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.

Alex Berne

Alex Berne

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.

Super Mo hat-trick as Rocks clinch three more wins

WEEKEND RESULTS

  • Doxa 1 NY Shamrocks 6
  • Doxa Reserves 1 NY Shamrocks Reserves 3
  • Goettschee 2 NY Shamrocks Over 30s 3
  • NY Shamrocks Women 0 NY Skull 2

All three Shamrocks mens teams are top of their respective divisions this morning after a weekend of vital wins.

The biggest victory of Sunday was the first team’s impressive 6-1 win over fellow title challengers Doxa.

A Mohamed Fofana hat trick was the highlight but the Rocks dominated their opponents with impressive performances throughout the team.

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The midfield was bolstered by the return of Shane Moore who was back in a first team jersey after a couple of good displays for the reserves while captain Rob Gaynor and Nikle Guzijan were a forceful pairing at the pack as usual.

Fofana opened the scoring with a well placed header after about 20 minutes, executing well from a superb Santiago Rigby cross from the right wing.

Rigby then made it 2-0 ten minutes later when a superb move down the left allowed Chris Burns to drill a low cross in to the back post to where the Uruguayan tapped home easily.

Rigby added a third just before half-time, taking advantage of a defensive error and sending a wonderful strike past the Doxa keeper.

Early in the second half, the Rocks went 4-0 up, Brendan Lane crossing to Joey Aronovsky who tapped home after a rebound, his third of the season.

Fofana took advantage of a defensive error to score his second and Shamrocks fifth and five minutes later, he made it 6-0, the top scorer’s sixth of the season.

Meanwhile, Stevie Doyle’s reserves were 3-1 winners in the curtainraiser.

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The Shamrocks Reserves pictured after their 3-1 win over Doxa.

Rigby’s Uruguayan compatriot Leandro Fregossi starred with two excellent strikes while Sean Hand added a third.

It was scoreless at half-time but the patient Rocks finally broke the deadlock ten minutes into the second half after a Hand corner dropped to Fregossi who made no mistake from eight yards out.

Leandro Fregossi scores the opening goal of the 3-1 win against Doxa Reserves on Sunday. Picture: Dinos Avlonitis

Leandro Fregossi scores the opening goal of the 3-1 win against Doxa Reserves on Sunday. Picture: Dinos Avlonitis

Fregossi’s second was a beauty, his and Hand’s goals both hitting the same top corner to make sure of the three points. Doxa scored late but the Rocks were comfortable in the end.

The Over 30s beat Gottschee 3-1 at Randall’s Island to stretch their 100% record to five wins from five.

The Shamrocks Over 30s pictured before their 3-2 victory over Gottschee at Randall's Island on Sunday.

The Shamrocks Over 30s pictured before their 3-2 victory over Gottschee at Randall’s Island on Sunday.

The Rocks were 1-0 up within the first minute. Alex Berne’s free kick was parried to Sébastien Thiol who drilled it home from eight yards.

Gottschee enjoyed a period of dominance but the Docks scored against the run of play when Richie Brennan’s pass found Tayfun Gokmen who did well to round the keeper and fire home, making it 2-0.

Brennan himself made it 3-0 – his first strike as a Shamrock – 15 minutes into the second half when he finished off a nice move involving Berne and captain Eugene O’Driscoll.

The home side pulled two goals back in quick succession with about 20 minutes left but the Rocks held on to win it 3-2 and make it five wins from five.

Special mention to Ari Seidenstein who was playing his first game since the birth of his baby daughter Abigail.

Elsewhere, the women’s team played their first ever game at St Michael’s, defeated 2-0 as they continue to build.

Next weekend, the State Cup begins with the first team hosting Port Jefferson reserves at St Michael’s (1pm, Sunday).

The reserves face a 200-mile round trip to East Hampton for their tie (2pm, 18 Goodfriend Dr, East Hampton NY 11937) while the Over 30s face the Barnstonworth Premier side at 8pm on Sunday evening at Randall’s Island.

Important weekend for the Rocks

This weekend, the Shamrocks face into a top of the table clash away to Doxa (Sunday, Van Buren High School, 2pm).

Doxa have improved significantly on last season and will be tough opposition.

The Over 30s will look to maintain their 100% record when they face Gottschee in Randall’s Island (Sunday, Field 74, 8am).

The Shamrocks Women will host NY Skulls at St Michael’s at 1pm.

FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

CSL Division 2
Doxa v NY Shamrocks, Van Buren High School, 2pm

CSL Division 2 Reserves
Doxa v NY Shamrocks, Van Buren High School, 12pm

CSL Over 30s Division 1
BW Gottschee v NY Shamrocks, Randall’s Island Field 74, 8am

New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League
Shamrocks v NY Skulls, St Michael’s 1pm

Up the Rocks!