Semi-final showdown for The Rocks

It’s play-offs time for the Shamrocks!

The Shamrocks Over 30s will be in action Sunday morning in their Division 1 semi-final.

Central Park Rangers Old Boys will be the opponents at Randall’s Island 75 – kick-off 8am.

over 30s

The Rocks will be trying to set up a first final in three years for the club after Paddy Mc Carry and Sean Mc Mullan masterminded the Over 30s title victory in 2012.

The Over 30s have only been beaten once all season in the league and have rolled through the spring undefeated on their way to easily securing the East.

Mc Carry has a full squad to choose from on Sunday after last weekend’s 5-1 win over CPR Grays and will be looking to his big scoring strike partnership of Tayfun Gokmen and Sean Riley to secure passage to the May 31 decider.

“We’re taking it one game at a time and not thinking beyond Sunday morning,” said Mc Carry.

“I’m very proud of the lads. We’ve had 14 wins and we’ve worked hard for each and every one of them. But it will count for nothing unless we can push on to the final so we’re very much focused on Sunday.”

Pablo Graham and Eugene “Bingo” O’Drsicoll are both carrying knocks but should start at the back on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a hard hitting game of football just like the league game but our defense has been excellent all year,” added Mc Carry “If our front men are on their game we just proceed to final but it won’t be an easy game.”

Rocks promoted to Division 1

CSL Division 2
NY Shamrocks 3 NYPD 2
CSL Division 2 – Reserves
NY Shamrocks 2 NYPD 3
CSL Over 30s – Division 1 East
NY Shamrocks 1 CPR Legends 0

The New York Shamrocks have been promoted back to the top division in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League after a 3-2 win against NYPD in Queens on Sunday.

Glen Wrafter has guided the Rocks back to the big time and it was no coincidence that the club’s top scorer Mohamed Fofana opened the account at St Michaels after just 10 minutes.

Michael McGreevy added a second on thirty minutes but NYPD clawed one back right on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-1 in the hosts’ favor.

English striker James Hudson made it 3-1 to the Rocks but NYPD kept battling and pulled one back through a free kick which was struck low and hard from thirty yards out.

When the Ukrainians slipped up and 3-3 against Supreme, the Rocks were promoted as at least the second placed team in Division 2. They move level on points with top side Polonia who have two games remaining. The Rocks will round out their season this Sunday against the Ukrainians at McCarren Park at 2pm.

In the curtain raiser at St Michael’s at the weekend, the reserves lost in cruel fashion against NYPD, their 3-2 defeat meaning they now need a miracle to win the title.

Once again Stevie Doyle’s men took the lead in a pulsating tie – this time Jimmy Wong was on target with a well placed opener that gave the Rocks a deserved lead after 20 minutes.

It did not take NYPD long to level matters after an excellent through ball split the Rocks defense open and was latched onto by NYPD’s striker. His shot cannoned of the onrushing Rocks keeper and was slotted home from long range by a supporting forward.

1-1 at half-time, NYPD dominated possession in the second half for the most part with Rocks looking dangerous on the break.

After  sixty minutes, NYPD’s pressure bore fruit when some neat play down their right wing resulted in a cut back which was finished from close range.

Rocks rallied and got the equalizer 15 minutes later when substitute Eoin Lynagh delivered a delightful cross which Jimmy Wong headed home from close range.

NYPD Reserves got the winner two minutes later. They broke down their left and swung a hopeful ball into the box, which the Rocks defense failed to deal with. 

The ball was knocked back across the box, ricocheted off the Rocks goalkeeper, came off the crossbar and into the path of an NYPD player who had the easy task of tapping home from a yard out.

A desperately disappointing result for Steve Doyle’s men who fought hard throughout and most now hope NYPD can drop points in each of their next two games to keep the fading title dream alive.

Meanwhile, the Over 30s won 1-0 against Central Park Rangers Old Boys in a dress rehearsal for the semis. Danny Parkin was once again on the mark – a 25-yard rocket but is there any other sort of goal he scores?

Reserves face NYPD in league decider 

A late game Thursday night in Randall’s Island ended in a 1-1 draw for the first team in what was a make-up league tie against CD Iberia. 

While it means Glen Wrafter’s men will lose further ground in the chase for a league title, Sunday’s home game against NYPD offers the Rocks a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways in CSL Division 2 as the hunt for promotion continues. 

Michael McGreevy gave the Rocks a deserved first half lead Thursday night but against the run of play Iberia drew level in the second half. 

The game was well contested and entertaining after that and both sides had chances to clinch all three points. 

Sunday now represents the biggest day of the year for the club. 

Quite simply, the Reserves must beat NYPD in order to get one hand on the league trophy. 

The two teams played out a 2-2 draw back in November but with Dave Harvey back in the line-up, the Rocks are confident of getting the much needed victory. 

The reserves game kicks off at 1pm at St Michael’s while the first team game starts at 3pm. 

The Over 30s will be in action at 8am on Sunday morning at Randall’s Island 74 when they will meet their semi-final opponents CPR Old Boys in what will be nothing more than a dress rehearsal for the big game on May 17. 

The women’s team will be in action too – an 11am game at East River Park against Manhattan Kickers on Sunday. 

Over 30s clinch division

CSL Division 2
Polonia NY 3 NY Shamrocks 2
CSL Division 2 Reserves
Polonia NY 2 NY Shamrocks 1
CSL Over 30s Division 1
NY Shamrocks 2 NY Dinamo 0
Metro Women’s League
NY Shamrocks 0 Astoria 3

The Shamrocks Over 30s have clinched the East Division and top seed in the upcoming play-offs after Sunday’s facile 2-0 win over NY Dinamo at Randall’s Island.

Another stunning strike from Danny Parkin was the highlight of the game while top scorer Sean Riley was on the mark yet again, netting his 10th league goal of the season.

“We’re delighted with the achievement,” said coach Paddy Mc Carry. “But we have to push on now and be ready for the battle ahead.”

The firsts and reserves didn’t manage to enjoy their Sunday morning quite as much, both teams losing crucial league ties at Polonia in McCarren Park.

The first team lost 3-2 to league leaders Polonia and are now four points adrift with a game in hand.

Polonia got ahead after 10 minutes following some awful defending by the Rocks. Polonia were 2 – 0 up after 20 mins as Polonia’s left winger kept the ball in neatly at the dead ball line and skipped by two Rocks defenders and finished neatly from six yards out.

Rocks got one back before half-time. Nikle Guzijan with a bullet of a header from a Rocks corner.

In the second half, Mohamed Fofana bagged his seventeenth goal of the season. On sixty minutes, some neat play down the left wing by Michael McCreevy allowed him to feed Sean Doran who swung a cross in which was finished neatly by Mo from close range.

All square with half an hour to play, and pole position to play for. With two minutes left on the clock, Polonia NY got a free kick. They swung it into the box and got a lucky flick on, which was finished from close range.

“Heartbreaking,” said Wrafter afterwards, “but we have three important games to go starting with Iberia on Thursday night. We can still have a say in the destination of this league and we’ll press on.”

The Rocks stay second, however, after the Ukrainians were surprisingly beaten 3-0 by Doxa.

Stevie Doyle’s reserves may have ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 result but still fully control their own destiny.

The Rocks outplayed Polonia in the first half of this one and took the lead not long into the second half after Paul McDaid steamed through from midfield to finish a low shot to the back of the net.

But Polonia never gave up and made the most of their only two opportunities – scoring a free kick from the edge of the box before an impressive goal sealed the win.

Next week’s home game against NYPD is now a season defining game with the winners surely in the driving seat for the league.

Kick off at St Michaels will be 1pm followed by a 3pm kick off for the first team.

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks women – missing several starters – battled well in a 3-0 defeat to Astoria.

Vital games this weekend for the Rocks

CSL Division 2
Polonia v NY Shamrocks, McCarren Park, Sunday 10am
CSL Division 2 – Reserves
Polonia v NY Shamrocks, McCarren Park, Sunday 8am
CSL Over 30s Division 1
NY Shamrocks v NY Dinamo, Randall’s Island Field 75, Sunday 8am
Metro Women’s League
NY Shamrocks v Astoria, New Utrecht Park, Sunday 3pm

Without doubt, the biggest weekend of the season lies in store for the Shamrocks.

A top of the table clash in Brooklyn will see Glen Wrafter and his team look to once again overtake Polonia.

Polonia’s victory against the Ukrainians last Sunday paired with the postponement of the Iberia v Shamrocks game meant that the Rocks were leapfrogged by the Brooklyn outfit who have played a game extra and lead by one point.

The first team will play a make-up game against Iberia on Thursday April 30 at Randall’s Island (kick off 9pm).

It’s an early start at McCarren Park and sure to be a tough battle.

Equally so for the reserves who face a must-win game after dropping to a 3-2 loss last Saturday evening.

Their opponents are also coming off a win against the Ukrainians and also must keep winning in rder to have a say in the destination of the title with just three games remaining.

At the same time as the reserves game, the Over 30s will be in Randall’s Island to take on second placed Dinamo, needing just a draw to secure top spot in the division.

Meanwhile, the women’s team will play Astoria on Sunday at 3pm in Brooklyn and will look to build on their impressive 2-2 draw last Sunday.

Please note – the women’s team are always looking for new players so please reach out to the club if you know of anyone interested in playing.

And finally, congratulations to two of our club members and players getting married earlier this week. Enjoy the honeymoon Emeka Ike and Farah Aslam!

Up the Rocks! 

Over 30s win, setback for Reserves

CSL Division 2
CD Iberia v NY Shamrocks (postponed)
CSL Division 2 Reserves
CD Iberia 3 NY Shamrocks 2
CSL Over 30s Div 1 East 
NY Shamrocks 2 Barnstonworth Old Boys 1
Metro Women’s League 
NY Shamrocks 2 NYC United B 2

The Over 30s moved one step closer to securing top spot in the division with Sunday’s battling 2-1 win over Barnstonworth Old Boys at Randall’s Island. 

Top scorer Sean Riley scored 20 minutes into the first half before a second half own goal sealed the victory prior to the concession of a late Barnstonworth penalty. 

Second placed Dinamo’s draw late Sunday night leaves the Rocks needing just a draw to seal first and a top seed in the play-offs. Dinamo will be the opponents next  Sunday.  

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks Reserves title hopes received a setback after a 3-2 loss at Iberia on Saturday night. 

Stevie Doyle’s charges were 2-0 up at half time through goals from Cathal Monaghan and Paul McDaid but a spirited Iberia fightback was the undoing of the Rocks. 

A league tie being played out at the same time saw NYPD Reserves gain ground on the Shamrocks after a 3-2 win at Japan, narrowing the gap to three points.  

Meanwhile the reserves’ next opponents Polonia were 2-1 winners at the Ukrainians making this Sunday’s game at McCarren Park all the more vital ahead of the May 3 showdown at home to NYPD. 

The first team did not play due to floodlight failure and drop out of top spot after Polonia won 3-1 making their 10am clash on Sunday morning at McCarren Park the game of the week in Division 2. 

Meanwhile, Shamrocks Women drew 2-2 in East River Park, unlucky not to secure the victory. 

Reserves through to Saunders Cup semi-finals

CSL League Cup Quarter Final

NY Shamrocks 0 CPR Whites 0

CPR Whites win 5-4 on penalties after sudden death. 

Saunders Cup Quarter Final

Shamrocks Reserves 3 Metrostars 1

The Shamrocks Reserves scored three second half goals at St Michaels on Sunday afternoon in a come-from-behind victory that earned Stevie Doyle’s men a Saunders Cup semi-final place. 

A vastly improved second half performance proved crucial to the 3-1 victory over Metrostars in the quarter-final of the Saunders Cup at St Michael’s on Sunday afternoon.  

Having struggled in the first half to gain a foothold, the Rocks went 1-0 down with about 35 minutes on the clock. 

But the home team started the second half with purpose and eventually scored two quick goals, a cheeky Paul McDaid back heel and a long range beauty from Braden Ruddy. 

John Riordan was fortunate to see the penalty he conceded go high over the bar and then Colum McComish made sure of the win with a low drive to the bottom corner. 

Meanwhile in the second game of the day at St Michael’s, a valiant effort by the first team was not enough to prevent them exiting the CSL League Cup after penalties at the hands of CPR Whites. 

The game ended scoreless after 90 minutes and coach Glen Wrafter described it as “a fair result, given both teams dominated for spells of the game”.

The penalty shoot out ended 4-4 after the first sets of five penalties but then the visitors scored the crucial winner in sudden death. 

Penalty scorers for the Shamrocks were Sean Doran, Brendan Lane, Mohamed Fofana and Rob Gaynor while James Hudson and Michael McGreevey missed their attempts. 

“Desperately disappointing not to have advanced but delighted with the performance,” said Wrafter. 

“Erich Heintzen did very well making his debut for the Shamrocks in goal.  Rob Gaynor and Larry Slaughter were commanding at the back and Michael McGreevey put in a man of the match position out on the right wing.”

A return to league action next Saturday night at Randall’s Island will see both teams play at Iberia (6pm/8pm).