Team News – Armagh vs Dublin

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has announced his starting 15 to take on Dublin this weekend.

The Orchard County head to the capital to face Dessie Farrell’s men in the opening round of the national league.

Only Aidan Forker from the named line up has experience of playing Dublin in Croke Park.

That was a league game ten years ago, the last time Armagh faced the Dubs in a competitive outing.

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The Maghery man was a hard-working wing half forward at that stage of his career and kicked 0-3 (2f).

Forker now mans the last line of defence and is McGeeney’s most trusted solider at the back.

Two experienced heads in Paddy Burns and Mark Shields complete the full back line. Carrickcruppen netminder Blaine Hughes returns between the sticks.

Niall Rowland had a huge club championship and earned starts against Tyrone and Monaghan in the McKenna Cup.

The Culloville man holds on to the number six shirt and is flanked by Connaire Mackin and Jarly Og Burns.

Jarly Og Burns begins at wing half back against Dublin
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Exciting midfield

Ciaran Mackin made his debut against Cavan in the opening round of the McKenna Cup and impressed in all three outings.

He forms an exciting centerfield partnership with Ben Crealey. Armagh will hope to break even against the likes of Brian Fenton.

Rory Grugan leads the attacking division from centre half forward. He is one of the few with experience of playing the Dubs.

The Ballymacnab playmaker earned his league debut against Dublin in the opening round of the 2011 campaign.

Jemar Hall and Tiernan Kelly complete the half forward line, with the Clann Eireann man claiming just his second start in an Armagh shirt.

Inside, Cullyhanna’s deadly duo of Jason Duffy and Aidan Nugent start either side of star man Rian O’Neill.

All three impressed in the McKenna Cup and will cause the Dublin defence issues if Armagh can provide them with good, early ball.