Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge V | Box Score & Match Report 2001

10 July 2001

At Sallins, Co. KildareQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Leicester Europa Eagles    6
Drimnagh Cycos    49
DRI – Liam Farrell Pass from Aidan Kelly, Liam Farrel 1xpt0-7
LEI – Craig Broughton pass from Chris Wild6-7
DRI – Liam Farrel Pass from Aidan Kelly6-13
DRI – Liam Farrel Pass from Aidan Kelly6-19
DRI – Stephen Dunne Run, Stephen Dunne 2xpt6-27
DRI – Liam Farrel Pass from Aidan Kelly, Stephen Dunne 2xpt6-35
DRI – Liam Farrel Int Return, Iain McGuinnes, 2xpt6-43
DRI – Aidan Kelly Run6-49



Drimnagh Cycos 49 Leicester Europa Eagles 6Played in Sallins, Co. Kildare. In warm non-sunny conditions, Leicester started four-and-out as the Cycos defence established themselves early on. QB Aidan Kelly topped off a long-drive on Drimnagh’s first possession with a long, winding run. Kelly found WR Liam Farrell for the one-point conversion. Although suffering a knee-injury on the play, Farrell recovered. The eagles levelled the scores with their second drive, QB Chris Wild finding Chris Broughton in the endzone. The conversion was unsuccessful, and the Cycos mainained the lead. QB Kelly found WR Farrel with two touchdown passes on the next two Cycos drives, with Kelly intercepting the Eagles in between. This made the score 19-6. The Cycos got their fourth TD with a run from Stephen Dunne. He also caught the pass for the two-point conversion, making the score 27-6. Kelly found Farrell for a hat-trick of TD passes with Dunne once again adding the two-point conversion to make the score 35-6. Reference: [6]

The Cycos defence also got on the scoreboard, when Liam Farrell returned an interception for a TD. Iain McGuinness caught the one-point conversion, making it 42-6 to Drimnagh. McGuinness got an interception of his own to set up the final Drimnagh scoring drive, as Aidan Kelly ran in another TD. On defence, Cameron Cramer and Darren Brady both sacked the Quarterback, while the Eagles got two sacks of their own. QB Aidan Kelly picked up the Cycos MVP award. Reference: [6]


From 1997 to 2005 the Drimnagh Cycos (Ireland) and the Leicester Europa Eagles (England) competed for the Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge Trophy. These matches were the first International matches involving Irish or British Flag Football Teams. Matches played in Leiceser were played under 5-a-side Rules while matches in Dublin were played under Irish 7-a-side Rules, where every man is an eligible receiver, which was then-current in Ireland.


[1] Britball Now (2018) History of the game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 October 2016]

[6] Britball Now (2018) 2001 Adult Flag news – 10th July 2001 – Drimnagh thrash Leicester 49-6 in Senior Flag challenge match [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 October 2016]


Thanks to Peter Mullen, Drimnagh Cycos & Fiona Corrigan, Caoimhe Mullaney, Alan Delaney and John Kane

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