this evening, while Forde was agonisingly edged out on a double countback versus Ievegenii Parkhomenko of the Ukraine
Metcalfe was also desperately unlucky, the Crumlin BC light-flyweight losing 15-14 to 2009 AIBA World Junior champ Koryan Soghomonyan this afternoon.
Friday’s semi-finals will be held over two session beginning at 2pm and 7pm.
The finals will be held Saturday beginning at 2.30pm.
European Youth Championships Citywest Convention Centre Dublin
Quarter-finals August 25th
Session 13 (A) 2pm
49Kg: Viktor Komkov (Lithuania) beat Stefan Caslarov (Romania) 18-12
49Kg: Gabil Mamedov (Russia) beat Nayhan Nazifov (Bulgaria) 18-7
56Kg: Theo Krechlok (Germany) beat Elias Friha (France) 17-9
56Kg: Luril Shestak (Ukraine) beat Enrico la Cruz (Holland) 8-5
75Kg: Magomed Madiev (Russia) beat Szilard Szabo (Hungary) 10-3
75Kg: Muhammad Bangaev (Germany) beat Bilal Raham Abdel Khattab (Denmark) 10-6
91Kg: Nikita Stepanovs (Latvia) beat Mirel Yitaru (Romania) 16-9
91Kg: Gevorg Manukyan (Ukraine) beat Roman Fress (Germany) 14-6
91+Kg:Vasil Iliev (Bulgaria) beat Janis Rende (Latvia) RSC2
91+Kg:Heydar Heydarov (Azerbaijan) beat Mikalai Ramamenka (Belarus) 23-6
Session 14 (B) 2pm
49Kg:Oleksandr Ivanov (Ukraine) beat Jack Bateson (England) 15-14
49Kg: Koryun Soghomonyan (Armenia) beat Evan Metcalfe (Ireland) 15-14
56Kg: Radzhab Buyaev (Russia) beat Eimantas Stanionis (Lithuania) 12-10
56Kg: Mark McKeown (Scotland) beat Sylwester Kozolwski (Poland) 15-14
75Kg: Rauf Rashimov (Azerbaijan) beat Guisseppe Ranno (Italy) 15-11
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Grant Quigley (Scotland) 8-5
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Ireland) beat Paulius Zujevaz (Lithuania) 15-10
91Kg: Ivan Veryasov (Russia) beat Victor Ialimov (Moldova) 11-7
91Kg+: Gasan Gimbatov (Russia) beat Florian Shulz (Germany) RSCI1
91Kg+: Bohdan Blazhko (Ukraine) beat Muhammad Aci (Turkey) 11-4
Session 15 (A) 7pm
52Kg: Venetik Eranosyan (Georgia) beat Roman Formanek (Slovakia) 14-5
52Kg: Grezegorz Kozlowski (Poland) beat Vanja Bacic (Serbia) 18-11
60Kg: Edgaras Skurdelis (Lithuania) beat Dursun Gedik (Turkey) 16-4
60Kg: Alexandru Cuciureanu (Romania) beat Iraki Melikishvili (Georgia) 26-12
64Kg: Ricardas Kuncaitis (Lithuania) beat Genadijs Merkulovs (Latvia) RSC1
64Kg: Joshgun Aliye (Azerbaijan) beat Nikolay Koev (Bulgaria) 8-4
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Damon Jones (England) 18-5
69Kg: Viktar Murashkin (Belarus) beat Keiran Smith (Scotland) 14-7
81Kg: Nikita Versockis (Latvia) beat Jim Andreason (Denmark) 11-8
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (Ireland) beat Aleksandre Dokvadze (Georgia) 10-6
Session 16 B 7pm
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Ireland) beat Tural Ahmadov (Azerbaijan) 15-14
52Kg: Vasily Vetkin (Russia) beat Samson Sykes (England) 17-11
60Kg: Parviz Baghirov (Azerbaijan) beat Michael McDonagh (Ireland) 9-6
60Kg; Gor Yeritsyan (Armenia) beat Henry Thomas (England) 17-10
64Kg: Ievgenii Parkhomenko (Ukraine) beat Kieran Forde (Ireland) 12-12,c/b, 3-2
64Kg: Zuar Abdullaev (Russia) beat Ladali Abdelmalik (France) 8-6
69Kg: Igor Kharitonov (Russia) beat Vincenzo Gaultieri (Germany) 9-5
69Kg: Ihsan Erdogan (Turkey) beat Fagan Huseynov (Azerbaijan) 11-7
81Kg: Coupe Bryan (France) beat Mikhail Ihnatsyeu (Belarus) 18-14
81Kg: Vladimir Korsunov (Russia) beat Burak Askin (Turkey) 19-10
49Kg: Evan Metcalfe (Crumlin)
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Immaculata)
56Kg: George Bates (St Mary’s)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Mary’s) (cpt)
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Monivea)
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (All Stars)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Sacre Coeur)
91+Kg: Thomas Conroy (Ballyhaunis)
Team Manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Tony Davitt, Gus Farrell and Paddy Hughes.
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