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Bennett says City can recover from their Cup final loss. Pic: Sportsfile

Bennett says City can recover from their Cup final loss. Pic: Sportsfile

Bennett says City can recover from their Cup final loss. Pic: Sportsfile

The ghost of Sean Maguire still hangs over Cork City as key defender Alan Bennett admits that the Munster club need to find a free-scoring striker, like Maguire, if they are to keep pace with Dundalk next season.

Cork had already relinquished their league title to Dundalk and Stephen Kenny's side yesterday ended City's two-year reign as FAI Cup holders.

With Dundalk in line for a windfall of close to €1million from competing in the Champions League next summer, and Cork already admitting that they plan to cut €300,000 from their budget for 2019, it's going to be hard for John Caulfield's side.

But former Ireland international Bennett says City can recover from their Cup final loss and challenge next season - if they have a goal poacher on board.

"We probably need 15 goals from somewhere, that's what we probably need to get back up to the levels. Where that comes from, that's John's job," says Bennett.

"That's the nature of the game, people will move on, people will come in, it's important that we get it together and get going as quickly as possible."

The sides were level midway through the first half after Sean Hoare and Kieran Sadlier traded goals but Patrick McEleneny's 73rd minute header won the day for City, Bennett admitting that fine margins settled yet another final, this time not his his side's favour,

"It's hard to take it's probably one of best performances over the last four finals," Bennett said.

"Even though we probably didn't create many chances in the general game, I thought it was one of our best performances out of the four.

"That's the way it goes, I thought we were hit with a bit of sucker punch in the second half when we were in a good period.

"It's hard to create history, it's hard to put history together. It's difficult for us. But there will be no question of a reaction. It's the culture of our club, we'll be back."


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