THE LONG wait is over for ex-Cork City and Preston striker Seanie Maguire who made his debut for Ireland in a solid 2-0 win over Moldova at the Aviva Stadium last night.
“The waiting around was the hardest part but it’s hard to put it all into words. It was a long wait but to step into an atmosphere like that and all the fans singing my name was brilliant.
"It meant an awful lot to me and the last time I played here I was getting the winning goal for Cork against Dundalk in the FAI Cup final.
"I could never have imagined that I’d be back making my international debut for Ireland just a year later,” said Maguire (23), who is probably the first Castlecomer man to play for the Republic of Ireland.
“I suppose I would have liked to get on a bit earlier but hey I got my cap tonight and I am really thrilled. It’s a start and it’s a great way to do it, winning the game and we are still in there fighting for that play-off place. We look forward to Wales in Cardiff on Monday night now,” he told me.
“We knew we had to get the three points against Moldova to prolong our interest and we go again in Wales looking to get three more points and let’s see where that takes us. It was great to get that ovation from the crowd and a nice word in my ear from Shane Long as well. I think the adrenaline kept me going but it was an incredible feeling to get on to the pitch and to finally make my debut,” said Maguire whose appearance may mean a £50,000 windfall for Cork City.
“I had it in the back of my mind that I could make my debut even better if I nicked a goal and I might have had a penalty because I got a nudge in the back going for a ball.
"The gaffer just told me to go out and just enjoy myself because I had earned it. Shane (Long) said the exact same thing. Hopefully I’ll see you in a few weeks when I get back to Cork to get my league winners medal,” he added.