Jason McKay and Kalum McConville edged to within one win of claiming at least a bronze medal apiece at the 2012 European Junior Championships in Bulgaria.
McKay stopped Hungarian light-flyweight Zsolt Karvaly in the second round of their last-16 clash to book his ticket into the quarter-finals in Sofia.
The Canal BC stand out was five points up going into the second frame.
McConville was involved in a 29-point thriller with Germany’s Paul Wall. However, it was the Dealgan BC ace that held 15 of those points at the final bell of a top class contest.
Martin Stokes produced a typically brave performance in the clash with Dan Lapin in the 46kg class, but it was the Ukrainian that progressed to the last-eight after earning an 11-5 decision.
Meanwhile, Darren Pollock joined McKay and McConville in the quarter-finals following a countback win over Moldovan featherweight Mihail Cvasiuc after a 10-10 tie.
But James Cleary lost to Sorin Claudiu of Romania. The Olympic BC flyweight gave it everything but bowed after a 17-8 in the afternoon session.
Wayne Kelly, Lewis Crocker and Brian Wall will be in action later Tuesday.
The quarter-finals will be held on Wednesday.
2012 European Junior Championships Sofia, Bulgaria
June 23rd (Last 32)
52kg: James Cleary (Ireland) beat Kaspars Burkevics (Latvia) 19-6
54kg: John Joyce (Ireland) beat Richard Kovacs (Hungary) 15-7
60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ireland) beat Saleem Bibar (Israel) 15-8
63kg: Daryl Byrne (Ireland) lost to Bernard Barsony (Hungary) 10-12
70kg: Luke Thomas (Ireland) lost to Bakhtier Kholov (Russia) 9-14
June 24th (Last 16 & Last 32)
54kg; John Joyce (Ireland) lost to Viktor Petrov (Ukraine) 10-14
57kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) beat Jegors Artjomovs (Latvia) 9-8 (last 32)
66kg: Lewis Crocker (Ireland) beat Huseyn Tarverdili (Azerbaijan) 15-6 (last 32)
80kg: Michael Gallagher (Ireland) lost to Uladzimir Tsitou (Belarus) 9-13
80+kg: Aaron Kelly (Ireland) lost to Marat Kerimkhanov (Russia) 6-13
June 25th (Last 16)
46kg: Martin Stokes (Ireland) lost to Dan Lapin (Ukraine) 5-11
48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) beat Zsolt Karvaly (Hungary) RSC2
50kg: Kalum McConville (Ireland) beat Paul Wall (Germany) 15-14
52kg: James Cleary (Ireland) lost to Sorin Claudiu (Romania) 8-17
57kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) beat Mihail Cvasiuc (Moldova) 10-10 c/b +
(no countback scores available)
June 26th (Last 16)
60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Johanathan Zumbe (Germany)
66kg: Lewis Crocker (Ireland) v Ogulcan Albayrak (Turkey)
75kg; Brian Wall (Ireland) v Leonard Nicolae (Romania)
June 27th (Quarter-finals)
48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) v Arturas Bankauskas (Lithuania)
50kg: Kalum McConville (Ireland) v Omer Koc (Ukraine)
57Kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) v Wladislaw Brayshnik (Germany)