County Future Stars starting team revealed

The County Future Stars team has been announced for Saturday’s charity showdown with the 2023 Club All-Stars.

A number of trialists have been working hard to impress Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney over the past few weeks.

They’ll get the perfect opportunity to do just that when they line out against the Club All-Stars on Saturday afternoon.

McGeeney, along with Conleith Gilligan and Ciaran McKinney, will call the shots for the County Future Stars team.

There are a few players that have lined out for the Orchard County at various age groups over the past few years.

Most of the County Future Stars team impressed the Armagh management during the club championship campaigns.

Team selection

Blaine Hughes will start in nets for McGeeney’s side, returning after a short one-year break from the county setup.

Hughes made his Armagh debut in 2017 and made sixty appearances in the orange and white since then.

Killeavy’s Conor Magennis and Madden’s Donal Rafferty claim the two corner back spots in the full back line.

Sam McClarnon played a huge role in guiding Clan na Gael to the SFC final, and he’s been picked at full back.

Silverbridge clubman Aaron Duffy, a Sigerson Cup winner with St Mary’s in 2017, starts at wing half back.

James Madden of Tullysaran along with Clonmore’s Sean Quigley, who played in the forward line for his club this season, complete the half back line.

The County Future Stars team has been announced for Saturday’s charity showdown with the 2023 Club All-Stars.
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At midfield, Clann Eireann captain Conor McConville, a Senior Championship winner in 2021, will partner Madden’s Patrick Carr.

McConville’s clubmate Daniel Magee starts at wing forward, alongside Daire Mallon (Grange) and Mark Lennon (Derrynoose).

James O’Hara, who was outstanding for Keady throughout the club championship, gets a place in the full forward line.

Mark McKeever of Tullysaran and Ballymacnab sharpshooter Kieran Hughes complete the County Future Stars full forward line.