Armagh announce side to face Farney men

Kieran McGeeney has announced his starting team to take on Monaghan in Brewster Park on Sunday afternoon.

It’s been a long wait for GAA fans, but the action is finally back, beginning with the National League this weekend.

Armagh and Monaghan haven’t faced off since their 2019 qualifier meeting, which the Orchard County won thanks to two Rian O’Neill goals.

Sunday will be their first league encounter in six years, going back to their 2014 clash which Monaghan won 1-17 to 0-10.

Rory Grugan and Stefan Campbell lined out that day and will once again take on the Farney men this Sunday.

The two forwards along with full back Aidan Forker are the only three in the named starting line-up that have experienced life in the topflight.

The big news from the Armagh team is that Ciaron O’Hanlon returns to the starting team after a three-year absence, last pulling on the orange shirt in 2017.

Niall Grimley and Oisin O’Neill form a solid centre-field pairing and could be the same partnership for the next few years.

Jarly Og Burns will help out around the middle with Rian O’Neill also there to call upon if Armagh need help in the engine room.

The Armagh hurlers are also out on Sunday and Padraig O’Connor has named a strong side to host Longford in their league opener.

Peter McKearney comes straight into midfield following a year out of the panel while Jim Short claims a corner back spot, coming back from the dreaded cruciate injury.

A host of experienced names such as Simon Doherty, Ciaran Clifford and Danny Magee will lead the charge on Sunday afternoon.