McNulty keeps faith with relegated stars

Conor McKeon

JUSTIN McNulty has stuck with the body of players who suffered relegation from Division 1 in this year's Allianz League for Sunday's Leinster opener against Longford (3.30).

The Armagh man has also kept faith with experience, using Pádraig Clancy at full-forward, to be flanked by Ross Munnelly and Gary Walsh.

John O'Loughlin and Brendan Quigley make up the midfield pairing although there is no place for former captain Pádraig McMahon, who recently returned from a stint abroad.

Liam Watson goes straight back into the Antrim team for Saturday's Leinster SHC showdown with Westmeath. Loughiel's All-Ireland club winning hero will start at full-forward, along with three other members of that team, Barney McAuley, DD Quinn and Eddie McCloskey.

The team also features two debutants, with John Kerr listed to start at corner-back and Mickey Gettens set to make his bow at number five.

LAOIS (SF v Longford): D Culliton; C Healy, K Lillis, P O'Leary; D Strong, S Julian, C Boyle; J O'Loughlin, B Quigley; K Meaney, B Sheehan, C Begley; R Munnelly, P Clancy, G Walsh.

ANTRIM (SH v Westmeath): DD Quinn; J Kerr, C Carson, A Graffin; M Gettens, N McManus, N McAuley; B McAuley, P Shiels; M Herron, B McFall, E McCloskey; D Hamill, L Watson, S McNaughton.