MEDAL ALERT – Cliona Darcy dominates Hungarian to claim European honours

Cliona Darcy rounded off a brilliant day for Irish amateur boxing with a brilliant performance in Sofia, Bulgaria this evening.

The Connaught fighter beat up Zsofia Szira of Hungry to secure a European Youth [U18] medal. The Tobar Pheadair fighter stepped onto the 81kgs podium thanks to a dominant display over her heavyweight rival.

The win see’s Darcy claim bronze at the very least and she will be looking to upgrade to more precious metal over the coming days.

The victory also means Ireland now boasts 5 European Youth medalists as Dearbhla Tinnelly, Georgina McGovern, Katie O’Keefe and Laura Moran have also won through to the semi-final stage.

The first round was competitive but not overly close. Darcy’s skill set and accuracy were superior and while she did taste leather on occasion she out-landed the Hungarian and registered all the rounds significant punches.

A frustrated Szir did try and apply major pressure early in the second round but the Galway favourite walked her onto a beautifully timed right hand and tamed her instantly.

The red corner fighter did keep coming but not with the same intent and the Irish teenager was able to pick her off to win the round wide. Again all five judges scored it in Darcy’s favour with one convinced she was so dominant she deserved a 10-8.

Darcy was bouncing on her toes in the final stanza and enjoying herself safe in the knowledge she was about to win a medal.

The Tobar Pheadair snapped Szir’s head back with a number of right hands and did look stoppage keen. However, to the Hungarian’s credit, she hung in there to the final bell taking the punishment from another impressive Irish medal winner.

Team Ireland Squad:
48kg: Georgia McGovern, Setanta              

48kg: Patsy Joyce, Olympic                         

50kg: Katie O’Keefe, Kanturk                 

51kg: Adam McKenna, Holy Family          

52kg: Esther Lambe, Setanta

54kg: Shakira Donoghue, Templemore 

54kg: Gavin Ryan, Ratoath                        

57kg: Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians: Team Captain        

57kg: John Donoghue, St Michaels Athy

60kg: Jason Nevin, Olympic

63kg: Winnie McDonagh, Neilstown              

63.5kg: Tom McDonnell, Docklands                             

66kg: Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch          

67kg: Jim Donovan, Our Lady of Lourdes

70kg: Laura Moran, St Annes

71kg: Bobbi Flood, Cabra: Team Captain.                                   

75kg: Emma Keating, Paulstown                            

75kg: Joshua Olaniyan, Jobstown                             

80kg: Ryan Murphy, Neilstown                             

81kg: Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa     

81+kg: Cliona Darcy, Tobar Pheadair   

86kg: Nathan Ojo, Esker

92kg: David J McDonagh, Olympic               

92+kg: Bernie Cawley, St David’s, Naas

Team Manager:          

Anna Moore 

Coaches:                     

James Doyle 

Liam Cunningham 

Aoife Hennigan 

Gerard McDaid 

Jim O’Neill

R & J:                          

Martin O’Neill 

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com