After starting the last two group games, Phil found himself back on the bench for the semi-final against Serbia & Montenegro as manager Martin Hunter recalled Middlesbrough's Tony McMahon at right-back.
Matthew Fryatt's hat-trick rewarded a tireless and hard-working England display with a 3-1 win in Lurgan.
The Walsall FC striker strode clear of a static defence to drive England in front midway through the first half before adding a second ten minutes from time. Although Nebojsa Marinkovic set up a tense finale, Fryatt added a third in added time to round off an impressive team display. Serbia & Montenegro beat Germany 4-2 in an earlier group game and were seen as a real threat.
England now face France in Friday's final at Windsor Park, Belfast after the French beat Germany 3-2 in the second semi-final. The final kicks-off at 8pm.
Phil Ifil was part of the England squad that reached the final of the European Under-19 Championship in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.