At 0-3 the prospect of playing the 3-0 Shamrock Bowl holders would be daunting to most. But not the Rhinos as a mixture of sunshine, rain and defense was the order of the day.
The first half was a very tight defensive battle. The Trojans were moving the ball but the Rhinos weren’t breaking. The first quarter finished scoreless and the second started the same way until the Trojans drove down to the goal line looking certain to score. A penalty, a tackle for a loss, an incomplete pass, a sack on third down and a blocked field goal on 4th down kept the champions off the board. The Rhinos defense were here to play.
The rain continued to pour down in Castleknock and the damper it got the more the ground game started to open up. The Trojans struck first and score before half time, the two point conversion was stuffed but they would lead 6-0 going into the half.
The Trojans got the ball to open the second half and ran the ball down the field capping the drive with a touchdown and successful point after, 13-0. The third and fourth quarter was played out on the Rhinos goal line with interceptions thrown from the offense and goal line stops made by the defense. The Trojans capped their scoring with an interception returned for a score for their third and final score of the game to make it 19-0.
Dan Breslin hauled in a 30 yard pass from Arun Mooney in the fourth quarter which turned out to be more of a consolation than a comeback as the final whistle blew leaving the scoreline at 19-6. A spirited performance by the Rhinos kept heads held high despite sinking to 0-4 on the season.