Disappointment for Adam Nolan as medal slips through his grasp at European Games

Meanwhile, Ireland played their first ever game of basketball 3x3.

Updated at 20.05pm

ADAM NOLAN’S HOPES of securing a medal at the European Games ended with defeat to Britain’s Josh Kelly in Baku this afternoon.

Josh Kelly is declared the winner Nolan heads home empty handed. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Wexford boxer lost the welterweight quarter-final fight on a 2-1 split decision.

Kelly’s electric footwork proved the difference in a tight bout with the 21-year-old from Sunderland winning the first two rounds before Nolan took the third and final one.

Nolan’s disappointment follows Dean Walsh’s light welterweight defeat to Kastriot Sopa this morning.

Katie Taylor steps up her medal challenges with a quarter-final bout on Wednesday.

The world, European and Olympic champion is in the ring at 8.45am Irish time for her bout with 19-year-old Ida Lundblad of Sweden in the Women’s Lightweight division.

Elsewhere, the women’s basketball 3x3 team commenced their campaign today and were narrowly beaten 14-10 by European runners-up Slovenia but it was an encouraging start in this new form of basketball.

Grainne Dwyer and Orla O'Reilly dejected Ireland's Grainne Dwyer and Orla O'Reilly dejected after the game. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“It’s an encouraging first game, but we’re disappointed,” said captain Suzanne Maguire.

“We really wanted this one. I think towards the end of the game when we were getting things right, we knew we could have had them. But we didn’t do it right for long enough and 3x3 is not forgiving. You run out of time very quickly and we did today.”

The game is played on a half-court, with just one basket, with three players on each side. There is just one single period of 10 minutes.

Ireland will play their remaining group games against Spain and Slovakia tomorrow before the knockout phase of the competition on Thursday.

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