Team News – Armagh vs Monaghan McKenna Cup

Kieran McGeeney has named a mixture of youth and experience in his line up that faces Monaghan this evening. 

Ten players retain their places from the side that started Armagh’s three point win over Tyrone on Saturday. 

Kieran McGeeney has used 32 players so far in the competition and has used the games to get minutes into the legs. 

Man of the Match against the Red Hands Rian O’Neill doesn’t feature in the starting line up as Armagh continue to rotate their squad. 

Shea Magill made his Armagh debut against Monaghan last year
Photo Credit: John Merry

Others such as joint-captain Aidan Nugent and Jarly Og Burns miss out on a starting berth as well. 

Shea Magill, who made his first appearance for Armagh against Monaghan last season, keeps the number one jersey for tonight’s clash. 

Brendan Haveron makes his competitive debut in defence. He will have familiar faces alongside him in an all-Maghery full back line. 

Ciaran Higgins, who impressed the last day out at full back, and Aidan Forker make up the last line of defence. 

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Conor O’Neill performed well in his man-marking role against Conor Meyler and could pick up a similar job tonight. 

Niall Rowland keeps his grip on the number six jersey while Conniare Mackin comes in at wing half back. 

Younger brother Ciaran, scorer of 0-1 against both Cavan and Tyrone, partners Madden’s Niall Grimley at midfield. 

There’s no change to the half forward line. Tiernan Kelly, Ciaron O’Hanlon and Ross McQuillan remain in the starting line up. 

Ciaron O'Hanlon lines out at centre half forward against Monaghan tonight
Photo Credit: John Merry

Rory Grugan, who grabbed the game winning goal against Tyrone, earns himself a first team jersey against Monaghan. 

Jason Duffy was in outstanding form at the weekend, scoring 1-2 with five touches, before a tight hamstring forced him off the field. 

He regains a first team place while Andrew Murnin completes the inside line, wearing the number 14 jersey.