Duffy, Hughes get vote for Monaghan
Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney has confirmed that Shane Duffy and Darren Hughes will be in his defence for Sunday's Ulster Championship meeting with Fermanagh at Enniskillen (4.00).
Duffy takes over from Padraig McBennett while Hughes continues at centre-half-back where he has been showing impressive form in the ongoing absence of Gary McQuaid.
Eoin Lennon and Paul Finlay are paired again at midfield with Vincent Corey at full-forward where he will be flanked by Rory Woods and Tommy Freeman.
The team is an amalgam of experience and pace with Dick Clerkin, Dessie Mone, Dermot McArdle and Paul McGuigan supplying the steel while Tommy Freeman, Ciaran McManus and Stephen Gollogly will offer guile and athleticism in attack.
Monaghan, who strung together some good performances in the National Lerague, have made it clear that the Ulster title is their priority this year.
"We were disappointed to lose out in last year's final to Tyrone and we think we can go one better this time round, that's our big aim," says manager McEnaney.
Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke is expected to confirm his line-up tomorrow night. He has said that there are a couple of "niggly problems" but he nonetheless expects to choose his side from a full hand with the obvious exception of former Allstar full-back Barry Owens who is still making his recovery after surgery for a heart complaint.
MONAGHAN: S Duffy; D Mone, J P Mone; D McArdle, D Freeman, D Hughes, P McGuigan; E Lennon, P Finlay; D Clerkin, S Gollogly, C McManus; R Woods, V Corey, T Freeman.