Errigal chief setting sights on Ulster glory
Patience may be a virtue but Errigal Ciaran chairman Cathal McAnenly believes his club have been forced to exercise it for rather too long.
A decade has elapsed since the Ballygawley club last won the Ulster Club championship title and McAnenly is keen to see the famine come to an end.
When Errigal Ciaran overcame Dromore in the Tyrone senior championship final the flame of hope was lit in relation to possible success at provincial level.
But while McAnenly clearly relishes the prospect of seeing his club back at the top again, he is quick to pinpoint the formidable obstacles that lie in their path.
“We are facing the Cavan champions Mullahoran in a preliminary round Ulster Club tie this weekend and let’s face it, every team in every competition wants to avoid a preliminary round game if they can,” said McAnenly.
“They would just like to get straight into the first round or quarter-finals or whatever level it is and we are no exception, but having said that we have to go with the hand which we have been dealt.”
Errigal Ciaran’s success in Tyrone came as a surprise in some quarters yet McAnenly believes that the best could be yet to come from a side which shows an amalgam of youth and experience.
“I think that now these boys have acquired a winning habit they will want to continue in this vein. I don’t believe they will take their foot off the accelerator and think that a county title is enough,” said McAnenly.
“They have the incentive to go out and prove themselves against Ulster’s best sides and they will want to grasp this opportunity.”
Davy Harte, John Devine, Aidan McCrory, Peter Harte (pictured) and skipper Enda McGinley form the backbone of an Errigal Ciaran side that has responded well to the promptings of young manager Ronan McGuckin, whose personal stock has soared in the wake of his team’s domestic coup.
But his feet are certainly not leaving the ground as he contemplates the Ulster Club championship.
“When you look at the way that Crossmaglen Rangers have won their 16th Armagh title in 17 years, St Gall’s have been crowned Antrim champions yet again and see the likes of Mayobridge and Kilcoo in another Down final, you know that there will be some very good sides in the mix,” said McGuckin.