Ciaran McKeever back in Orchard starting 15 for Galway
CIARAN McKEEVER returns to the Armagh line-up for the first time this year as Kieran McGeeney’s side looks to bounce back from last weekend’s 17-point loss to Cavan.
McKeever is in at centre half-back in one of two changes to the relegation-threatened Orchard county side for Sunday’s crucial Athletic Grounds showdown with Galway. He replaces Andy Mallon, while Ethan Rafferty starts in midfield alongside Aaron Findon. Stefan Campbell moves to the half-forward line, with Niall Grimley dropping to a bench which also includes Brendan Donaghy.
Meanwhile, Derry manager Damian Barton has made four changes to his starting line-up for the Oak Leaf county’s trip to Laois on Sunday. After losing his place for last weekend’s loss to Tyrone, Thomas Mallon returns in goal for Eoin McNicholl, but the rest of the defence remains intact apart from one change - Danny Heavron moves from half-forward to replace Mark Craig at left half-back.
Niall Holly and Emmet Bradley continue their partnership in midfield and, though five of the six starters scored against Tyrone, Barton has named a new-look attacking unit. Emmet McGuckin, Ciaran McFaul and Sean Leo McGoldrick retain their places, while Ryan Bell and James Kielt drop out. Shane Heavron, Christopher ‘Sammy’ Bradley and Benny Heron all come in. A win would keep Derry in the promotion frame, but Mick Lillis’ Laois side will be scrapping for their Division Two lives after losing heavily to Fermanagh last Sunday.
Mickey Harte has named an unchanged side for the first time this season as Division Two leaders Tyrone look to seal promotion back to the top flight against Meath in Navan on Sunday. The Red Hands have a 100 per cent record with four wins out of four so far, while the Royals, who have three points, will be in grave danger of relegation if they lose. Ronan O’Neill’s accuracy from placed balls means Darren McCurry once again has to settle for a place on the bench.
Roscommon (NFL Division 1 v Donegal): G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; C Daly, S Purcell, D Murray; E Smith, I Kilbride; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; C Connolly, S Kilbride, C Cregg
Tyrone (NFL Division 2 v Meath): N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; B Tierney, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; K McGeary, P Harte, R Donnelly; C McAliskey, S Cavanagh, R O’Neill
Derry (NFL Division 2 v Laois): T Mallon; O Duffy, C McKaigue, K McKaigue; G McKinless, B Rogers, D Heavron; N Holly, E Bradley; C McFaul, C Bradley, B Heron, S Heavron, E McGuckin, SL McGoldrick
Armagh (NFL Division 2 v Galway): M McNeice; S Connell, C Vernon, S Heffron; M Shields, C McKeever, S Sheridan; A Findon, E Rafferty; S Campbell, M McKenna, A Forker; C Watters, C O’Hanlon, T Kernan
Derry (NHL Division 2A v London): D McDermott; S McCullagh, P Kelly, E McGuckin; M McGrath, O McCloskey, A Rafferty; T McCloskey, B Quigley; J O'Dwyer, P Cleary, A Grant; G O’Kane, R Convery, M McGuigan
Kerry (NHL Division 1B v Clare): A McCabe; S Weir, P Kelly, K Carmody; D Collins, D Dineen, T Murnane; T Casey, J Griffin; S Nolan, M O’Leary, C Harty; J Egan, M Boyle, J Goulding