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Sean Maguire scored a brilliant solo goal as Preston fell at home to Brentford this afternoon

Maguire was named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad for Ireland’s World Cup play-off against Denmark in a fortnight.

The forward drew his side level in the first half at Deepdale.
The forward drew his side level in the first half at Deepdale.

Updated at 5.15pm

AN EXCELLENT WEEK for Sean Maguire continued this afternoon, as the Preston forward scored his fourth goal of the season for the Championship club to level his side against Brentford on Saturday.

The goal came less than 24 hours after he was crowned a Premier Division champion as Cork City wrapped up the 2017 league title with a 1-0 win against Bray Wanderers.

Preston could not capitalise on the leveller, however, as Alex Neil’s side were defeated 3-2 at Deepdale — meaning they fall to ninth in the Championship with back-to-back losses.

Maguire has started life promisingly at Preston, scoring on his non-competitive debut as well as recording a number of man of the match performances featuring a handful of goals and assists.

Saturday saw the forward bag his fourth of the season. It was arguably his finest in a Lilywhites shirt as he went on a determined individual run which saw him glide past one defender before edging towards the box and planting a low strike beyond goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Last night also saw the 23-year-old officially crowned the League of Ireland’s top goalscorer for 2017, despite departing Turner’s Cross for the Championship four months ago at the end of July.

Maguire scored 20 Premier Division goals in 21 games to secure the golden boot award, with his ex-club managing to end the season on a high with a win at home against Bray before hoisting the trophy on Friday night.

The player tweeted yesterday: “Couldn’t be happier for everyone involved with the club. From the staff to the fans. Enjoy the celebrations @CorkCityFC”.

The forward made his international debut against Moldova last month and was earlier this week named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad for Ireland’s World Cup play-off against Denmark.

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