Tyrone light flyy Jude Gallagher, Kilkenny bantam Brendan McCarthy, and Sligo flyweight Dean Clancy all claimed impressive unanimous decision wins in Roseto, beating Ukraine, England, and Turey respectively.
Gallagher came through a heated battle with Kiev southpaw Ali Dagly, scoring with the cleaner shots to establish a lead which he never relented.
Clancy, a European Junior silver medalist last time out, put on an exhibition against Murat Ugurlu, toying with the Turk and taking a dominant win.
McCarthy turned in a textbook display to beat England’s Joe Tyres 30-27 across the board – he, like Clancy, bagging his second win of the tournament.
There was less joy though for European Junior champions Edward Donovan (2016) and Callum Walsh (2017).
Donovan lost on a split to Hungary’s Konstantin Barbosu, the European Schoolboy champion in 2014.
A tight fight, which was messy and exhilirating in equal measure, Limerick welter Donovan convinced one judge but the other four edged Barbosu in the slugfest.
Cork light welter Walsh put in a titanic performance versus Russia’s Ilya Popov and the Irish corner felt he had done enough – but the Riverstown teen was eliminated on a unanimous decision, with some harshly wide scores mixed in.
There are four bronze medals up for grabs tomorrow with Dean Clancy, Edward Barrett, and the Aoibhes – Ginty and Carabine – all in quarter-final action while Mary Geraghty and World and European Youth medalist Caitlin Fryers are out in the Last 16.
European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy April 17/26
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) beat Ali Dagly (Ukraine) 5-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) beat Murat Ugurlu (Turkey) 5-0
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Joe Tyres (England) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) lost to Ilya Popov (Russia) 0-5
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) lost to Konstantin Barbosu (Hungary) 1-4
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) beat Jvanisova Olena (Ukraine) 5-0
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) beat Weronikia Pawlak (Poland) 5-0
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) beat Ahmad Abdun Abu (Israel) 4-0
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland beat Maksim Pankou (Belarus) 5-0
60kg Alex Higgins (Ireland) lost to Bojan Timotijevic (Serbia) 1-4
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) beat Alexander Tanko (Slovakia) 5-0
64kg Callum Walsh (Ireland) beat Kilp Frank (Germany) 5-0
69kg Edward Donovan (Ireland) beat Michal Jarlinski (Poland) 5-0
75kg Kane Tucker (Ireland) lost to Gabrijel Veocic (Croatia) 2-3
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Liubov Sharpova (Russia)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) v Aycan Guldagi (Turkey)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ireland) v Patrick Cappi (Italy)
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Ireland) v Stefanie von Berge (Germany)
81kg Aoibhe Carabine (Ireland) v Sagit Emanur (Turkey)
81kg Edward Barrett (Ireland) v Karol Itauma (England)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) v Marta Lope (Spain)
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Seyran Yeghikyan (Armenia)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) v Muhamet Qamili (Albania)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) v Nikolina Cacic (Croatia)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Ireland) v Anita Zilic (Croatia)
75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Sena Erdogen (Turkey)
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Enniskerry)
49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles)
51kg Caitlyn Fryers (Immaculata)
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermott)
60kg Aoibhe Ginty (Geesala)
60kg Alex Higgins (Fr Horgan’s)
64kg Callum Walsh (Riverstown)
64kg Evelyn Igharo (Clann Naofa)
69kg Edward Donovan (O.L.O.L.)
75kg Kane Tucker (Holy Family GG) Captain
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigids Edenderry) Captain
81kg Aoibhe Carabine (Geesala)
81kg Edward Barrett (Olympic)
IABA President Dom O’Rourke
Team Manager: Peter O’Donnell and Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just
R&J John Casey