Sean O'Shea by Sean O'Shea
Fairytale win for Ireland's Stephen McPhail as Cardiff make Premiership play-offs
Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 09:50 PM
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Irish soccer star Stephen McPhail capped a fairytale return to soccer Wednesday as his team are now within 90 minutes of a shot at the English premiership.
McPhail helped Cardiff to a nerve-wracking victory against Leicester just three months after he finished treatment for cancer.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in October and underwent surgery and radiotherapy treatment.
"I had my last treatment session only a few months ago," he said, "so to be playing again in a big game like this is a dream come true - a real fairytale."
"It's a big shock when you are told you have cancer, but you can't just lie down and let it take over your life.
"I had a taste of the Premier League early in my career with Leeds and I feel like I have unfinished business there."
McPhail's team face Blackpool in the playoffs at Wembley after defeating Leicester 4-3 on penalties.