Sean Maguire 'delighted' with Cork City debut double

The former Dundalk striker was the difference between the two teams as he helped the Leesiders get off to a winning start at home

Sean Maguire has revealed his delight after firing Cork City to victory against Bohemians in the opening game of the 2016 SSE Airtricity League season.

The former West Ham United youth bagged the two goals in City's 2-0 win over Keith Long's side, and feels that he is thriving in the lone striker role after joining from Dundalk in the off-season.

"Before the game, I would have taken three points and no goals, but scoring two goals in the 'Shed End' on my debut is just a bonus, so I'm delighted," Maguire told reporters.

"Coming here, there was a bit of pressure, but I think scoring in the past couple of games has given me confidence and hopefully I can just kick on from here."

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international added: "I worked really hard in pre-season and John [Caulfield] has shown faith in me, playing me up front on my own with Gav [Holohan] and we've formed a good partnership, we know each other really well."

FOX IN THE BOX

Cork manager John Caulfield was impressed by his new acquisition, who has continued his goal-scoring start at Turner's Cross after finding the net in the President's Cup win over Dundalk last week.

"It might be a rejuvenated Seanie Maguire and that's what we want," Caulfield told reporters after the game.

"It was two 'fox in the box' finishes in a game that was tight and I suppose they were goals out of nothing, which is a credit to Sean.

"Since he's come in, his work rate and attitude have been phenomenal. If he keeps working like that, he'll score goals and that's what we want."