In the semis there were two repeats of past finals, and two reversed results – with George Bates avenging his 2017 lightweight final loss to Pat Mongan and Evan Metcalfe scoring a win over Myles Casey at bantamweight in a repeat of the 2015 flyweight final.
Last year’s welterweight champion, Dean Walsh, won’t be retaining his title having been beaten by the Kieran Molloy, the Oughterard fighter announcing his arrival on the scene with a fantastic performance.
There were also wins for Caoimhin Ferguson, Dervla Duffy, Wayne Kelly, Frankie Cleary, Thomas McCarthy, Dean Gardiner, and Eugene McKeever who survived a final round knockdown against Tony McGlynn.
The semi finals resume tomorrow evening.
2018 National Elite Men’s and Women’s National Elite Championships National Stadium Dublin
Friday February 16th (7pm)
69kg Connie Vaughan (Duhallow) V Ciara Sheedy (Ardnaree)
75kg Kelyn Cassidy (Saviours Crystal) beat Peter Carr (Crumlin)
75kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) beat Glory Carlos Imuala (Maynooth)
75kg Gerard French (Clonard Antrim) beat John Maughan (St Marys Dublin)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) beat David Biscevas (St Saviours OBA)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys Daingean) beat Robert Burke (Glasnevin)
81kg Tony Browne (St Michaels Dub) beat David Tsotsoria (Illies GG)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis) WO Kenneth Okungbowa (Athlone)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart) beat Ashley McCullough (Albert Foundry)
56kg Evan Metcalfe (Hyland Academy) beat Myles Casey (St Francis)
56kg Thomas McCarthy (Setanta) beat Christian Cekiso (Portlaoise)
60kg George Bates (St Marys Dublin) beat Patrick Mongan (Olympic)
60kg Francis Cleary (Ballina) beat Adam Kelly (Portlaoise)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise) beat Keith Flavin (Paulstown)
64kg Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard A) beat Colm Quinn (Castlebar)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) beat Dean Walsh (St Ibars)
69kg Eugene McKeever (Holy Family D) beat Tony McGlynn (Crumlin)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel) beat Patrick Nevin (St Michaels Dub)