Sirens beaten by Manchester Thunder in added time netball thriller

Scotland’s only professional netball team crashed to a disappointing defeat against Manchester Thunder after the game was forced to extra time.

The Sirens took on the English side at the Emirates Arena hoping to bounce back from their loss in Wales to the Celtic Dragons last week.

But after drawing 58-58 at the end of a thrilling fourth quarter, Thunder ran away with victory 66-76 to deny the Sirens their fourth home win in a row.

Coach Gail Parata said: “I’m obviously disappointed that we lost this match today when we had plenty of opportunities to take it away in different quarters.

“But that is the calibre of Manchester Thunder they have been playing great netball in their last seven matches, so they’re a tough team to play against.

“We had some really good plays at times, which was just great to watch, but in that extra time we just fell away really.”

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Quarter 1 score: Sirens 16 – Thunder 15

Quarter 2 score: Sirens 32 – Thunder 30

Quarter 3 score: Sirens 49 – Thunder 43

Quarter 4 score: Sirens 58 – Thunder 58

Full-time score:  Sirens 66 – Thunder 76

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