Philip Talty is a gifted footballer be it playing soccer with Avenue Utd or Gaelic Football with Éire Óg. One of the most skilful players on a field, he is one of the most hard working players too.
“It’s all about honesty of effort, you have to work harder than the opposition to be successful. It really is that simple. You have to work your socks for sixty minutes and the rest will look after itself.
“If you don’t work for Paul you don’t play for Paul. The defensive side is just as important to me as the attacking side. We have to help the defence out as much as possible. Turnovers are as valuable as a score”
For such a young man Talty seems totally focused and driven.
“Success is so important. We set our stall out at the very first training session this year to retain Jack Daly and we are only one game away from doing so.
“Yes it’s great to be in another County Final but we have to win it. Paul drills it into us all the time that it’s about the next 60 minutes. What has happened before counts for nothing. It’s what happens next that is important.”
On Sunday’s opponents Talty says it’s not about them, it’s about how Éire Óg play.
“Ennistymon are a really good team and I expect a tough battle. They are here on merit but we treat all opposition the same. We give every team we play the respect they deserve.
“We know that we have to outwork every team we play and if we do that we will be in a good position come full time. It’s all about work rate. The teams who work the hardest are the teams who tend to win.”
With so many dual players does Philip think tiredness could come into play?
“We are so lucky with Paul and Mattie, they work so well together. Training is tough but recovery is important. They manage this superbly.
“It’s great we have so many dual players. We have a close bond. We all support each other because we have that one great thing in common and that is we represent Éire Óg.”
There is an incredible steely attitude in such a young player and it will be no surprise if Philip Talty and his teammates have secured another County Title come 5pm Sunday.