Northern Ireland girls' fruitless Euro campaign could prove costly in the future
An unsuccessful fightback against Scotland condemned Northern Ireland's netballers to the wooden spoon at the European Championships.
Julie Kimber's side, with Caroline O'Hanlon to the fore, fought hard against the Scots yesterday before falling to a 41-38 defeat.
Being whitewashed is a bitter blow for the girls, who had hoped to emulate the historic silver medals of four years ago.
Missing out on bronze may have implications for future funding and not picking up any ranking points could be costly.
Following Saturday's disappointing display in losing 54-38 to Wales, the greens led 3-1 but the Scots scored 11 of the remaining 15 goals before the first break. Northern Ireland came from six down to briefly lead 17-16 during the second period, but the late Scottish comeback meant the thistles still led at half-time by 22-20.
Northern Ireland got ahead by two at one stage in the third period but fell away as the Scots took a 35-32 advantage into the last quarter.
It proved a slugfest but Scotland held on to their lead.