Armagh name team for Cavan clash

Kieran McGeeney has named the Armagh team to face Cavan on Saturday afternoon in their crunch promotion clash.

A victory for either side will put them in the drivers seat to gain promotion to the top tier alongside Donegal as expected.

Armagh suffered relegation from Division One last season and Saturday offers the opportunity of a swift return.

Cavan on the other hand played in Division Three in 2023, although they were promoted as league champions.

The sides last met in the championship last season and Armagh gained the upper hand with a five-point win.

It’s been four years since they crossed paths in the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds however, when the Orchard also came out on top.

Conor Turbitt made his league debut that afternoon and top scored for the Orchard County with 1-6.

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He’s currently the top scorer for Kieran McGeeney’s side having hit 1-18 so far throughout the campaign.

While Armagh have been scoring well, their defensive work has been top notch with five clean sheets on the trot.

Starting Team

A lot of that has been down to Blaine Hughes, who has really made the number one spot his own this season.

Hughes pulled off a brilliant penalty save against Donegal and kicked two 45s the last day out against Fermanagh.

The full back line will once again see Paddy Burns, Aaron McKay and Peter McGrane all line up beside each other.

Joe McElory has been moved to the half back line, having worn the number 12 for the other league ties.

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The Armagh Harps man actually lined out at full back against Fermanagh and blotted out the influence of Ultan Kelm. He’ll be joined by Greg McCabe and Aidan Forker.

The midfield pairing will be the same as the one that started the last day out, with Ben Crealey partnering Ciaran Mackin.

Stefan Campbell, our man of the match against Fermanagh following a fabulous display, starts at wing forward.

Playmaker Rory Grugan and Conor O’Neill, who missed out the last day, complete the half forward line.

Conro Turbitt, Andrew Murnin and Oisin Conaty complete the inside line, with Cian McConville missing out.