The Ukraine edged out Ireland by a single bout at the National Stadium in Dublin last night, the visitors earning a 5-4 win over nine bouts.
Lauren Hogan, Kelly Harrington, Clare Grace and Christina Desmond emerged victorious for Ireland for the home side, Hogan and Desmond winning on majority decisions, Harrington on a unanimous, and Grace, the World No.8, on a split.
Both nations will meet again tomorrow night at the St Brigid’s BC in Kildare.
Ireland v Ukraine National Stadium Dublin February 27th (7:30pm)
48kg: Lauren Hogan (Ireland) beat Olga Minhenko (Ukraine) 2-0
51kg: Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Snizhana Kholodkova (Ukraine) 0-2
57kg: Emma Agnew (Ireland) lost to Maryna Malovona (Ukraine) 0-3
60kg: Debbie O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Oganna Khrei (Ukraine) 0-3
64kg: Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Nila Lipska (Ukraine) 3-0
64kg: Sarah Close (Ireland) lost to Mariia Bova (Ukraine) 1-2
69kg: Clare Grace (Ireland) beat Olena Kolesnyk (Ukraine) 2-1
69kg: Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Mariya Borutsa (Ukraine) 2-0
81kg+: Diane Campbell (Ireland) lost to Elivara Papirovych (Ukraine) 1-2
Irish squad v Ukraine St Brigid’s BC Kildare 28th February
48kg Lauren Hogan (St Brigids E)
51kg Elaine Harrison (Ballina)
57kg Dervla Duffy (St Brigids Kildare, Defence Forces)
60kg Cheyanne O’Neill ( Athlone)
64kg Kayleigh McCormack (Kilfenora)
64kg Grannie Walsh (Spartcus)
69kg Clare Grace (Callan)
69kg Christina Desmond (Macroom)
81kg Fiona Nelson (City Of Belfast)