WATCH: Seanie Maguire and Kevin O'Connor celebrate with Cork City fans after club's FAI Cup win
Preston North End players Seanie Maguire and Kevin O'Connor took to the pitch of the Aviva Stadium on Sunday to celebrate with Cork City supporters after the club's penalty shootout win over Dundalk in the FAI cup final.
Maguire was the League of Ireland's leading goalscorer for the 2017 season with 20 goals in 21 matches before leaving the champions for Preston in June.
He was soon followed to Preston by Cork teammate Kevin O'Connor three weeks later as both players watched from the stands to see their former side complete a historic league and cup double.
Before leaving Cork for Preston, Maguire thanked the club's supporters for the gratitude they showed him during his two seasons at Turner's Cross.
I’ve made so many memories that will live with me forever, from winning he FAI Cup to scoring a hat-trick in front of the shed end in the Europa League," Maguire said in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
“And to the fans, I can’t put into words how good you’ve been to me the past 18 months! It’s been so hard to hold in my emotions the past few games.
“I’ve been so overwhelmed with the reception I’ve received from you all. Thanks for everything. Cork City will always have a special place in my heart!”
Maguire has kept his eyes firmly glued on Cork since his departure from the club and frequently has asked on social media for weblinks to the Rebels matches.
The 23-year-old made his senior international debut last month in the win over Moldova, and while he did not feature in the win over Wales, he was in line to play a role in the two games against Denmark.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will now have to consider other options to lead the Irish line after it was reported on Saturday that Maguire is facing three months on the sideline due to a serious hamstring injury.
O'Neill is hoping that Daryl Murphy returns to the Nottingham Forest side today after injury kept him out of their last two games.