KEIGHLEY'S Leah Moorby, who hasn't competed since she won the Commonwealth Championships last November, has made a stunning comeback.

The 15-year-old won a silver medal at Europe's biggest championship – the Lotto Dutch Open in Eindhoven, which attracted 1,700 competitors, including Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones.

Despite the Dutch being a G2 world-ranking event, it was very much business as usual for British No 1 Leah in the -59kg junior female category.

Switzerland's Doris Vazgec proved easy meat in the first round, taking four head shots in the opening round as Leah racked up a 15-1 lead, and the contest was stopped at the end of the second round with the Keighley teenager 26-1 ahead after another head shot was followed by a superb reverse turning head shot.

Germany's Goekcem Gueltekin proved tougher in the last 16, and was only 3-1 behind after the first round but Leah turned up the pressure after that and led 14-3 at the end of the second round, and soon established the 12-point gap needed to stop the contest early in the third round.

The British champion knew a medal was in the bag if she won her quarter-final against Holland's Shannon Schaap, and two opening head shots spurred her into a 7-4 lead after round one, more head shots allowing her to extend the advantage to 17-8 by the start of the third round, where three more unanswered points stopped that bout.

Serbian national team member Jana Bogdanovic was Leah's semi-final opponent, and the latter was inspired, opening up a 20-3 advantage for another stoppage.

Another national team member, Moldova's Ana Ciuchitu, barred Leah's path in the final, almost 12 hours after the Keighley youngster had started competing, but Leah was 2-1 up after the first but 7-6 down after the second in a topsy-turvy affair.

She took two straight points to go 8-7 in front but, with seconds left, conceded a rare high shot to hand the Moldovan a 10-8 victory.

Leah's coach Kathy Hook said: "This was a fantastic performance from Leah. She has the rest of this year and the whole of 2016 as a junior and is learning all the time.

"She was literally seconds off winning a major gold but her silver is still a great achievement against the other top European juniors.

"The Dutch was on the selection criteria for this year's European Championships, as is the Spanish Open at Easter, which will be her next event."