Cavan include five newcomers in team to face Donegal

Jack Brady makes his Cavan debut against Donegal
Jack Brady makes his Cavan debut against Donegal

Cavan have handed debuts to five players for Sunday's Ulster championship match against Donegal.

Kevin Meehan, Niall Smith, Robert Maloney-Derham, Brendan Fitzpatrick and Ulster Under-21 winner Jack Brady start at senior level for the first time.

Last year's Under-21 winning captain Gearoid McKiernan is back after missing the entire league campaign with injury.

John McCutcheon, who rejoined the panel recently, starts at centre half-back for the game at Breffni Park (15:30).

New senior manager Terry Hyland has blooded a number of players he has worked with at Under-21 level over the past three years.

Cavan won back-to-back Ulster titles in 2011 and 2012 and the return of last year's Ulster winning captain Gearoid McKiernan is a massive boost to their chances of winning possession around midfield.

Only one of this year's Under-21 winning team, Jack Brady, is included in the starting fifteen for Sunday's preliminary round tie. The winners will play Derry in the Ulster senior football quarter-final on June 16.

Cavan SFC v Donegal: J Reilly, P O'Reilly, D Reilly, R Flanagan, K Meehan, J McCutcheon, R Maloney-Derham, D Givney, G McKiernan, F Flanagan, M McKeever, N Smith, J Brady, E Keating, B Fitzpatrick