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Wembley date for Ireland duo Hourihane and Whelan after Villa beat West Brom on penalties

Aston Villa overcame the Baggies on spot-kicks at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.

Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish and Ahmed Elmohamady celebrate.
Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish and Ahmed Elmohamady celebrate.
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THERE WAS JOY for Ireland international team-mates Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan on Tuesday night, as Aston Villa booked their place in the Championship play-off final after seeing off West Brom on penalties.

The Baggies won 1-0 on the night at the Hawthorns to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate thanks to Craig Dawson’s first half header.

However, their hopes of an immediate return to the top-flight were dented when captain Chris Brunt was sent-off 10 minutes from the end of normal time.

The hosts held out manfully during extra-time, but Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer saved West Brom’s first two penalties of the shootout from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi.

Hourihane, Mile Jedinak, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham kept their cool from the spot as Villa set up a Wembley meeting with Leeds or Derby on 27 May for a lucrative place in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds hold a 1-0 first leg leads over Frank Lampard’s Rams ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday.

- © AFP, 2019

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