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Team England talent ends Ellie Mai Gartland’s European involvement

Tipperary teen prospect Ellie Mai Gartland’s bid to reach the European U22 Championships was thwarted by a fellow young prospect in Italy today.

The European Junior gold medal winner was outpointed by England’s World and European Youth Champion Gemma Richardson in her first-ever senior bout.

The 19-year-old Clonmel BC fighter was game throughout and showed real pockets of quality in a frantic affair. However, she came out second best against a talented English operator.

Both fighters let their hands go from the off. The first round was frantic with both looking to score with straight shots down the pipe. Gartlands southpaw back hand seemed to land cleaner but Richardson landed with more volume. Both fighters also got deducted a point in a round the judges eventually scored Englands way.

The Clonmel teen tried to match her opponent for work rate in the second and let punches go in bunches. However, she nigh on ran onto a big shot and found herself be given a standing eight count and lost the round 10-8 on two of the five judges scorecards.

To her credit the emerging talent didn’t go into her shell and pushed forward in the third round. Again there were pockets of success and again both fighters were docked points and again the English prospect managed to win the stanza.

2021 European U/22 Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy
June 17
Last 32
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Pete Novak (Czech Republic) 5-0
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Dan Krotter (Germany) 4-1

June 18
Last 32
52kg Sean Mari (Ireland) beat Hamza Mahmood (England) 4-1
Last 16
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Romane Moulai (France) 4-1
63kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Nenad Javanovic (Serbia) 5-0
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Moreno Fendero (France)

June 19
Last 16
52kg Sean Mari (Ireland) lost Cosmin Girleanu (Romania)
56kg Adam Hession (Ireland) beat Gabor Virban (Hungary)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Eric Tudor (Romania)
91kg Jack Marley (Ireland) beat Dariusz Lasotta (Germany)

June 20th
Last 16
91kg+ Gytis Lisinskas (Ireland) v Vincenzo Fiaschetti (Italy)
60kg Ellie Mai-Gartland (Ireland) v Paige Richardson (England)

Irish squad

51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
60kg Ellie Mai-Gartland (Clonmel)
52kg Sean Mari (Monkstown)
56kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
63kg Dean Clancy (Sean McDermott)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
81kg Kane Tucker (Emerald)
91kg Jack Marley (Monkstown
91kg+ Gytis Lisinskas (Celtic Eagles)

Team Manager: Tara Mari
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Damain Kennedy, James Doyle
Physio: David Cooke

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