Aronovsky hat trick pushes Rocks to victory

WEEKEND RESULTSOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

CSL Division 2
NYPD 3 NY Shamrocks 6
CSL Division 2 Reserves
NYPD 2 NY Shamrocks 2
CSL Over 30s Division 1
NY Shamrocks 2 Manhattan Kickers Over 30s 2
Metro Women’s League
NYC United 2 NY Shamrocks 0

Joey Aronovsky was the hat trick hero in Flushing on Sunday.

The NY Shamrocks stay top of Division 2 after their final game of the Fall ended in a deserved 6-3 victory at NYPD in Flushing.

The Rocks were well on top in the first half and were rewarded after 23 minutes when an excellent Aronovsky strike from the left struck the far corner of the NYPD net.

Aronovsky scored the second too – a beautifully placed header after an excellent cross from the right from Brendan Lane

Top scorer Mohamed Fofana struck the third from the edge of the box after 35 minutes but NYPD narrowed the gap to two again with a well taken goal four minutes later.

Just before half time, Mike Stone made it 4-1 with another long range shot that went low past the keeper.

The second half started with a bang with goals from Fofana and Aronovsky in the 46th and 48th minutes sandwiching an NYPD strike in the 47th minute.

That made it 6-2 and the police then scored again with a half hour to go.

A scrappy final period went scoreless and the Rocks saw it out to win 6-3.

Earlier it was a 2-2 draw in the curtain raiser, keeping the Rocks reserves clear at the top of the league.

The away side was behind twice in the first half but goals from Colum McComish (pictured) – his first for the club – and a long range second half screamer from Kevin Farrell ensured a decent away point for Stevie Doyle’s men.

020 Colum McComish

A missed penalty from Sean Hand could have made it 2-2 before Farrell drew the Rocks level.

One make-up game remains for the reserves, Sporting Astoria will host the Rocks on December 7 in the Bronx.

The Over 30s rounded out their Fall season with an unlucky 2-2 draw at home to Manhattan Kickers.

Sean Riley bagged another brace, scoring in the 15th and 70th minutes but a cruel equalizer in the dying moments denied Paddy Mc Carry a deserved win before the winter break.

An early blow saw Ruairi Lavery leave the game with a suspected broken collar bone and the club wishes him well for his recovery.

Meanwhile, in a late game in Brooklyn, the Rocks women were unlucky to lose 2-0 against NYC United.

League leading Rocks face tough trip to NYPD

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

CSL Division 2
NYPD v NY Shamrocks, Flushing Meadow Field 8 10am
CSL Division 2 Reserves
NYPD v NY Shamrocks, Flushing Meadow Field 8 10am
CSL Over 30s Division 1
NY Shamrocks v Manhattan Kickers, Randall’s Island 75, 8am
Metro Women’s League
NYC United B v NY Shamrocks, McCarren Park, 8pm

The Shamrocks firsts and reserves will travel to NYPD on Sunday morning for a pair of games in Flushing Meadow Field 8 (10am/8am).

It will be the first team’s final match before the winter break and a victory will give Glen Wrafter’s men the opportunity to begin the spring as league leaders.

The Over 30s are at home to Manhattan Kickers Over-30s at Randall’s Island 75 at 8am and the women’s team will face NYC United B at McCarren Park in Williamsburg at 8pm.

Tough State Cup defeat for The Rocks

The NY Shamrocks were knocked out of the Flamhaft Cup in Yonkers on Sunday by EDSL side South Stars, losing 2-1 in tough conditions.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Midfielder Sean Doran (pictured right) opened up the scoring from a free kick after almost 10 minutes when his low drive went through the legs of the South Stars goalkeeper.

The home team equalized after 25 minutes when the Rocks defenders failed to clear and the dropping ball was drilled home.

South Stars went 2-1 up against the run of play just before half time but then had a man sent off for an off the ball incident with 25 minutes left in the game.

In spite of some serious pressure, the Rocks were denied by a resolute rear guard and South Stars held on to advance.

The Shamrocks firsts and reserves will travel to NYPD next Sunday morning in Flushing Meadow Field 8 (10am/8am).

It will be the first team’s final game before the winter break and will give glen Wrafter’s men a good opportunity of beginning the spring as league leaders.

The Over 30s are at home to Manhattan Kickers Over-30s at Randall’s Island 75 at 8am and the women’s team will face NYC United B at McCarren Park in Williamsburg at 8pm.

More Mo Magic – four goals for Fofana

WEEKEND RESULTS

CSL Division 2
Sporting Astoria 0 NY Shamrocks 6
CSL Division 2 Reserves
Sporting Astoria P NY Shamrocks P
CSL Over 30s Division 1
Manhattan Kickers Premier 5 NY Shamrocks 0

The Shamrocks got back to winning ways this weekend, beating Sporting Astoria 6-0 in Randall’s Island on Sunday evening to remain top of Division 2.

The Rocks went 1-0 up after 30 minutes when an attempt by Stephen Lucianek, who was making his debut for the Rocks, was cleared.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rocks captain for the evening Nike Guzijan volleyed the clearance home from close range.

Then Mohamed Fofana (pictured right) took center stage scoring four in a row – two goals either side of half-time.

His first was a fine finish after a slick passing move and his second was a penalty.

After the break he completed his hat-trick finishing neatly after some fine build-up play and he rounded off his night with fourth, a neat finish from close range.

Santiago Rigby finished the scoring with a low drive into the bottom corner with his left foot after a fine run.

Unfortunately the reserves game was postponed due to a referee no show.

There was a tough defeat earlier in the day for the Over 30s who were beaten 5-0 away by the Manhattan Kickers Premier team.

Next weekend, the reserves and 30s will enjoy a weekend off while the first team travel to Yonkers for their State Cup game against South Stars (Cook Park, Sunday, 2pm).

The women’s team will play Appletown in a rescheduled game that has been brought forward from December.

Check out the below picture from the Shamrocks Women’s first team gathering which took place Saturday night at The Milton.

shamrocks women pic

Rocks Reserves and Over 30s bidding to maintain momentum

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

CSL Division 2
Sporting Astoria v NY Shamrocks, Randall’s Island 74, 8pm
CSL Division 2 Reserves
Sporting Astoria v NY Shamrocks, Randall’s Island 74, 6pm
CSL Over 30s Division 1
Manhattan Kickers Premier v NY Shamrocks, East River Park Field D, 11am

The Shamrocks will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to the Ukrainians when they take on Sporting Astoria on Sunday evening (Randall’s Island 74, 8pm).

Rocks coach Glen Wrafter will be missing a couple of key players through suspension but Astoria have only won once since the opening day of the season and have endured a tricky return to the CSL.

Their reserves have enjoyed a better campaign so far and are third in the table, seven points behind Stevie Doyle’s team who will be hoping to clinch their sixth league win in a row before a two-week break.

The Over 30s face a tough match-up at Manhattan Kickers Premier who are the division leaders in the ‘West’. Paddy mc Carry’s will be keen to make it eight wins from eight to maintain their grip on the East where they are five points clear at the top.

The women’s team will enjoy a well earned rest after their big win last Sunday night.