Team News – Armagh v Donegal

Kieran McGeeney has named his Armagh team to take on Donegal on Sunday in the opening round of the Ulster Championship.

The Orchard side are boasted by the return of Stefan Campbell, Aidan Nugent and Rian O’Neill.

It’s been 12 years since Armagh defeated Donegal in either league or championship, so Sunday’s clash will be no easy outing.

The Tir Chonaill men are notoriously difficult to beat in Ballybofey, which will give them plenty of confidence.

Starting Team

On The Sideline Eye Podcast this week, Aaron Kernan helped pick out starting team. There are a few changes to the actually line up picked by Geezer.

Ethan Rafferty is now the number on choice for nets. It won’t be his first outing in the championship, but it will be his first as a goalkeeper.

The full back line is key for Armagh’s chances and Aidan Forker will once again command the edge of the square.

His match up with Michael Murphy could be worth the admission fee alone. It’ll be up to James Morgan or Aaron McKay to halt Patrick McBrearty’s influence.

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Niall Grimley makes up the half back line along with Greg McCabe and Jarly Og Burns.

The Madden man is likely to switch with Connaire Mackin and start at centre field along with Ben Crealey.

Mackin will likely head back to his more comfortable position in the defence and pick up playmaker Michael Langan.

The half forward line of Jemar Hall, Rory Grugan and Tiernan Kelly was the most consistent line during the league.

Hall will probably have the job of limiting Ryan McHugh’s influence from an attacking half back position.

Inside are Armagh’s main scoring threats. Joint-captain’s Aidan Nugent and Rian O’Neill along with Cullyhanna man Jason Duffy.

There’s plenty of strong options on the bench as well. Stefan Campbell was superbly used as an impact subs during the league.

Oisin O’Neill, Conor Turbitt and Ross McQuillan have returned to full fitness and are likely to see game time at some stage.