Team News – Armagh v Kerry

Kieran McGeeney has released his starting team to take on Kerry in round six of the national league tomorrow.

The Kingdom travel to the Athletic Grounds with a weakened squad following their team announcement on Friday evening.

Jack O’Connor named a panel that omitted star names like Sean O’Shea and David Clifford. Paudie Clifford and Paul Geaney are named on the bench.

There could be some changes to the starting line up before throw in of course and the same can be said for the Armagh team.

Ethan Rafferty gets his first chance with the number one on his back. This will be his third outing between the sticks.

The Grange man has yet to have a shot to stop, which is mostly down to the impressive performances of his defence.

James Morgan earned his first start of the season and gave a fine defensive display in their five-point win over Kildare.

He comes into the team at full back, with Greg McCabe and Aidan Forker either side of the 2021 Club Player of the Year.

Aaron McKay pushes out to the half back line. He’ll join Niall Rowland and Jarly Og Burns, who have started every game.

Midfield battle

Ciaran Mackin has arguably been Armagh’s best player in 2022 and he partners Ben Crealey at centerfield.

The pair will face a strong challenge in Diarmuid O’Connor and Jack Barry, who form the Kerry midfield.

Ciaron O’Hanlon got his first start of the season last week and he moves out to centre half forward. The versatile Killeavy man will be flanked by Jemar Hall and Tiernan Kelly.

Ciaron O'Hanlon is named to start against Kerry

Andrew Murnin, the goal scorer from last weekend, retains his place in the team and lines out at full forward.

Joint-captain Rian O’Neill and Rory Grugan will start on the inside line, either side of Murnin.

As always, McGeeney will have plenty of options to come off the bench. Stefan Campbell has been superb when introduced throughout the season.

Conor O’Neill, Jason Duffy, Stephen Sheridan, Niall Grimley, Connaire Mackin and Mark Shields are others likely to see game time.