England took a 38-15 lead in the first half and head coach Jess Thirlby used 60 minutes to change formation and make different combinations in the 71-27 victory; England face Uganda in their next match on Tuesday night and will aim to maintain their unbeaten record
Last Updated: 08/01/22 7:42 pm
England picked up three wins from three games at the Commonwealth Games with a 71-27 win over Northern Ireland on Monday night.
The basis for this result was laid by an excellent first half, in which the home side missed just two of 40 shots on target.
In defence, England reversed the ball at will to keep Northern Ireland out of hand and a 38-15 first-half lead gave them the lead.
During the match, head coach Jess Thirlby rotated her squad to manage the agencies due to the constant fixture schedule and England will now prepare to take on Uganda on Tuesday night.
England team – Commonwealth Games fixtures and results
|Friday||UK 74-22 Trinidad & Tobago|
|Saturday||England 66-41 Malawi|
|Monday||England 71-27 Northern Ireland|
|Tuesday||England vs Uganda|
|Thursday||New Zealand vs England|
|Saturday, August 6||Semifinal|
|Sunday, August 7||Final|
Given the continuity of the Commonwealth Games schedule, Thirlby opted to launch a starting lineup that had never started at a major competition before.
Sophie Drakeford-Lewis started first at the Commonwealth Games and was tasked with feeding Helen Housby and Eleanor Cardwell before her.
Eboni Usoro-Brown, Stacey Francis-Bayman and Laura Malcolm were the trio chosen to trouble Northern Ireland’s attackers, while Jade Clarke provided stellar experience at the center.
From the first whistle, Drakeford-Lewis attacked the game and set the tempo of England’s game. She used her speed to hit the edge of the circle at will and was also Britain’s first interceptor of the afternoon.
England vs Northern Ireland – Start of the match
|GS: Eleanor Cardwell||GS: Ciara Crosbie|
|GA: Helen Housby||GA: Emma Magee|
|WA: Sophie Drakeford-Lewis||WA: Michelle Drayne|
|C: Pearl Clarke||C: Caroline O’Hanlon (c)|
|WD: Laura Malcolm (c)||WD: Niamh Cooper|
|GD: Stacey Francis-Bayman||GD: Fionnula Toner|
|GK: Eboni Usoro-Brown||GK: Michelle Magee|
After scoring three goals without removing, the home team continued to cross the ball a lot and was extremely accurate inside the rotation.
Cardwell’s shot rate was high throughout the competition, but Housby needed to work. Housby didn’t miss the first 15 minutes and ended the game with 20 shots from 20.
Northern Ireland grew and transformed revenue as the quarter continued. Fionnuala Toner and Niamh Cooper used their Superleague experience to read England, but Roses continued to react and led 18-9 after 15 minutes.
After the first pause, Northern Ireland was unchanged for the second quarter while the UK made further changes. Malcolm moved to the flanks, Drakeford-Lewis hit the target and Imogen Allison kicked at full-back.
Immediately, Malcolm showed off the fruits of her previous clubbing relationship with shooter Cardwell and Drakeford-Lewis scored a superb goal into the circle.
Michelle Magee and Toner did their best to thwart England’s players, but Cardwell’s early looks and Drakeford-Lewis’ pace just couldn’t match.
England vs Northern Ireland – Quarterly score
He finished the first half with just two shots on target and a 38-15 lead, giving the home side a chance to enjoy the second 30 minutes at the NEC Arena.
Thirlby continued to revise his roster in Q3 and Q4. Housby had time in both shooting and attacking targets, Cardwell rested and returned, before Geva Mentor and Layla Guscoth. stamp their right in the final stages in defense.
The results of Thirlby’s change highlighted England’s versatility with their 12-man squad and their ability to produce clinical netballs in all sorts of situations. Overall, their performance was a step up from their previous matches at Birmingham.
Another 24-hour spin awaits and Ugandan She Cranes, with their formidable gunmen Mary Cholhok and Proscovia Peace, will meet the hosts at 6pm on Tuesday.