McKenna Cup team news

THE Dr McKenna Cup kicks into action on Wednesday night with three games down for decision, all throwing in at 7.30pm.

There will be the return of Jim McGuiness as Donegal boss at home to Armagh in Ballybofey.

There is a return for Ryan McHugh, who along with Patrick McBrearty, remain from his last game in charge of Donegal – the 2014 All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry.

Last year’s minor captain Finbar Roarty is given a start despite not having played senior football for Naomh Conaill with Senan Carr of Four Masters another newcomer.

The other three debutants included Kevin McGettigan – the score of Naomh Conaill’s winning goal against Gowna – Ciaran Moore  and Oisin Caulfield.

Kieran McGeeney has named one player for the game who featured at any level last season, Joe Sheridan who saw McKenna Cup action in 2023.

Rhys Stevens, an outfield player at club level with Pearse Óg, has been handed the number one jersey.

Champions Derry, under new manager Mickey Harte for the first time, travel to take on Cavan in Kingspan Breffni.

It will be the home team’s first game of former goalkeeper Raymond Galligan’s tenure as manager.

Harte has named five debuts with All-Stars Shane McGuigan, Brendan Rogers and Chrissy McKaigue listed on the bench.

Monaghan and Antrim complete the bill in Castleblayney.

Armagh (v Donegal):  Rhys Stevens, Cathal Agnew, Sam McClarnon, Conor Magennis, Emmett Magee, Sean McCarthy, Joe Sheridan, Tadhg Grimley, Paddy Carr, Sean Conlon, Brendan O’Hagan, Callum O’Neill, Cianan Campbell, Daniel Magee, Michael McConville
Subs: Conor Lennon, Fergal O’Brien, Matthew McCaughley, Eoin Lennon, Tomás Galvin, Rogan McVeigh, Keelan McDonnell, Joe McClelland, Paul Hendron, Fergal Boylan, Aidan Cassidy

Donegal (v Armagh): Shaun Patton, Finbar Roarty, Brendan McCole, Kevin McGettigan, Ryan McHugh, Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí, Ciarán Moore ,Jason McGee, Michael Langan, Oisin Caulfield, Ciarán Thompson, Daire Ó Baoill, Aaron Doherty, Patrick McBrearty, Senan Carr
Subs: Daithi Roberts, Stephen McMenamin, Caolan McGonagle,  Oisin Gallen, John Ross Molloy, Peadar Mogan, Rory O’Donnell, Shane O’Donnell, Odhran Doherty, Jamie Brennan, Donal McBride

Derry (v Cavan): Jack Cassidy; Diarmuid Baker, Eoin McEvoy, Conor McGrogan; Conor Doherty, Paudi McGrogan, Patrick McGurk; Dan Higgins, Donncha Gilmore; Ruairi Forbes, Declan Cassidy, Paul Cassidy; Ben McCarron, Niall Loughlin, Niall Toner
Subs: Ryan Scullion, Cahir McMonagle, Shane McGuigan, Chrissy McKaigue, Brendan Rogers, Mark Doherty, Cormac Murphy, Ryan McNicholl

Cavan (v Derry): Liam Brady, Oisin Kiernan (Denn), Killian Brady, Cormac McKeogh, Jason McLoughlin, Niall Carolan, Brian O’Connell, James Galligan, Padraig Faulkner, Oisin Kiernan (Castlerahan), Tiarnan Madden, Ryan Donohoe, Patrick Lynch, James Smith, Oisin Brady
Subs: Gary O’Rourke, Emmanuel Shehu, Gerard Smith, Cormac Timoney, Peter Smith, Mark Magee, Paul Smith Cormac O’Reilly, Liam Fay, Jack Tully, Caoimhin O’Reilly

Antrim: TBA

Monaghan: TBA


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