Louth and John Mitchels minor football star John Gallagher has just been pipped to the post in the vote for the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Player of the Week award, losing out to Antrim’s Jamie Quinn by just 45 votes.
The teenager was among three players – he and Quinn were joined by Wexford’s James Myler – nominated for the Player of the Week and as the vote closed on Thursday afternoon, it emerged that Quinn and Gallagher were way out in front. It went right to the wire on the Electric Ireland Facebook page with Quinn (774) just beating Gallagher (729), with Myler way back on 427 votes.
However, Gallagher could very well be in contention for the end-of-season awards as all weekly round nominees will be in the running for Team of the Year and Player of the Accolades at the GAA Minor Star Awards later in the year.
The John Mitchels youngster is proving the main man for Wayne Kierans’ side this term. On Saturday, he scored 0-08 of Louth’s 15 score haul at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda against Offaly. Just when it looked like Louth were once again heading to extra-time in this year’s Championship, Gallagher was on hand to score a long range free kick in the first minute of time added on to ensure Louth’s progress to the semi-finals.
Like in the previous round in Portlaoise, Gallagher rode to Louth’s rescue with his consistency in front of the posts. He scored 1-06 against Laois on the day, including a levelling point at the death in normal time and an extra-time penalty to seal progress for the youngsters.
The full forward was just one of a number of local Ardee players in Wayne Kieran’s XV against Offaly at the weekend, joining Ardee St Marys quartet Alan McGauley, Philip Trainor, Conor Jackson and Ciaran Keenan in the starting XV. Conor Gillespie came off the bench in the second half.
John’s older brother Kevin Gallagher plays for the senior John Mitchels side. John was named the Louth Academy Under 17 Player of the Year back in November of last year.