|Home Team||Away Team|
|28.06.03||Charleroi Cougars (Bel)||8||Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)||6|
|28.06.03||Dublin Rebels (Irl)||8||Celtes de Mitry (Fra)||6|
|3rd Place Playoff|
|29.06.03||Celtes de Mitry (Fra)||8||Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)||22|
|29.06.03||Dublin Rebels (Irl)||12||Charleroi Cougars (Bel)||0|
Semi-Finals 28 June 2003 – Charleroi, Belgium
Celtes de Mitry 6 Dublin Rebels 8 – Dublin Rebels defeated Celtes de Mitry 8-6 in Charleroi Trophy Semi-Finals in 2003. The Rebels scored first through an Andy Flynn 1 yd run which was converted for two points by Marcus Naylor. Celtes de Mitry from France only started moving the ball in the second half, and managed to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter but the two point conversion failed and the Rebels hung on to reach the Final.
|Celtes de Mitry (Fra)||0||0||0||6||6|
|REB||Andy Flynn 1 yd Run (Marcus Naylor 2xpt)||0-8|
Charleroi Cougars 8 Carrickfergus Knights 6 – Carrickfergus Knights lost the other semi-final to hosts Charleroi Cougars of Belgium. Having taken the lead with a 42 yard Paul McKillop Punt Return, the Knights failed subsequently on fourth down and goal three times. Charleroi Cougars equalised through a Fabio 33 yard reception which deflected off a Carrickfergus defender. The two point conversion was successful giving Charleroi an 8-6 lead which they held until the end of the game.
|CAR||Paul McKillop 42 yd Punt Return||0-6|
|CHA||Fabio 33 yd Pass from ?? (2xpt successful)||8-6|
3rd Place Playoff – 29 June 2003 – Charleroi, Belgium
Celtes de Mitry 8 Carrickfergus Knights 22 – Carrickfergus Knights finished in 3rd place in the 2003 Charleroi Trophy thanks to a 22-8 victory over French side Celtes de Mitry. Paul McKillop opened the scoring for the Knights with a 75 yard Pass from Stephen McDowell in the first quarter. By halftime Carrickfergus were 15-0 up thanks to a 17 yayd Field Goal and a 13 yard touchdown reception for Gary Donnelly from Stephen McDowell in the second quarter. Celtes de Mitry hit back in the third quarter with a 16 yard run with a successful 2 point conversion bringing them within one converted touchdown of the Knights, but the men in black & gold from just outside Belfast clinched victory with a 14 yard reverse from Gary Donnelly to seal a 22-8 win.
|Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)||6||9||0||6||22|
|Celtes de Mitry (Fra)||0||0||0||8||8|
|CAR||Paul McKillop 75 yd Punt Return||0-6|
|CAR||17 yd FG||0-9|
|CAR||Gary Donnelly 13 yd Pass from Stephen McDowell||0-15|
|CDM||16 yd Run (2xpt good)||8-15|
|CAR||Gary Donnelly 14 yd Reverse||8-22|
Final – June 29 2003 – Charleroi, Belgium
Charleroi Cougars 0 Dublin Rebels 12 – Once again the Dublin Rebels got the better of the Charleroi Cougarson their own turf as they won the Charleroi Trophy for the second time in as many years. After a scoreless first quarter the Rebels opened scoring with 16 yard touchdown run from Sean Shanahan. Charleroi responded with a drive to the 8 yard line, but a run was stopped on the 1 yard line as time ran out in the first half. Charleroi had another scoring chance in the third quarter but were intercepted by the Rebels’ Marcus Naylor. Conor Ryan then scored in the final quarter from 15 yards out on an Andrew Dennehy pass which turned out to be the Final score of the match, as the Rebels finished 12-0 winners and a successful defense of the Charleroi Trophy.
|Dublin Rebels (Irl)||0||6||0||6||12|
|Charleroi Cougars (Bel)||0||0||0||0||0|
|REB||Sean Shanahan 16 yd Run||0-6|
|REB||Conor Ryan 15 yd Pass from Andrew Dennehy||0-12|
 American Football International (2013) EFAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EFAF_logo.gif [Accessed 30 August 2017]
 Irish American Football Association (2003) CHARLEROI TROPHY – DUBLIN REBELS FINISH FIRST & CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS 3rd [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20030806044017/http://www.irish-american-football.org/29jun03.htm [Accessed 8 October 2017]
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 Carrickfergus Knights Wayback Machine (2004) Hoggy-tackles-a-Cougar-into-the-dirt [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071010214338im_/http://www.carrickfergusknights.com/images/newsImages/Hoggy-tackles-a-Cougar-into-the-dirt.jpg [Accessed 4 March 2021]
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Thanks to Lenka Mulligan (Brodekova) and John Kane & John Cummins.
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