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Rising star battles for life in Spain

Oisin Merritt.

Oisin Merritt.

A talented young footballer from Stranorlar was last night continuing his fight for his life after a horrific fall while on holiday in Spain.

Oisin Merritt, 19, (pictured) was on holiday with friends in Santa Ponsa in the Mediterranean island of Majorca when, it is understood, he fell from a balcony suffering serious injuries including a fractured skull in the early hours of Monday morning.

A keen sportsman, he is also a rising star on the local soccer scene and is currently on the books of Finn Harps and plays in their reserve team.

Finn Harps first team manager, Ollie Horgan, said he was shocked when he heard the news of what happened.

“Oisin’s a great lad and he’s extremely popular among all the players at the club,” he said.

“So it goes without saying that we were all very saddened to hear what happened to him in Spain. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Ollie said Oisin has played with the club’s U-19 and Ulster Senior League sides. “He hasn’t been involved with the first team just yet, but he’s a quality player with a bright future in the game. We’re all hoping he can come through this.”

Local Councillor Patrick McGowan said: “The whole community was in shock on hearing the news, right across the Finn Valley, and our thoughts now are with him and his family.”

Still in a critical condition, it is believed his condition has slightly stabilised and members of his family flew out to be with him on Tuesday.

 

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