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By Denise Evans

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  1. See you on Monday

    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    So, we're going to go and have a little lie down after that dramatic game

    Zimbabwe pulled off an incredible win over Northern Ireland, who are ranked five places above them in the world.

    The fixtures for the Preliminary Stage Round Two will be announced later tonight, with further fixtures revealed at the conclusion of the last matches between South Africa and Jamaica on court one and Trinidad & Tobago against Fiji on court two.

    We'll be joined by live BBC TV coverage on Monday, too, as the competition hots up.

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    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    Quote Message: "In crucial moments in the game we didn't trust each other. They backed themselves and won. Full credit to them because they were amazing. "This whole World Cup is about learning lessons. It will be a tough ask. Our campaign isn't over but it's a lot harder than we wanted it to be. It's a hard pill to swallow. "I'm incredibly disappointing. I think we should have won that game. We had opportunities to win it. When they don't communicate and don't trust, that's what happens. "I have seen improvements but we really needed to put that trust in when it really matters. Hopefully tomorrow will be a new day." from Dan Ryan Northern Ireland head coach
    Dan RyanNorthern Ireland head coach
  3. 'We should have won'

    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    Northern Ireland Dan Ryan speaking to Sky Sports: "A gutting way to finish the game but in terms of the spectacle and quality of netball it was a great game to be a part of.

    "There's a lesson to learn in trust. It's what the World Cup is all about. Our players stopped trusting in each other. You lose faith in your teammate and that's so important."

  4. 'We can take anyone on'

    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    "I can't express myself. I'm overwhelmed," said Zimbabwe coach Lloyd Makunde on Sky Sports.

    "It was built on team work and team work really prevailed today.

    "We are ready to take on anyone and we will get as far as we possibly can."

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    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe shot at 96% scoring 51 of their 53 attempts.

    While Northern Ireland's shooting (79%) once again let them down a tittle.

    They just didn't seem as coherent as usual. They'll need to brush off and go again on Monday.

    As for Zimbabwe, they believe they can win the whole, thing, and I'm not going to be arguing with them (and their fans).

  6. 'We wanted to make our nation proud'

    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe player of the match Felisitus Kwangwa speaking to Sky Sports: "It was really tough for us. They made it difficult. We couldn't lose, we wanted to make our nation proud. We needed this so much.

    "It is living the dream. I really needed this moment and I am so happy about it. We are fighting to finish in the top eight."

  7. Heartbreak for Northern Ireland

    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    Dan Ryan's players look devastated as they try to process that loss.

    They huffed and puffed but just couldn't push ahead enough to put daylight between themselves and Zimbabwe, who kept on coming back.

  8. 'Sorry for almost giving them a heart attack'

    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    In tears, Zimbabwe captain Perpetua Siachitemasaid: "We really wanted to win this so badly. Thank you to our fans and sorry for almost giving them a heart attack."


    FT: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    I thought the party had started before but NOW IT HAS!

    The Zimbabwe players fall to their knees with emotion.

    They can't quite believe it.

    They have just pulled off their second-ever World Cup win and they're through to the next round.

    The fans are LOVING this.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 49 -51 Zimbabwe

    Northern Ireland miss!

    Just 30 seconds to go.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 49-51 Zimbabwe

    Less than a minute to go...

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 49-50 Zimbabwe

    A mistake in attack from Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe capitalise!

    Who has got the nerve to see this one out?

    One minute and 20 seconds left.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 49-49 Zimbabwe

    Two minutes and 30 seconds to go.

    Northern Ireland level it up again.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 49-49 Zimbabwe

    Emma Magee with a wry smile as her attempt drops through the net. Scores level

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 48-49 Zimbabwe

    Every fan, even those over on court one are cheering every single pass in this game.

    There is not a person in this Arena not fixated on this match.

    Zimbabwe work the ball to the shooters from their centre pass.

    They're playing with confidence and Joice Takaidza is cheered to the rafters when her latest shot goes in.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 46-47 Zimbabwe

    Nice little shot slotted in by Noleen Armstrong but then there's drama at the other end as the ball rolls off court after a mishap from Gemma Lawlor.

    Zimbabwe have the sideline pass, they score from it and their fans can't believe it.

    They're jubilant.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 44-46 Zimbabwe

    What Sasha Corbin said.

    It sure is intense. So intense. A total melting pot inside the M&S Bank Arena right now.

    Zimbabwe get the mini-break now. This is fantastic stuff.

    Seven minutes to play.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 44-44 Zimbabwe

    Caroline O'Hanlon is now on a warning. She has been called for a couple of argy-bargy style contacts.

    Perpetua Siyachitema replaced Ndaizivei Madzikangava at WA.

    Zimbabwe have got themselves back in it again.

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    Q4: Northern Ireland 44-42 Zimbabwe

    Huge wave of the arms from WA Perpetua Siyachitema as she thought her defender had managed to steal the ball away but to no avail.

    Noleen Armstrong scores under the post.

    Northern Irelnad now have that needed turnover.