Padraig Hampsey in line for his first league start for Tyrone

Padraig Hampsey (left) will start in place of the injured Ronan McNamee against Armagh
Andy Watters

PADRAIG HAMPSEY will make his first league start when Tyrone take on Armagh at Healy Park on Saturday night.

The Coalisland defender slots into the Red Hand line-up at full-back in place of the injured Ronan McNamee (who is named among the substitutes) in one of four changes to the Tyrone side that beat Meath last time out to seal promotion to Division One.

Niall Morgan returns in goal in place of Clonoe clubman Mickey O’Neill, Rory Brennan replaces Johnny Munroe at centre half-back and, in attack, Darren McCurry is back in the starting line-up at the expense of Conal McCann. Ronan O’Neill starts at centre half-forward, but his Omagh clubmate Conor Meyler is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has made three changes to the side which drew with Galway. Experienced defenders Ciaran McKeever and Andy Mallon replace Sean Connell and Joe McIlroy. McKeever will make his first start of the year after returning to action against the Tribesmen. Elsewhere, Aaron Findon replaces Clonmore veteran Brendan Donaghy at midfield.

Meanwhile, Derry manager Damian Barton has named an unchanged side for the visit of Meath to Owenbeg.


Tyrone (v Armagh):
N Morgan; A McCrory, P Hampsey, C McCarron; N Sludden, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; P Harte, R O’Neill, R Donnelly; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey

Armagh (v Tyrone): P Morrison; A Mallon, C Vernon, S Heffron; M Shields, C McKeever, A Forker; A Findon, E Rafferty; R Grugan, M McKenna, C O’Hanlon; C Watters, S Campbell, G McParland

Derry (v Meath): T Mallon; O Duffy, C McKaigue, K McKaigue; G McKinless, B Rogers, D Heavron: N Holly, E Bradley; R Bell, C Bradley, B Heron; S Heavron, E McGuckin, SL McGoldrick

Kerry (v Monaghan): B Kelly; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; J Buckley, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, C Cooper, S O’Brien

Monaghan (v Kerry): R Beggan; C Walshe, D Wylie, R Wylie; D Mone, F Kelly, K O’Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; S Carey, D Malone, T Kerr; R McAnespie, D McKenna, C McManus


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