Cork Admirals Irish American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 2007

Cork Admirals Logo [Ref: 1]

Final Standings IAFL South

IAFL South
*University of Limerick Vikings87102997014
*Cork Admirals86203277012
Tallaght Outlaws8080183890
Irish American Football League Standings 2007 [Ref: 2]

Results 2007

125.03.2007ABelfast BullsW13-6
315.04.2007AUniversity of Limerick VikingsW30-0
529.04.2007ADublin RebelsL26-28
606.05.2007HUniversity of Limerick VikingsL20-36
803.06.2007HTallaght OutlawsW30-0
910.06.2007HDublin City University SaintsW64-0
1017.06.2007HBelfast TrojansW60-0
1201.07.2007HTallaght OulawsW84-0
WC15.07.2007HBelfast TrojansW30-0
SF22.07.2007ADublin RebelsW8-6
SBXXI29.07.2007ULUniversity of Limerick VikingsL14-22
Cork Admirals Irish American Football Team Results 2007 [Ref: 2]

Home Venue – Pfizers Sports Club Ringaskiddy, Cork!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2465.4840129529834!2d-8.354388084330127!3d51.83385567969009!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x484483f465b57d4f%3A0x49b1cd55585cfb9!2sPfizer%20Sports%20Club!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sie!4v1589540714029!5m2!1sen!2sie

Shamrock Bowl XXI

Shamrock Bowl XXI Logo [Ref: 3]

29 July 2007 – University of Limerick Vikings 22 Cork Admirals 14

Seamus Hogan, who scored two touchdowns, won the Most Valuable Player Award in the Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl XXI in 2007, as the University of Limerick Vikings beat the Cork Admirals 22-14 in a close Munster Derby.

Cork had a great start with kick returner David Barry returned the opening kickoff well into Limerick territory. They were stopped short of the goal-line, however, as were the Vikings on the next drive. On their next possession the Cork Admirals got into good field position following a 40 yard draw play by full back Alain Pezeron, leaving them on first and goal on the 3 yard line, which Keith O’Callaghan capitalized on with a 3-yard rushing touchdown for the first score of the game. Pezeron converted for two points.

The vikings got back into the game immediately, with Quarterback Chris Bassitt driving them downfield, helped by Running Backs Andrew Gordan and Seamus Hogan. Hogan got the equalizing touchdown, with a 5-yard run up the middle, converted for two points by Bassitt. The second quarter was scoreless as both defenses held the opposing offense, with good defensive plays by Vikings defenders Eoin O’Sullivan, Declan O’Donnell, Damien Laffan and Alan O’Carroll. The Admirals defensive line of Marcus Gates, Ross McCullough and Barry Rea forced a number of tackles for losses. The Vikings got the first turnover of the day with less than 5 minutes to go to halftime, when their defensive back intercepted the ball, however, they missed the resulting field goal, leaving the score 8-8 at half-time.

The first play from scrimmage of the second half yielded the second turnover of the day, as Admirals linebacker Martin Mulvey recovered a Vikings fumble to leave them in good field position on the Vikings 20-yard line. Shortly afterwards, the Admirals went 14-8 up as Quarterback David Lomansey connected with Wide Receiver Dominic MacHale for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Limerick then drove deep into Admirals territory, but a fierce goalmouth stand for the Cork side on their own 5-yard line prevented the Vikings from scoring. The Vikings defense, however, ensured their offense got another chance before the quarter was out, as they forced the Admirals to punt, giving the UL offense the ball at midfield. Through runs by Bassitt and Gordon they got to the 10-yard line, where Seamus Hogan scored his second running touchdown, on a draw play up the middle, pushing the ball over the goal-line as the Admirals defenders attempted to tackle him. The Single Point Kick conversion put the Vikings 15-14 up at the end of the third quarter.

Again the Vikings defense forced the Admirals to punt early in the fourth quarter, and in the ensuing drive, the Vikings went to the air with a long pass from Quarterback Bassitt to Wide Receiver Marc Ashworth, setting up MVP Seamus Hogan for his third touchdown of the day, as a he scored on a 5-yard sweep to the right. again the conversion kick was good to put the Vikings 22-14 up. The game was not over yet, however, and the Admirals drove to the Vikings two-yard line on the next drive. In the best defensive performance of the day, the Vikings held, the Admirals on all four downs, and the Vikings punted on their next possession having failed to run out the clock. The punt pinned the Cork side deep in their own territory, and while they picked up a couple of first downs, were stopped on fourth down with less than 30 seconds left. The Vikings could then celebrate their first ever Shamrock Bowl win. [Ref: 4]

At UL Sports Grounds, LimerickQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Cork Admirals806014
University of Limerick Vikings807722
IAFL Shamrock Bowl XXI Box-Score 2007 [Ref: 4]
1st Quarter
CORKeith O’Callaghan 3yd Run (Alain Pezeron 2xpt)8-0
ULVSeamus Hogan 5yd Run (Chris Bassitt 2xpt)8-8
2nd Quarter
No Scoring8-8
3rd Quarter
CORDominic MacHale 30yd Pass from David Lomansey14-8
ULVSeamus Hogan 10yd Run (1xpt)14-15
4th Quarter
ULVSeamus Hogan 5yd Run (1xpt)14-22
IAFL Shamrock Bowl XXI Scorers 2007 [Ref: 4]

Season Report

The Cork Admirals reached the Shamrock Bowl in 2007, losing to the University of Limerick Vikings 22-14. The season had started with wins over Belfast Bulls (13-6) and University of Limerick (30-0) before back-to-back defeats to Dublin Rebels (26-28) and the return game with the Vikings (20-36).

The Admirals regrouped after this, and won big against Tallaght Outlaws (30-0), Dublin City University Saints (64-0), Belfast Trojans (60-0) and Tallaght Outlaws (64-0), to leave them with a 6-2 Won-Loss Record, and a place in the Wild-Card Playoffs with the Belfast Trojans, where they won 30-0, before another close game with the Dublin Rebels in the Semi-Finals, which they won 8-6, letting in the first points in six games. Then followed the heartbreak of the Shamrock Bowl against the Vikings, with the two teams evenly matched over the season beforehand, the Vikings having the slight advantage of only one loss, and homefield advantage.

Cork Admirals’ Keith O’Callaghan (#34) scorer of the first touchdown in Shamrock Bowl XXI [Ref: 6]

Team Roster SB XXI 2007

2Chris O’ConnorWide Receiver
5Ger McGowanHalf Back
6Robert LeeFull Back
11David BarryWide Receiver
13Hugh McBratneyTight End
14Alain PezeronFull Back
15Andy HempelDefensive Back
16Keith ThornhillLinebacker
17Patrick du BoucherDefensive Line / Tight End
20Ibrahim KadraLinebacker
22Rory O’NeillWide Receiver
23Barry RaffertyDefensive Back
29John DugganDefensive Back
32Peter LuceyDefensive Back
34Keith O’CallaghanHalf Back
36John O’SullivanDefensive Back
38Brian MurphyDefensive Back
39LinebackerDonnacha Murphy
44David NoonanWide Receiver
48Martin MulreyLinebacker
50Chris GaughanOffensive Line
53Conor O’SullivanOffensive Line
58John KooglerLinebacker
60Peter GlavinDefensive Line
61Ross McCulloughDefensive Line
62James LordanDefensive Line
63Robert HennesseyOffensive Line
64Kevin CaseyOffensive Line
67Barry ReaDefensive Line
68Richard BosOffensive Line
69Paul BuchananDefensive Line / Center
72Roger McDonaghOffensive Line
77Marcus GatesDefensive Line
81Dominic McHaleWide Receiver
82David LomanseyQuarterback
87Paddy KeaneWide Receiver
Cork Admirals Shamrock Bowl XXI 2007 Roster [Ref: 5]


NameCoaching Position
Alan LomanseyHead Coach
Trevor O’ConnellDefensive Co-Ordinator
John StokesDefensive Backs Coach
Cork Admirals Shamrock Bowl XXI 2007 Coaching Roster [Ref: 7]
ECHO SPORT The Cork Admirals, Cork’s very own American Football team, at their Rookie Day in Kennedy Park yesterday. Picture: Damien Quirke



[2] Irish American Football Association (2007) 2007 LEAGUE TABLE, FIXTURES & RESULTS [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 September 2016]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2007) SHAMROCK BOWL XXI REPORT[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[5] Irish American Football Association (2007) Cork Admirals SB XXIRoster [Internet] Available from:  [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[7] Irish American Football Association (2007) Key Players [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 15 May 2020]


[1] Irish American Football Association (2017) Admirals Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 30 November 2018]

[6] Irish American Football Association (2007) Cork Admirals Keith O’Callaghan (#34) – scorer of the games first touchdown. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[8] Irish American Football Association (2007) SBXXI Pics:Cork Admirals team picture.  [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 15 May 2020]


Michael O’Callaghan.

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Last Updated: 15 May 2020

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