The UCC student, who won All-Ireland medals with St Kieran's and the county minors last year, is rated highly by team coach Brian Cody. He is one of four debutants on the team. Jackie Tyrell, who led the county to U21 All-Ireland honours last year, gets his chance at left-half back. Tyrell starred at full-back for Cork IT in their recent defeat by Limerick IT in the Fitzgibbon Cup.
With DJ Carey and Martin Comerford unavailable, John Maher had been handed the number 13 jersey, while Walter Burke is named at left corner back for his first outing. Derry have left a vacancy at full-forward on their team to meet Down in Banagher. Gregory Biggs, although injured, will under go a late fitness test on the morning of the game.
Biggs has been named team captain and completes a unique double in the Banagher club as Sean Marty Lockhart captains the Derry senior footballers.
Gerard Cavlan and Enda McGinley have been drafted into the Tyrone attack for Sunday's Dr McKenna Cup final against Donegal.
They replace the suspended Stephen O'Neill and injured Colm McCullagh in a side that features no less than 14 of the side that started last September's All-Ireland final.
Antrim will be short their seven Dunloy players as well as Jim Connolly, who has been ruled out injured.
Manager Dinny Cahill has called up Michael McGill and Joey Scullion to make their first senior competitive appearances. McGill will line out at left corner back with Scullion selected at left half forward.
The Antrim team is notable for the inclusion of three brothers, Ciaran, Brendan and Michael Herron. Ciaran plays at centre back, Brendan at midfield and Michael on the forty.
D. Quinn; J. Campbell, C. Kelly, M. McGill; M. McCambridge, K. McKeegan, C. Herron; B. Herron, G. Bell; M. Scullion, M. Herron, J. Scullion; A. Delargy, B. McFall, L. Waton.
J. McGarry; M. Kavanagh, N. Hickey, W. Burke; R. Mullaly, JJ Delaney, J. Tyrell; D. Lyng, P. Mullaly; C. Phelan, H. Shefflin, T. Walsh; J. Fitzpatrick, E. Brennan, J. Maher.
K. Galvin; L. Mahon, P. Cuddy, C. Cuddy; J. Fitzpatrick, P. Mahon, M. McEvoy; J. Young, J. Walsh; C. Coonan, L. Tynan, S. Dwyer; T. Fitzgerald, D. Cuddy, D. Culleton.
K. Stevenson; G. Brunton, E. McKeever, C. Brunton; A. McCloskey, D. Magill, B. Ward; R. Convery, K. Hiphy; B. McGoldrick, P. Curtin, G. Biggs; C. Quinn, AN Other, E. Cushnahan. Subs M. KilpatrickP. Doherty, N. Magill, A. Rafferty, O. Roes, E. McGuigan, P. Quigg, HP Kelly, B. Quigley, D. McGrellis.
P Doherty; S Mc Donagh, A Carter, D Black; D Callan, D McCarthy, D Murphy; E Quigley, D Byrne; B Corbert, G Collins, N McEneaney; P Murphy, J Carter, D Mulholland.
T. Finn, MJ O'Neill, G. Keogh, W. Collins, T. McGrath, MA O'Neill, J. Bermingham, C. O'Toole, A.N.Other, D. Moran, G. Doran, J. Keogh, D. Hyland, W. O'Gorman, C. Kavanagh.
J Devine, R McMenamin, C McAnallen, C Gourley, C Gormley, G Devlin, P Jordan, K Hughes, S Cavanagh, B Dooher, B McGuigan, G Cavlan, M Harte, O Mulligan, E McGinley.