Monaghan make one change as Finlay returns

Paul Finlay

Playmaker Paul Finlay is back in the Monaghan team for tomorrow's GAA Football All-Ireland senior championship qualifier against Donegal (Ballybofey, throw-in 5pm), after seeing out his eight-week ban for verbal abuse of a match official.

Finlay has been named in Monaghan's midfield, alongside Eoin Lennon, with defender Paul McGuigan the player to miss out.

That is the only change in personnel that Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney has made to the team that accounted for Derry in the first round of the qualifiers last weekend.

However, he has made a raft of positional switches, particularly in his forward lines which again include Ciaran Hanratty, who was a late call-up for the Derry game.

Padraig McBennett holds onto the goalkeeper's jersey, ahead of Shane Duffy, and he will have an unchanged full-back line of Dessie Mone, JP Mone and Dermot McArdle in front of him.

Moving from the attack, Vincent Corey has been re-positioned to centre-back, flanked by team captain Damien Freeman and Darren Hughes, who donned the number 6 jersey against Derry.

Hanratty has been pushed into the full-forward line, with the Farney men's half-forwards all switching positions - Dick Clerkin has been pencilled in on the right wing, Conor McManus is stationed on the left and Stephen Gollogly will lead the attack from the forty.

Defender Gary McQuaid, available again after the ending of his four-week ban for being sent off against Fermanagh, has to be content with a place on the substitutes bench.

Tomorrow's all-Ulster clash will see Monaghan and Donegal meet in the qualifiers for the second successive year.

Monaghan won a third round clash in Omagh last July - 2-12 to 1-07 - with All-Star forward Tommy Freeman tallying up 1-05 for the winners that day.

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

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