Laura Moran produced when it mattered most to secure a European Youth [U18] medal in Sofia today.
Mayo’s Moran went into the last round level pegging with England’s Madison Adkins and needed a big three minutes to keep her continental medal dreams alive.
The St Anne’s fighter delivered and then some, sticking two fingers up massive tension and going about ensuring she would step onto the podium.
The teenager’s desire and bravery gt her over the line in a fight where there was little between the two in terms of natural talent or tactical acumen.
The win sees the 70kg fighter secure a bronze medal at the very least and she will be looking to upgrade as the week progresses.
The victory was Team Ireland’s third of the day and the country’s fourth when a medal was up for grabs.
Moran pressed forward from the off and looked menacing early on. Adkins was patient and was keen to counter but it was the Irish fighter who was landing the clean shots and took the round on all but one of the judge’s cards, much to the delight of the vocal Irish support.
The second started in a similar fashion although midway through the stanza the English fighter managed to get up on her toes and land an impressive and regularly employed jab.
Moran closed the space again as the session developed but Adkins’s eye was in by that stage and she enjoyed more success, meaning it was level of four judge’s scorecards going into the last, Moran was 20-18 behind on the other.
The final round was tense, but where Adkins looked like she didn’t want to lose the Irish fighter looked like she wanted the win. Again the Connaught fighter was the aggressor, was more proactive and while her opponent showed flashes of skill Moran’s work rate proved to be enough and she deservedly got the nod.
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
R & J: