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The Brace Is Just A Bonus For Sean Maguire

3 March 2018

Few could have envisaged Sean Maguire grabbing a brace on gentry day on his comeback from a long term lay off.

But that's exactly what the Irishman did after kicking a ball in anger for the first time after five months out injured.

If you'd have asked what Maguire would have hoped for before the game, Maguire would simply have wished for game time, not necessarily the brace that he managed which fired PNE to three points on Gentry Day.

"You can't write this stuff," said Sean Maguire after the game.

"To even be back involved with four thousand fans singing your name in a big game derby game that you have to win and to contribute to that and score two goals, it's the best feeling I've had in football.

"Being out for four months and being frustrated a lot of the time coming in knowing you're not going to be involved and in the matchday squad so to be back here today and to be involved was great.

"Coming on did a lot for my confidence but to score my first brace for the club is the best feeling in my football career.

"The first day I got injured, I went to the physio myself and said this is the game I want to be back for, and that's a lot of credit to him."

"I felt good today and I felt sharp coming on. We've a lot of big games coming up now and by this time next week, we'll have everybody back fit and Darnell back from injury.

Maguire spoke with emotion to iFollow after the game with his two goals being the difference between the two sides this afternoon.

Maguire entered the fray on 64 minutes, and took just 13 minutes to get on the scoresheet after getting in at the near post to toe poke home. 

His third, which sealed the win came in more fortunate circumstances after Josh Harrop's deflected effort fell straight to Maguire who squeezed the ball home. 

Maguire continued: "When you're playing you don't really think about injuries, and I never thought I'd get an injury like that so it was a funny one.

"I played two game with it, and when I got the scan and Jacko told me, I broke down in tears. It's been tough, but everybody close to me has been great to me. 

"I just can't put into words how good that felt today, but we won't get too excited yet. We'll enjoy today but get back into training to get sharper and fit because it's a big 11 games for the club because we want to get into those Play-Offs.


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