Errigal Ciaran won their second league title in a row with a very confident display against Coalisland on Sunday. Once again their experienced players were to the fore as Enda Mc Ginley, Peter Harte and Davy Harte produced top quality displays. Davy Harte in particular was in outstanding form and knocked over a couple of points to seal a fine wine for his team and by all accounts he was back to his best form.
Young Peter Harte continues to improve with every game and in both league and championship this year he has shown himself to be one of the most talented footballers in the country. The flame haired attacker’s versatility makes him every manager’s dream. The quality of his play would allow him to play anywhere on the field and although he played much of his football in the forward line this year, he showed clearly in the 2008 minor campaign that he is equally at home in defence.
Although a real competitor who enjoys his football, I am sure Peter will be glad the club season has come to a close but there will be little chance of respite for him as he turns his attention to his college preparations for The Sigerson Cup.
It is less than six weeks until the end of the year but such are the demands made on the most talented of our young players that there is no such thing as a close season for them. In addition to college demands Peter, and many other young players, will soon be joining up with their county colleagues as they begin to plan for 2011. The Mc Kenna Cup and National League are just around the corner and we have not even mentioned the Under Twenty One competition. You can be sure the management team of that particular group of players will also be keen to get the ball rolling as they prepare to re-establish Tyrone as a force in this particular age group. So in the space of less than three months Peter Harte could well find himself playing for four different teams, under four different managers, whose seasons are all at different stages and being the determined player that he is he would not want to let any of them down. The danger for Peter and young players like him is that in trying to please everyone he could end up exhausting himself long before we get to the end of The National League.