Press Association “The win was based around attitude, commitment and heart – Ireland’s Call – there were heroes everywhere, I couldn’t be prouder of them, it is one of my all-time favourite victories.” Ireland were without a host of big-name players from the World Cup and Aston’s plans were further upset when experienced prop Luke Ambler was forced from the field after only four minutes and was unable to return. “We got our energy from within,” Aston added. “I said last night in our team meeting that we wanted to earn respect; of each other, our opponents and the Irish fans and we’ve done that. “Josh Toole was the man of the match but Bob Beswick was outstanding, he was the glue, he is so smart and skilful out of dummy half, one of the very best in the business and set a captain’s lead. He has worked closely with Liam Finn who is assisting me and it showed. “Young lads like Robbie Mulhern – who was 20 today – and Joby Murphy just threw themselves into it and were magnificent especially as we had very little rotation and Shannon McDonnell ‘s two tries on debut were vital. But I was equally as please with the two domestic-based lads on the wings. They showed what talent the sport can attract.” If Ireland win the competition, they will automatically qualify for the 2017 World Cup and earn a place in the 2016 Four Nations Series but Aston is unconcerned about the added incentive. “We are going to enjoy tonight because the lads deserve to,” he said. “They did everything we asked and we are going to celebrate as only the Irish can. “Then we’ll re-focus for what will be a very tough game here against Scotland next week after their win last night.” Ireland coach Mark Aston hailed his side’s shock 22-12 win over favourites France in the Rugby League European Championship as “one of the biggest in the history of Irish rugby league”. Shannon McDonnell and Haydn Peacock both scored two tries apiece as a Wolfhounds side containing nine debutants and with only three one-hour training sessions together, were urged on to a first win for two years by a vociferous crowd at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. “I hope the governing bodies will realise how massive the international game can be and now properly support it,” Aston said.