Weekend preview

A crucial weekend ahead for the Shamrocks with vital games in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League which will go a long way towards deciding the destination of all three titles.
The Rocks firsts and reserves are both at home on Sunday (1pm/3pm) with NY Supreme visiting to try and make up for the Fall defeats which also occurred at St Michael’s.
The reserves will be boosted by the return of striker Dave Harvey but both teams will need to be on their toes against the vastly improved Bronx outfit.
Later on Sunday, the Over 30s can clinch a semi-final place in Division 1 if they manage to beat arch-rivals Manhattan Celtic at Pier 40 (8.30pm).
A victory would guarantee a top-two finish for the Rocks and a semi-final berth with just NY Dinamo able to overtake them in first place.
Meanwhile, the women’s team will be looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s defeat when they head to Randall’s Island Field 82 to take on Baby Magic at 9am on Sunday morning.
Best of luck to all four teams! Up the Rocks!

Guzijan the hero as all three men’s teams stay top

CSL Division 2
NY Shamrocks 2 Doxa 1
CSL Division 2 Reserves
NY Shamrocks 0 Doxa 0
CSL Over 30s Division 1
Megas Alexandros 0 NY Shamrocks 1
Metro Women’s League
NYC Sirens 6 NY Shamrocks 0

Nikle Guzijan was the match winner on Sunday at St Michael’s for the Shamrocks as they came from behind to secure all three points against a dogged Doxa side.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The 2-1 victory was merited but the Rocks were made to fight all the way after going 1-0 down 15 mins in against the run of play after a needless free kick gave the Doxa center forward an easy close range headed goal.

The Rocks just before half-time when Mohamed ‘Mo’ Fofana rifled home a ball to the top corner from 20 yards out after he took possession of a loose ball.

The Rocks took over in the second half but only managed a breakthrough with 15 minutes to go when Sean Doran’s excellent free kick found Guzijan (pictured) at the back post, the defender making no mistake from inside the six yard box.

Next week will present a very tough challenge for Glen Wrafter’s men as they host surging fourth placed team NY Supreme who beat third placed Polonia 3-0 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Stevie Doyle’s reserves were held by Doxa in a scoreless draw in the curtain raiser.

On balance, a draw was the fairest result although the Rocks had the better scoring chances.

Fortunately, their two main rivals for the league – Ukrainians and NYPD – both slipped up to allow the unbeaten Rocks extend their lead at the top to six points.

Next week’s clash between those second and third placed teams in Brooklyn will go a long way to deciding the destiny of the league.

Paddy Mc Carry’s Over 30s got back to winning ways, beating Megas Alexandros 1-0 thanks to an early wonder goal from Danny Parkin.

Parkin drilled home from 25 yards out to set up the win before 89 more minutes of tense football.

The women had a busy weekend have taken part in Saturday’s Irish-American Soccer Hall of Fame – a 0-0 friendly draw against the newly formed Lansdowne Ghirls – before Sunday’s league game against NYC Sirens.

Congratulations to Dave Clarke of Quinnipiac University and Willie Dempsey of the Irish Rovers who were both inducted to the Hall of Fame at Gaelic Park on Saturday evening.

Pictures here from the event taken by John Riordan.

Well done to our own Glen Wrafter who did a great job with Ian Woodcock (Manhattan Celtic) and Seamus McDaid (Lansdowne) in organizing this growing initiative. And big thanks to our women’s team for taking part.

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The well-organized Sirens were too strong and deserved their 6-0 win but the Rocks Women battled hard in the second half with goalkeeper Megan Hare and defender Teresa Brink particularly impressive.

Megan is just back from a broken leg and is already back to her best. Their next game is this coming Sunday at 9am on Randall’s Island Field 82.

All previous results and remaining schedules are available here:

http://nyshamrocksc.com/2012/10/26/schedule-results/

As mentioned the Shamrocks men’s teams are all top of their divisions with the finish line in sight. For all updated standings, click here:

http://nyshamrocksc.com/2012/10/19/latest-standings/

Mohamed Fofana is targeting a record goal haul for the club. For the updated top scorers of all four teams, click here:

http://nyshamrocksc.com/2012/10/01/top-scorers/

2014 ends with impressive victories

WEEKEND RESULTS

CSL Division 2 Reserves
Sporting Astoria 2 NY Shamrocks 6
CSL Over 30s Division 1
NY Dinamo 0 NY Shamrocks 3

The Shamrocks Reserves and Over 30s will head into Spring 2015 with big leads in their respective divisions thanks to comprehensive wins on Sunday.

A hat trick from Mohamed Fofana who was making guest appearance for Stevie Doyle’s Reserves helped the Rocks beat Sporting Astoria 6-2 at St. Michael’s Playground.

Fofana opened the scoring for the Shamrocks after 20 mins and the Ivorien added a second ten minutes later.

Colum McComish netted the third after 40 mins after great work from Fofana on the right wing.

Sporting Astoria pulled one back on the hour mark but Fofana completed his hat-trick after 65 minutes.

Sporting Astoria added a second after 75 minutes but then Jim Wong and Colum McComish rounded out the scoring in the final ten minutes.

Later at Randall’s Island, the Over 30s got back to winning ways in a crucial game against second placed NY Dinamo, beating the hosts 3-0 in a fiery encounter.

The Rocks were off the mark with just two minutes on the clock when Sebastien Thiol crossed low to midfielder Alex Berne who drilled home his fifth of the season.

Sean Riley then scored the goal of the day – a half volley from 20 yards which gave the Dinamo keeper no chance.

Dinamo enjoyed a period of dominance but the Rocks defended well until a late own goal ensured all three points.

Happy Holidays from The Rocks

2014 has seen great development at our club.

First and foremost our generous sponsors are crucial to everything we do.

Our end of year party at the Courtyard on Friday night was an enjoyable evening and the support Pat and Frank have given us all year has been incredible.

We are hugely appreciative of everything they do for us – not forgetting Ray, Sinead and Melissa.

The great people at GTI have also been incredibly helpful once again this season and the GTI hoodies have gone down a storm!

A new sponsor came on board too with Keelan McLaughlin’s Crana Electric stepping up to the plate for the Over 30s team and we are very grateful for his decision to lend his shoulder to the wheel.

We also had great support from Radeberger, Johner Guildea, Antoin O Duibhir (New Wave) and Andrew James Interiors.

The addition of a women’s team has added greatly to our club and we look forward to bigger and better things from a great crew.

Meanwhile, all three men’s teams are top of their divisions but all three coaches know there’s a lot more to do.

The spring will be an exciting time but the players will be back training in January to try and bring some glory to the club.

To all our players, coaches, members, supporters and sponsors, have a peaceful holiday season with your families.

Up the Rocks!

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.