Schedule released for new season

The Shamrocks will return to life in the top division of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League with two home games in a row this month, kicking off the new campaign against NY Greek Americans at St Michaels on Sunday September 13 at 1pm.

(Click here for full schedule)

Kevin Grogan’s men will then face United FC at the end of the month after an early bye week in the initial ten-game schedule.

“As expected, it’s an extremely tough schedule,” Grogan told NYShamrockSC.com. “But we will take it one game at a time and treat every game like a cup final.”

After the late withdrawal of Croatia, the 11 Division 1 teams will play each other once. The league will then be split into the top six and bottom five and a six game schedule will be worked out according to the rankings after the first ten games.

Shamrocks will face last season’s title rivals Polonia at the start of October before two big home games against Westchester Eagles and CPR Whites.

The Shamrocks must wait until late November before facing into the hotly anticipated Irish derbies against Manhattan Celtic and two-time league champions Lansdowne Bhoys, both games away from home on Saturday evenings, November 21 and December 12 respectively.

Successful day at Sunnyside Gardens as Over 30s lift King McCormack Cup

The annual NY Shamrocks Sunnyside Gardens Six-Aside was held at the famous old venue this past Sunday – a perfect way to tee up the exciting new season ahead.

Going back all the way to the first event in 1987, this get together has always proved a hit with Shamrocks new and old. Players and families started to gather from 10am at the beautiful venue as a perfectly sunny day began to take shape.

Eight teams assembled, ready for a tough series games and all with ambitions of lifting the King McCormack Memorial Cup.

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The 2015 champions – the Shamrocks Over 30s sponsored by the Courtyard Ale House. Picture: Eoin Sweeney

The first game of the day was a sign of things to come with Paddy Mc Carry and Keith Buckley’s Courtyard Ale House backed Over 30s rattling off a 3-0 win over their eventual opponents in the final, the Eltin Colman managed Alumni Grey, sponsored by GTI and Steve Doran (pictured below).

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With new first team coach Kevin Grogan in attendance, he would have been pleased to see the performance of two very young Shamrocks who were lining out for Alumni Grey – goalkeeper Eoin Motherway and Eamonn Doran, both teenagers and both potential Rocks of the future.

The newly formed Shamrocks 1960 team came roaring out of the blocks with a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 win over Stevie Doyle’s reserves and the next game saw another debut with the Shamrocks Legends (our new Over 36s team) drawing 0-0 with Eoin Sweeney’s Alumni Greyer.

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Shamrocks 1960

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Shamrocks Reserves

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Shamrocks Legends

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Alumni Greyer

The final game of the first round of group games was a pub derby with Robbie O’Neill’s Bar 43 besting Paddy Teehan’s Station team.

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Bar 43

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Station

The Over 30s would go onto dominate Group 1 and advanced to the semi-final alongside Alumni Grey, whose talented team showed their true grit in wins over the Legends and Alumni Greyer.

Meanwhile in Group 2, Rocks 1960 marched through to the semis while Station turned things around and benefited from the final group game of the day, a reserves 2-0 win over Bar 43 which denied the latter side.

In amongst it all was the highlight of the day – the traditional kiddies race which proved to be a stunning display of athleticism and fun. Every kid a winner!

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The first semi-final of the day ended in a dramatic penalty shoot out after Rocks 1960 and Alumni Grey were inseparable after extra-time. Alumni Grey advanced to set up a final showdown with the Over 30s who were clinical in their victory over Station.

The final was a worthy ending to a great day of football. Once again the Over 30s took the lead over their opponents, opening out a 2-0 gap before the Alumni rallied back to 2-1, setting up a thrilling finale. The Over 30s held on for the win and club president Sean Mc Mullan handed the King McCormack Memorial Trophy over to player-manager Keith Buckley (see below).

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Fantasy Premier League

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Grogan makes Toland his first Rocks signing

  • Former Newcastle United and Derry City player ready for Rocks challenge
  • Galasso Trucking returns as Shamrocks sponsor

NY Shamrocks Technical Director Kevin Grogan welcomed his first new signing to the club this week, securing Lee-Ryan Toland in what will be seen as a huge boost five weeks out from the new season.

In what has proven to be a busy week for the club with pre-season training getting underway, the Shamrocks were further boosted by Galasso Trucking’s decision to once again support the club as a primary sponsor.

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Toland (pictured above with Grogan during the week) said he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“It will be tough in Division 1 but Kevin is building a nice team here and I am delighted to be a part of it,” Toland told NYShamrockSC.com.

21-year-old Toland began his soccer career in Derry with his local club Don Boscos before English side Portsmouth brought him across the Irish Sea.

He impressed enough that Premier League side Newcastle United signed him July 2010, making his debut with the Newcastle Reserves two weeks later in a 2-1 win against Bristol City.

After three years at Newcastle, he failed to make the break into the first team and made the return home to play for Finn Harps in the Airtricity First Division before becoming one of a few former Harps players to follow ex-boss Peter Hutton to Derry City in 2014.

Lee, a former Northern Ireland youth international, is a left-sided full-back who loves getting forward but also enjoys defending and is comfortable at centre back as well.

“Lee’s decision to join the Rocks is an important first step,” said Grogan.

“He has settled in brilliantly and he has a great presence. It bodes well for the weeks ahead as we look to build a team for Division 1 soccer.”