The Belfast Trojans continued their impressive start to the season with a dominant 36-0 win over the North Kildare Reapers in Kilcock.
For the second game this season and third in row going back to last year’s Shamrock Bowl win, the defence didn’t concede a point and, even better, they didn’t give up one first down to the Reaper offence.
Neil Graham’s vicious sack on the second play of the game set the tone, while Connor Whitla, Rob Lyttle and Chris Weir racked up the tackles either at, or behind, the line of scrimmage. Despite the wet, windy and muddy conditions James McKelvey and David Richardson went to work once again, the veteran quarterback throwing for three touchdowns, two to Richardson, who added to his brace against the Panthers a fortnight ago.
The first score of the game came somewhat fortuitously for the reigning champions; a pass intended for Adrian Cassidy in the endzone was tipped by a defensive back but Richardson was in the area and showed great reactions to dive and pull it in before hitting the ground.
Rick Duffield added a field goal before the McKelvey-Richardson partnership clicked again. Excellent pass protection up front gave the signal caller time to roll to his right and find the receiver who did well to work his way open in the back of the endzone. David Colvin notched his first rushing touchdown of the year in the second half with a fine run from ten yards, while Neil Montgomery came away with the MVP award after some typical bruising running going in for a score on the ground and a rare receiving touchdown.
The Trojans now have their sights set on a historic day on Saturday 11 April. They make the trip across the Irish Sea to take on the East Kilbride Pirates in a friendly that will see Belfast test themselves against one of the best teams in the British league.