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Rejuvenated: Youthful look to Cavan for Donegal clash

Terry Hyland has made seven changes to the team which ended the league campaign and will award five championship débuts.

Jack Brady in action for Cavan under-21s at Croke Park last year.
Jack Brady in action for Cavan under-21s at Croke Park last year.
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NEW CAVAN MANAGER Terry Hyland has named a youthful looking starting line-up for this Sunday’s Ulster SFC opener.

Cavan will host the defending champions, Donegal, at Kingspan Breffni Park with five players making their senior championship debut.

Amongst them are Ramor United’s Jack Brady, 19, who has already claimed medals with both Cavan under-21s and the DCU Sigerson Cup team this year.

Cavan Gaels trio Kevin Meehan, Robert Maloney-Derham and Niall Smith also start while Belturbet’s Brendan Fitzpatrick will start at left corner forward.

Hyland, who took over after Val Andrews’ high-profile departure, has also been boosted by the return from injury of midfielder Gearóid McKiernan and, centre half back, John McCutcheon who had made himself unavailable before the league commenced.

The side shows seven changes from that which slumped to a 0- 12 to 4- 6 defeat against Antrim in Andrews’ final game in charge.

Cavan (SF v Donegal): J Reilly; P O’Reilly, D Reilly, R Flanagan; K Meehan, J McCutcheon, R Mahony-Derham; D Givney, G McKiernan; F Flanagan, M McKeever, N Smith; J Brady, E Keating, B Fitzpatrick.

Substitutes: K Fannin; K Clarke, J McLoughlin, D Tighe, F Slowey, T Corr, J Hayes, K Tierney, N McDermott, R Galligan, R Cullivan.

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