The Belfast Trojans moved to 3-0 on the season with a hard-fought 27-6 win over the Carrickfergus Knights.
In what is always a bruising encounter against the bitter rivals, the Trojans battled their way to the victory, despite playing somewhat below their high standards. Touchdowns from Jonathan Siri, Kris Donaghy, Matt Armstrong and Peter Roberts were enough to see the Trojans past a gritty but limited Knights outfit.
It was perfect start for Belfast, with rookie Jonathan Siri taking a punt return back for a touchdown with a fantastic run, aided by some crushing blocks by the return team.
More dominance on defence led to the Trojans starting inside the Carrick redzone on their second drive and quarterback James McKelvey made light work of shredding the defence, finding a wide open Kris Donaghy to double the lead.
Credit to the hosts, they dug in despite the poor start and started finding their feet, pounding the ball inside with their physical style of play. Despite bending, the Belfast defence didn’t break, Christophe Perret diving on a fumble to give the Trojans the ball back before the half, however they could not capitalise as the score was 12-0 at the break. Into the second half and the Trojan run game finally clicked into action.
Despite missing Neil Montgomery through injury and David Colvin who was knocked from the game with some hard hits, such is the depth of the backfield Matt Armstrong and Peter Roberts, fresh off the back of their destruction of the Donegal Vipers a week previous, picked up the slack. Armstrong got on the board late in the third quarter, a brilliant run over the right side saw him make two men miss before crossing for six.
The Knights got on the scoresheet with a couple of deep passes to wideout Chris Ireland, who would eventually catch one in the endzone to reduce the deficit. However the result was never really in question.
The holes were starting to be opened up by the big boys up front and with a safety and cornerback concerned with Dave Richardson, Roberts was able to smash through for another score after some previous nice work from signal caller McKelvey on a scramble. As is the case in sport, even though they weren’t firing on all cylinders, the reigning champions were able to pull out a winning performance and move to 3-0 on the season, with their first home fixture only a fortnight away as the Dublin Rebels make the journey to Deramore Park.