Two changes for Derry

Conor McAtamney has taken cruciate victim PJ McCloskey's place at midfield in the Derry team to play Cavan in tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier at Celtic Park (throw-in 5pm).

Two changes for Derry

Conor McAtamney has taken cruciate victim PJ McCloskey's place at midfield in the Derry team to play Cavan in tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier at Celtic Park (throw-in 5pm).

Manager Brian McIver has opted to move McAtamney from the half-forward line to centre-field, pairing him up with Patsy Bradley with McCloskey's season cruelly ended by a knee injury sustained in the round 2 victory over Down.

Benny Heron and Emmet McGuckin have both been added to the Oak Leafers' attack with the latter replacing Lee Kennedy at corner forward.

Although McAtamney is poised for midfield duty, it is anticipated that teenager Ryan Bell will switch back to partner Bradley in the engine room - as he did in the Ulster Championship against Down earlier in the summer.

"PJ stepped up to the mark to get us over the line the last day. Saturday's qualifier represents an opportunity for someone else to do the same," McIver told the Derry Journal.

"Cavan, like ourselves, are a young developing team. We've also had similar experiences in the last round of games having overcome tough Ulster derby encounters.

"We're pleased to have gotten another home draw. This will be our final home game of the season so it's a great opportunity for Derry supporters to come out and get behind their team. With Saturday forecast to be another fine, dry day, it promises to be a fast and open game of football at Celtic Park."

The winners of tomorrow's all-Ulster tie will face the losers of the Connacht final - either Mayo or London - in round 4 of the qualifiers.

Cavan are seeking their first Championship win over Derry since the 1997 Ulster decider. Derry posted three wins and a draw in the counties' four Championship clashes between 1999 and 2004.

Derry (SFC v Cavan): Eoin McNicholl; Aidan McAlynn, Chrissy McKaigue, Dermot McBride; Charlie Kielt, Mark Lynch (capt), Sean Leo McGoldrick; Patsy Bradley, Conor McAtamney; Benny Heron, James Kielt, Enda Lynn; Ryan Bell, Eoin Bradley, Emmett McGuckin.

Subs: Thomas Mallon, Declan Brown, Brian McCallion, Ryan Scott, Kevin Johnston, Bliain Gormley, Ciaran McFaul, Lee Kennedy, Emmett Bradley, Aaron Devlin, Barry McGoldrick.

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