Armagh unchanged for Down clash

KIERAN McGeeney has named an unchanged starting team for this weekend’s semi-final showdown with rivals Down.

The same 15 that overcame Cavan in the Ulster Championship quarter-final will line out in Clones on Sunday afternoon.

That means there’s no Rian O’Neill in the starting line-up as the Crossmaglen attacker has been named on the bench.

Wing half forwards Stefan Campbell and Jason Duffy have swapped wings, but other than that, it’s as you were.

Aaron McKay made his debut against Down in 2017 and broke forward from half back to knock over a first half score.

Two years later, Jarly Og Burns made his championship debut against the same opposition. Burns was a late replacement Barry McCambridge against Cavan but is named to start this weekend.

Armagh have a strong bench to call upon once against. O’Neill, Aidan Nugent, Stephen Sheridan, Callum Cumiskey and Ciaran Higgins all came on the last day.

James Morgan has returned to the panel while Barry McCambridge will also be an option off the bench.

Armagh: Ethan Rafferty; Conor O’Neill, Aaron McKay, Aidan Forker; Greg McCabe, Ciaran Mackin, Jarly Óg Burns; Ben Crealey, Shane McPartlan; Jason Duffy, Jemar Hall, Stefan Campbell; Rory Grugan, Andrew Murnin, Conor Turbitt
Subs: Shea Magill, James Morgan, Barry McCambridge, Ross McQuillan, Callum Cumiskey, Ciaran Higgins, Connaire Mackin, Stephen Sheridan, Rian O’Neill, Aidan Nugent, Oisin Conaty.

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