Greens suffer shock defeat to Scotland in Cardiff

Northern Ireland High Performance netball coach Kate Carpenter
Northern Ireland High Performance netball coach Kate Carpenter


Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup hang by a thread after a devastating defeat by Scotland in Cardiff on Friday night.

Kate Carpenter’s side went down by a single goal to the resurgent Scots in their opening game of the European Championships, agonisingly losing 45-44.

They must now win their two remaining matches and rely on other results going their way to claim one of the two tickets up for grabs to Australia 2015.

The first of the two fixtures should be straightforward with the Republic of Ireland not considered a serious threat today in spite of an influx of Aussie talent.

But Friday night’s first defeat to the Scots for four years, ironically since last time the Euros were staged in Cardiff, means the girls in green must also beat hosts and defending champions Wales in a Sunday showdown.

Unless Scotland can beat Wales on Saturday, even a Northern Ireland win on Sunday would leave the three teams level with goal difference deciding who qualifies for the World Cup.