Both boxers, competing for the second time in 24 hours, are now just one win each away from claiming at least a bronze medal and an automatic place at the 2014 Olympic Youth Games in China.
Ginty, the current AIBA World Youth champion, came from behind to beat Russian Youth champion Anastasia Nesmiyanov on a split decision in the lightweight class.
Nesmiyanova took the first two rounds, but Ginty, who boxes out of the Geesala BC in Mayo, came storming back to win the final two frames and tie the bout. When it went back to the judges she got the nod on a split.
She’ll now meet Italay’s Monica Floridia, who beat England’s Sophie Coleburn this morning, on Monday.
Desmond, Macroom BC, Cork, forced Albulena Gubetini of Kosovo into two standing counts in the final round. Two big lefts from the Macroom southpaw did the business. The final scores read 39-36,39-36, and – 38-38 – to Desmond.
Desmond will now face Poland’s Elizbieta Wojcik in a battle of the 2013 AIBA World Youth silver medallists on Monday. Both women reached the 2013 welterweight (Desmond) and middleweight finals at the AIBA 2013 World Youth Women’s Championships.
Luke Thomas bowed out after dropping a unanimous decision to Ramil Gadzhyiev of the Ukraine in the middleweight class this afternoon.
Thomas had some good moments in the latter part of the second round of today’s encounter. The Cork orthodox forced Gadzhyiev back with some solid shots.
But there was no denying the Ukrainian, who has the look of a young man that will be there or thereabouts when the medals are being handed out,on the day.
Brendan Irvine,Johnny Joyce and Cormac Long will be in action n Sofia on Saturday.
AIBA World Youth Championships Sofia Bulgaria
April 14th (last 64)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Kadhim Al-Saedi (Iraq) 3-0
April 15th (last 64)
56kg Gary Cully (Ireland) lost to Voldymyr Fedora (Ukraine) 1-2
60kg Tiernan Bradley (Ireland) lost to Liam Wilson (Australia) 0-3
W51kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Crystal Barker (Great Britain) 1-2
April 16th (last 64)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) lost to Ayan Kalibekov (Kazakhstan) 0-3
69kg Johnny Joyce (Ireland) beat Mohamed Hikal (Egypt) 3-0
April 17th (last 32)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) beat Domenik Hirsch (Germany) 3-0
91kg Michael Gallagher (Ireland) beat Evangeles Frangos (Canada) 2-1
W60kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) beat Nikol Mladenova (Bulgaria) 3-0
W75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Ekaternina Serova (Russia) 3-0
W60kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) beat Anastasia Nesmiyanova (Russia) 2-1 (last 16)
75kg Luke Thomas (Ireland) lost to Ramil Gadzhyiev (Ukraine) (last 32) 0-3
W75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Albulena Gubetini (Kosovo) 2-0 (last 16)
April 19th (last 32)
49kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Artur Hoyhannisyan (Armenia)
69kg Johnny Joyce (Ireland) v Jack Doherty (Great Britain)
81kg Cormac Long (Ireland) v Karoly Berk (Hungary)
April 20th (Last 16)
52kg Willie Donoghue (Ireland) v Gaurev Solanki (AIBA, India)
91kg Michael Gallagher (Ireland) v Connal McDonald (Great Britain)
April 21st Q/Finals
W60kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) v Monica Floridia (Italy)
W75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Elzbieta Wojcik (Poland)
51kg Kristina O’Hara (Emerald)
60kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Christina Desmond (Macroom)
49kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
52kg Willie Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy)
56kg Gary Cully (St David’s)
60kg Tierna Bradley (Sacred Heart)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ballinacargy)
69kg Johnny Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75kg Luke Thomas (Watergrasshill)
81kg Cormac Long (Rathkeale)
91kg Michael Gallagher (Finn Valley)
Team Manager Liam Brereton
Coaches: Billy McClean, Tom Hayes, Gerry Storey, Anita Juste