Niamh Earley had to settle for silver in today’s 52kg Junior final at the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
Earley took the fight to Mandeep from the opening to the closing bell in the early hours of this morning (Irish time).
The Indian fly was on the floor inside the opening few seconds, but that was ruled a push or a slip, as Earlier started at a high tempo and continued in a similar vein throughout the three rounds.
Mandeep, a neat counter puncher, took the first and seconds frames. The second was almost a replica of the first; Earley pressing forward, Mandeep back pedaling.
The Irish champion’s high work rate and endeavours were finally rewarded in the third, with one of the judges leaning in her favour, but it wasn’t enough to stop her opponent having her hand raised in victory on a 30-27,29-28,30-27 decision.
“We are very happy with Niamh. She gave it 100% and there’s no more you can do,” said Irish team manager Fiona Hennigan.
Today’s 52kg final brings Ireland’s competitive interest in the tournament to an end. Natasha Logan will be presented with her bronze medal in the Youth 54kg class later today.
The Irish squad will be bringing home one silver and three bronze medals from Taiwan.
2015 AIBA World Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Taipei, Taiwan– May 15th/24th.
60kg Shannon Edge (Ireland) lost to Darlin Calderon (Dominican Rep) 0-3
48kg Emma Flannery (Ireland) lost to Justine Metzdorf (Germany) 1-2
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) lost to Aidanan Baltabayeva (Kazakhstan) 0-2
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Aigerim Oshakbay (Kazakhstan) 2-1
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) lost to Xingyan Gao (China) 1-2
54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) beat Aliya Valizada (Azerbaijan) 3-0
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) beat Aida Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan) 3-0
54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) beat Dung Thuy Thi Vu (Vietnam) 3-0
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) lost to Ariel Arismendez (USA) 0-3
75kg Aoife Burke (Ireland) lost to Chantelle Reid (England) 0-3
54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) lost to Muzdman Balaussa (Kazakhstan) 0-3
50kg Kelsey Leonard beat Ching Shin Wang (Chinese Taipei) 3-0
46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Ireland) lost to Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 1-2
48kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Heaven Garcia (USA) 0-3
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Anna Krasnoperova (Russia) 2-1
57kg Orla Garvey beat Havvanur En (Turkey) 2-0
57kg Orla Garvey (Ireland) lost to Zhane Crockett (USA) 0-3
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) beat Shruti Yadav (India) 3-0
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) beat Mungunsaran Balsan (Mongolia) 3-0
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Bunyat Machai (Thailand) 3-0
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Ireland) lost Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 1-2
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) lost to Kateryna Rohova (Ukraine) 0-3
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Jiawen Huang (China) 3-0
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) lost to Kylie Hall (USA) 1-2
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Sandhu Mandeep (India) 0-3
48kg Emma Flannery (Baldoyle)
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves)
54kg Natasha Logan (St Brigids, Edenderry) (Bronze)
57kg Amy Boardhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Shannon Edge (St Brigids, Edenderry)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Aoife Burke (St Mary’s)
46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves)
48kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Curragh) (Bronze)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ryston) (Silver)
57kg Orla Garvey (Dealgan)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
66kg Joanne Richards (St Michael’s New Ross) (Bronze)
Team manager: Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Gerry Storey, Liam Brereton & Anita Just
R&J: Dermot McDermot