Wanderers Rugby Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4 – 19 April 1987
Dublin Celts 0 Taunton Raiders 46 – The Taunton Raiders, representing the Semi-Pro Eastern Football League in New England (Massachusetts and surrounding States), United States of America, gave a Footballing lesson to the Dublin Celts, Finalists in the Irish American Football League in 1987.
In their match at Wanderers Rugby Club, on Merrion Road, Dublin 4, the Raiders scored seven touchdowns, the most important just before halftime when the Raiders defence, which was never really put under pressure, intercepted a Celts pass, with Billy Joyce running the ball back 40 yards to the endzone. The Raiders scored four more touchdowns in the second half.
|At Wanderers RFC, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4||H1||H2||Total|
|Taunton Raiders (Eastern Football League)||20||26||46|
|TAU||Billy Joyce 40 yd Int Return||20-0|
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 Irish Independent (1987) Your Sports Diary – Tomorrow – American Football Irish Independent. Saturday, April 18, 1987. pg. 16
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Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.
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