Kieran McGeeney has named four debutants for Armagh’s Ulster Senior Football Championship clash with Down on Sunday.
Jarly Og Burns will make his debut at midfield where he will be partnered by the experienced Charlie Vernon. While Crossmaglen’s Rian O’Neill gets the nod at full-forward.
Burns father, Jarlath, was captain of the Armagh side that defeated Down in the 1999 Ulster final where O’Neill’s uncle, Oisin McConville, scored 2-7.
Ryan Kennedy and Aidan Nugent are the other debutants named to start at Páirc Esler on Sunday.
Blaine Hughes is in goal for the Orchard County with Patrick Burns, Aaron McKay and Paul Hughes manning the full-back line.
Kennedy is named at right half-back with experienced campaigners Brendan Donaghy and Aidan Forker while Nugent is named at right half-forward alongside the returning Ethan Rafferty and Jemar Hall.
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Kieran McGeeney names his team to take on rivals Down in @UlsterGAA Senior Football Championship clash this Sunday 19 May at Páirc Esler. Throw-in 4pm. Best wishes to all the players and management.#RenewedRivalry#ArdMhachaAbú#ArmaghGAA pic.twitter.com/15Uv4Nd185
— Armagh GAA (@Armagh_GAA) May 16, 2019
Jamie Clarke will partner his clubmate O’Neill in the full-forward line where they will be flanked by Armagh captain, Rory Grugan.
Noticeable absentees for Armagh include Stefan Campbell, James Morgan, Mark Shields and Stephen Sheridan.
Kieran McGeeney’s men go into this weekend’s derby clash looking for their first win the Ulster Championship since 2014.
Blaine Hughes; Patrick Burns, Aaron McKay, Paul Hughes; Ryan Kennedy, Brendan Donaghy, Aidan Forker; Charlie Vernon, Jarly Og Burns; Aidan Nugent, Ethan Rafferty, Jemar Hall; Rory Grugan, Rian O’Neill, Jamie Clarke.
Ahead of Armagh’s clash with Down this weekend, Pundit Arena spoke to Armagh goalkeeper, Blaine Hughes, as he reflected on his debut against Down at Páirc Esler back in 2017 while also discussing the opportunity to take on the fly keepers role in the future.