The Belfast Trojans kicked off their 2018 campaign with a comfortable 30-14 victory over Trinity College Dublin in Santry.
It was a long preseason for the Trojans after kicking off their preparations in January, but the hard work paid off as they came out the blocks fast to lead 23-0 at halftime.
Running back Jona Siri opened his touchdown tally for the season early in the first quarter, scampering around the left side to cap a superb 10-play drive as the Trojans offence began the season in style.
More great defensive work from the Belfast defence led to the first turnover of the season as Scott Morrow came up with the interception on an errant throw from the Trinity quarterback.
It was soon 14-0 as Mark McVeigh found Neil Graham over the middle, who stiff armed a defender and bolted 60 yards for his first offensive touchdown.
Another defensive stop gave the ball to the Belfast offence, though this time it was only a field goal as Stephen Presley knocked it through the uprights to extend the lead.
Again the defence stood strong and gave the Trojans the ball with around 1:20 on the clock and it was a perfectly executed hurry up drill. Two penalties backed the offence up but smart work from Dave Richardson brought the Trojans out to midfield before Jona Siri made another house call, taking a pass 50 yards to the endzone, shaking a would-be tackler in the process.
The opening salvos of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first, as the Trojan offence pounded the ball on the TCD defensive front. Strong work from Siri would lead to Graham notching his second score of the game running wide open down the middle to score from 15 yards out after a nice pass from signal caller McVeigh.
At 30-0 up and rotation beginning to play a part, Trinity showed heart to show some resistance as they found the endzone twice in the fourth quarter as their air raid attack finally clicked.
However the result was never really in doubt as the four-time Shamrock Bowl champions did enough to secure an opening victory.
The Green Machine head back on the road this coming Sunday as they face the long trip south to take on the University Of Limerick Vikings.