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Moriarty will miss out on the McKenna Cup

Armagh defender Finnian Moriarty will be an absentee when his side swing into Dr McKenna Cup action against Antrim on January 9.

Moriarty is getting married on January 3 and will be honeymooning in Cuba when Paddy O’Rourke’s side take their initial steps in the 2011 season.

Son of former Allstar defender Paddy Moriarty, Finnian is a schoolteacher in Omagh and has been a regular in the orchard county defence in recent seasons.

He was troubled by injury for a brief spell this year but is expected to be one of the pillars of the Armagh rearguard again in 2011.

And two other players whose progress within the side was disrupted by injury this term have special reason for hoping for a change of fortune in the New Year.

James Lavery and Kevin Dyas were both unable to turn out consistently for the orchard county although the former went in as a substitute for Malachy Mackin when Armagh exited the All Ireland football championship at the hands of Dublin in a third round qualifying tie at Croke Park.

Dyas returned from his sojourn in Australian Rules football a year ago and is still striving to command a regular place.


New Cavan manager Val Andrews has gone for a mix of youth and experience in his initial squad.

Several players who have given lengthy service to the Breffni county including James Reilly, Mark McKeever, Damien O’Reilly and Ronan Flanagan will be complemented by newcomers such as Paddy Gumley, Niall O’Reilly and Dane O’Dowd.

Cavan squad: James Reilly; Fintan Reilly, Anton O’Reilly, Alan Clarke, Pauric Cahill, Danien O’Reilly, John McCutcheon, Sean McCormack, Ciaran Galligan, Eoin McGuigan, Ronan Flanagan; Mark McKeever, Michael Brennan, Seanie Johnston, Thomas Corr, Dane O’Dowd, Stephen Jordan, Ray Cullivan, Lorcan Mulvey, Keith Fannin, Paddy Gumley, Padraig O’Reilly, Ronan Reilly, Gerard Pierson, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Niall O’Reilly.

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