UK & Ireland Youth Kitted Football Exhibition 1998 Box Score

At Armthorpe RUFC, DoncasterQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Ballymena Wolfhounds0140822
Doncaster Wildcats06006
Reference [1]

1st Quarter 
No Scoring0-0
2nd Quarter 
BAL – Marty McConville 48yd Run (XP no good)6-0
DON – 17yd Run (XP no good)6-6
BAL – Enda Casey 66yd Run (2XP Paul Martin Pass from Paul Haddock)14-6
3rd Quarter 
No Scoring14-6
4th Quarter 
BAL – Safety Frank Casey tackled Running Back in endzone16-6
BAL – Paul Haddock 28yd Run22-6
MVP: Marty McConville (Ballymena Wolfhounds) 


The Ballymena Wolfhounds made a round-trip of 800 miles to Yorkshire to play their only match of the season as they had no opposition in Ireland at this level. [1]

The Wildcats were bigger and more numeerous than the Wolfhounds, but the Irish lads held their own in the first quarter, with the score remaining 0-0 until mid-way through the second quarter when second string fullback Marty McConville broke free on a 48 yard run to open the scoring. The Extra point kick failed. [1]

The scoring didn’t end there for the first half as the Doncaster lads hit back with a 17 yard passing TD, but with one minute still on the clock in the first half the Wolfhounds executed a reverese to perfection, with lead blocks from Paul Martin and Brian Elliott helping Enda Casey on his way to a 66 yard rushing touchdown. The Wolfhounds incresed the lead to 14-6 when the extra-pont attempt was caught by Paul Martin from QB Paul Haddock. A further touchdown for the Wolfhounds was called back due to a clipping penalty, so the score remained 14-6 at half-time. [1]

The entire second half was one of the most dominating displays by a Wolfhounds team in its ten year history as the held the Wildcats to negative yardage. [1]

There was no scoring in the third quarter as both teams had touchdowns called back for penalties. [1]

Despite their tiredness they still managed to put more points on the board. Lineman Frank Casey tackled the Doncaster running-back in the endzone for a safety making it 16-6, and then Paul Haddock scored on a 28 yard QB keeper to finish off the scoring. [1]

The game ended 22-6 to Ballymena and was a fair reflection of their dominance. Marty McConville was named MVP for his magnificent performance on both sides of the ball. Rookie Paul Murphy desreves a Special Mention for Rushing 78 yards in his debut. [1]




[1] Ballymena Wolfhounds Facebook Page (2018) Post May 11, 2018 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 13 November 2018]

[2] Britball Now (2018) Britball Teams | Doncaster Wildcats [Internet] Available from:


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association and Richard Conville

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 31 December 2018

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and INAWSA 2018

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

Leave a Reply