Team News

Armagh vs Monaghan

Kieran McGeeney has released his starting line up for tomorrow’s Ulster semi-final showdown with Monaghan.

The big news is that Killeavy netminder Shea Magill comes in for Blaine Hughes. This will be the youngsters first appearance for the Armagh seniors.

Magill was a county minor under the watch of Ciaran McKeever in 2019 and was between the sticks for the under 20 side two weeks ago.

Ross Finn retains his spot in defence, with a few positional changes from the last day out, but the same personnel. Aidan Forker and Ryan Kennedy once again miss out.

Madden’s midfield maestro Niall Grimley makes his 20th championship appearance, having made his debut against Laois in 2016.

Rory Grugan kicked his first ever championship point against Monaghan back in 2014. His last minute free brought the sides level, with the Farney men eventually winning the next day out.

The Ballymacnab attacker struck his first goal in the Ulster Championship in his sides 13-point win over Antrim.

Andrew Murnin holds his place at full-forward while captain Stefan Campbell completes the inside line.

Armagh GAA have also confirmed that there has been a positive Covid-19 case with the squad. A spokesperson for Armagh GAA said:

“A player of our senior football team has tested positive for Covid-19. We can confirm after strictly following the public health advice and with the support of our experienced medical team, this is an isolated case.

“We wish the player a full and speedy recovery, and we extend our best wishes to the team and management in their preparations for the USFC semi-final against Monaghan tomorrow. There will no further comment at this time.”

Armagh vs Cavan

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the approach the Armagh management have taken as they’ve selected the same starting team that dismantled Monaghan last weekend

Armagh have been in terrific form of late. They’ve saw off Monaghan and Tyrone convincingly to set up their second Ulster Final in as many seasons.

They kicked off their All-Ireland charge with a victory over Monaghan in round one. Three goals in three minutes turned a tight encounter into a one-sided slaughter.

The Orchard Ladies have conceded two goals in three games. Their rock-solid defence has been on top in the recent outings.

Sarah Marley will once again lead from the back as she holds the captains armband in Kelly Mallon’s absence.

Mallon had a huge impact from the bench last weekend. The Armagh Harps star struck 1-5 after being introduced.

Eve Lavery was in fantastic form against Monaghan and notched 1-3 from wing half back. Caroline O’Hanlon and Alex Clarke also hit the net.