Wall confident of booking final spot
KERRY underage footballer Brian Wall will be aiming to edge a step closer to gold at the 16th European Junior Championships in Bulgaria today.
Wall, who plays in midfield at U-16 level for the Kingdom, is up against Hungarian Zolt Kovacs for a place in tomorrow's middleweight final in Sofia.
Wall advanced to the last four after Turkey's Mustafa Atmaca retired with a cut under his right eye in Wednesday's quarter-final. The Kerry boxer, who was ahead on points when the bout was halted one minute into the third, is confident of making tomorrow's 75kg final.
"I'm expecting a tough bout, but he's beatable. I've had some good wins under my belt out here and I'm confident," said the Irish champion.
Antrim's Jason McKay is also through to today's semi-finals, where he will meet Bulgarian light-flyweight Illiyan Kolev. Both Wall and McKay are guaranteed at least bronze in Sofia.
Ireland are using a 13-strong squad at the 35-nation tournament.
Queen's Belfast recorded a second successive win to move into the quarter-finals at Henley Royal Regatta yesterday.
Drawn against the students from Nottingham University in the second round of the Visitors' Challenge Cup for coxless fours, the Queen's crew were quicker off the start and recorded an easy verdict on the line.
Queen's win was the only ray of light in an otherwise disappointing day for Ireland's crews, with Cork Boat Club going out in their mid-morning encounter with Rob Roy.
As the evening sun set over the world's most famous regatta course, sculler John Keohane fought a tight battle with Luke Moon, but was beaten by a length.
Today, Ireland's Olympic hopeful Sanita Puspure opens her account in the women's singles. The Latvian-born sculler is using the classic English regatta to build up valuable experience in advance of the London Games.