Ireland ladies lost  2-1 to reigning champions England in this morning's final of the European Championships in Amsterdam. 

Playing against a very strong English team, boasting three of the top eight players in the world, Ireland did themselves proud by reaching the final for a second consecutive year.

Madeline Perry had a tough start, losing 3-0 to Laura Massaro, but national champion Aisling Blake, from Sligo, had a superb victory over Alison Waters, ranked 20 places higher than her.

Blake played controlled squash, full of confidence, and showed her determination to level the match, winning 3-0.

Her Connacht team mate, Laura Mylotte, a part-time player taking on world number eight Jenny Duncalf, lost 3-0.

It proved too much for Mylotte, after her superb victory in the semi-final, which earned Ireland victory over hosts, Netherlands, and a place in the final.

Ireland squash player Aisling Blake on the team's second place showing at the European Championships