Rafferty returns to Armagh squad

Ethan Rafferty has been named on the Armagh bench for their Ulster Championship semi-final clash with Down.

Rafferty hasn’t featured for Armagh all season having made his way back from an ankle injury last season.

The Grange clubman was converted to an attack-minded midfielder by Kieran McGeeney during the 2022 league.

He guarded the goals for Armagh throughout all of last season, including the Ulster final and All-Ireland quarter final.

He will wear the number 16 jersey this weekend as the Orchard County target a second Ulster final appearance in as many years.

The starting team however remains unchanged from the side that demolished Fermanagh two weeks ago.

Blaine Hughes’ returned to the fold at the start of the season and has been one of Armagh’s best players.

He has only conceded two goals in nine games across league and championship. They both came in that last round tie against Cork.

Aaron McKay, who was forced into his own bit of goalkeeping against Fermanagh, mans the full back line once again.

Either side of the Dromintee man will be Paddy Burns and Peter McGrane. Both of those players have started every league and championship game this year.

The half back line is also unchanged, with Joe McElroy and Ciaran Mackin flanking captain Aidan Forker.

Ethan Rafferty has been named on the Armagh bench for their Ulster Championship semi-final clash with Down.
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Rian O’Neill made his long-awaited return to the starting line up against Fermanagh and kicked an early point.

He will once again start at the centre of the park alongside Ben Crealey but could move into the forward line.

Stefan Campbell and Oisin Conaty will start on the wings with Rory Grugan in the middle of the half forward line.

Goal scorers against Fermanagh, Conor Turbitt and Jarly Og Burns, are either side of Andrew Murnin.