Armagh announce team for Westmeath meeting

Armagh have made two changes to the starting team that lost the Ulster final to Donegal via penalties two weeks ago.

Kieran McGeeney’s Orchard County host Westmeath this weekend to kickstart their All-Ireland challenge.

It’s the same situation as last season when Armagh welcomed the Lake County to the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds for their opening round clash.

Armagh got out with a one-point win, but Westmeath were arguably the better team on display that day.

So, Armagh will be well warned 12 months on, and they’ll have to be on their game to win this one.

Check out last years match report: Orchard overcome tough Westmeath test

McGeeney has made two changes to the starting line-up, with Tiernan Kelly and Conor O’Neill drafted into the starting 15.

Greg McCabe drops to the subs bench while Rian O’Neill has been excluded from the matchday panel.

Blaine Hughes retains his position in goals having held the number one spot right throughout the league and championship.

The full back line has rarely changed this season. It is once again made up of Paddy Burns, Aaron McKay and Peter McGrane.

Ciaran Mackin retains his spot at centre half back, with captain Aidan Forker starting out on the wing.

Conor O’Neill returns to the half back line, earning his first appearance since the Donegal league clash in late February.

The versatile Killeavy man scored 0-2 that day but injury has seen him sidelined up until this point.

Armagh have made two changes to the starting team that lost the Ulster final to Donegal via penalties two weeks ago.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Tiernan Kelly comes into the middle of the field for his first start since the last round of the league against Cork.

He hasn’t started a championship game since the first round of the championship last year against Antrim. He partners Ben Crealey in midfield.

Joe McElroy moves from wing back to wing forward and he’ll be joined by Rory Grugan and Stefan Campbell.

Like the full back line, the full forward line remains unchanged. It’ll consist of Oisin Conaty, Andrew Murnin and Conor Turbitt.