Hundreds support Cowboys fun day at Chambers Park

Mark Beattie working hard for Craigavon Cowboys. Pic by Ariane Photography.
Mark Beattie working hard for Craigavon Cowboys. Pic by Ariane Photography.

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.