It’s that time of the week again – we have SEVEN nominees in our latest Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Person of the Week poll, in association with O’Reilly’s Sportswear.
Each weekly award winner will receive a kitbag, a jersey and a half-zip, supplied by O’Reilly’s.
The award winner will be chosen via a public vote from a shortlist selected by our panel.
O’Reilly’s Sportswear was founded in 2017 by well-known Twin Towns sporting brothers Steven and Martin O’Reilly.
Our poll closes at noon on Thursday.
Amber Barrett (Peamount United)
Milford woman Amber Barrett has been in sublime form of late for Peamount United. A week after helping the Peas reach the League Cup final, Barrett scored FOUR goals at the weekend as Peamount overcame UCD Waves in the Women’s National League.
Barrett has now hit 10 goals in her last three games and has 17 for the season. Barrett is a player at the top of her game right now, as her stunning haul on Saturday at Greenogue showed.
Niall Carruthers (Rathmullan Celtic)
A game in the Joseph Sheridan Memorial Cup in Rathmullan last Tuesday night provided a moment that went viral all around the world. That was a moment of magic from Rathmullan Celtic’s Niall Carruthers. A hat-trick in a 5-2 win over derby rivals Whitestrand United wasn’t enough for Carruthers, who included a wonder goal among his lot. Luckily for Carruthers, his big moment was captured on camera – and dominated social media pages over the following few days.
Ciaran Gallagher (Finn Harps)
Ciaran Gallagher has kept six clean sheets on the trot – a new Finn Harps club record. Gallagher’s shut out against Wexford FC, in Friday’s 3-0 win at Finn Park, means the Raphoe man has not let in a goal since mid-June.
It is 559 minutes, to be precise, since Gallagher’s last concession – to UCD’s Georgie Kelly.
He has 12 clean sheets to his name this season and made a couple of top-drawer saves to keep Wexford at bay on Friday night.
Daniella Jansen (Finn Valley AC)
On her first ever time to wear an Irish vest, Finn Valley AC’s Daniella Jansen returned from Scotland with a Celtic Games Gold medal on Saturday evening.
The Killygordon teenager helped Ireland to gold in the Under-18 4x400m relay.
Alongside Caoimhe Cronin, Ella Duane and Miriam Daly, Jansen took gold at the Grangemouth Stadium.
And it was a day to remember for Jansen, who ran the second leg of the relay.
Oisin Merritt (Ballybofey United & Rep of Ireland CP team)
Four years ago, Oisin Merritt was told he’d never play football again. On Sunday, he helped the Republic of Ireland CP team to a bronze medal at the European Championships. The Ballybofey United man played as Ireland defeated Netherlands 2-1 in the third-fourth place play-off.
He had netted twice in a 5-1 group stage win over Germany. In 2014, Merritt had to have part of his skull removed after a horror fall from a balcony in Spain and spent weeks in a coma. Emerging with a litany of injuries, Merritt was advised that his football career had ended – but he has defied the odds and now has a European medal to show for his efforts.
Eilish Ward (Donegal senior ladies)
The Donegal ladies didn’t get it all their own way in Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland quarter-final in Omagh. The Donegal ladies edged through by the skins of their teeth – and it was thanks tin no small part to Ward. The forward scored three points, but two of those were in a nervy last ten minutes.
Two points from Ward and another by Niamh Hegarty sent Donegal into a first-ever semi-final.
Brandon Wilkie-McGlinchey (Letterkenny jockey)
Donegal jockeys have been hitting the high notes of late – and Letterkenny’s Brandon Wilkie-McGlinchey was the latest to do so at the weekend.
The Elmwood Downs youngster had a treble of winners at Ballyconneely in Galway. Wilkie-McGlinchey took victory aboard Kaylessi and added another when he guided Cruise Control to glory. The treble was completed when he steered Miss Bossy Boots to a win.
Week 5 - Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s
- Oisin Merritt (42%, 418 Votes)
- Brandon Wilkie-McGlinchey (33%, 331 Votes)
- Eilish Ward (10%, 95 Votes)
- Ciaran Gallagher (6%, 62 Votes)
- Amber Barrett (4%, 44 Votes)
- Niall Carruthers (2%, 23 Votes)
- Daniella Jansen (2%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 993