Netball: Singapore narrowly beat Papua New Guinea 44-43 at Nations Cup

Singapore's Olivia Flanagan (extreme left) and team-mate Chen Lili defend against Papua New Guinea in their 44-43 victory at the Nations Cup on Monday, Dec 2, 2013. Singapore continued their good start at the netball Nations Cup, making it two w
Singapore's Olivia Flanagan (extreme left) and team-mate Chen Lili defend against Papua New Guinea in their 44-43 victory at the Nations Cup on Monday, Dec 2, 2013. Singapore continued their good start at the netball Nations Cup, making it two wins on the trot by narrowly beating Papua New Guinea (PNG) 44-43 on Monday night. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Singapore continued their good start at the netball Nations Cup, making it two wins on the trot by narrowly beating Papua New Guinea (PNG) 44-43 on Monday night.

Both sides were evenly-matched, going goal for goal and neither sides building a lead greater than three goals throughout the match.

Said Singapore co-vice captain Nurul Baizura, who played in centre: "We expected a tough fight against PNG, but we kept to the game plan, keeping to our usual style of a flat, fast game."

PNG are the highest-ranked team in the six-nation tournament at No. 18. Singapore are ranked 21st. The Republic play Asian rivals Sri Lanka on Tuesday.