CONOR Hourihane and Aston Villa will play in the Premier League next season.
The Bandon man (28) started in the Villa midfield as they beat Derby County 2-1 in a tense and tight Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday evening to win a place in next season’s the Premier League.
Hourihane was involved in the build-up to Villa’s opening goal in the first half when he played the ball up the right wing to Elmohamady, who swung in a cross that El Ghazi scored.
The West Cork man has never hidden his desire to play in the Premier League and told The Southern Star last week, ‘I have made no secret about wanting to play in the Premier League. I have worked tirelessly over the years to improve and to give myself a chance of getting there. Hopefully this time around I can. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.’
Irish international midfielder Conor is the son of Leap man John and Dunmanway woman Helen, and he has an older sister Elaine and older brother Patrick. He played his underage soccer with Bandon AFC and the Douglas Hall before moving to England when he was 16 years old to join Sunderland.