Craigavon Cowboys’ on-field outcome failed to match the success of the off-field entertainment during Sunday’s opening Irish American Football League fixture at Chambers Park.
The gridiron club grabbed the opportunity of a visit by Carrickfergus Knights to stage a family fun day.
It proved a great success in helping raise awareness of the proactive outfit.
However, the start of the competitive action failed to maintain the feelgood factor as Knights raced clear by 13-0 off the opening drive.
Peter Loughran managed a touchdown following strong Cowboys offensive line blocking as the sides entered half-time with a 13-6 tally.
Knights posted a touchdown early in the second half but, once again, Cowboys regrouped to respond with Carlos Delgado capping a 62-year run by crossing into the end zone.
Running back Delgado broke a tackle out wide then displayed impressive pace to register the touchdown.
Home protests were dismissed over the next Knights touchdown before the end of play signalled a 33-12 defeat.
“It was a disappointing day for us on the field, with some harsh lessons,” said a Cowboys spokesman. “We have a chance to rectify the situation on April 12 at Dublin Rebels.
“The off-the-field fun was a resounding success, with over 400 visitors.”
Legion’s MSM Cup campaign suffered semi-final defeat to Green Baize B in the latest County Armagh Snooker League programme.
Scores from the last-four clash were: G.McMullan 46 S.Nesbitt 54, T.McConnell 47 I.Beatty 59, S.Wells 76 K.Johnston 57, C.Gillespie 54 I.Megaw 31, R.Armstrong 43 E.Brennan 32.
The other semi-final featured a 3-1 win for Green Baize A - Green Baize A 3 Green Baize Outlaws 1: D.Emerson 59 J.Nicholl 35, S.Black 68 D.Spollen 60, A.Agnew 60 D.Hawthorne 73, A.Cherry 76 J.Fluke 22.
Portadown’s Royal British Legion played host to the last-four and final of the Mechanics’ Institute Doubles - with the Porter brothers, Robert and Steven, coming out on top overall.
The Porters bounced back from an early deficit against Robert Armstrong and Paul McCormack to win the semi-final, with Andrew Agnew and Alan Cherry also battling to victory against David Emerson and Lee Emerson.
The Porters moved into a 30-point lead against Agnew and Cherry during the main event, with a pot on the blue securing success overall by 56-31 for the siblings.
Steven Porter’s 15 break was a second-frame highlight alongside pots on the brown and blue towards the 71-33 triumph.