Eoin McEvoy fitness boost as Derry look to kick-start season with victory against Armagh

Magherafelt defender back for Oak Leafers in Ulster derby at Celtic Park

Andrew Murnin's shot is blocked by Eoin McEvoy. Picture: Philip McEvoy
Andrew Murnin's shot is blocked by Eoin McEvoy in last year's Ulster final. Picture: Philip McEvoy

EOIN McEvoy has returned to the Derry starting line-up for Sunday’s visit of Armagh to Celtic Park (4pm).

The Magherafelt defender slots in at centre half-back after missing the Group 1 opener in Galway as Mickey Harte’s men look to kick-start their season with a first win of the Championship season.

McEvoy replaces Declan Cassidy in the number six jersey while Conor Doherty returns on the right wing and Emmet Bradley starts in place of the suspended Gareth McKinless on the left.

After losing by five points in Galway, the Oak Leafers need to win to have a chance of topping the group.

Meanwhile, victory for Armagh could play Galway for pole position and an automatic quarter-final place if the Tribesmen beat Westmeath in Mullingar (4pm).

Derry O Lynch; C McCluskey, C McKaigue, D Baker; C Doherty, E McEvoy, E Bradley; C Glass, B Rogers; E Doherty, C McFaul, P Cassidy; N Toner, S McGuigan, L Murray

Subs R Scullion, M Bradley, D Cassidy, M Doherty, S Downey, R Forbes, D Gilmore, D McDermott, C McMonagle, C Murphy, E Mulholland