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Magnificent Seven – Wins roll in for Ireland on Day 1 of European Junior Championships

There were seven magnificent’ wins for Ireland on the opening day of the European Junior Championships in Sarajevo.

10 young Irish hopefuls took to the ring in the prestigious Continental tournament and 70 percent of them progressed to the next round.

Abby Molloy got things underway in style, as she opened Ireland’s account with a resounding RSC2 win over Romania. Molloy has secured a quarter-final berth, and boxes England’s Lily Bassett for a medal in Wednesday’s evening Session.

Featherweight Joseph Mihai was next between the ropes, in action against England. The Crumlin fighter was a 4-1 split decision victor, (28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 29:28) and is next between the ropes against either Russia or Turkey in Tuesday’s Afternoon Session. World Champion John Donoghue got his campaign underway against Russia, and came away the 4-0 decision winner (28:28; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29; 27:30). The Olympic Mulingar fighter will contest his a last16 bout on Tuesday’s evening session against either Azerbaijan or Georgia. Edward Harty ensured a 100% record for the opening session, with a split victory over Russia (29:28; 30:27; 30:27; 29:28; 30:27). The Portlaoise BC fighter is also back in action in Tuesday’s afternoon session.

Isabel Nolan kept the winning streak going in the evening session as she registered 4-1 split decision win over Turkey. The judges scored the bout 28:29; 29:28; 28:29; 28:29; 28:29. The Snatry starlet is through to the quarter finals and will face either Russia or England for a medal in Wednesday’s Afternoon Session. 50kg Paige Nickles will also fight for a medal on Wednesday thanks to a was a 3-2 split decision winner over Greece. The final scores in that bout: 29:28; 28:29; 30:27; 29:28; 27:30. It’s a similar story for  Kayleigh Byrne after a onesided 5-0 victory over Italy (27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30; 27:30) – she’ll contest for a place on the podium on Wednesday, against either Serbia or Bosnia.

There was plenty of guts but no glory for Molly Doyle, Mary Ann Furlong and Sarah McTiernan as they exited the tournament at the gloves of Poland, Scotland and Turkey respectively.


46kg Abby Molloy, Sacred Heart, Dublin

48kg Isabel Nolan, Santry

50kg Paige Nickles, Banbridge

52kg Mary Ann Furlong, Na Fianna

54kg Molly Doyle, Templemore

57kg Kayleigh Byrne, Gorey

60kg Sarah McTiernan, Drumsna

63kg Kaysie Joyce, Clonmel

66kg Cassie Henderson, Phoenix

70kg Chloe Poleon, Dunboyne

75kg Carly Norris, Santry

80kg Alanna Kenny, Clonmel

46kg Oliver Plachta, St Francis

48kg Michael O’Reilly, St Paul’s, Waterford

50kg Kalib Walsh, Wexford

52kg Eddie Corcoran, Olympic L

54kg Jason Donoghue, Olympic L

57kg Joseph Mihai, Crumlin

60kg Desmond Sweeney, Olympic C

63kg Edward Harty, Portlaoise

66kg John Donoghue, Olympic L

70kg Cathal Myers, Sligo City

75kg William Heaphy, Golden Gloves M

80kg John Mongans, Rathkeale

81+kg Johnny McGinley, Gateway

Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell

Team Manager: Karen Robins

Coach: Brian Barry

Coach: Paul Simpson

Coach: Alan Donnellan

R&J: Barry Tucker.

Draws are available here


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