Tuesday 25 September 2018

Preston's Irish contingent battling for play-off place as Championship reaches thrilling climax

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Sean Maguire. Photo: PA
Sean Maguire. Photo: PA

Eamonn Sweeney

The final day of The Championship is one of the great treats of the football season. A mad scramble ensues from the moment the games kick off together at 12.30 as promotion spots, play-off places and relegations are decided. The potential fates of teams change throughout the afternoon and the tension is palpable as sometimes the entire meaning of a season lasting 69 hours, plus about six of injury-time, changes in the last five or ten minutes.

In the thick of it today will be a team who've attracted a lot of Irish attention over the past couple of years.

Preston North End loomed large on our football radar after they first signed Dundalk European heroes Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle and then swooped for Cork City's goalscoring sensation Seán Maguire.

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