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Ireland beat Spain to reach Hockey World Cup final

Ireland's Ayeisha McFerran (far right) celebrates with teammates after winning the shootout to win the match during the Vitality Women's Hockey World Cup Semi Final match at The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London. Steven Paston/PA Wire
Ireland's Ayeisha McFerran (far right) celebrates with teammates after winning the shootout to win the match during the Vitality Women's Hockey World Cup Semi Final match at The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London. Steven Paston/PA Wire

Ireland booked their place in the final of the Women's Hockey World Cup with a remarkable penalty shoot-out victory over Spain in London this afternoon.

Graham Shaw's side had taken the lead after just three minutes as Anna O'Flanagan turned home from the penalty corner to give her side the dream start.

Spain grew into the game after their nervy start, and soon after the second-half began they found an equaliser, Alicia Magaz giving Spain a deserved reward for their sustained period of pressure.

It was Ireland who finished normal time stronger, and took that momentum into a dramatic penalty shoot-out, Ayeisha McFerran making a number of outstanding saves and Gillian Pinder scoring the final penalty to send Ireland to a first-ever World Cup final.

Ireland will now face either the Netherlands or Australia in the final tomorrow afternoon.

Read how the game unfolded here:

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