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By Denise Evans

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  1. See you back here at 15:00 BST

    So, Northern Ireland played two won one and everything still to play for.

    Check out the match report here

    We're heading off for a break now, but we'll be back with coverage as England take on Scotland at 15:00 BST.

  2. 'Get used to aggressive play'

    FT: Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka head coach Thilaka Jinadasa: "They didn't move as they usually do. They kept on blocking. The other team were not running through. We didn't have a lot of options offensively.

    "The plan was to go one-by-one and work on our centre passes. Unfortunately we started to panic. It didn't work well today.

    "We have to be physical but we tried to play a clean game. I noticed that they [the Northern Ireland players] were going body to body. My players don't like it. We need to get used to the aggressive play."

  3. Group A4 as it stands

    FT: Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka

    Australia have qualified for the second stage of preliminaries on four points, while Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe (two points, one win each) also have a chance to progress to the next round, with the top three sides going through.

    Sri Lanka are bottom of the the group and have a daunting task against the Aussie Diamonds on Sunday.

    Caitlin Bassett
  4. 'We can't afford to look beyond tomorrow'

    FT: Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka

    Caroline O'Hanlon, Northern Ireland centre who notched her 100th cap today, speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm surprised to get that [cap]. It was a tough game and we had to fight to the end. We got taught a lesson yesterday against the Diamonds so it was good to get back to winning so quickly."

    After taking a knock to the head against Australia on Friday, she said: "I feel fine, the medical staff were happy for me to get back on court. It was a tough knock at the time but it's a physical game."

    On facing Zimbabwe on Sunday, O'Hanlon added: "We need to work on our consistency. We were patchy, our final touch into the circle wasn't there. Zimbabwe will be a tough game. We're not looking beyond tomorrow and we can't afford to. We just want to beat them."

  5. 'We can play better'

    FT: Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka

    Northern Ireland coach Dan Ryan on Sky Sports: "I'm happy to get the win. It was the main focus, to get the points on the board and it was a must-win game.

    "I thought at times we executed parts of our game plan but at other times we were reckless and didn't have the intensity to move on.

    "The game was in the balance at times and we needed to own it but didn't. From a scoreline perspective i'm happy but we can also play better.

    "I think if we play like we did today it won't go our way against Zimbabwe. I saw some of the stuff but it's about executing that for longer periods at the time.

    "If we can do that then I think it could be a good game but we need to play well."

  6. What next?

    FT: Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka

    Northern Ireland play Zimbabwe in their third and final Preliminary Stage One match on Sunday (15:25 BST) while Sri Lanka will face Australia (15:00 BST)

  7. Full time - Northern Ireland win

    FT: Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka huffed and puffed and had glimpses of clawing themselves back into contention but Northern Ireland did enough to fight off any threat they had.

    It was a solid job by Dan Ryan's players and they win their first match at the 2019 Netball World Cup.

    Sri Lanka suffer their second defeat on the bounce.

    Neamh Woods
  8. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 66-50 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka's Tharjini Sivalingam slots home another. She's played well against a tough keeper in Gemma Lawlor.

  9. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 65-49 Sri Lanka

    The pace has slowed significantly in this final quarter.

    Sri Lanka are trying everything to work the ball to their shooters still, they haven't given up even though this game is gone.

  10. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 61-48 Sri Lanka

    A lull in play as Sri Lanka take a penalty pass after the ball went flying down a corridor and off for a brew it seems.

    Can't blame it, mind.

    Four minutes to play in this game.

  11. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 59-47 Sri Lanka

    Commentator's curse strikes again.

    Northern Ireland enjoy a consolidated turnover and regain that 12-goal cushion.

  12. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 57-45 Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka are giving it a good go, you know.

    They're winning this quarter so far, after losing the other three.

  13. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 57-45 Sri Lanka

    EEK, a little bit of argy bargy in the Northern Ireland shooting third as Sri Lanka fight to win the ball back.

  14. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 55-43 Sri Lanka

    Caroline O'Hanlon must run about 50k in every match. She is just relentless. I'm exhausted just watching her.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see her see-off three opposing centres per game due to pure running.

  15. Post update

    Q4: Northern Ireland 54-40 Northern Ireland

    A beautiful move form the Sri Lankans gets a loud roar from the packed crowd looking on here.

    They may end up the losing team here, but they played some great stuff.

  16. The final quarter is under way

    Q4: Northern Ireland 51-37 Sri Lanka

  17. How to follow on the BBC

    Netball World Cup

    We will be providing live text coverage of the home nations' games on the BBC Sport website.

    From Monday, 15 July, matches will be available on BBC Two, Connected TVs, the BBC Sport website and mobile sport app.

    Hazel Irvine will be hosting the coverage, alongside former England centre-courter Sara Bayman.

    England players Kadeen and Sasha Corbin will be debating big talking points with fans and guest on a new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast.

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    Video caption: Betty, Kadeen, Sasha and special guest Montana discuss what your position says about you.
  18. That's the end of the third quarter

    Q3: Northern Ireland 51-37 Sri Lanka

    Every time Sri Lanka have closed the gap, Northern Ireland have snubbed out their efforts.

    Big final quarter needed from the Lionesses if they are to turn this one around, after trialling for the whole game.

  19. Post update

    Q3: Northern Ireland 48-35 Sri Lanka

    Two minutes to play in this third quarter.