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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Trojans win Shamrock Bowl

Belfast Trojans were crowned IAFA Shamrock Bowl champions after beating Trinity College

Belfast Trojans were crowned IAFA Shamrock Bowl champions after beating Trinity College

  • by John Kerr
 

The Belfast Trojans retained the IAFA Shamrock Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

They defeated Trinity College Dublin at a very busy Tallaght Stadium in South Dublin by a score line of 7-0 to win their third All-Ireland Championship in as many years.

Trojan Neil Montgomery and Trinity student Rob McDowell stood out from the beginning, making plays with their legs, but it was a game dominated by defences and turnovers were rampant.

Linebacker Connor Whitla intercepted a Trinity pass and returned it for a touchdown late in the third quarter to put the Trojans ahead.

Excellent work by Neil Graham forced a decisive fumble on McDowell close to the end, which returned the ball to the Belfast team allowing them to run down the clock and see out the game.

The Trojans return to Belfast as the best team in Ireland. However, as interest in playing American Football grows bigger, it is not unrealistic to imagine the Green Army being joined by another team in Belfast in the near future.

 

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