0-3 Cowboys: #17 Shane Bell, FG.
0-11 Cowboys: #33 Conal Walsh, reception from #2 Chris Bondi. 2XP #34 John Murray, run.
0-17 Cowboys: #34 John Murray, 1 yard run. XP blocked.
8-17 Trinity: #26 Rob McDowell, 60 yard run. 2XP #84 Niall Clarke, reception from #4 Alex Canapa.
Photos by Máirtín Ó Conghaile
Photos by Ariane Boudias
Game Report by the Craigavon Cowboys:
Craigavon Cowboys 17 Trinity 8
The Craigavon Cowboys hosted Trinity College, Dublin at the Brownlow Sports Campus on Sunday 25th April.
The Cowboys were looking to bounce back from an 18 – 6 defeat in their last game against the West Dublin Rhinos while Trinity wanted to capitalise on their 42 – 8 victory over the Belfast Trojans.
Trinity received the kick-off with good field position but the dependable defense of the Cowboys, spearheaded by Marty Devlin #72 and brothers James Loughran #69 and Peter Loughran #75 prevented any movement of the ball and Trinity had to punt the ball away on their first drive. The loss of defensive tackle Chris Bell to injury did not take away from the solid Cowboys front.
The Cowboys took the ball and steadily drove to within field goal range, from where #17 Shane Bell put three points on the board.
The strong gusting wind played havoc with Trinity’s passing game and a long completion was always a finger tip away from a major gain.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Cowboys drove to Trinity’s five yard line thanks to the strong running of #40, Bobby Murray and #34, John Murray. A pass from new boy #2, Chris Bondi in his first start at quarterback to #33, Conal Walsh put another six points on the board and John Murray ran in a two pointer to make the score 11 – 0 and that was how the half ended.
The third quarter was a mixture of mistakes and penalties by the Cowboys and a succession of deep passes by Trinity that were almost completed. Sound work from #18, Geard Gillen and #32, Keelan Walsh at cornerback prevented many completions and gains by Trinity.
The final score by the Cowboys came in the fourth quarter and this was a one yard power dive by John Murray which was made possible by sound blocking of #79, Paul Braniff and #56 Brian Vernon. The point after was blocked and the score was 17 – 0.
With three minutes left in the game Trinity running back #26, Rob McDowell found a gap in the tiring Cowboys defense and broke a couple of tackles to run for sixty yards for a touchdown and tight end Niall Clarke scored the two point conversion to bring up a score of 17 – 8.
Trinity’s attemped onside kick was recovered by the Cowboys, who ran out the clock.
This gives the Cowboys a two wins and two defeats record in their first year in full league status and they travel to the Carrickfergus Knights for their next game this Sunday.
The Super Fry MVP trophy was awarded to #32 Keelan Walsh.
Tags: Game Report