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). 

Over 30s through to semis, Reserves remain undefeated

CSL Division 2
NY Shamrocks 2 NY Supreme 2
CSL Division 2 – Reserves
NY Shamrocks 3 NY Supreme 0
CSL Over 30s Division 1
Manhattan Celtic Legends 0 NY Shamrocks 2
NY Metro Women’s League
NY Shamrocks 0 Baby Magic 3

The Shamrocks now control their Cosmopolitan Soccer League destiny in all three divisions after two wins and a draw over the weekend.

The Over 30s confirmed their semi-final spot in Division 1 after a 2-0 victory at arch-rivals Manhattan Celtic late on Sunday evening at Pier 40.

011 Parkin

Another long distance screamer from Danny Parkin (pictured right) got Paddy Mc Carry’s men on the right track before Brendan Donohue’s clincher ensured a four-point gap at the top over Dinamo. The Rocks have played one less game than Dinamo and have a game in hand over the team they beat 3-0 in December.

Out of both cups, the next time the Over 30s will be in action will be Sunday April 19 when they face Barnstonworth Rovers Old Boys at home in Randall’s Island.

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks first team are now a point clear at the top of Division 2 with four games to play.

For the second week in a row, Nikle Guzijan rescued a point for Glen Wrafter’s men with a second half equalizer after Supreme held the lead twice at St Michael’s on Sunday afternoon.

The away team deservedly took the lead after 40 minutes but Shane Moore (pictured below) equalized for the Shamrocks on the hour mark, his second goal of the season in all competitions.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

NY Supreme took the lead again after seventy minutes when a through ball cut open the Shamrocks defense.

The Rocks rallied well however and after a few decent chances, Guzijan pounced on a low cross from the left, slotting the ball to the right hand corner of the Supreme net.

An impressive performance given the fact that Supreme have enjoyed recent wins over Shamrocks title rivals NY Ukrainians and Polonia.

A home defeat on Sunday morning for the Ukrainians against NYPD puts the Rocks one point clear going into the Easter break. Polonia’s win at the weekend means the Sunday April 26 game against Glen Wrafter’s men at McCarren Park will go a long way towards deciding the destination of the Division 2 title.

Stevie Doyle’s reserves held on to their six point lead at the top of the table after their 3-0 win in the curtain raiser against a dangerous Supreme outfit.

Early goals proved crucial while Nick Meola’s seventh clean sheet of the season (his sixth in the league) gives the Rocks more confidence entering the final quarter of the season.

Eoin Lynagh’s tap-in and Braden Ruddy’s long-distance strike had the Shamrocks very quickly in the lead as the visitors struggled to field a team.

Dave Harvey then celebrated his first game back with the club when he scored the third to give the Rocks a platform for the three points.

Next league game for firsts and reserves is Saturday April 18 v Iberia at Randall’s Island (6pm/8pm).

Elsewhere on Sunday, the women’s team were defeated 3-0 by Baby Magic at Randall’s Island.

All previous results and remaining schedules are available here:

For all updated standings, click here:

For the updated top scorers of all four teams, click here:

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:

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:

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