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In pictures: Northern Ireland netball girls earn first win at Commonwealth Games

Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland battles with Shonette Azore-Bruce of Barbados
Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland battles with Shonette Azore-Bruce of Barbados
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland battles with Shonette Azore-Bruce of Barbados during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Shonica Wharton of Barbados shoots on goal as Gemma Lawlor of Northern Ireland attempts the block during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland battles with Shonette Azore-Bruce of Barbados during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Teresa Howell of Barbados battles with Niamh Woods of Northern Ireland during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Teresa Howell of Barbados battles with Niamh Woods of Northern Ireland during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland shoots and scores during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Northern Ireland celebrate victory over Barbados during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Lisa Bowman of Northern Ireland battles scores a point during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Lisa Bowman of Northern Ireland battles for the ball with Shonette Azore-Bruce of Barbados during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland will face Australia in their opening game of this summer's Netball World Cup.
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Shonica Wharton of Barbados shoots on goal as Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland attempst the block during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Shonica Wharton of Barbados shoots on goal watched by Noleen Lennon of Northern Ireland during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Lisa Bowman of Northern Ireland battles for the ball with Shonette Azore-Bruce of Barbados during Netball on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Convention Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland's netball team has won its first match at the Commonwealth Games.

Twenty goals from Lisa Bowman helped the side to a 49-39 victory over Barbados at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The result puts NI level on points with third-placed South Africa in Pool A. The top two progress to the semi-finals with the remaining sides going on to compete in qualification matches.

Northern Ireland had lost to Australia and South Africa in their opening two games but got off the mark thanks to Bowman's sharp-shooting as well as 15 goals from Noleen Lennon, nine from Oonagh McCullough and five from Kyla Bowman.

NI's next game is against basement side Fiji tomorrow.

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