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NI into Nations Cup final after routing Chinese Taipei

By Richard Bullick

Northern Ireland ruthlessly crushed outclassed Chinese Taipei 74-21 to confirm their place in Saturday's Mission Foods Nations Cup netball final in Singapore.

The tournament favourites predictably cruised to their fourth win in four days in a one-sided affair which was settled inside the first quarter.

In spite of losing one of their forwards Sarah Montgomery to injury inside the opening 60 seconds, Julie Kimber's side reeled off 10 goals in six minutes.

Montgomery's departure brought the towering Bowman sisters together up front with Kyla coming on to join younger sibling Jenna.

It was 18-6 by the first break and Northern Ireland relentlessly extended their advantage to 37-13 at half-time.

It was 58-17 at the last break and the one-way traffic continued as Northern Ireland neatly matched their first half goal tally and pushed their margin of victory over the half-century mark.

Northern Ireland's last round robin match tomorrow will be against their likely opponents in the final, Papua New Guinea.

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