O'Hara ends the season on a real high
Kieran O'Hara has ended the campaign on a real high, after helping Macclesfield Town preserve their league status with a final-day draw against Cambridge United.
Manchester United's young keeper completed his loan spell with the Silkmen by picking up three individual awards as recognition for his efforts over the course of the campaign.
The 23-year-old won Town's Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for 2018/19.
O'Hara was outstanding in keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory at Port Vale in Macclesfield's penultimate game, which left matters in their own hands going into the final weekend.
Notts County were, ultimately, the club relegated to the National League, following a 3-1 reverse to Swindon Town.
It’s been a tough season but despite being written off and when our backs were against the wall, we came out fighting. On a personal note it was an honour for me to pick up all 3 player of the season awards after the game. Thank you for the opportunity and your amazing support!. pic.twitter.com/XQdS00QP3I— Kieran O'hara (@KieranOhara_) May 5, 2019
There was more good news for O'Hara when he was named in the latest Republic of Ireland squad on Tuesday.
The Urmston-born keeper qualifies through his parentage and coach Mick McCarthy has included the United man in a 30-man party for a training camp in Portugal, alongside Darren Randolph of Middlesbrough and Bournemouth's Mark Travers, who made his Premier League debut at the weekend against Tottenham Hotspur.
Ireland face Denmark and Gibraltar in European Championship qualifiers at the start of June.
Former England defender Sol Campbell did a superb job in helping Town avoid relegation after it looked virtually certain at one point that they would return to the National League.
O'Hara's success story follows closely on the back of another Reds keeper, Dean Henderson, who won the Golden Glove award with Sheffield United and was a key part of the Blades' promotion to the Premier League, in second place behind Championship winners Norwich City.
The England Under-21 international's 21 clean sheets in 44 games were more than any other keeper in the Championship and he told the club's official website:
“These clean sheets don't come around without my team-mates in front of me working hard to close people down, so obviously I owe a lot to them.”