Oisin O’Neill returns to Armagh starting team

Kieran McGeeney has named the Armagh starting team that will take on Tyrone in the McKenna Cup on Wednesday night.

Armagh fielded an experimental line up for round one of the pre-season competition last Wednesday evening.

Barry O’Hagan’s side met Donegal in Ballybofey and despite some bright periods, lost by 16-points in the end.

But Armagh will play a much strong starting 15 this week, although they remain without a number of regulars.

Oisin O’Neill dons the orange and white jersey for the first time since the opening round of the 2022 championship against Donegal.

The 2023 SFC Player of the Year has endured a torturous few seasons with injuries but looks to be back to his best.

Kieran McGeeney has named the Armagh starting team that will take on Tyrone in the McKenna Cup on Wednesday night.
Photo Credit: John Merry

There are only two debutants on the team. Callum O’Neill of Belleek and Madden’s Darragh McMullen earn their first county starts.

Starting team

Shea Magill holds the number one jersey and the Killeavy netminder earns his first start since the 2022 McKenna Cup against Monaghan.

Magill featured in both of Armagh’s McKenna Cup games last season, against Antrim and Cavan, replacing Ethan Rafferty at half time of both.

The experienced Aaron McKay lines out at full back, flanked by rookies Tomas McCormack and Peter McGrane.

McCormack made his debut in last years McKenna Cup opener against Antrim while McGrane’s came against Monaghan in 2022, in the same competition.

The half back line has a more experienced look to it. Connaire Mackin and Mark Shields start either side of Niall Rowland.

Kieran McGeeney has named the Armagh starting team that will take on Tyrone in the McKenna Cup on Wednesday night.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Shields missed all of last season through injury and hasn’t worn the orange and white since the All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway in 2022.

In the middle of the field, Maghery duo Ciaran Higgins and Ben Crealey will line up alongside one another.

Joe Sheridan, who started against Donegal last week, retains his spot in the starting team. The Madden man moves up to the half forward line, however.

Callum O’Neill, who impressed in the Club All-Star game, and Tiernan Kelly make up the half forward line.

Oisin O’Neill is positioned at full forward where he’ll be accompanied by Cian McConville and Darragh McMullen.