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In pictures: Northern Ireland edged out again in Netball World Cup as Ryan hails players

Northern Ireland's Michelle Drayne in action against Malawi.
Northern Ireland's Michelle Drayne in action against Malawi.
Northern Ireland and Malawi in a huddle after the match during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Caroline O'Hanlon in action against Malawi during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Caroline O'Hanlon (right) and Malawi's Takondwa Lwazi during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
A general view of the match action between Northern Ireland and Malawi during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Emma Magee shoots against Malawi during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Caroline O'Hanlon (right) and Malawi's Takondwa Lwazi during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Caroline O'Hanlon (left) and Malawi's Towera Vinkhumbo (right) in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Noleen Armstrong (left) and Malawi's Towera Vinkhumbo (right) during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Noleen Armstrong (left) in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Noleen Armstrong (left) in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Michelle Drayne (right) in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Noleen Armstrong in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Emma Magee (left) in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Emma Magee (left) in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.
Northern Ireland's Michelle Drayne in action during the Netball World Cup match at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 15, 2019. See PA story NETBALL N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Northern Ireland netball coach Dan Ryan says he's proud of his team's performance despite another narrow defeat at the Netball World Cup.

Having beaten Sri Lanka on Saturday, it's been a difficult 24 hours for Ryan's girls, who suffered an agonising two point loss at the hands of Zimbabwe on Sunday afternoon and, after a quick turnaround, were beaten 47-43 by Malawi on Monday morning.

"I think the most important thing is that I'm really proud of the way we played," said the coach.

"We showed a sense of character. After yesterday, it was about how you show up and stand up. We rode a contest against a great side. We needed to tweak a few things but it was about a response and responded beautifully.

"We knew we were going to have a slow start after yesterday's emotional drain. I saw some great confidence and connection. As much as we are disappointed we need to keep it in perspective."

Next up for Northern Ireland is New Zealand on Tuesday (3pm) before their final preliminary stage game against Barbados on Thursday (8.30am) as they look to secure their aim of a top six finish.

"We've identified Barbados as a must win and New Zealand are probably out of our league," Ryan said. "It will be a learning curve for our team, and we need to make sure we priorities. We need to manage players who have had a lot of time on court and there will be many things we can take from the New Zealand game."

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