Northern Ireland win Nations Cup final in style

Kyla Bowman
Kyla Bowman

Northern Ireland netted some sparkling pre-Christmas silverware in the Far East as the girls in green won Saturday’s Nations Cup final.

Not even an ill-timed stomach bug could prevent Northern Ireland lifting the trophy for the second time in Singapore.

Julie Kimber’s side beat Papua New Guinea in the final to emulate the famous first success under Elaine Rice in 2009.

In contrast to several earlier games, Gemma Gibney’s greens got off to a flying start in the showpiece and deservedly led 16-4 after the opening quarter.

PNG also took the third quarter 13-9 but Northern Ireland responded by reversing that scoreline in the last period to triumph by an impressive 11-goal margin.

But being favourites brought its own pressures and both coach and captain were justifiably pleased with how their team had delivered.

“It’s been a wonderful tournament for us, we’ve worked hard and played well and I think we’ve shown enough strength and skill consistently to deserve this,” said a delighted Gibney.