REBELS KEEP ROLLING AFTER TIGHT DEFENSIVE BATTLE WITH KNIGHTS
To say Sunday’s meeting between the Dublin Rebels and the Carrickfergus Knights was a defensive battle would be an understatement. The scoreboard only saw its duck broken in the fourth quarter.
While the reigning Champions defence dominated their side of the ball, the offensive unit made life hard for themselves. Receiving the opening Kick-off, the Rebels offence would take to the field missing several key starters from their line-up.
Pete McMahon, making his first start with his new team, continued where he left off in game one, racking up yardage across the ground, gaining a first down on the first play from scrimmage. From there the Defensive battle would begin. The Knights defence holding firm, led by MLB Spencer McDowell, who would also lead the offence on the day.
The Rebels would dominate the ground game throughout the day, the 3 headed monster of McMahon, Sean Douglas, and Dave McMahon rushing for over 180 yards between them on the day. Douglas adding over 100 yards total in the return game also.
Meanwhile the Knights ground attack remained in negative equity at the end of the game. This was due in no small part to an outstanding display from the Rebels defence.
Sacks seemed to be the food the defence would feed on for the day, see they’re hungry. Lead by 2 each total for D-linemen Steve Walsh, and Captain Gary Twamley, the defence would rack up 3 more. The secondary not to be outdone, got involved with sacks for Senan O’Mahony and Kevin Fitzgerald, the latter pairing his sack with an interception on the day.
Another member of the dangerous Rebels secondary would take the Shadowman Sports Defensive MVP game honours, Andrei-Vlad Vasilescu, racking up 4 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 passes defended and an interception.
Knights quarterback McDowell was under pressure all day long, but did manage some success through the air, having 12 completions for 100 yards.
At the start of the fourth quarter the score remained deadlocked, the Rebels having the ball on the Knights 2 yard line. Having ventured into the Red zone through long completions from QB Dennehy to leading Receiver Cathal Keane, and the hard running of the three headed monster.
SWAN LAKE, ALMOST!
From here the next play would belong more on a Ballet stage than a football field. A running play given to veteran player and possible cyborg, Simon Mackey. The ball handed to Mackey, a bone crunching lead block from Steve Walsh, what happened next stunned the crowd in attendance. Mackey would leap through the air with the grace of Baryshnikov to hurdle a would be tackler, followed by a pirouette the Latvian dancer would be proud to call his own, and crossing the Goal line for the opening score of the game! Click here for video
After another defensive stop from the Rebels wall, Shadowman Sports Offensive MVP for the game Pete McMahon would continue his scoring form, high-stepping past tacklers for the Touchdown, and put the game to rest.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Champs win their 1st home game of the season and continue their quest for back to back Shamrock Bowls with a hard won victory over the long time rival Knights.
By Paul Grogan