Monday 21 August 2017

Sean Maguire scores on final League of Ireland appearance as Cork City move 15 points clear

Bray Wanderers 0 Cork City 2

Sean Maguire of Cork City waves to the supporters for his last appearance for Cork City during SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Cork City at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Sean Maguire of Cork City waves to the supporters for his last appearance for Cork City during SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Cork City at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

SEAN Maguire said goodbye to League of Ireland football in the best way possible, by scoring in the win which extends Cork City's lead at the top of the Premier Division table.

Maguire will finally move to Preston North End next Monday, so Thursday's Europa League tie away to AEK Larnaca will be his last game in the City shirt, and the Kilkenny native signed off in terms of domestic duty in Sunday's 2-0 win away to Bray Wanderers, Maguire scoring the opening goal and setting up the second late on for Jimmy Keohane.

Maguire scored his 20th league goal of the season on 13 minutes, jumping high to connect with Steven Beattie's cross and beat keeper Peter Cherrie, while the U21 cap saw a second half shot come off the crossbar.

Bray, troubled by financial woes which forced their squad to last week issue a statement saying they had placed themselves on the transfer list, put up a challenge to City in the second half but a defence-splitting run by Maguire set up winger Keohane to add a second on 84 minutes and secure their eighth successive league win.

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