Ireland women's team deliver huge semi-final performance to qualify for U18 European Championship final
The Ireland U18 women's team kept their dream run alive in the FIBA European Division B Championship after producing an exceptional performance to see off Poland in the semi-final at the National Basketball Arena.
The win means that the team will now play Division A basketball in 2018, a first for an Irish team, as well as being the first Irish side to reach a European Championship final.
Head coach Tommy O'Mahony was ecstatic with his charges after their 68-57 victory tonight.
"It’s hard to believe. I’m lost for words," he said afterwards.
"They were absolutely fantastic, especially when there was only four points in it down the stretch with a minute or two to go they stepped up, nailed some shots – it was absolutely fantastic.
"We lacked a bit of composure at times, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do on things, but we got them refocused in the second quarter and did a lot better job. I think they’re mature beyond their years out there and it’s a night that will live on in the memory for a long time."