Former Cork City manager Pat Dolan has singled out free-scoring Sean Maguire for praise following Cork City’s Europa League success last week,
Maguire was instrumental in Cork City’s 4-2 win over Levadia Tallinn last Thursday as they progressed to the second round of qualifying with an aggregate score of 6-2 in favour of the League of Ireland leaders.
It was Maguire’s second half hat-trick that sent the Leesiders through after a few shaky moments when the game was tied at 1-1 and also made him the club’s leading European goalscorer. Along with that accolade, he is being labelled as on of the club’s greatest ever players. A compliment of the highest order given the calibre of players that City have had in the past. Dave Barry, Alan Bennett, current manager John Caulfield and Pat Morley are some of the names that spring to mind.
It’s ironic that the three goals scored by the Cork City striker last week earned the club more than the transfer fee that they will receive from Preston North End for the player.
With the knowledge that he will only be a Cork City player for another couple of weeks, he is treating the fans to some spectacular displays. Aside from the crucial goals he scored against Levadia Tallinn, his all round play throughout the game was exceptional. He caused constant headaches and trouble for the defenders with his pace, ability, strength and an endless supply of energy. He went round the defenders with such ease and reminded everyone in the ground that he is worth a lot more than the small sum Cork City are getting from Preston North End.
It also begs the question, why hasn’t he been selected to play for Ireland yet? It reflects very badly on the League of Ireland as it seems you have to play in England to get on the national team even though a full international from the League of Ireland would be a step in the right direction in terms of the progression of the league.
Dolan gave his views on the matter speaking with Cork’s 96fm after the match. He has labelled Martin O’Neill’s decision to exclude Maguire from international football thus far as “appalling,” and believes that his good form this season along with the resilience he showed when he was let go by Dundalk must be rewarded.
He also states that when the time comes for Maguire to pull on the green of Ireland at senior level, he will undoubtedly have deserved the honour of representing his country.
“Of course he a great goalscorer, of course he should be capped by our country. For him to have had this season so far and for us to be so many points clear at the top of the table and not to have gotten an international cap under Martin O’Neill – well, for me that’s just appalling.”
He questions whether Martin O’Neill or Roy Keane were present to witness Maguire’s man of the match performance last Thursday and praises the commitment shown by Maguire since his deal to Preston was confirmed. He says that he “has not pulled out of one tackle” and that his performances have been “extraordinary”.
Dolan went on to praise the work of manager John Caulfield and gives Sean Maguire the reassurance that his international cap will definitely come if Caulfield receives the managerial post that Dolan feels he deserves.
“And my goodness me it won’t be long before Johnny Caulfield will be the manager of Ireland, so when he is the manager you’ll definitely get your cap.” (via The 42)
A fitting farewell to a player who has earned all of the plaudits he is receiving and has also earned a special place in the hearts of Cork City supporters. A respect and admiration that will long extend past Sean Maguire’s transfer away from the club where his name will always lie in the history books.