Odhran MacNiallais named Ulster Writers Player of the Month for June

Odhran MacNialais, June winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award with Peter Campbell, Donegal Democrat; Seqamus McMahon, Quinn Building Products; John Martin, Chairman UGAAWA; and Gerry McLaughlin, UGAAWA. Pic: Peadar McMahon
Odhran MacNialais, June winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award with Peter Campbell, Donegal Democrat; Seqamus McMahon, Quinn Building Products; John Martin, Chairman UGAAWA; and Gerry McLaughlin, UGAAWA. Pic: Peadar McMahon

Donegal seem to be able to produce raiding forwards on a regular basis, young talent to replace ageing limbs.

And, surely, there hasn’t been any fresh face more successful than Odhran MacNiallais since he first joined the squad three years ago.

The long and lean Gaoth Dobhair man has blossomed into one of the top forwards in Ireland and his displays against Fermanagh and Monaghan, in the drawn game, during June pushed Donegal on their way to another Ulster SFC final.

When things looked dark and Tir Chonaill was reduced to 14 men for the second half against Fermanagh, leadership and extra energy was needed.

Nobody provided that better than Mac Niallais (23) who cracked home two goals, special hits that won the game.

And, when another score was needed against Monaghan in the drawn semi-final, he came good, once more, with a golden goal.

‘This is a great honour and I appreciate it very much, team awards are great but to get a personal honour like this is really special.

“It is a big lift going into an Ulster final.

In his trophy drawer, the Donegal man has three All-Ireland Gaeltacht Football Championship medals alongside with one Ulster championship gong.

And he said he was really looking forward to Sunday’s final which will be a real tough test.