Phoenix remain on course for title defence

An awesome display of power running from Tullamore sees Phoenix remain on course for their second straight Irish American Football League DV8s title.

An awesome display of power running from Tullamore sees Phoenix remain on course for their second straight Irish American Football League DV8s title.

An injury hit Tullamore Phoenix squad continued their dominance of the second tier of American football in Ireland with a comfortable 27-0 away win against the Trim Bulldogs.

Looking to revenge their 49-0 defeat at the hands of Tullamore earlier this season, Trim started the game in impressive fashion, keeping the Phoenix defence on the field for most of the first quarter.

However, the Bulldog’s offense couldn’t capitalise on excellent field position and went from having a first down just five yards from the Phoenix endzone to being 30 yards short thanks to a pair of sacks from Darrin Ennis and Patrick Lowebridge.

It speaks volumes for the strength in depth of this Phoenix squad that they started the game with their fifth choice Quarterback, Darragh Kelly, whose brother Erin is the team’s regular QB.

Kelly made a solid start to his first game at the QB position, finding Wide Receiver Brendan O’Toole for 20 yards with Phoenix’s first offensive play.

However, a late hit on Kelly early in the second quarter meant Tullamore’s throwing game was effectively dead before it had a chance to begin.

With little choice but to run the ball, Running Backs Daire O’Beirne and Shane Carberry took control of the game for Tullamore and ran for over 400 yards combined, O’Beirne bagging himself three touchdowns, with Carberry getting his first of the season. Once more the Phoenix defence kept a clean sheet, thanks in no small part to Padraic Merlehan’s three sacks on the Trim quarterback, meaning Tullamore have scored over 100 points this season and conceded none.

Now four points clear at the top of the league, Tullamore face a key away game against closest rivals Drogheda Lightning on July 24 knowing a win would put them within touching distance of their second straight national title