Armagh to field unchanged team against Leitrim

Armagh manager Paul Grimley is confident that the team that throttled Wicklow can get the required result against Leitrim in Saturday's All-Ireland SFC second round qualifier in Carrick-on-Shannon (throw-in 5pm).

Armagh to field unchanged team against Leitrim

Armagh manager Paul Grimley is confident that the team that throttled Wicklow can get the required result against Leitrim in Saturday's All-Ireland SFC second round qualifier in Carrick-on-Shannon (throw-in 5pm).

The Orchard men coasted past Wicklow on a 2-21 to 0-2 scoreline ten days ago, and Grimley has kept faith with the same 15 players who started that day at the Athletic Grounds.

Defenders James Morgan and Brendan Donaghy and forwards Ethan Rafferty and Eugene McVerry, who were all promoted for the Wicklow game, have held onto their starting berths.

Finnian Moriarty, Stefan Campbell, Brian Mallon, Johnny Hanratty and Rory Grugan - all used as substitutes last time out - have been kept in reserve again, while injury rules out both Charlie Vernon and Barry Loughran.

Speaking ahead of the game, Grimley told the Belfast Telegraph: "We have all seen that while the Championship overall has thrown up some lop-sided games, it nonetheless has the capacity to unleash a few shocks and we certainly don't want to fall down.

"Our squad has been trimmed a bit but there is tremendous enthusiasm and commitment among the players. The win over Wicklow has helped to put us back on track and the aim now is to extend our Championship season for as long as possible."

Grimley will be hoping for another strong showing from key forward Jamie Clarke, who scored 2-3 in an eye-catching display against Wicklow.

The Crossmaglen sharpshooter has reaffirmed his commitment to Armagh's Championship campaign, refuting rumours that both he and Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever were about to jump ship and play club football in America for the rest of the summer.

ARMAGH (SFC v Leitrim): Philip McEvoy; Paul McKeown, Brendan Donaghy, James Morgan; Aaron Kernan, Ciaran McKeever, Mark Shields; James Lavery, Stephen Harold; Caolan Rafferty, Kevin Dyas, Ethan Rafferty; Jamie Clarke, Tony Kernan, Eugene McVerry.

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