Armagh announce Ulster final squad

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney has released the squad to take on Donegal in Sunday’s Ulster Championship Final at Clones.

The Orchard County have reached back-to-back provincial deciders, having lost to Derry after penalties last year.

Victories over Fermanagh and Down have led Kieran McGeeney’s men to this stage as they take on Donegal.

It’s the third time McGeeney will come up against Jim McGuinness this season. The two teams clashed twice in the league.

The sides couldn’t be separated in round five while Donegal edged the Division Two league final by one point.

Armagh have named one change to the starting 15 that overcame Down by the minimum of margins, with Greg McCabe coming back in.

Starting team

Blaine Hughes once again starts between the sticks and will line out for his first Ulster final. He wasn’t part of the squad that reached the decider last year.

Hughes kept two clean sheets against Donegal in the league and pulled off a fine penalty save from Oisin Gallen the first day out.

Paddy Burns will likely pick up Gallen on Sunday and he’s joined by Aaron McKay and Peter McGrane in the full back line.

The full back line has been consistent this season. Both Burns and McGrane missed out last year so will be keen to give it their all.

Captain Aidan Forker is on the wing while Joe McElroy is the other side. Ciaran Mackin will lead the defence from centre half back.

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Rian O’Neill was our man of the match against Down, having hit 0-3 from midfield. He’ll once again partner Ben Crealey.

Rory Grugan is the playmaker up front, and he’ll have Stefan Campbell and Greg McCabe either side.

Of the last four meetings with Donegal (two in 2022 and two in 2024), Campbell has only started once. His impact off the bench could be a tactic used once again this weekend.

Inside, Andrew Murnin starts on the edge of the square and he’ll be joined by Conor Turbitt and Oisin Conaty.

Armagh have a bundle of talent on the bench, and they made a crucial impact against Down, so McGeeney will be hoping they can do the same this time around.