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Full Round-Up Of Teams Ahead Of Football Championship Action

There are a couple of tasty affairs up for grabs this weekend across the Connacht and Ulster Senior Football Championships.

The action gets underway this evening when Monaghan travel to Kingspan Breffni Park to take on local rivals Cavan for a place in the Ulster semi-finals.

Whoever comes out on top tonight will be watching on in anticipation tomorrow as Armagh and Down lock horns at Páirc Esler in Newry at 4 pm.

Out west, Markievicz Park will play host to Sligo and Galway who will battle it out for a place in this year’s Connacht final.

Ahead of the action here is a definitive look at each team lining out this weekend.

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Monaghan XV

Malachy O’Rourke has named a strong line-up for Monaghan’s clash with Cavan.

All-Star goalkeeper Rory Beggan takes his place between the sticks where he will be kicking to Fintan Kelly and Kieran Hughes who start in midfield in the absence of both Niall Kearns and Darren Hughes.

The stand-out line for Monaghan has to be their full-forward division where Conor McManus makes his Ulster Championship bow for the 13th year running with Ryan McAnespie and Stephen O’Hanlon either side of him.

Cavan XV

Mickey Graham has handed out two debuts for Cavan’s clash with Monaghan this evening.

Conor Rehill comes in for his first championship outing at wing-back while Conor Brady also gets a maiden nod at midfield.

Talisman, Gearoid McKiernan will partner Brady at midfield while the triangular threat of Dara McVeety, Oisin Kiernan and Conor Madden up front should pose Monaghan problems.

Down XV

Caolan Mooney starts at midfield for Down where he will be partnered by Conor Poland.

Ruairi Wells will start at full-back for the Mourne men with Rory Burns behind him and Darren O’Hagan and Gerard Collins either side of him. The experience, Kevin McKernan starts at centre-back while Jerome Johnston and Donal O’Hare spearhead the Down attack.

Armagh XV

Kieran McGeeney has named four debutants for Armagh’s clash with Down.

Jarly Og Burns gets the nod at midfield alongside Charlie Vernon, while Rian O’Neill starts at full-forward alongside captain, Rory Grugan and Jamie Clarke.

Ryan Kennedy and Aidan Nugent are the other debutants at right half-back and right half-forward respectively.

Galway XV

The AIB Club Footballer of the Year comes into the squad at right half-back with his Corofin club mate, Bernard Power, replacing Ruairi Lavelle in the Galway goals.

The other two changes from the Tribesmen’s last outing with London two weeks ago sees the experienced, Gareth Bradshaw, come in at centre-back, while Fiontán Ó Curraoin gets the nod from Kevin Walsh to partner Thomas Flynn at midfield.

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Bernard Power; Eoghan Kerin, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Liam Silke; Kieran Molloy, Gareth Bradshaw, John Daly; Thomas Flynn, Fiontán Ó Curraoin; Shane Walsh, Michael Daly, Johnny Heaney; Antaine Ó Laoi, Ian Burke, Danny Cummins.

Sligo XV

Sligo will be captained by Niall Murphy as Paul Taylor’s men look to take a huge scalp and inject some positivity into their season having lost all seven league games resulting in relegation to Division 4.

Eamonn Killgannon; Michael Gordon, Peter Laffey, Keelan Cawley; Gerard O’Kelly Lynch, Darragh Cummins, Paul Mc Namara; Adrain McIntyre, Paul Kilcoyne; Mikey Gordon, Sean Carrabine, Nathan Mullen; Paddy O’Connor, Adrian Marren, Niall Murphy.

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