Celebratory mood at Shamrocks AGM

The New York Shamrocks Soccer Club AGM was held in the Courtyard Ale House in Sunnyside on Sunday.

With trophies on display and four players of the year being honored for their performances this season, the mood was celebratory but there was also a determination to expand on this season’s success.

P1100932Members of the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club pictured with the trophies won this season outside their sponsor pub in Sunnyside, the Courtyard Ale House. From left to right are Sean Mc Mullan (Club President), Paddy Mc Carry (Over 30s coach holding the Over 30s league trophy), Stevie Doyle (reserves coach holding the Saunders Cup), John Riordan (treasurer), Glen Wrafter (first team coach) and Pat Burke (owner Courtyard Ale House and NY Shamrocks Vice President). Picture by Keith Buckley.

Promotion to the first division of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League will be a major challenge for the club but one that must be embraced after a ten-year absence, pointed out club president Sean Mc Mullan who was unanimously re-elected for a third successive season.

Outgoing first team coach Glen Wrafter paid tribute to the hard work done all season beginning with a highly successful Sunnyside Gardens six-aside tournament back in August which was won by the Shamrocks Alumni.

Fundraising was a success thanks to the hard work of committee members and the energy of the Shamrocks membership and the club will be looking to build on that with its third annual golf outing in September.

Sponsorship was also increased thanks to the continued support of GTI Trucking, the Courtyard Ale House and Radeberger as well as the addtion of Crana Electric, New Wave and Andrew James Interiors. Special thanks was given to long time Shamrock Johner Guildea who personally contributed to expenses associated with referee payments.

The highlights of the year were of course the first team securing promotion to CSL Division I while the reserves were joint top of their division, missing out on head-to-head but garnering some measure of consolation via their Saunders Cup victory.

The Over 30s won the CSL Division I – Paddy McCarry’s second league title in three seasons.

“Paddy set the blueprint for the club in 2012 with the other teams drawing from his success,” said Wrafter. “To repeat that success three seasons later is a fantastic achievement.”

One of the amazing achievements of the year, however, was the addition of a women’s team whose Inaugural season was completed with good results coming towards the end of the season which should bode well for next season.

Players of the year awards were also handed out to Mo Fofana (first team), Nick Meola (reserves), Alex Berne (Over 30s) and Megan Hare (women’s team).

11141779_10153842950542119_4221423777809636158_nPictured from left to right, the NY Shamrocks Players of the Year, Megan Hare, Nick Meola, Alex Berne and Mo Fofana (Courtesy Keith Buckley).

The Shamrocks committee was unanimously re-elected with numbers bolstered by new additions.

President: Sean Mc Mullan. Vice-president: Pat Burke. Secretary: Andy Connolly. Treasurer: John Riordan. Committee members: Kevin McPartland; Sean Keogh; Johner Guildea; Brian Wolohan; Braden Ruddy; Neil Mannion; Collie Madden; Keith Buckley.

Cano and Monaghan seal Saunders Cup glory

The Shamrocks are Saunders Cup champions!!

A 2-0 win over Mola secured honors for Stevie Doyle’s men with Daniel Cano and Cathal Monaghan scoring second half goals to kill off a talented Mola outfit.

IMG_0658The victorious Shamrocks team with their Saunders Cup. Back row, left to right, Sean Mc Mullan (club president), Nick Meola, Colum Mc Comish, Emeka Ike, Daniel Cano, Anthony Carrabotta, Neil Mannion, Dan Meola, Mike Murphy, Stevie Doyle (coach), Eddie Gilmartin (assistant coach). Front row, left to right, Michael Kumaresan, Cathal Monaghan, Paul McDaid, Kevin Farrell, Ryan McKinley, Isaac Hidalgo, Eoin Lynagh, John Riordan. Picture courtesy of Keith Buckley

Mola were the better team in the first half and were unlucky to be scoreless at the break.

The fitness of the Rocks shone through in the second half however and a great team move from left to right after 60 mins set up Cano for a brilliant strike high to the roof of the net.

IMG_0657The Shamrocks goalscorers Daniel Cano (left) and Cathal Monaghan. Picture courtesy of Keith Buckley

Ten minutes later, Monaghan took possession on the left and sent an excellent right footed low drive to the near post, giving the keeper no chance.

Mola rallied but the Rocks were always in control until the full time whistle which sparked great celebrations.

Said coach Stevie Doyle: “I’m delighted with the win. Very proud of the lads.

“We didn’t play particularly well to be honest but the hard work done all season paid off in the second half and we deserved to finish off the season on a high note.”

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The Saunders Cup success wraps up a successful season for the Shamrocks soccer club.

The first team was promoted to the top division in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League – returning to the top flight after a ten-year absence.

The Over 30s were a dominant force on the way to the league title – the second such success in the space of three years for coach Paddy Mc Carry and his assistant Sean Mc Mullan.

The reserves barely missed out on a league title, finishing level on points with NYPD and only losing out on their head-to-head record against the police.

And this past year marked the inaugural season of the women’s team which will go from strength to strength in the Fall.

Our club’s Annual General Meeting will take place this coming Sunday at the Courtyard Ale House at 2pm. All members and new members welcome to attend. The meeting will be proceeded by the awards for our players of the year.

Reserves look to end season on the right note in Saunders Cup final

Stevie Doyle has backed his Shamrocks reserves to lift the Saunders Cup at Randall’s Island 70 on Sunday morning (kick off 10am).

Having finished the league equal on points with champions NYPD – the Rocks missed out on the title by head-to-head – coach Doyle is now looking to the showdown with Mola as an opportunity for a just reward after a long season.  

The victorious Shamrocks reserves pictured after last Sunday’s dramatic penalty shoot-out semi-final victory over the Ukrainians at McCarren Park.  

Promoted from the Metro 2 league this season, Mola will be no pushovers and the Italian team have enjoyed a successful year which included two wins over Metro Stars, the team the Rocks knocked out in the quarter-finals back in April.

Unfortunately, one of the top reserves players of the season, Braden Ruddy, will miss the big game due to his honeymoon but aside from him, Doyle will have a full squad to choose from with skipper Ryan McKinley returning after a concussion.

“We’re excited for the game on Sunday,” said Doyle on Friday. 

“The lads have worked their socks off since last September and it has to be described as very successful season with promotion to the first division and final of the Saunders cup and very unlucky not to have nabbed the league as well. 

“We had a tough encounter with the Ukrainians in the semi-final last Sunday which went to penalties although I thought we did enough to win in regular time. 

“Overall though, I’m very proud of the lads they have been amazing all year and we have come a long way in a short time. Hopefuly we can bring home a cup and end the season the right note.”

After last Sunday’s league win secured by the Over 30s in Randall’s Island, the Shamrocks reserves are hoping for plenty of support again tomorrow and we’re calling on all Rocks to come and watch the game or join us back at the Courtyard Ale House after the game.