Monaghan drop 'keeper Duffy

Goalkeeper Shane Duffy is one of four players who have lost their place in the Monaghan team for tomorrow's GAA All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier against Derry at Clones, throw-in 3pm.

Duffy is demoted after being at fault for Fermanagh's second goal in the Farney men's Ulster quarter-final defeat back in May.

For tomorrow's televised qualifier, Castleblaney stopper Padraig McBennett, who debuted for the county last year and impressed during the recent league campaign, will start between the posts.

There are two changes in the defence with Darren Hughes and Paul McGuigan coming into the half-back line for Donal Morgan and the suspended Gary McQuaid.

Tyholland clubman McQuaid was dismissed for lashing out at Fermanagh substitute Shane McCabe during the closing stages of the game in Enniskillen.

Influential forward Paul Finlay, who is currently fighting an eight-week suspension, could yet feature against Derry.

He was reported for verbal abuse by Longford referee Derek Fahy, who whistled the Fermanagh game.

Monaghan have left a vacancy on their substitutes bench for Finlay as they hope the result of his appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority, which was heard last night, is successful.

Finlay has been indirectly replaced in the team by Brendan McKenna, who links up with Eoin Lennon in midfield. Regular centre-fielder Dick Clerkin has been pushed up to centre-forward.

Opponents Derry will not be announcing their selected team until tommorrow morning.

They have injury worries over goalkeeper Barry Gillis (ankle) and defenders Sean Marty Lockhart (quad muscle) and Liam Hinphey (groin).

The counties met in an Ulster semi-final last summer with Monaghan emerging as 0-14 to 1-09 winners. Both sides reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals via the qualifiers last year.

MONAGHAN (SFC v Derry) - P McBennett; D Mone, JP Mone, D McArdle; D Freeman (capt), D Hughes, P McGuigan; E Lennon, B McKenna; C McManus, D Clerkin, S Gollogly; R Woods, V Corey, T Freeman.

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