On a blustery and windswept day in Limerick, two Munster teams renewed their rivalry at the Sports Grounds at UL. A rejuvenated Admirals team came into the game hopeful of taking down their old rivals, arriving in Limerick fresh off an upset of a resurging West Dublin Rhino’s team 26 -0 in Cork. The Vikings came into the game undefeated and having just defeated UCD in Dublin in their previous game.
Whatever optimism the Admirals may have had was quickly tested on both sides of the ball. The Vikings took the ball down the field on their initial possession capped off the drive with an Adrian Garvey 8 yard run and a successful 2 point conversion. The Vikings next possession was highlighted by a 45 yard touchdown pass from Marc Ashworth to Sean Goldrick, Goldrick doing well to keep his balance before running to the endzone. The Admirals were unable to find their feet on the offensive side of the ball. The Vikings defensive front four lead by veterans Glen Carr, Kieran Coen, Alan O’Carroll and sophomore Ian Cahill provided stiff opposition to Corks run game.
The Vikings’ offence continued to roll in the second quarter. Marc Ashworth kept on form with a 6 yard scoring toss to Brendan Curtain. The second quarter also featured the play of the game to a newcomer on the offence, Craig Switzer. Switzer took a sweep to the outside and blazed 75 yards down the field. The Vikings capped off the scoring in the second quarter with a 6 yard run from James Twomey.
The second half was one of frustration for both teams as the penalty flag became the most prominent player. The Vikings were close to scoring on a couple of occasions, no more so than when Liam Ryan intercepted a pass deep in Vikings territory and returning it 80 yards to the Admiral endzone, however, this effort was called called back, and no more points were to be scored by either team. Final score UL 34 -0.
Next up for The Vikings will be their old foes; The Dublin Rebels in UL on Sunday 13th May. This game has all the markings of another epic battle as both teams will be heading into the game undefeated. The winner of this game will have the inside track to top the IAFL Southern division and look to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.