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Conlan, Barnes, Walsh and Fitzpatrick set up gold medal showdowns in Glasgow

However, there was disappointment elsewhere, as Alanna Audley-Murphy, Sean Duffy and Sean McGlinchy crashed out.

Michael Conlan suffers a cut during his match against Wales' Sean McGoldrick in the Men's Boxing Bantam (56kg) semi-final.
Michael Conlan suffers a cut during his match against Wales' Sean McGoldrick in the Men's Boxing Bantam (56kg) semi-final.

Updated at 00.06

THERE WAS FURTHER success for Team NI today, as Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Michaela Walsh secured a silver medal at worst as they progressed to the final of their respective events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today.

Conlan overcame Wales’ Sean McGoldrick in the bantamweight semi-final, triumphing in the second round, after the fight was stopped owing to a clash of heads, with the Belfast boxer consequently winning on points.

The 22-year-old has now secured a silver medal at least, and will fight Qais Ashfaq of England for gold.

Walsh also prevailed earlier today, as she defeated Pinki Rani of India after a split decision.

The 21-year-old from Belfast now goes on to face a formidable opponent in the form England’s Nicola Adams, who is an Olympic champion, in the final.

Meanwhile, Paddy Barnes defeated Fazil Juma Kaggwa of Uganda as Northern Ireland secured another final place, though Australia’s Shelley Watts had too much for Alanna Audley-Murphy in the Women’s 60kg semi-final, as the Belfast native lost unanimously in all of her four rounds.

There was disappointment elsewhere too, as Sean Duffy and Sean McGlinchy both had to settle for bronze medals, after coming unstuck against Namibia’s Junias Jonas and David Nyika of New Zealand respectively.

Furthermore, in the later fights, Joe Fitzpatrick beat Michael Alexander in the Light (60kg) division, while the gold-medal hopes of both Steven Donnelly (Welter 69kg division) and Connor Coyle (Middle 72kg division) were ended, as they lost out to India’s Mandeep Jangra and Vijender Vijender respectively.

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