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Trojans on a revenge mission to defend title

By Paul Murphy

The Belfast Trojans are a step away from winning an unprecedented third straight national title, as they travel to Dublin tomorrow for Shamrock Bowl XXVIII.

After a remarkable few years the local American Football outfit finally saw an unbeaten run stretching back to 2011 end in May, but the showdown at Tallaght Stadium offers an opportunity for revenge as they take on Trinity College Dublin, who inflicted that rare loss.

The Green Machine have blown away the opposition over the past two seasons in a remarkable turnaround for a club that had previously struggled to make an impact at the highest level of the sport in Ireland. Having never reached the grand finale they now stand on the brink of a remarkable 'three-peat'.

To bring the title back north, however, they will have to beat a Trinity squad that has improved considerably to post an unbeaten season themselves.

Belfast's offense will look for redemption after being shut out in the previous meeting, and they will look to their experienced stars to lead the way. Talented quarterback James McKelvey will need to be at his play-making best while shifty running back Dave Colvin will look to exploit gaps.

Defensively the Trojans will first look to stop Trinity's running game and specifically their star man Rob McDowell, who grabbed a trio of touchdowns to seal their victory in May.

Belfast's young linebackers are highly disruptive players, but they will rely on Patrick McElkerney, Teddy Canty, the defensive line holding their ground and keeping McDowell under control.

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