Scotland completed a flawless weekend at the Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier – Europe with a 52 – 31 victory over fellow World Cup qualifiers Northern Ireland at the final day of competition in Perth.
Both teams had already secured their places in Liverpool, thanks to victories over Wales earlier in the tournament, but there were valuable International Netball Federation world ranking points on offer from today’s game.
Scotland raced out of the blocks, notching up an early 3-0 lead. Strong defensive pressure from the Thistles made it difficult for the Northern Irish attack to feed the ball into the circle and by the end of the first quarter they had established a convincing 14-6 lead.
The match continued in a similar vein and by the halfway mark Scotland had stretched their lead to 13 goals, with the score 27-14 at the break.
The home crowd enjoyed another stunning performance from Scotland’s 18-year-old goal shooter Bethan Goodwin whose strength and accuracy in the circle proved too good for the Northern Irish defence.
A comfortable-looking Scotland extended their lead in the second half, with the game eventually finishing 52 – 31, meaning the hosts topped the table for the tournament.
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