The Belfast Trojans completed a perfect weekend at Tallaght stadium by lifting the Atlantic Cup for the first time in their history. Tallaght has proved a happy hunting ground for the Trojans in the past, with the venue hosting the Trojans 16-14 win over the UL Vikings in the 2012 Shamrock Bowl, and this occasion would be no different.
The Trojans entered the tournament having been ranked in the Top-20 of the EFAF rankings for the first time and eager to test themselves against foreign opposition.
Overcoming the Amersfoort Untouchables 30-6 on the Saturday, the Trojans stepped up to the plate and played some of their best football of the season. After falling behind on a trick play, the Belfast defense stiffened and held the Dutch outfit without a score the rest of the way. The offense in turn opened up and produced a near faultless performance, Alex Newton and James McKelvey in particular came to the fore notching scores on the ground and through the air whilst the defense forced a number of turnovers.
The Trojans returned on the Sunday with the knowledge that they would face a domestic rival in the form of Trinity College who had produced a late upset win over the Brussels Tigers the day before. Having never faced off against Trinity, there was something of the unknown heading into this encounter.
Trinity were unlucky to suffer a number of injuries, in particular to their star running back and quarterback, but in truth on this day, there was no way that the Trojans would be denied. Again the defense played flawless football in collecting a shut-out, which allowed the offense to rack up points against a now tired and short-handed Trinity side. At the final whistle, the score was 23-0 to the Trojans, ensuring they would hoist the trophy at the first time of asking.
Great relationships were formed with the other three teams over the course of the weekend, and the Trojans wish to thank all the players and coaching staffs of the Amersfoort,Brussels and Trinity teams as well as all the supporters who made the journey to Dublin to share in the experience and all of those who have supported us thus far this season.