Captaining the host nation, Kieran's hopes of progressing to the semi-finals ended with a 2-1 defeat against Germany on Saturday.
The Irish went into the game with a mountain to climb - they needed a 3-0 win and results to go their way - but Germany ended up victors to knock Kieran's side out.
Midfielder Kieran was one of three players to force saves out of German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer but the Germans broke home hearts with late goals from Markus Steinhofer and Denis Epstein. Thomas Stewart's late reply was little consolation as Northern Ireland finished bottom of their group.
Phil started England's final group match against Norway and was staring an early exit in the face when Petter Hannssen put the Norwegians 2-1 up with only 11 minutes left.
Needing a win to progress, England hit back a minute later through Dexter Blacklock before substitute David Wheater grabbed the winner seven minutes from time.
England now play Serbia & Montenegro in Lurgan on Tuesday (kick-off 4.30pm) with France up against Germany in Ballymena (kick-off 7.30pm) in the other semi-final, also on Tuesday.
Phil Ifil and Kieran McKenna experienced very different emotions in the European Under-19 Championships in Northern Ireland.