Amy Broadhurst claimed her second successive European Under-22 gold in Vladikavkaz, Russia this morning.

The Dundalk lightweight beat Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli on a 4-1 split decision on St Patrick’s Day in a double celebration for the Irish Elite champion, who celebrates her birthday today.

"[It's a] great win for Amy who has been outstanding throughout these championships," said Irish team manager Stephen Molloy.

"She can now enjoy her birthday with team-mate Niamh Earley whose birthday is also today. Another gold medal for Amy, a great day for the Irish."

Broadhurst won four fights at the tournament en route to the top of the podium and her fifth European gold medal.

Nicoli, who was also aiming for successive gold – she won the light-welter title at the European U22s in 2018 – earned one 30-27 score from the all-southpaw final

But Broadhurst, whose accuracy and cleaner shots throughout the three-rounder won the day, claimed four 29-28 scores to take the 60kg belt.

Ireland were using a ten strong squad  - five male and five female - in Russia and are are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 9.10pm tomorrow evening.