| 5.4°C Dublin

Neil hails Maguire impact at Preston


Preston's Sean Maguire

Preston's Sean Maguire

Preston's Sean Maguire

Preston boss Alex Neil believes that new signing Sean Maguire has already shown what he's capable of after just one game with the Championship side.

While Preston lost 2-1 in a friendly at home to Burnley on Tuesday night, where Jon Walters was on target for the Clarets, Maguire made his mark by scoring Preston's goal, having come off the bench for his first appearance.

"I thought we got better in the second half and the introduction of Sean Maguire at half time, with his pace, stretched the game for us," said Neil after the game which saw 11 Irish players take part.

"It was a great individual goal, I thought his pace in behind was excellent and I thought he showed why he's had such a good season so far this year. The lad's been here one day and played really well based on that.

"If you look at it, all-in-all, it wasn't an easy game for the lads against a good side but they worked extremely hard.

"Once Sean had got in behind a few times, that saw Burnley drop deeper and allowed our wide players to drift in and find space."

Maguire and fellow new arrival Kevin O'Connor, both subs against Burnley, will hope to start in tomorrow's friendly against Fleetwood. Meanwhile, ex-international Colin Healy has rejoined Cork City in a coaching capacity. Healy had left the club when he retired from playing at the end of last season but now City have lured him back.

"We want our underage set-up to be the best in country and we feel we have improved over the last couple of years, and Colin's addition is a further sign of that progression," says Cork manager John Caulfield.