O’Neill named at midfield for championship clash

Rian O’Neill has been named to start for Armagh in this Sunday’s Ulster Championship opener against Fermanagh.

O’Neill earned on start in the league, against Cork in round seven, but was replaced in the second half.

He made cameo appearances against Donegal (the first day), Cavan and Donegal again in the league final.

The Crossmaglen man has been named at centerfield and will partner Ben Crealey in the middle of the park.

Other than O’Neill’s inclusion, there aren’t too many changes from the team that lined out in Croke Park two weeks ago.

Stefan Campbell, who was named to start that day, is in at wing half forward, while Jarly Og Burns starts again.

Ciaran Mackin moves to centre half back while Conor Turbitt, Armagh’s top scorer, is in at wing half forward.

Starting team

Blaine Hughes has been one of Armagh’s best players this season, conceding just two goals in the league.

Both those three-pointers came in the visit to Cork and the Carrickcruppen man kept seven clean sheets.

He chipped in with two-points when Armagh last faced Fermanagh in round five, both from 45s.

Paddy Burns, Aaron McKay and Peter McGrane have been ever present in the full back line and that hasn’t changed.

Two of the three will be set for man-marking jobs against Fermanagh dangermen Sean Cassidy and Garvan Jones.

McGrane has been in terrific form for Kieran McGeeney’s men and will make his championship debut.

Rian O’Neill has been named to start for Armagh in this Sunday’s Ulster Championship opener against Fermanagh.
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Joe McElroy and Aidan Forker are on the wings with Mackin in the middle while O’Neill and Crealey line out at midfield.

There’s huge scoring potential in the Armagh half forward line, made up of Campbell, Rorry Grugan and Turbitt.

Oisin Conaty has been one of the finds of the season and he earns his first championship start this weekend.

Conaty is joined in the full forward line by Andrew Murnin and Jarly Og Burns, although he’ll like drop deeper.