Armagh recall Gavin McParland for Division 2 derby against Derry

Gavin McParland
Gavin McParland is recalled

FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2: DERRY V ARMAGH

Venue:
Celtic Park
Date:
9 March
Throw-in:
19:00 GMT
Coverage:
Live coverage on Sportsound Special BBC Radio Ulster 1341 MW and BBC Sport website from 18:30

Armagh have recalled Gavin McParland for Saturday night's National League Division 2 derby game against Derry.

McParland scored three goals as a substitute to earn a draw with Wexford but missed last week's win over Longford because of injury.

Paul Grimley also brings in Crossmaglen's James Morgan and Declan McKenna at right and left back.

Jamie Clarke will start for Armagh but will miss the three remaining rounds as he heads on an over-due holiday.

Clarke will spend time in Australia and south America with the blessing of the Armagh management but will be back in good time for the Championship.

Armagh stand on three points from three matches and Clarke will miss the games against Louth, Westmeath and Galway.

Morgan and McKenna were both introduced from the bench against Longford but have been handed starting roles this time round.

Stefan Forker switches to full-forward, with Johnny Hanratty moved to number 11.

The Orchard county are one of five counties on three points in Division 2, two behind leaders Westmeath and a point adrift of Derry.

Derry have named an unchanged team for the first time this season after last weekend's impressive away win in Wexford.

Oak Leaf manager Brian McIver says Saturday night's match will be "as close to an Ulster Championship game outside of the real thing which you are going to get".

"It's the only all-Ulster tie in Division two so that makes Saturday's game that bit special," added the Derry boss.

"It's an important game for both sides and one which is most definitely a real fifty-fifty encounter."

Judging by McIver's words, he may well be wishing that Clarke had begun his holiday a week earlier.

"Clarke would be among the top forwards in the country, and on his day is electric," added the Derry boss.

"We know the all-round threat he poses and that was evident last day out against Longford when he returned to scoring ways the week after winning an inter-provincial medal at Croke Park."

McIver was content to emerge from the Wexford win with no further injuries and was pleased with his team's display.

"Last Sunday was a good performance but there was certainly a lot of things to work on. The score-line perhaps suggested it was more comfortable than it was in reality."

TEAM NEWS

Derry: T Mallon; G O'Kane, C McKaigue, D McBride, C Kielt, M Lynch (capt), SL McGoldrick, Patsy Bradley, PJ McCloskey, B McGoldrick, J Kielt, E Lynn, B Heron, E McGuckin, L Kennedy.

Armagh: P McEvoy, J Morgan, J Donaghy, D McKenna, A Kernan, B Donaghy, C McKeever, J Lavery, S Harold, K Dyas, J Hanratty, C Rafferty, J Clarke, S Forker, G McParland.

Allianz Football League fixtures

Saturday 9 March

Division One

Down v Mayo (Newry 19:00 GMT)

Division Two

Derry v Armagh (Celtic Park 19:00)

Division Three

Fermanagh v Monaghan (Enniskillen 19:00)

Division Four

Clare v Tipperary (Ennis 14:00)

London v Waterford (Ruislip 14:00)

Sunday 10 March

Division One

Donegal v Kerry (Ballybofey 14:00)

Kildare v Dublin (Croke Park 14:00)

Tyrone v Cork (Omagh, 14:30)

Division Two

Longford v Galway (Pearse Park 14:00)

Louth v Wexford (Drogheda 14:30)

Westmeath v Laois (Mullingar 14:30)

Division Three

Roscommon v Meath (Dr Hyde Park 14:30)

Sligo v Cavan (Markievicz Park 14:00)

Wicklow v Antrim (Aughrim 14:30)

Division Four

Leitrim v Offaly (Carrick-on- Shannon 14:30)

Limerick v Carlow (Gaelic Grounds 14:30)

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