Rocks draw Rovers in State Cup opener

Two Irish derbies beckon in the State Cup after the draws were made over the weekend.enyssa logo

The Irish Rovers will form the opposition for both our firsts and reserves in the Manning and D’Arpino Cups respectively.

Both games will take place on Sunday Oct 18 at St Michael’s (1pm and 11am respectively).

Meanwhile, the Over 30s face a daunting Marth Cup trip to the Long Island champions NY Polet (time and location to be confirmed).

Shamrocks 1960 have been drawn away to Metro 2 West side Homenetmen of NY in the Strumpf Cup while the Legends will play at Nieuw Amsterdam in the Marth Cup. Times and locations of both these games is also yet to be confirmed.

Rocks Legends make their mark

  • Legends clinch first win
  • Firsts held scoreless at Polonia
  • Reserves, Over 30s move top
  • Women win again

SHAMROCKS sunday schedule graphic (1)It was a historic day for the Shamrocks Legends who recorded their first win of the season at St Michaels on Sunday morning.

Two goals from Ger Shivnan and a great strike by Eddie Gilmartin earned a 3-2 result over in-form Eintracht.

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Eddie Gilmartin (left) and Ger Shivnan were on target for the Shamrocks Legends on Sunday. Picture: John Riordan

Those goals had the home side 3-1 ahead by the half and they battled to hold on throughout the second half.

It fell to newly signed goalkeeper Ruairi O’Neill to produce the late heroics when he saved a penalty with ten minutes to go to preserve the three points.

“Tremendous result by our lads,” said assistant manager Eoin Sweeney.

“We knew this win was coming because we’ve deserved more from our previous games. It’s great for the confidence and we’ll try to kick on from here now.”

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks first team was unluckily denied a third win in a row, held scoreless at Polonia on Sunday afternoon at Randall’s Island in what was a key Division 1 clash for Kevin Grogan’s men.

It was a hard fought point and even though Polonia were reduced to nine men in the dying minutes, the weakened Rocks couldn’t find a way snatch victory.

“Extremely frustrating game,” said coach Kevin Grogan. “We didn’t play football in the way we should be playing.

“We missed a few players through illness so we were forced to change our system.

“Ultimately though we got a point and at times we could have lost the game. A point is a point. Back to work this Tuesday in training.”

The reserves won by the slimmest of margins in the curtain raiser thanks to a first half Paul McDaid goal which arrived 20 mins into the game after he was set up by a Brendan Lane Darren Coleman one-two.


Paul McDaid, last season’s top scorer for the reserves, grabbed his first of this season in the 1-0 win over Polonia. Picture: Dennis Schneidler

Stevie Doyle’s under strength line-up held on throughout a hard fought second half and deservedly clinched all three points.

“We did not play at all,” said Doyle. “The players know we have to improve and we’ll try and bring a better performance to next weekend’s game against Westechester.”

The Over 30s enjoyed a 6-2 win over Nieuw Amsterdam on Sunday evening to move top of the league.

Paddy Geraghty scored his first goal since returning to the Rocks, opening the scoring after 20 minutes.

Top scorer Tayfun Gokmen scored a hat trick in the space of ten minutes before the break, bringing his season’s tally to six.

Second half goals from Tomas Maher and Andy Horan rounded off Paddy Mc Carry’s return to the sideline in emphatic fashion.

“Great to be back and a fantastic win,” said Mc Carry. “We played some good football and we’ll just have to keep pressing on now.”

Shamrocks 1960 were held to a 2-2 draw at home by AO Brooklyn. Ciaran Moloney scored twice in the first half but Brooklyn battled back in after the break to take a point away from the game.

“We did well in the first half but we fell asleep after half-time and that’s a pity,” said Andy Connolly. “We’re still top of the league so we’ll just pick it up again at training this week and go from there.”

Earlier on Sunday at Randalls Island, there was a 2-1 win for the women’s team over Astoria, their third win in a row.

First half goals from Sinead Hennessy and Anastasia Hagan decided the game early but Astoria rallied late to narrow the margin after a terrible injury was suffered by club legend Teresa Brink.

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The Shamrocks women’s team that overcame Astoria on Sunday. Picture: John Riordan

“A great result considering we had some injuries and played on a very small field which didn’t suit us,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.

“We wish Teresa a speedy recovery and hope to have her back at practice soon because it’s her favorite thing in the world.”

Everyone at the Shamrocks echo those sentiments. Get well soon Teresa!

Rocks ready for crucial test at Polonia

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In spite of a positive start to life in Division 1 of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, Sunday will present the Shamrocks with arguably their most important test when they face fellow promoted side Polonia (Randalls Island 75 – 4pm).

The Greenpoint-based side edged the Rocks in last season’s race for the Division 2 title and for coach Kevin Grogan, Sunday’s first away game of the new season was always going to be a vital, season-defining six-pointer.

Grogan will be boosted by the fact that Joe Connolly is available for selection after the forward recovered from Sunday’s nasty clash of heads. Aside from Lee Toland, all of the Shamrocks are available for what their gaffer sees as a must-win game.

“It’s the biggest game of the season by a mile,” Grogan told

“It’s a six-pointer because they were promoted along with us. Sunday is all about work ethic, discipline, concentration levels and making sure we don’t get complacent after a few decent results.

“I sound like a broken record but it’s always about the next game. Win lose or tie, how are we going to preform in the next game? Complacency is a disease so we can’t let that happen and spread. It will be the hardest game of the season so far make no mistake about that.”

Polonia have been unlucky not to win a game yet, losing their first two by the slimmest of margins away to United FC and at home to NY Athletic Club before earning their first point of the season last Sunday at Manhattan Celtic In a scoreless draw.

The Polonia Reserves have a similar record to their counterparts on the first team, coming into Sunday’s clash against Stevie Doyle’s men with a draw and two losses.

Two high-scoring wins for the Rocks in which they have racked up 11 goals in two games have placed them firmly in the category of “team to watch”, something Doyle is very conscious of.

“We had a couple of good battles with them last season and we expect nothing less than that on Sunday,” he admitted.

“We have to make sure we’re focusing on our performance because we know fully well this league will always have a surprise waiting around the corner. We will prepare the same way and try to get ourselves off to a better start than we did against United.”

St Michael’s will host games for Shamrocks 1960 and Shamrocks Legends on Sunday, both teams keenly pursuing vital victories.

Shamrocks 1960 have three wins from three but AO Brooklyn are nipping at their heels and the 1pm game is already shaping up to be a six-pointer for the newly formed Metro 2 side.

“We had a good September but we need to push on,” said 1960 coach Andy Connolly. “Teams are going to be improving as they get used to each other. We’re getting used to each other as well so hopefully we can put in a good performance at home and keep the streak going.”

The Legends face a very tough test against league leaders SC Eintracht Over-30 at 11am. Eintracht have already scored 20 goals in their three wins so far and will be going into this one full of confidence.

“We’re not far away from our first win,” said Legends coach Emmett Harvey. “We showed last weekend that things are starting to click. We played Eintracht in a pre-season friendly and they were very strong. So we’ll be ready for a tough game Sunday morning.”

Paddy Mc Carry returns from paternity leave to guide his undefeated Over 30s league champions into their clash with unknown quantity Nieuw Amsterdam (Randalls Island 83 – 5pm).

It’s tight at the top of the league after three games with Shamrocks, Central Park Rangers Old Boys and Manhattan Celtic Legends all on a 2-1 record so Mc Carry will be keen not to slip up against Nieuw Amsterdam who have played two games, losing to Celtic and drawing with NY Greek Americans.

“We don’t know much about Amsterdam,” said coach Mc Carry. “They drew with Greeks so they must be a decent side. I am missing couple of starters but as always I am going into the game looking for three points and so will my players.”

The first game of the day on Sunday will see the Shamrocks Women take on Astoria at Randall’s Island 80 at 9am as the Rocks seek out a third win on the bounce with their team strengthening as the season enters October.

“We are getting stronger every week,” said Tricia Reed, co-player-manager of the team. “We signed two new quality players in Christina and Teresa as well as getting Danika back from injury so we’ll be looking to make it t

Youth Soccer Injury Prevention

Friend of The Rocks Aisling Toolan will be giving a talk next Monday night (Oct 5) on Youth Soccer Injury Prevention.

Aisling is a former Irish international and a PT at New York City FC.

Attendance is free of charge – for more info contact Aisling at

Monday Oct 5 7-8pm
Hospital for Special Surgery
2nd Floor Richard L Menschel Education Center
535 East 70th St, New York City

Youth Soccer Injury Prevention

Five wins from six for rampant Rocks

  • Shamrocks dominant as both United FC teams humbled
  • Over 30s cruise past Westchester Dinamo
  • Geraghty’s half-time speech inspires Rocks Women to second win in a row
  • 1960 go clear at the top after perfect September
  • Minute silence marks passing of Seamus McPartland

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Chris Uy scored an impressive brace before half-time to lift Kevin Grogan’s Shamrocks to a 4-0 win over United FC at St Michaels on Sunday.

His first was a half volley from just beyond the penalty spot and his second was the result of a nice Joey Zorbo assist which allowed Uy to dink the ball past the United keeper.

The Rocks controlled the second half and Zorbo beat the offside trap to slot home and make it 3-0 before Santiago Rigby scored brilliantly after an excellent one-two move with Joe Connolly.

“I’m happier with our performance today,” said Grogan. “We worked on a few things at training and I feel that showed out there today.

“We have two wins from two now but I really believe next week’s game at Polonia is a true six-pointer that we have to focus on.”

Both teams observed a minute silence prior to the game in memory of Seamus McPartland, father of past president and club stalwart Kevin.


Unfortunately, Joe Connolly was taken to hospital with a bad head wound but he was treated and released Sunday evening.

Earlier the reserves were outstanding in their 6-0 victory with goals from Darren Coleman (2), Leo Nizzi (2), Colum McComish and a screamer from Isaac Hidalgo which opened the scoring.

“I was delighted with the clean sheet,” said reserves coach Stevie Doyle. “We didn’t start the game well but we came into it and took our chances when they arrived in the second half. It was also good to see that a few lads came in to stake their claim for a starting spot.”

Rocks 1960 made it three wins from three in Metro 2, coming from 1-0 down and 2-1 down to get all three points against Afghanistan and make it a perfect September for their inaugural campaign.

A Dave Harvey penalty brought the Rocks back to 1-1 while Neil Mannion made it 2-2 with a tap-in after a Harvey free. The winner was an own goal thanks to pressure from Ciarán Moloney.

“We battled well today,” said 1960 coach Connolly. “It wasn’t easy and they made us really work for it but results like this will really stand to us in the spring. When we got the ball down and played our style, we were well on top but it still needed a bit of grit to edge them out.

“AO Brooklyn are just behind us in the table so that will be an early six-pointer to focus on next Sunday.”

The Over 30s were 4-0 up against Westchester Dinamo at Randall’s Island on Sunday morning when their opponents threw in the towel at half-time. Sean Riley scored twice while Tayfun Gokmen and Matteo Stiglich were the other goal scorers.

“That’s seven points out of a possible nine against title rivals so we are delighted with how we’ve begun the season,” said Paddy Mc Carry. “We’ll go into October with confidence now but we’ll take each game as it comes beginning Sunday with Nieuw Amsterdam.”

The Legends were also at Randall’s Island on Sunday morning, drawing 4-4 against Banatul to notch their first league point of the season.

Randall Friedman opened the scoring with a header, Ger Shivnan added a pair of goals – his first for the club – and Eddie Gilmartin scored from the penalty spot.

“We deserved a win but we’ll take the draw,” said coach Emmett Harvey. “It’s a confidence booster and I think we proved to ourselves that we’re starting to get a bit of shape. We’ll push on to next week and build on this one.”

Elsewhere, a half-time speech for the ages from coach Paddy Geraghty roused the Rocks Women to come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Phoenix at East 6th St.

In doing so, they were winning their second game in a row for the first time as they moved to 2-1 in the Metro Women’s League. Top scorer Sinead Hennessy was on fire again adding two goals to her season’s tally of along with a Jackie Pounder effort overturning a 2-0 deficit to earn the Rocks Women a 3-2 win, their second of the season.

“We were down at halftime 2-0 so we needed to be more focused,” said co-player-manager Tricia Reed. “Paddy delivered a memorable speech and that got us were fired up. Everyone worked hard in the second half and we scored three goals in the last 25 minutes so we have to be very pleased with how it ended up.”

Grogan’s Rocks face tough United test

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After an early break from their Division 1 schedule, the newly promoted Shamrocks are back in action on Sunday afternoon with a tough home game against United FC (St Michael’s – 1pm).

Kevin Grogan will have new signing Laurie Child available for selection after he missed the opening day 1-0 victory over the Greeks but captain Sean Steed (injury) and vice-captain Lee Toland (away) must both wait a little longer before they make their season starts.

United FC were turned over badly last Sunday by 2014-15 runners-up Pancyprians, their ten men falling 9-1 in a result which was watched by Grogan. They did however take a 1-0 victory away from their opening day game at home to Division 2 champions Polonia.

“It’s the biggest game of the season for us because its the next game,” said the Rocks boss.

“United FC are a very good football team and are hurting from their defeat last week so they will be doing everything in there power to rectify that.”

The curtain-raiser will see Stevie Doyle’s reserves look to build on their impressive 5-3 week one victory (St Michael’s – 11am).

United reserves are coming into this one on the back of a pair of 2-2 draws against Polonia and Pancyprians.

“We’re looking forward to the game this week after having a small break,” said Doyle..”It’s going to be a very difficult game against United FC but we’ll look to play our way and try to replicate the good football we produced two weeks ago.”

With a perfect record going into week three of Metro 2, Shamrocks 1960 will face unknown quantity NYC Afghanistan later on Sunday (Randalls Island 74 – 2pm).

Afghanistan have lost both their opening games, losing 4-1 at Eintracht and 2-1 at Gotham City.

Andy Connolly’s men emerged from another tough tussle with the narrowest of victories last Sunday, downing Eintracht 1-0, and Connolly said he is keen to keep the winning streak going.

“We had a good session on Tuesday night and we have a few players coming back after missing the game against Eintracht,” said Connolly.

“The lads are getting used to each other but we’re not looking past Afghanistan and we really have to focus on getting a result against them.”

In the earliest kick-off of the day, Paddy Mc Carry’s Over 30s champions will host Everton FC Westchester Dinamo at Randalls Island 75 with an 8am kick-off.

Dinamo have merged with Westchester having succumbed to the Rocks in last season’s league final and drew their one and only game of the new season against Manhattan Kickers Over 30s.

“I expect a very very tough game against these boys,” said Mc Carry. “We beat them on penalties in the final in June so I expect rhere will be nothing in it again. We will have to be at our best to get a result – they are an excellent team.”

The Shamrocks Legends will follow up the Over 30s game on adjacent Field 74 where they will take on Banatul at 10am.

Coach Emmett Harvey is hoping to bounce back after two bruising defeats.

“We are building a really good squad at the moment,” said Harvey. “We are getting stronger every week and have signed some good players within the last few weeks. We played very well last week and we look forward to this Sunday’s game hopefully getting some points on the board.”

Meanwhile in the Metro Women’s League, the Shamrocks have an 11am kick-off against Phoenix (East 6th St).

“We are looking to build on last week’s win,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “We are missing a few players but hopefully we can keep another clean sheet and take our chances when they come.”