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Another Maguire masterclass as the City striker waves goodbye to the League of Ireland

The Preston-bound attacker put on a show against Bray Wanderers.

Image: Bryan Keane; ©INPHO/Bryan Keane/INPHO

Bray Wanderers 0

Cork City 2

Dan Gorman reports from the Carlisle Grounds. 

AS PARTING GIFTS go, a 20th league goal of the season, an assist and three points isn’t half bad. Sean Maguire signed off from domestic duty for Cork City as he nudged them closer to seemingly inevitable Premier Division glory against crisis club Bray Wanderers.

Maguire took 13 minutes to get going.

He started and finished the move that broke the deadlock. He sprayed a delicious diagonal ball from left flank to right and Sheppard’s control was almost as tasty. He rolled it back to Steven Beattie to deliver the cross and there was Maguire arriving to beat Hugh Douglas to the ball and head Cork ahead despite Cherrie getting his fingertips on the effort.

The Preston bound striker continued to be a thorn in Bray’s defence as he lost a 50-50 with Douglas but immediately peeled off him which allowed him to latch onto Sadlier’s first-time pass. Maguire stood Conor Kenna up before gliding past him and tried to repeat the trick against Cherrie but the Scot just managed to halt the ball.

Wanderers thought they had beaten McNulty in the 56th minute when Gary McCabe’s intended cross from a free-kick floated past everyone and into the net but it was chalked off for an apparent infringement in the area.

Maguire was then inches from killing off Bray’s spirited second half showing. He collected Steven Beattie’s pass and floated past two defenders but his strike came back off the post and Achille Campion failed to beat Cherrie with the follow-up.

With three minutes to spare, City wrapped it up. Kenna miscued a clearance, it fell to Maguire and he crossed for Keohane to finish.

Maguire then, fittingly, received a standing ovation as he departed proceedings in injury time.

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Keith Buckley, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Kevin Lynch; John Sullivan, Mark Salmon (Darragh Noone, 71); Ryan Brennan, Gary McCabe, Jason Marks; Aaron Greene.

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett, Ryan Delaney, Shane Griffin; Conor McCormack, Garry Buckley (Achille Campion, 60); Karl Sheppard (Conor Ellis, 88), Jimmy Keohane, Kieran Sadlier; Sean Maguire (Sean O’Mahony, 90+1).

Referee: Robert Harvey.

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