One enforced change for Armagh

An injury to James Lavery means Armagh manager Paddy O'Rourke has had to make one enforced change to his team for Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final against Monaghan.

An injury to James Lavery means Armagh manager Paddy O'Rourke has had to make one enforced change to his team for Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final against Monaghan.

Vincent Martin comes into the full-back line for the Casement Park tie (throw-in 2pm), replacing Lavery who limped off in the recent win over Derry.

Kieran Toner continues in centre-field alongside Charlie Vernon, while Ronan and Jamie Clarke have been listed among the substitutes once again.

Ronan Clarke, the 2006 and 2008 All-Star, is hoping to have an impact off the bench after shaking off an Achilles injury.

In the past decade, Armagh and Monaghan have met on six occasions in Ulster Championship and All-Ireland qualifier matches.

The sides met in the first round of last year's qualifiers where the Farney men pulled off a 0-13 to 0-12 win after extra-time in Clones.

But Armagh's class of 2010 are purring along nicely, following their NFL Division 2 title win and an impressive dismissal of Derry, and team captain Steven McDonnell exudes their quiet confidence.

"I'm very happy with the football we're playing at the moment," McDonnell told the Belfast Telegraph.

"We certainly feel that within our squad we've players with that wee bit more than in the past. There were examples of that in our league campaign and again against Derry at Celtic Park.

"As a forward myself I much prefer to be part of a more attacking unit than in the past. Possibly in the past we were guilty of sitting back and defending leads.

"Ideally your best option is to have a spread of scores throughout the side and yet if you look at the various sides there's always one or two players getting the bulk of the scores.

"You can see with our forwards that more players are beginning to believe in themselves and are now prepared to take on responsibility."

In the opening round 1-10 to 1-7 defeat of Derry, Armagh had five players on the scoresheet, including full-forward McDonnell (0-5, 0-4f) and goal-scoring substitute Jamie Clarke.

ARMAGH (SFC v Monaghan): P Hearty; A Mallon, B Donaghy, V Martin; P Duffy, C McKeever, F Moriarty; C Vernon, K Toner; M Mackin, A Kernan, G Swift; B Mallon, S McDonnell (capt), R Henderson.

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