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Cork City Fans Ready To Party As Sean Maguire Hat-Trick Tears Dundalk Apart

INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Cork City took an almighty step closer to winning the Premier Division on Friday night, beating Dundalk 3-0 at Oriel Park to move 18 points clear at the top of the table.

Goals from in-form City striker Sean Maguire proved to be the difference as John Caulfield’s men extended their fantastic recent record against the defending champions, making it four wins in a row against the Lilywhites in all competitions.

Although Dundalk will argue that they made the better start, the mood around Oriel Park changed almost instantly when Maguire tapped home at the end of a Karl Sheppard. The former Dundalk striker doubled City’s lead in the second half as he headed home a cross from John Dunleavy, under the watchful eye of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

An error from Dane Massey allowed the 23-year-old to complete his hat-trick in stoppage time, capping the perfect evening for the striker and his side.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Dundalk 2/6/2017 Dundalk vs Cork City Cork City's Kevin O'Connor and Gearoid Morrissey congratulate goalscorer Sean Maguire
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City get the win and, more pertinently, now have a ridiculously commanding lead over their closest rivals as we move into the brief midseason break. So while we still have another entire half-season to play through, is that it now already for the title race?

There was, understandably, special praise for the hat-trick hero of the night. Sean Maguire has been one of the ksy driving forces behind City’s title charge, and reminded Dundalk yet again of what they lost when they let him go in 2015:

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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we take a look at a big ten days for Martin O’Neill’s side as well as the usual review of the latest League of Ireland action.

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