AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Belfast Trojans earn place in Irish decider

Belfast Trojans in action against Limerick Vikings
Belfast Trojans in action against Limerick Vikings

The Belfast Trojans advanced to the final of the 2014 IAFA Shamrock Bowl for the third year in a row on Sunday afternoon.

The defending Irish champions knocked out the University of Limerick Vikings in South Dublin by a score line of 28-6.

In what was a much tighter affair than the score line would suggest, each defence stood out, preventing their opposition from scoring a touchdown until the third quarter.

Arguably the moment of the match came early in the fourth quarter when Trojans defensive tackle Paddy McElkerney forced a fumble and then recovered possession. A 31 yard pass from Trojans quarterback James McKelvey to wideout David Richardson followed, putting them just yards shy of the end zone. Dave Colvin then marched in for the touchdown to put his team ahead for the second time in the game.

Colvin went on to register two more touchdowns to seal the victory.

The Trojans will meet Trinity College in the final in August.

It will undoubtedly be a passionate event, against the team from Dublin which defeated the Trojans in May ending their 26 game unbeaten run.