BANDON’S Conor Hourihane played a captain’s role as he inspired Barnsley to Wembley.
The West Cork man (24) captained the Barnsley team – as well as scoring his side’s goal – that defeated Fleetwood Town in the semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
It means that Barnsley will now take on League Two Oxford in the final at Wembley in April.
In Thursday night’s second leg against Fleetwood, Conor put Barnsley ahead in the second half, before Fleetwood equalised to level the game 1-1, and the tie overall 2-2, to send the game to penalties.
Conor was on target again in the shoot-out as Barnsley won 4-2 to advance to a Wembley final.
In League One Barnsley are on a six-game winning run that has seen them move up to 12th, five points off the play-off places.
Conor won a Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Month award last year after his eye-catching debut season with Barnsley.
— Kieran McCarthy (@KieranMcC_SS) February 5, 2016
Proud to have @ConorHourihane leading our team out every week, what a man
— Luke Moore (@LMOfficialTwit) February 4, 2016
That was the best performance I've ever seen by a reds player @ConorHourihane you deserve to lead them out at Wembley! â¤ï¸
— tom (@LOW3Y) February 4, 2016
— Douglas Hall AFC (@DouglasHallAFC) February 4, 2016
Fleetwood Town 0 - 1 Barnsley. 67' Conor Hourihane scores for Barnsley
— SethJoel (@SethJoel1) February 4, 2016
— Dean Booth (@tarnlad77) February 5, 2016