Ireland’s young guns claimed three wins from four on Day 2 of the European Youth Championships in Zagreb, Croatia today.
Francis Cleary, who now joins his Olympic BC club-mate James Cleary in the last-16, James Hughes and John Joyce advanced.
But Cormac Long bowed out at the last 32 phase of the competition this afternoon after losing to Lithuanian light-heavy Algirdas Daniulus.
Joyce set up a Celtic derby with Scotland’s Peter George after recording a unanimous decision over Turkish southpaw Ogulcan Ozturk, shortly after Cleary show his class to decision tough Bulgarian bantam Katin Arsenov.
James Hughes also impressed today. The Kildare heavyweight saw off the challenge of Poland’s Alexsander Ceiejewski.
Forty one nations are competing at the 24th edition of the tournament in Zagreb.
European Youth Championships 2014 Zagreb, Croatia
October 18th (Preliminaries)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Sebastigan Sacrici (Serbia) 3-0
60kg James Cleary (Ireland) beat Asefi Soldimann (Germany) 3-0
71kg Fergus Quinn (Ireland) beat Bence Papi (Hungary) 3-0
October 19th (last 32)
56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) beat Katin Arsenov (Bulgaria) 2-1
69kg John Joyce (Ireland) beat Ogulcan Ozturk (Turkey) 3-0
81kg Cormac Long (Ireland) lost to Algirdas Daniulus (Lithuania) 0-3
91kg James Hughes (Ireland) beat Alexsander Ceiejewski (Poland) 3-0
October 20th (last 16)
60kg James Cleary (Ireland) v Marsel Tertejyan (Denmark)
75kg Fergus Quinn (Ireland) v Viktar Dziushkevich (Belarus)
91kg James Hughes (Ireland) v Muhammed Baki Yalcin (Turkey)
(Quinn will be in action in the afternoon sessions, which begins at 1pm (Irish time). Cleary and Hughes in evening session, which begins at 5pm (Irish time)
49kg Darryl Moran (Ireland) v Nial Farrell (England) or Zhan Haspariants (Ukriane) – Q-Final
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) v Yanardag Ugurcan (Turkey) – last 16
(no date for these bouts – last 16)
56kg Francis Cleary (Ireland) v Dan Gabor (Czech Republic) or Rexhildo Zeneli (Albania)
64kg Gary Cully (Ireland) v Edin Sejdnovic (Slovakia) or Matej Simec (Croatia)
69kg John Joyce (Ireland) v Peter George (Scotland)
49kg Darryl Moran (Illies GG)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
56kg Francis Cleary (Olympic)
60kg James Cleary (Olympics)
64kg Gary Cully (St David’s)
69kg John Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75kg Fergus Quinn (Camlough)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
91kg James Hughes (Ryston)
Team manager: Sean Canavan
Coaches: Jim O’Neill and Tom Hayes