Cork City are tonight toasting the first double in their history. Having won a first league title in 12 years last month, tonight they successfully defended the FAI Cup title. Last year, Seani Maguire proved to be the hero against Dundalk, with tonight's heroes Kieran Sadlier and Mark McNulty, both to the fore in this evening's penalty shootout.
Maguire was present to see his old side today, however, with he and Kevin O'Connor looking on from the Aviva stands. After they game, they were invited down onto the pitch, with manager John Caulfield sending both over to bask in front of the glory rolling off the stands populated by Cork supporters.
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Maguire will miss out on Ireland's two-legged playoff against Denmark, unfortunately, as he recuperates from injury sustained while playing for Preston. He is expected to be out for around three months.
Elsewhere, on a somewhat related note, Karl Sheppard used his Twitter account after the game to bite back at criticism over his mooted move to today's opponents, Dundalk. A report from the local media surfaced last Sunday claiming Sheppard had agreed a move, a week out from the cup final.
The Cork player hit out on Twitter after the final, claiming that nobody could question his professionalism.