Donegal will have to do without the injured Stephen McMenamin in the Ulster Senior Football Championship final on Sunday with Cavan.
The defender has sustained a hamstring injury against Armagh for the past four years but Paddy McBrearty and Hugh McFadden are fit enough to start.
Conor Madden, who impressed from the bench against Down in the semifinals, joins Cavan’s starting team.
For the decision maker, Declan Bonner has largely trusted the team that passed Armagh in the semifinals.
McMenamin is the only player who is eliminated from the starting team. McBrearty comes forward in the corner as Eoin McHugh returns to the vacant position in the corner.
Paddy McGrath, who missed the semifinals with a soft tissue injury, is named on the bench, but Oisin Gallen is missing from the match day list.
Cavan boss Mickey Graham has made two changes in the last four games after a dramatic comeback win over Down.
Madden and Chris Conroy will come on forwards, while the formidable Thomas Galligan, named on the bench but started in the last four, will face Killian Brady in midfield.
Stephen Smith and Paul Graham are the two men who fell on the bench at the Athletic Grounds for decision.
Donegal: S.. Patton; E.. McHugh, N. McGee, EB Gallagher; R.. McHugh, P.. Brennan, P.. Mogan; H McFadden, C McGonigle; C.. Thompson, N. O’Donnell, M. Langan; P. McBrearty, M. Murphy, J.. Brennan.
Deputy: M. Lynch, J.. Mac Ceallabhui, E.. McGettigan, J.. McGee, A.. McClean, D.. O. Baoill, C.. Ward, B. McCole, E.. Doherty, C.. O’Donnell, P.. McGrath.
Cavan: R. Galligan; J. McLoughlin, P.. Faulkner, L.. Fortune; G. Smith, C. Brady, T.. Galligan, K.. Clarke, K. Brady; M.. Reilly, G.. McKiernan, O. Kiernan; O Pierson, C Madden, C Conroy.
Replacement: L. Brady, N.. Murray, P.. Graham, L. Buchanan, T.. Donohoe, S.. Smith, O. Brady, C.. O’Reilly, J.. Smith, C. Timoney, C.. Smith.
Andy Farrell believes Ireland will draw « absolutely priceless » lessons from their England defeat, but the same problems remain.
BBC Sport NI expert Peter Canavan says Sunday’s Ulster football final on the sports field is « Donegals to lose ». .
Linfield defeated Glenavon 2-0 to maintain the perfect start to the season and stay one point ahead of next challenger Larne.
Ulster, Ulster Senior Football Championship, Cavan GAA, Donegal GAA, County Donegal
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