With no Shamrock Bowl Conference controversy to overshadow it, the IAFL-1 got the full glory this weekend as two close, competitive matches gave fans plenty to enjoy!
Waterford Wolves 20-12 Meath Bulldogs
The Wolves welcomed the in form Meath Bulldogs to Waterford but would send them away rueing missed chances and mistakes as the home side snatched the win in the dying seconds of the game. In poor conditions all scores were scored on the ground as both teams abandoned the air attack in favour of the run.
A tight first half was split only by a long Eddie McMahon rushing score and Meath took a 6-0 lead in to half time. The quarterback grabbed another rushing score in the second half but it would be the Wolves that would be celebrating at the end of the game.
|QB Walsh hands off to RB O'Keefe - Photo by Greg Barrett|
Quarterback Aaron Walsh opened the scoring with a rush himself before running back Ger “The Flea” O’Keefe grabbed himself six points.
Walsh would then grab the glory as he helped Waterford march downfield before punching the ball in for the score.
Drogheda Lightning 6-12 Dublin Dragons
The young Drogheda side lost their third game on the bounce as the Dublin Dragons made experience pay at St. Oliver’s.
|Photo by Ariane Boudias|
In what was yet another tight affair, Dublin got off to a good start as quarterback Conor Murphy found receiver Mick Duncan for the score. Duncan then converted the PAT attempt and kicked a field goal to give the away side a 10-0 lead.
A strong defensive effort topped off with a safety from Niall Burke extended Dublin’s lead to 12-0 before linebacker Mick O’Shea pounced on a fumbled football for the home team to hit back immediately. Now a one score game at 12-6, the Dublin side were made to work for their win but in the end they were not to be denied.