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Thursday 17 August 2017

Sean Maguire bags memorable hat-trick as Cork City ease into second round of Europa League qualifiers

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6 July 2017; Sean Maguire of Cork City scores his side's fourth goal during the Europa League First Qualifying Round Second Leg match between Cork City and Levadia Tallinn at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
6 July 2017; Sean Maguire of Cork City scores his side's fourth goal during the Europa League First Qualifying Round Second Leg match between Cork City and Levadia Tallinn at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Sean Maguire showed his class at Turners Cross tonight as the striker netted three goals as Cork City booked their place in the second Europa League qualifying round.

Nursing a healthy two goal aggregate lead from the away leg, Cork City welcomed Estonian outfit Levadia Tallinn with a comfortable buffer, but it was the visitors who struck first in the 15th minute through Evengi Kobzar.

Karl Sheppard equalised for the Airtricity League leaders but the Estonians hit back with a goal from Nikita Andreev just after the 30 minute mark.

The second half, however, belonged to Sean Maguire.

The striker levelled the match moments into the second half before striking twice in the game's final five minutes to give Cork City a 4-2 win on the night and a 6-2 win on aggregate.

John Caulfield's men will face AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in the next round.

Elsewhere, Derry City limped out of the Europa League qualifiers after being outclassed 4-1 at the Brandywell by Midtjylland, with the Danish side running out 10-2 aggregate winners.

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