Conor Hourihane introduced himself to Ireland fans back in March by scoring a wonderful free kick against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. For a country crying out for some more goalscorers, it was a welcome sight as the Corkman gave us a glimpse of what he can do.
If anyone thought it was a one-off, think again because the 28-year-old was on fire again today, coming from the bench to help Aston Villa to a 2-1 play-off win over rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Hourihane was only on the pitch for eight minutes when he latched on to a Jack Grealish pass to fire home from outside the box, equalising for Villa in the process. Four minutes later, Tammy Abraham sealed the win with a penalty, leaving the Villains on the brink of the play-off final where they could seal promotion back to the Premier League after three years away.
The two sides will play each other again on Tuesday and West Brom will have it all to do. Check out Hourihane’s bullet finish below.
Conor Hourihane fires Aston Villa level
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 11, 2019