Mixed Results for Ireland as Three Progress on Day 2

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Day 2 of the competition is in the books, and it was a tough day for Ireland.

Satori BJJ’s Jake Ngai started the day for Ireland once again. He faced Spain’s Yaman Mjahed in what was back and forth fight where both fighters showed off their grappling. The Spaniard came out edged Ngai on the scorecards, but it was a very competitive fight from start to finish.

Jordan Scully made his first appearance of the competition not long after. The SBG Tullamore man showed off his grappling ability throughout the round before catching his opponent late in the round with a guillotine choke to get the finish.

Ronan Deegan, who has fought as low at bantamweight, has been terrorising the lightweight division. He won his second fight in as many days, this time it was a split decision win over Czech Republic’s Vojtech Khol.

Keith Keogh was the sole other victory on the day. The C-MAC standout extended his undefeated win streak by outclassing Ukrainian prospect Oleksandr Kovalenko, submitting him in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

Marco Cardillo, Ross Quearney, Karl McConway, Tristan Barnett, Jordan Bradshaw, Andrew Barrett, Ben McCrory and Damien McKenna failed to progress in their brackets. However, showed heart and left it all in the cage in their bouts.

That rounds out the action for Ireland’s second day at the European Championships. The schedule of Irish fighters can be found below. The brackets can be followed live on Smoothcomp and the fights can be watched live on IMMAF.tv.

The Irish schedule for Day 3 is as follows.

Juniors / Men / M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs): Jordan Scully (Ireland) vs. Ognjen Micovic (Serbia)

Seniors / Men / M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs): Keith Keogh (Ireland) vs. Jake Stark (England)

Seniors / Men / M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs): Ronan Deegan (Ireland) vs. Radostin Georgiev (Bulgaria)

Seniors / Women / F: Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs): Sineadh Ni Nuallain (Ireland) vs. Marta Pankiv (Ukraine)

Seniors / Women / F: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs): Kerry Ann Vernon (Ireland) vs. Paulina Kontna (Poland)