Scots Win In Perth
Written by RockSport on January 22, 2018
Scotland wrapped up their World Cup qualification in style with a 52-31 win over Northern Ireland in Perth.
Both sides had already assured progress to the 2019 tournament in England with wins over Wales.
The Scots led from the outset, scoring their opening three goals in the first four minutes with skipper Claire Brownie leading the way.
The hosts were 14-6 up by the end of the first quarter and stretched that to 27-14 by the halfway stage.
Northern Ireland were outclassed physically, with superb performances by goal defence Fiona Themann and goalkeeper Hayley Mulheron.
Any momentum the visitors created was quickly scuppered by the Thistles as they entered the final 15 minutes trailing by 18 points.
Northern Ireland, ranked eighth and three places above Scotland in the world, rallied as they approached the final whistle, but failed to bridge the gap despite some strong attacking efforts.