Heading Off: Armagh's Jamie Clarke. INPHO/James Crombie
Taking A Break

Jamie Clarke is off on his travels...but he'll be back soon

Plus some of the teamsheets are in for this weekend’s Allianz Football League games.

Division 2

ARMAGH FANS WILL need to savour seeing Jamie Clarke in action tomorrow night against Derry in Celtic Park

He will again line out in the full-forward line for the clash but that will be his last appearance in county colours before the championship as RTÉ Radio 1 has reported that Clarke is set to jet off to travel in Australia and South America.

After a hectic schedule of club involvement in recent years with Crossmaglen Rangers and county campaigns with Armagh, Clarke has opted to take some time out.

He will miss their last three Division 2 league ties against Louth, Westmeath and Galway but will be back in harness for their trip to face Cavan in their Ulster championship opener on March 19th.

The Orchard County have made three changes for the game against Derry with James Morgan and Declan McKenna introduced to their defence while Gavin McParland, hat-trick hero against Wexford last month, is back in their attack.

Gerard McCooey, Stephen Finnegan and Stefan Campbell are the players to make way.

ARMAGH: Philip McEvoy; James Morgan, James Donnelly, Declan McKenna; Aaron Kernan, Brendan Donaghy, Ciaran McKeever; James Lavery, Stephen Harold; Kevin Dyas, Johnny Hanratty, Caolan Rafferty; Jamie Clarke, Stefan Forker, Gavin McParland.

Meanwhile elsewhere the Laois team has been named for their trip to Mullingar to face Westmeath in Division 2

Cahir Healy, Robbie Kehoe and Padraig Clancy have been brought into the Laois team for the clash.

LAOIS: Eoin Culliton (Timahoe); Cahir Healy (Portlaoise), Denis Booth (The Heath), Peter O’Leary (O’Dempsey’s); Robbie Kehoe (O’Dempsey’s), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Conor Boyle (Portlaoise); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Brendan Quigley (Timahoe); Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise), Billy Sheehan (Emo), Colm Begley (Parnells); MJ Tierney (Ballyroan Abbey), Padraig Clancy (Timahoe), Gary Walsh (Ballylinan).

Also in this division, Galway recall defender Gareth Bradshaw and attacker Michael Martin to their team for Sunday’s trip to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park to face Longford.

GALWAY: John Egan (St James); Johnny Duane (St James), Finian Hanley (Salthill-Knocknacarra), Gary Sweeney (Mountbellew-Moylough); Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen), Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars), Gary Sice (Corofin); Niall Coleman (Annaghdown), Anthony Griffin (Leitir Mór); John O’Brien (Clifden), Paul Conroy (St James), Michael Boyle (Killererin); Eoin Concannon (St James), Michael Meehan (Caltra), Michael Martin (Milltown).

Galway’s Gareth Bradshaw. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Division 1

There’s just the one change for Mayo for tomorrow night’s Allianz FL Division 1 clash with Down from the side that lost to Dublin last weekend.

Cathal Carolan comes in at left half-forward with Richie Feeney switching to centre-forward and Aidan O’Shea moving back to midfield.

Jason Gibbons is the player to maky.

MAYO: Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe); Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitt’s); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina),; Enda Varley (Garrymore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Michael Conroy (Davitt’s).
There is one change in the substitutes with Mayo’s Alan Murphy replacing Darren Coen.
Subs: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Rogers (Ballaghaderreen), Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Kevin Keane (Westport), Michael Walsh (Ardnaree), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber), Seamus O’Shae (Breaffy), Alan Freeman (Aghamore),  Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Alan Murphy (Ballinrobe).
Mayo’s opponents Down have made just the one change with goalkeeper Brendan McVeigh recalled between the posts instead of Michael Cunningham.
DOWN: Brendan McVeigh; Daniel McCartan, Brendan McArdle, Ryan Boyle; Ryan Mallon, Aidan Carr, Keith Quinn; Kalum King, Kevin McKernan; Conor Laverty, Mark Poland, Paul McComiskey; Donal O’Hare, Connaire Harrison, Benny Coulter.

Down's Brendan Coutler and Keith Higgins of Mayo. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Division 3

Meath have made four changes as they seek to bounce back from last week's loss to Cavan. Kevin Reilly, Joe Sheridan, Cian Ward and David Larkin are all drafted into the team for Brian Meade, Stephen Crosby, Brian Farrell and Paddy Gilsenan.

MEATH: Paddy O’Rourke (Skryne); Donal Keogan (Rathkenny), Brian Menton (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), Sean Curran (Donaghmore/Ashbourne); Ciaran Lenihan (Skryne), Eoghan Harrington (Wolfe Tones), Davy Dalton (Summerhill); Conor Gillespie (Summerhill), Kevin Reilly (Navan O’Mahonys); David Larkin (Summerhill), Graham Reilly (St. Colmcille’s), Peadar Byrne (Ballinlough); Cian Ward (Wolfe Tones), Joe Sheridan (Seneschalstown), Michael Newman (Kilmainham).

Wexford have brought goalkeeper Anthony Masterson and defender David Murphy back into their team for their trip to Drogheda to face Louth on Sunday.

WEXFORD: Anthony Masterson (Castletown); Joey Wadding (St Fintan's), Graeme Molloy (St James), Rob Tierney (Glynn-Barntown); Brian Malone (Shelmaliers), David Murphy (St Mary's, Rosslare), Aindreas Doyle (Parnells); Daithi Waters (St Martin's), Craig Doyle (Glynn-Barntown); Adrian Flynn (Gusserane), Ben Brosnan (Bannow-Ballymitty), Paddy Byrne (Kilmore); Shane Roche (Geraldine O'Hanrahan's), Redmond Barry (St Anne's), PJ Banville (Horeswood).

The Monaghan side has been announced for their clash with Fermanagh tomorrow night.

MONAGHAN: Mark Keogh; Dessie Mone, Fintan Kelly, Kieran Duffy; Colin Walshe, Darren Hughes, Karl O'Connell; Owen Lennon, Dick Clerkin; Gavin Doogan, Kieran Hughes, Owen Duffy; Conor McManus, Paul Finlay, Tommy Freeman.

Cavan have made two changes for their trip to face Sligo on Saturday. Kevin Meehan comes into the side at right half-back while Martin Dunne will start at full-forward. Jack Brady and Josh Hayes are the two players to make way due to U21 commitments.

CAVAN: Alan O'Mara (Bailieborough); Killian Brady (Mullahoran), James McEnroe (Ramor Utd), Oisin Minagh (Redhills); Kevin Meehan (Cavan Gaels), Alan Clarke (Kingscourt), Damien O'Reilly (Belturbet); Tomas Corr (Denn), Gearoid McKiernan (Swanlinbar); Cian Mackey (Castlerahan), Martin Reilly (Killygary), Mark McKeever (Gowna); Niall McDermott (Ballinagh), Martin Dunne (Cavan Gaels), David Givney (Mountnugent)

Division 4

Offaly have made two changes for their clash with Leitrim on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon. Derek Kelly and Willie Mulhall come into the half-forward line instead of Ross Brady and Matthew Mitchell.

OFFALY: Alan Mulhall (Walsh Island); Brian Darby (Rhode), Paul McConway (Tullamore), Eoin Rigney (Rhode); Graham Guilfoyle (Clara), John Moloney (Tullamore), Michael Brazil (Tullamore); Brian Connor (Walsh Island), Alan McNamee (Rhode); Derek Kelly (Edenderry), Willie Mulhall (Walsh Island), Eoin Carroll (Cappincur); Bernard Allen (Tubber), Niall McNamee (Rhode), Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh).

Table-toppers Limerick have made two changes for their home tie with Carlow on Sunday. Johnny McCarthy starts at full-back while Darragh Treacy comes into the team at midfield. Lorcan O'Dwyer and Bobby O'Brien are the two players to make way.

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); Cian Coady (Na Piarsaigh), Johnny McCarthy (St Kieran's), Mark O'Riordan (Croom); Stephen Lavin (Adare), Padraig Browne (Fr Casey's), Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen); Thomas Lee (Ballylanders), Darragh Treacy (St Kieran's); James O'Meara (Ballysteen), John O'Riordan (Fr Casey's), Seamus O'Carroll (Cappagh/Kilcornan); Ger Collins (Monaleen), Eoghan O'Connor (St Mary's/Sean Finn's), Ian Ryan (St Senan's).

Tipperary have also made two changes for their Division 4 tie away to Clare tomorrow afternoon. Robbie Kiely comes into the team at centre-back while Hugh Coghlan will start at centre-forward. Andrew Morrissey and Alan Campbell are the players to make way.

TIPPERARY: Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy), Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow); Brian Fox (Eire Og Annacarty), Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers), Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers); George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers); Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois), Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials); Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers), Barry Grogan (Aherlow), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen).

Waterford have also named their side for tomorrow's Division 4 clash with London in Ruislip.

WATERFORD: Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty); Conor Phelan (Brickey Rangers), Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty), Maurice O’Gorman (The Nire); Tony Grey (Stradbally), Shane Briggs (Ballinacourty), John Hurney (Ballinacourty); Shane Aherne (Stradbally), Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty); Liam O Lionain (An Rinn), Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty), Patrick Hurney (Ballinacourty); Darren Guiry (The Nire), Robert Aherne (Stradbally), Gavin Nugent (Rathgormack).

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