Mulligan out of Armagh clash but Sweeney starts

John Connolly

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John Connolly

Emlyn Mulligan leads the Leitrim team in the parade at Hyde Park last Sunday. Photo by Willie Donnellan
Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan will play no part in Saturday’s Qualifier against Armagh after the panel was named tonight.

Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan will play no part in Saturday’s Qualifier against Armagh after the panel was named tonight.

The team was released on Wednesday morning and there is no place on the 24 strong match day squad for Mulligan whose campaign has ground to a halt since he suffered an injury in the first game against London.

The St. Brigid’s clubman suffered a recurrance of his injury during the warm-up before the replay in Hyde Park and his absence, while expected, is nevertheless a blow to Leitrim’s chances.

Such is the injury crisis affecting the Leitrim squad at the moment that the match day panel has only 24 players rather than the normal 26 with Alan Wynne, Paddy Maguire, Gerry Hickey and Mulligan all missing out through injury.

There is some good news as Darren Sweeney has been passed fit to play, his loss just nine minutes into the first half of the replay against London in Hyde Park one of the key factors in Leitrim’s disastrous first half display.

Sweeney’s fellow Glencar/Manorhamilton clubmate Adrian Croal makes his first championship start of the campaign at corner-forward with James Glancy moving out to centre-forward.

Aughnasheelin’s Sean McWeeney makes his first Championship start at corner-back with Ciaran Egan also passed fit to play.

Enda Williams, another injury worry after the London game, drops to the bench.

The team in full is as follows:

1 Cathal McCrann Gortletteragh

2 Fabian McMorrow Melvin Gaels

3 Ciaran Egan Gortletteragh

4 Sean McWeeney Aughnasheelin

5 Danny Beck Mohill

6 Gary Reynolds Carrigallen

7 Barry Prior Aughawillan

8 Darren Sweeney Glencar/Manorhamilton

9 Brendan Brennan Melvin Gaels

10 Paddy McGowan St. Patrick’s Dromahair

11 James Glancy Glencar/Manorhamilton

12 Paul Brennan Melvin Gaels

13 Adrian Croal Glencar/Manorhamilton

14 Robbie Lowe St Mary’s Kiltoghert

15 Kevin Connlon St. Patrick’s Dromahair

16 Brendan Flynn St Mary’s Kiltoghert

17 Colm Clarke Drumkeerin

18 Gavin Reynolds Cloone

19 Enda Williams Clonguish

20 Ronan Gallagher Mohill

21 Brian McDonald Glencar/Manorhamilton

22 Cian Reynolds Athy

23 Ray Cox Annaduff

24 Barry McWeeney Aughnasheelin