Cully progresses to European Youth last eight

Gary Cully showed his class to book his ticket into the last-eight of the European Youth Championships in Croatia today, but Francis Cleary bowed out despite a brave performance in Zagreb.

Cully, the 2013 European Youth champion at flyweight, had way too much ring craft and skill for Croatian light-welter Matej Simec, the St David’s BC southpaw, who was towering over his opponent, repeatedly picking off his shots en route to a convincing win.

Cleary took a standing count in the first against the aggressive Albanian bantamweight Rexhildo Zeneli, but the the Galway teen battled his way back into contention in rounds one and two of a high-tempo bout before Zenili got the decision.

The St Michael’s Athy pair of Willie Donoghue and John Joyce, both current World and European Junior champions, will be in action this evening. Session starts at 5pm (Irish time).

Cully now joins Darryl Moran and James Cleary in the quarter-finals.

European Youth Championships 2014 Zagreb, Croatia

October 18th (Preliminaries)

52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Sebastigan Sacrici (Serbia) 3-0

60kg James Cleary (Ireland) beat Asefi Soldimann (Germany) 3-0

71kg Fergus Quinn (Ireland) beat Bence Papi (Hungary) 3-0

October 19th (last 32)

56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) beat Katin Arsenov (Bulgaria) 2-1

69kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Ogulcan Ozturk (Turkey) 3-0

81kg Cormac Long (Ireland) lost to Algirdas Daniulus (Lithuania) 0-3

91kg James Hughes (Ireland) beat Alexsander Ceiejewski (Poland) 3-0

October 20th (last 16)

60kg James Cleary (Ireland) beat Marsel Tertejyan (Denmark) 3-0

75kg Fergus Quinn (Ireland) lost to Viktar Dziushkevich (Belarus) 0-3

91kg James Hughes (Ireland) lost to Muhammed Baki Yalcin (Turkey) 0-3

October 21st (last 16)

52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) v Yanardag Ugurcan (Turkey)

56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) lost to Rexhildo Zeneli (Albania) 0-3

64kg Gary Cully (Ireland) beat Matej Simec (Croatia) 3-0

69kg John Joyce (Ireland) v Peter George (Scotland)

(no dates for below bouts on official draw sheets)

49kg Darryl Moran (Ireland) v Nial Farrell (England) Q-final

60kg James Cleary (Ireland) v Maxim Krivisov (Russia) – Q-final

64kg Gary Cully (Ireland) v Alijaksandr Vashchylka (Belarus) or Denys Pesotsky (Ukraine) – Q-final

Irish squad
49kg Darryl Moran (Illies GG)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
56kg Francis Cleary (Olympic)
60kg James Cleary (Olympics)
64kg Gary Cully (St David’s)
69kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75kg Fergus Quinn (Camlough)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
91kg James Hughes (Ryston)

Team manager: Sean Canavan
Coaches: Jim O’Neill and Tom Hayes
Physio: Owen Naughton
R&J Dermot McDermot

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