Huge result at home for the Rocks reserves this past weekend, clinching a vital 2-1 win over league leaders Polonia at Roosevelt Island on Saturday night.
In-form striker Dave Harvey was once again on the scoresheet with a quality first half strike from distance. The Rocks edged further ahead midway through the second half when a Glen Wrafter corner found midfielder Michael McGreevy at the back post. Polonia pulled one back in injury time but Stevie Doyle’s men held on for an invaluable three points.
Ruairi Lavery and Neil Mannion were rock solid at the back while captain Keith Cagney put in another inspirational performance in midfield. Harry Silke was impressive in his debut up front.
“That was a great result for us and we deserved it, the way we played,” said Doyle. “We’ll look forward to the next round of the cup now with confidence and we’ll try and get one more league win before the break.”
Meanwhile, the first team remain unbeaten at the top of Division 2 after a battling 1-1 draw against Polonia.
Rocks took the lead after 20 mins when Sean Steed pounced on a loose ball in the box reacting quickest to fire home from short range after Chris Burns supplied a cross from the left.
Polonia equalised five minutes before half-time with a fine move, cutting open the Rock’s defense and supplying a fine finish.
“We’re disappointed to have dropped points at home,” said coach Glen Wrafter after the game. “But very happy to keep the unbeaten streak going.”
On Sunday night, the Over 30s were beaten 5-1 by Clarkstown SC Eagles at Tibbett’s Brook Park. Rocks Over 30s dominated much of the first half and peppered the Clarkstown goal but a man of the match performance from the Clarkstown goalkeeper left the score 2-0 at half time.
Rocks pressed again in the second half and had more gilt-edged chances but again Clarkstown’s keeper kept the Rocks at bay. Clarkstown added a third before the Rocks finally got on the scoresheet when Scott McCullogh struck a bullet from the edge of the box into the top corner.
As Rocks went in search for a second Clarkstown added a fourth and a fifth late on. The scoreline definitely flattered the home side who had their keeper to thank for the victory.
“The finest goal-keeping performance I’ve ever seen in the over 30s league,” remarked Paddy McCarry.
The firsts and reserves team have the weekend off while the Over 30s play Barnstonworth Old Boys at 8am on Sunday at Randall’s Island Field 75 at 8am.
The Shamrocks firsts and reserves advanced to the third round of the State Cup on Sunday courtesy of two away victories that keep their season alive on all fronts.
Glen Wrafter’s men beat Czechoslovakia 4-1 at Tibbett’s Brook Park with strikes from Andy Horan, Joey Aronovsky, top scorer Brendan Lane and Mike Stone.
Horan opened the scoring with a breakaway goal, cleverly staying onside and slotting home neatly.
“That was the only time Andy managed to stay onside for the rest of the game,” joked Wrafter afterwards.
Aronovsky added the second after 30 mins cleverly knocking the ball around the keeper with a fine pice of skill.
Czechoslovakia pulled one back when Timmy Fetherston was harshly adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the penalty area and James ‘Scouse’ Wright was unlucky not to keep the resultant spot kick out.
Lane kept his incredible scoring streak going after an intricate passing move which culminated in some fine work down the left by Evan Madden-Peister and Stone to allow Lane to slot home from close range.
Stone, a midfielder by trade, finished the scoring, topping off a fine performance as the lone striker for the day with the Rocks forced to play without any of their four strikers.
Meanwhile in East Norwich, the Shamrocks Reserves battled through a thrilling cup tie against Fenerbahce Reserves, eventually overcoming their hosts on penalties after a 4-4 draw in normal time.
With both goalkeepers unavailable to Stevie Doyle, Ryan McKinley stepped up to the plate in a big way, rattling off some crucial saves in normal time and then saving three of the first four Fenerbahce spot kicks to give the Rocks an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Hat trick hero Dave Harvey also scored the first penalty having netted a free kick, a penalty and fine close range finish in normal time to overturn a 2-0 half-time deficit.
Michael McGreevy retook the lead for the Rocks after the home side had levelled it at 3-3 and after they brought it back to 4-4, outstanding captain Keith Cagney almost had a chance to score a memorable winner at the death.
It went to spot kicks then and after Harvey and McGreevy’s confident finishes, Ger Grehan slotted well for the third, putting the Rocks in position to record a memorable State Cup victory.
Earlier Sunday in Over 30s Division 1, Paddy Mc Carry’s side were extremely unlucky to draw 1-1 with NY Greek Americans at Randall’s Island. Striker Tayfun Gokmon was once again on the scoresheet for the Rocks.
Next week the firsts and reserves play Polonia NY on Roosevelt Isalnd (Saturday 8pm/6pm) while the Over 30s travel to play Clarkstown SC Eagles Tibbett’s Brook Park Field # 2 (Sunday 6pm).
The first team will play Czechoslovakia at Tibbetts Brook Park 3 on Sunday at 2pm.
The reserves will travel to East Norwich for a 2pm kick-off against Fenerbahce, also on Sunday.
Best of luck to both teams.
A hard fought 2-0 win at NYPD on Sunday morning kept Shamrocks dominant on top of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 2, their fourth league win in a row and their fifth in all competitions since the end of September.
Glen Wrafter’s men are undefeated this season having only dropped points in a September draw at second placed CD Iberia – 6-1 winners over Doxa this past weekend.
Top scorer Brendan Lane was once again on target while man of the match midfielder Paul McDaid scored the opener.
However, it was scoreless at half-time despite the Rocks dominating the first half and striking the crossbar twice against a stubborn NYPD defense.
After the break, NYPD came back into the game until McDaid headed home from short range after Joey Aronovsky got on the end of an Andreas Kalpaxis cross.
Rocks dominated from that point on and Lane added a second after some fine build-up play by Sean Riley and Aronovsky down the left.
Wrafter was also boosted by the return to action of center back Timmy Fetherston who made a magnificent game-saving tackle on 55 mins to deny NYPD what would have been a certain goal.
Meanwhile, the reserves lost 3-0 to NYPD in the early opener. After dominating much of the first half, Reserves were unlucky not to have been ahead at half-time. NYPD struck twice in quick succession before the break and despite a gutsy display, the visitors were unfortunate not to get a second-half goal while NYPD scored their third from a free kick after 60 minutes.
The Over 30s avoided a late scare against Central Park Rangers Greys at Randall’s Island on Sunday morning.
Paddy Mc Carry’s men were 3-0 and coasting until the last five minutes courtesy of goals from Alex Berne and a brace from Tayfun Gokmen.
However, CPR notched two late goals but it was too little too late as Rocks held on for the three points, moving them up to third in Division 1 Flight A.
Nothing better than a nine-point weekend.
The free-scoring Shamrocks netted 17 goals between them at Randall’s Island this weekend only conceding two on the way to securing three victories that will spur the club on going into November.
Brendan Lane was the star for the first team on Saturday night as he scored a hat trick in the league leading Rocks’ 7-1 demolition of Flank United.
His opening free kick was masterful, his deft second half header was a perfect flick backwards over the keeper and his long range curling left footed shot from outside the box was a stunning way to wrap up a night he spent tormenting the opposition from the right flank.
Reserves new boy Michael McGreevey marked his debut for Glen Wrafter’s men with the second goal of the night while Joey Aronovsky added the third from close range.
Even the gaffer got on the scoresheet, Wrafter finishing neatly after a marauding run down the left wing while captain on the night, Sean Steed, completed the scoring with a fine shot from distance.
James ‘Scouse’ Wright was in fine form again and was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet while center backs Rob Gaynor and Larry Slaughter were rock solid throughout.
Meanwhile, the Shamrocks reserves won their game 4-0 at Randall’s Island in the opening salvo.
Dave Harvey scored an incredible brace – one a perfectly placed free kick – while Braden Ruddy and a debut goal from Meath striker Gerard Grehan sealed the result.
The Over 30s continued their resurgence with a 6-0 win over Barnstonworth Rovers on Sunday morning, also at Randall’s Island.
Six different players got on the scoresheet: Adrian Morrissey, Scott McCullough, Jon Fortney, Caio Kac, Burim ‘Benny’ Ljuta and Eugene ‘Bingo’ O’Driscoll.
Special mention to John Riordan who featured in all three games.