High flying Rocks still leading the way

WEEKEND RESULTS

  • NY Shamrocks 6 NY Supreme 1
  • NY Shamrocks Reserves 1 NY Supreme 0
  • NY Shamrocks Over 30s 2 Greek Americans 0
  • Astoria 1 NY Shamrocks Women 1

It has been a perfect October for the NY Shamrocks, their 6-1 win over NY Supreme at St Michael’s on Sunday keeping them well in control at the top of Division Two.

A fourth win overall this month – three in the league and one in the State Cup – keeps Glen Wrafter’s men firing on all cylinders.

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Mohamed Fofana scored twice while left back Chris Burns (pictured right) notched his first of the season in a game dominated by the Rocks from start to finish.

Fofana scored the opener, rounding the keeper skillfully to slot home in the 10th minute.

The Ivorien striker then paired up neatly with Burns whose great finish from the left arrived courtesy of an impressive one-two with Fofana.

Mike Stone made it 3-0 35 minutes in with a low drilled free kick that split the wall giving the keeper no chance.

It took a while for the fourth to arrive but it duly did with 15 minutes to go and another arrived just behind it.

Fofana finished sublimely at the back post after a Brendan Lane cross and then Joe Aronovsky got his name on the scoresheet with ten minutes to go, volleying home from close range on the end of a deep Mitch Jones cross from the left.

The visitors pulled a goal back late with a penalty and with time almost up, Michael McGreevy added a sixth for the Rocks, Aronovsky’s low cross finding the Belfast man in space.

Earlier in the curtain raiser, there was a vital and brilliant win for the reserves – Sean Hand’s excellent first half strike proving to be the difference between the sides as the Rocks beat their title rivals to stay top of the league.

Top scoring midfielder Hand notched his seventh of the season with a superb 35-yarder from the right flank.

Meanwhile, the Over 30s kept their 100% record in the league going with a hard fought 2-0 win over the Greek Americans.

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A first half free kick from Danny Parkin (pictured right) and a second half strike from Tayfun Gokmen gave their coach Paddy Mc Carry a nice birthday present!

Elsewhere, the women’s team earned a 1-1 draw against Astoria in Williamsburg, Shauna Cleary scoring the Rocks goal.

All three men’s teams face crucial ties once again in the league this coming weekend.

The Ukrainians will be a tough match up for the firsts and reserves at St Michael’s on Sunday (1pm/11am) while the Over 30s will have revenge on their minds when they take on Barnstonworth Premier.

Rocks host newcomers NY Supreme

It’s back to league action this weekend for the table topping Shamrocks.

Newcomers NY Supreme will be the visitors to St Michael’s Playground to take on the firsts and reserves (kick offs – 1pm/11am).

The NY Supreme first team have a record of two wins, two losses and a draw so far in the league while their reserves have enjoyed an impressive start to the season with four wins and just one defeat.

The Over 30s will host NY Greek Americans at Randalls Island Field 75 (8am) and the women’s team will be in Williamsburg to take on Astoria at 10am.

Big State Cup win for The Rocks

WEEKEND RESULTS

Flamhaft Cup
NY Shamrocks 5 Port Jefferson 0
D’Arpino Cup
East Hampton FC Reserves 1 NY Shamrocks Reserves 0
Marth Cup
Barnstonworth Premier 2 NY Shamrocks Over 30s 1
Women’s State Cup
Smoking Aces 5 Shamrocks Women 0

Although it took them a little time to get up and running, the NY Shamrocks blew Port Jefferson away at St Michael’s on Sunday, firing five goals past the Long Island side to advance to the second round.

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Shane Moore (pictured right) opened the scoring after 30 minutes for Glen Wrafter’s first team before Mike Stone made it 2-0 before half-time.

A Mohamed Fofana penalty brought his tally to seven for the season and after an own goal from the visitors, Santiago Rigby wrapped up the scoring with his sixth of the season.

There was less joy elsewhere – the reserves long trip to East Hampton FC yielding a frustrating 1-0 defeat to the relative newcomers to the Long Island Soccer League.

The league leading reserves embarked on the 200-míle round trip with confidence but in tough conditions, an early defensive error cost the Rocks dearly.

Stevie Doyle’s team rallied and battled well, their opponents going down to ten men in the second half but ultimately it was to no avail.

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Meanwhile in the Marth Cup, Barnstonworth Premier beat Paddy Mc Carry’s Over 30s 2-1 at Randall’s Island on Sunday night. Alex Berne (pictured right) was on the mark once again for his side.

The Shamrocks Women were overturned 5-0 by Smoking Aces at Lief Ericson in Brooklyn.

It will be back to league action next weekend with newcomers NY Supreme coming to St Michael’s Playground to take on the firsts and reserves (kick offs – 1pm/11am).

The NY Supreme first team have a record of two wins, two losses and a draw so far in the league while their reserves have enjoyed an impressive start to the season with four wins and just one defeat.

The Over 30s host NY Greek Americans at Randalls Island Field 75 (8am) and the women’s team will be in Williamsburg to take on Astoria at 10am.

State Cup beckons for all four Shamrocks teams

The league leading NY Shamrocks teams will take a break from CSL action this weekend as they face into three important State Cup ties.

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Club President Sean Mc Mullan pictured last Sunday with NY Shamrocks Women’s team members Teresa Brink and Farah Aslam.

Always a great experience, the Rocks will be looking to a decent run of cup games to further boost what has so far been a strong season across the board.

Following on from their excellent 6-1 victory away to Doxa, Glen Wrafter’s first team will host Port Jefferson reserves at 1pm on Sunday in St Michael’s Playground.

The Rocks reserves will be sending a big squad to the Hamptons to take on East Hampton FC, relative newcomers to the Long Island Soccer League.

It’ll be a 200-míle round trip for Stevie Doyle’s team but they face into this 2pm clash buoyed by three wins in a row in the league.

Later that evening, Barnstonworth Premier host Paddy Mc Carry’s Over 30s in the Marth Cup (Randall’s Island Field 75, 8pm).

At the same time, the Shamrocks Women’s team will be taking on Smoking Aces at Lief Ericson in Brooklyn.

FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Flamhaft Cup
NY Shamrocks v Port Jefferson, St Michael’s Playground, 1pm

D’Arpino Cup
East Hampton FC Reserves v NY Shamrocks Reserves, Ross School, 2pm

Marth Cup
Barnstonworth Premier v NY Shamrocks Over 30s, Randall’s Island Field 75, 8pm

NY Women’s State Cup
Smoking Aces v NY Shamrocks, Lief Ericson, Brooklyn, 8pm

Up the Rocks!

Pictures: Shamrocks Reserves at Doxa

Courtesy of photographer Dinos Avlonitis, some photos from the 3-1 win the reserves enjoyed at Doxa this past weekend.

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Leandro Fregossi scores the first of his two goals, a second half strike that sent the league leaders on their way to their fifth win of the season.

Goalkeeper Nick Meola saves easily.

Goalkeeper Nick Meola saves easily.

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From left, captain Ryan McKinley, Cathal Monaghan, Leandro Fregossi (19) and Anthony Carrabotta.

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Anthony Carrabotta (center) and Brian Wolohan keep a close eye on the ball.

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John Riordan clears a corner under pressure.