By Keir Murray
BBC Scotland in Liverpool
- 12 Jul
- From the section Netball
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Scotland began their Netball World Cup campaign with a convincing 53-35 victory over Samoa on the opening day of the competition in Liverpool.
With the top three advancing from the section, the Thistles knew beating the group’s lowest-ranked nation was key.
Gail Parata’s side led 9-7 after the first quarter and six unanswered scores gave them a 24-16 half-time lead.
Bethan Goodwin and Lynsey Gallagher kept the dominant Scots out of reach thereafter, with 21 and 23 goals each.
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The Thistles were organised in defence by the experienced goalkeeper Hayley Mulheron while, at the opposite end, 17-year-old Emma Barrie scored eight goals from her nine attempts.
The victory will boost confidence ahead of Saturday’s tie against third-ranked England (15:00 BST), but the noisily-backed Roses will represent far tougher opposition after they swept aside Uganda.
The following day, the Scots will face the Ugandans – ranked one place above them in sixth – knowing that a place in the second stage will be within their grasp.
The young Scots have set a top-eight finish as their target, their highest-ever ranking of seventh in the world suggesting it may be realistic.
All but one of the 12-strong World Cup squad plays for Strathclyde Sirens in the Superleague, which has provided the Scots with a platform to try to close the gap on higher-ranked nations.
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