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The fairytale continues! Relive Ireland's famous World Cup win from last night

Unbelievable.

WHAT A NIGHT for Irish sport.

Ireland celebrate winning the shootout Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Yesterday, Ireland’s remarkable fairytale story at the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup continued as they held their nerve to beat India in a thrilling and dramatic penalty shootout.

Graham Shaw’s side landed in London ranked 16th in the world but historic results and incredible heart has seen them power their way to the final four.

60 scoreless minutes meant one v ones were needed to decide the semi-finalists and it was Chloe Watkins who slotted home the decisive penalty for the Green Army.

Goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was absolutely incredible throughout, while Ali Meeke’s penalty was truly special, adding on to Roisin Upton’s prior success.

Here’s a quick look back on a night to remember:

The game was a cagy one, it must be said….

Anna O’Flanagan and Deep Grace Ekka Anna O'Flanagan in action. Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Sunita Lakra and Neha Goyal foul Nicola Evans Nicole Evans battling hard. Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Ayeisha McFerran made a crucial late save to keep Ireland’s dream alive

And she was heroic through the shootout, forcing three straight India misses

Ayeisha McFerran blocks the shot from Rani Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Ayeisha McFerran blocks the shot from Monika Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

What about this from Ali Meeke?

meeke Source: BT Sport.

Ali Meeke celebrates her shootout goal Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Cheeeeeky.

And that winning penalty courtesy of Chloe Watkins

Chloe Watkins scores the winning goal in the shootout Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Incredible scenes.

Roisin Upton and Anna O’Flanagan celebrate winning the shootout Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Ireland celebrate winning the shootout Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Nicola Evans and Katie Mullan celebrate at fulltime Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

Ireland celebrate winning the shootout Source: Joe Toth/INPHO

On we go. A world Cup semi-final: Spain, tomorrow, 2pm (live on RTÉ).

The stuff of dreams.

Highlights in full, from International Hockey Federation (FIH):

Source: International Hockey Federation (FIH)/YouTube

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