Team named for Westmeath visit

Kieran McGeeney has named his panel to take on Westmeath on Saturday in the opening round of the All-Ireland series.

Armagh host Westmeath in the first round before taking on Tyrone and Galway in the coming weeks.

It’s the Orchard County’s first outing since their heart-breaking Ulster final defeat to Derry, after penalties, two weeks ago.

‘Geezer’ has made three changes to the starting line up that lined out in Armagh’s first Ulster final appearance in 15 years.

Ben Crealey, who missed the decider through injury, comes back into the fold and secures a spot in midfield.

Stefan Campbell, who made fantastic impacts off the bench against both Down and Derry, comes into the half forward line.

Joint-captain Aidan Nugent earns his first start of the championship and his first since round one of the National League.

Starting Team

Ethan Rafferty is back between the sticks while James Morgan, Aaron McKay and Aidan Forker are the full back line.

Conor O’Neill impressed in the Ulster Championship and holds his starting place, moving out to centre half back.

Greg McCabe shifts to the wing, with Jarly Og Burns on the other side. Ciaran Mackin moves to midfield where he will partner Crealey.

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In the half forward line, Rory Grugan and Jason Duffy retain their starting jersey’s while Campbell is a welcome addition.

Nugent comes back into the fold and he’ll join Andrew Murnin and his fellow joint-captain Rian O’Neill on the inside line.

From the team that started the Ulster final, Barry McCambridge, Shane McPartlan and Conor Turbitt have been replaced.

Turbitt may not have hit the target in the decider but finished the campaign as Armagh’s top scorer with 0-15.

McCambridge, McPartlan and Turbitt will all begin the game on the bench, while Jemar Hall has also been included in the matchday squad.