Fermanagh team unchanged for Ulster final

In picking his team for Sunday's GAA Ulster SFC final against Armagh at Clones, throw-in 2pm, Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke has kept faith with the 15 players that started the Ernesiders' semi-final win over Derry.

In picking his team for Sunday's GAA Ulster SFC final against Armagh at Clones, throw-in 2pm, Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke has kept faith with the 15 players that started the Ernesiders' semi-final win over Derry.

That means 2004 and 2006 All Star Barry Owens, who came off the bench to score a crucial goal in the Derry game, remains amongst the substitutes.

Glentoran soccer star Shane McCabe has also been kept in reserve as Fermanagh look to annex the Ulster title for the first time in their history.

The spine of O'Rourke's team has a familiar look to it with Ronan Gallagher in goals, St. Patrick's clubman Shane McDermott at full-back and Enniskillen's Ryan McCluskey at centre-back.

Team captain Marty McGrath starts alongside Mark Murphy in midfield and the experienced James Sherry and Liam McBarron provide the fulcrum of Fermanagh's attack.

Fermanagh's last appearance in an Ulster final was back in 1982 when they lost to Armagh by three points.

They have contested three other Anglo-Celt Cup deciders - they lost to Monaghan in 1914 and were beaten by Cavan in both the 1935 and 1945 finals.

Progressing through to this year's final, O'Rourke's men have beaten Monaghan (2-08 to 0-10) and National League Division 1 champions Derry (1-11 to 1-09).

Their leading scorers in this year's championship have been Ryan Keenan (0-07), Ciaran McElroy (1-01), Liam McBarron and Barry Owens (1-00 each).

Armagh, who are gunning for their seventh Ulster title in ten seasons, will name their team for the final tomorrow night.

FERMANAGH (SFC v Armagh) - R Gallagher; S Goan, S McDermott, P Sherry; D Kelly, R McCluskey, T McElroy; M McGrath (capt), M Murphy; C McElroy, J Sherry, R Keenan; E Maguire, L McBarron, M Little.

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