In what turned out to be the tightest game of the tournament so far, Scotland were quick to the mark from the centre pass. The Thistles attack tactfully opted for low movement around their shooting circle which saw Lynsey Gallagher get them off to a solid start.
The teams traded early blows, before an obstruction against the Ugandan centre saw the She Cranes take their opportunity to edge ahead.
They then capitalised on a missed opportunity by Scotland’s goal shooter Emma Barrie to pull three goals ahead, and as they built momentum the She Cranes’ defence and attack were equally as impressive. Impeccable precision in the shooting circle by both Stella Oyella and Peace Proscovia saw them finish the quarter 16-11 up.
They were able to extend this lead still further in the second quarter, despite the tireless determination of Emily Nicholl and Hayley Muleron to restrict their attacking options. By half time, the Ugandan lead had stretched out to seven, with the score 29-21.
The third quarter saw the Scots eat into that lead, though, as Barrie and Lynsey Gallagher upped their shooting percentages as the Thistles unsettled their opponents and brought the score back to within seven.
Any potential comeback was snuffed out by the Ugandans though, as they brought on Mary Nuba Cholock to assist Proscrovia in their shooting-circle, which allowed Oyella to drop to back to control centre court and see Uganda over the line.
Scotland’s Claire Maxwell, who was playing in her 100th international, said:
“It was great to play in such a fantastic atmosphere and such a big World Cup. I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win but we’ll push on for the next game – we will refresh and go again. It’s such a young squad and we can learn so much so we’re really looking forward to the next stage.”
Emma Barrie added:
“It was quite frustrating. We could have won that game but we did our best and that’s all we can do. My shooting could have been better but if it’s not 100% then I just need to keep trying.”