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FIVB World Championships 2006 / England - men

2006 Men's World Championship / First Round
Sheffield, England
13-15 January 2005

Match Descriptive

Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-13) - duration 0:59
14-Jan, start time: 19:30, end time: 20:29 - Attendance: 103
City: Sheffield; Hall : English Institute of Sport
Scotland Overpower Northern Ireland
Scotland set up a winner-take-all clash with arch-rivals England by overpowering Northern Ireland 25-14 25-17 25-13 in the men's first round for the 2006 FIVB World Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Friday.

The Scots, making their debut in the championships, demonstrated superior hitting strength against a young Irish side who are also learning at this level.

Scotland were behind briefly in the first set at 6-7 with David Hamilton posing a threat through the middle.

But middle blocker Chris Lamont showed he has grown in maturity since joining Belgian club St Vith last summer and made two successive blocks to help Scotland establish a 15-9 lead. He had a solid match and took the chances that came his way.

Scotland made five service errors in the opening set but did not lose control of the set to finish it strongly 25-14.

Northern Ireland battled back in the second set to lead 6-3 and 9-8 but they could not sustain it.
That was typified when Marc Booth served the first ace of the match but, on his next attempt, served out of court.

Scotland took the second set on their second set ball 25-17 after Irish setter Tom Napier served tamely into the net.

The Scots, with Simon Loftus and Alistair Galloway consistently finding a way past the Irish block established an 8-3 lead in the final set and never looked like losing a grip on the set.

Scotland were able to keep their other professional player Stewart McGrenary until 11-7 in the final set and he gave he Irish another problem with his power and accuracy on the outside as Scotland clinched the final set 25-13.