Pick your 15 – Half back line

Who do you think should be included in the Armagh half back against Monaghan in the opening round of the league?

Armagh travel to Castleblayney next Saturday evening and there’s plenty of spots up for grabs.

Greg McCabe will unfortunately miss out through suspension while Mark Shields is currently injured.

Connaire Mackin

Mackin came on against Cavan in the McKenna Cup and played in all but one of Armagh’s games in 2022.

The Shane O’Neill’s man missed Armagh’s qualifier win over Donegal through injury but was a solid presence in the half back line throughout the season.

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Conor O’Neill

Like a lot of the Armagh defenders, O’Neill is extremely versatile and is as comfortable in attack as he is in defence.

O’Neill started in three of Armagh’s championships encounters last year against Tyrone, Donegal and Galway.

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Joe McElroy

McElroy is back in the Armagh panel after stepping aside last year and helped Armagh Harps win the Division 1A league.

McElroy is another option in the half back line and can bomb forward at will but is also a good man-marker.

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Niall Rowland

Rowland didn’t appear at all in the McKenna Cup, but with Greg McCabe suspended, is an option for centre half back.

He featured in all league and championship games for Armagh last season and is a fantastic kick passer of the ball.

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Barry McCambridge

McCambridge slotted in at centre half back from the start in both of Armagh’s McKenna Cup clashes against Antrim and Cavan.

McCambridge starred for Clann Eireann when they claimed the Senior Championship title in 2021.

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Jarly Og Burns

His move to wing half back has proven a great success and Burns will be hoping to build on a great 2022 season.

The Silverbridge man played in all of Armagh’s 14 games last season and finished the year with 0-11.

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Kieran Doyle

Doyle didn’t feature for Armagh last season through injury but made two appearances in this year’s McKenna Cup.

He had a great club championship campaign in 2022, helping Granemore to their first ever Senior Championship final.

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Niall Smith

Smith is one of four Madden players currently on the Armagh panel and made his debut against Tyrone in last year’s McKenna Cup.

He played against both Antrim and Cavan this year and chipped in with a fisted point against the Saffron’s.

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