The Belfast Trojans wrapped up the Shamrock Bowl Conference Northern Division with a comfortable 48-0 over the Craigavon Cowboys in Portadown.
The Trojans were crowned northern division winners for the fourth year in succession and will now be aiming to win their fourth consecutive Shamrock Bowl later this summer. Belfast started the game like a house on fire scoring on their opening two drives, putting the result beyond doubt before the Cowboys could blink.
James McKelvey and David Richardson continued to make light work of opposition secondarys as they connected on the opening two touchdowns of the game, both perfectly flighted deep balls by the signal caller, with Richardson effortlessly beating a combination of cornerback and safety for his seventh and eighth scores of the year. The domination once more by the defence was even more impressive today, given the number of missing starters such as Patrick McElkerney and Neil Graham.
Such is the talent pool that Belfast have amassed and indeed created, the drop off was minimal as the D recorded yet another shutout against a capable offence led by veteran Peter Loughran. Credit to the Trojan offensive line too, as Chris Harte made his first start of the year and again never missed a beat as the combination of Neil Montgomery, Peter Roberts and Jonathan Siri were given ample running room. McKelvey added a score before the half with a trademark sneak, before Montgomery rumbled home from 15 yards out soon after.
A Siri punt return touchdown showed once again he is one of the most dangerous return men in the league as he extended the lead to 34-0, before Connor Whitla’s interception return to the house brought back memories of that famous day in Tallaght nine months ago.
There was still time for Siri to get his first rushing touchdown of the game, as he made a number would-be tacklers miss to round off the scoring. The Trojans now take on the West Dublin Rhinos in a fortnight ahead of another tilt with Craigavon to close off the regular season.
Two more wins will see the Trojans close out the season unbeaten and more than likely host the semi-final double-header, meaning all roads to Tallaght run through Belfast.