- McKinley the hero as 1960 reach Saunders quarter-finals
- Beyar scores on debut as Rocks Women beat Magic
- Women B move within two points of leaders Beyond
Shamrocks 1960 are through to the quarter-finals of the Saunders Cup after Saturday’s dramatic penalty shoot out win over Manhattan Kickers Reserves.
Ryan McKinley saved three penalties and scored one of his own in sudden death to set up the 6-5 victory. Substitute Dylan Wallace had given the Rocks the lead in normal time but the hosts quickly leveled from the penalty spot to make it 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Neil Mannion, Dave Harvey, Dylan Wallace, Joe Flynn, Ryan McKinley and Anthony Carabotta were all on target as the Rocks came back from an early 2-0 deficit to deservedly advance to April 9’s last eight showdown.
“The lads showed tremendous grit in horrendous playing conditions,” said a proud assistant coach Neil Mannion. “To get through in such a dramatic fashion makes it all the more sweeter. But we deserved that bit of luck on the balance of play.”
CELTIC OUTGUN LEGENDS
The Legends were unlucky to exit the Over 30s League Cup in a 4-1 loss against Manhattan Celtic Legends on Sunday afternoon, also at Randalls Island.
Emmett Harvey’s men were 3-0 down before they had the chance to get going but proceeded to take the game to their Over 30s opponents. Ney de Oliveria’s brilliant strike late in the first deservedly narrowed the gap to 3-1 but in spite of dominating the second half, Celtic’s goalkeeper saved several chances and a late fourth put an unfair slant on the result.
“That was a very strong Manhattan Celtic Legends team but we were helped by having Sean Riley, Ivani ‘Ney’ de Oliveria Leo Coimbra and Tayfun Gokmen from our Over 30s,” said Harvey.
“After two mistakes and a bad offside call the Legends were 3-0 down after 30 minutes. We pushed really hard in the second half and only for some fine goalkeeping by Manhattan Celtic kept the score at 3-1. Some fine performances from John Riordan in midfield and Keith Buckley in defense along with Sean, Ney ,Leo, Tayfun and Marcus in attack.
“The way each of my players battled and played shows that we will give any team a game on the day, I’m very happy with the way we played in the second half and now we can look forward to returning to league action in two weeks.”
WHEELER SETS WOMEN ON WAY TO WIN
Meanwhile, league leading Shamrocks Women secured a 3-1 victory at home to NY Magic Reserves thanks to goals from Chloe Wheeler, Teresa Ferraro and new signing Carly Beyer.
“We had a solid win this week against an improved NY Magic team,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.
“While our composure needs a few games to come back, our fitness was the key. Our defense was solid with Allie Cacciotti brilliant in goals. Some of our returning players have come back stronger and Carly Beyar marked her debut with a well taken goal. It’s a good start to the spring and a tough game like that will stand to us as we go forward.”
It was a vital 2-1 win for Shamrocks Women B in the curtain raiser against league leaders Beyond who were reeled back to a two-point advantage at the summit of Division B.
Top scorer Cassie Esposito at the Rocks on their way with a superb effort that saw her burst past three defenders before hammering the ball home. Denise Wilson followed up with a strike early in the second half before Beyond struck back late in the game.
“This was a well-earned victory over the leaders,” said coach Keith Perez. “The ladies played excellently in every position on the field and the hard work and dedication over the winter showed in both returning and newly added players. We have set the tone for this spring with this victory and we’re looking to continue that success!”
There was a false restart to the season last Sunday when the Shamrocks Over 30s were handed a forfeit victory by the Brooklyn Gunners, pushing Paddy Mc Carry’s back to the top of their conference with a game extra played.
And although Friday’s snowfall has threatened another anti-climax for this weekend’s action, four of the club’s teams are ready to spring into action if the weather turns for the better.
Saturday’s Saunders Cup Round of 16 game will serve as ideal Metro 1 preparation for Andy Connolly’s 1960 men as they look to clinch a trophy which was clinched by the club’s reserves two years ago (Randalls 75 – 2pm).
Forming the opposition are Division 2 outfit Manhattan Kickers Reserves who are languishing mid table after five wins and four losses in the league during the Fall.
Connolly is in optimistic mood ahead of the game…
“Big things happening all over with the 1960s. Really great things. You’ll see. Neil Mannion. Great guy! Playing failing Manhattan Kickers on Sunday. Awful guys. Losers. ‘Oh say can you see …’ Frederick Douglass might be at training next week. We will build that wall (if they get a free kick outside the box).”
IRISH DERBY FOR LEGENDS
The other CSL League Cup game of the weekend sees the Legends take part in the Over 30s section of the competition and they will face a major obstacle in Manhattan Celtic Legends (Randalls 91 – 4pm).
The top Celtic Over 30s team are currently going toe to toe with the Shamrocks Over 30s in the league however coach Emmett Harvey is embracing the opportunity to have his players step up for what will be a tense Irish Derby showdown.
“The League Cup is a competition that we look forward to,” noted Harvey.
“Manhattan Celtic Legends will be a challenge – they are favorites and we are the underdogs but we have a very strong squad to choose from and the guys are ready to go.
“We have played well in some of our tougher fixtures throughout the season. It would be nice to go on a little cup run.”
ROCKS WOMEN DOUBLE HEADER
Meanwhile, St Michaels will host a Metro Women’s League double header on Sunday morning with both Rocks sides aiming for important wins as they continue their title chases.
Paddy Geraghty’s A team welcome the reserves of NY Magic for the later kick-off at 12pm while the curtain raiser will see Shamrocks B take on Beyond FC at 10am.
“We are looking forward to the start of the spring season on Sunday,” said Geraghty.
“Both teams have been working very hard over the winter and now we can’t wait to get going.
“Our A team plays NY Magic who are a top team in our league so we know we start with a tough one. We have a few players missing too so it adds to the task. But as always it’s a chance for others to play more time and we have the quality in depth to play well.
“Our B team plays Beyond FC who are the league leaders so we’ll go in as underdogs. We’ve signed some new players with Carly Beyar, Sara Gomez, Shannon Hopkins and Shannon Fitzpatrick coming on board so it’ll increase the depth and quality of both squads.”
Our thoughts are with our fellow committee member, team mate and good friend Kailey Walsh whose uncle John Walsh passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 7, surrounded by his loving family.
Kailey was very close to her uncle – among many reasons, he was instrumental in setting up the foundation which has supported research into Alpha-1, the genetic condition which has made her father’s life very difficult.
Last June, Fred Walsh received a successful double lung transplant. Sadly, his brother suffered a very unfortunate accident which ultimately led to his untimely death.
John will be remembered as a visionary leader and tireless advocate for those with Alpha-1. Plans for memorial services are not available at this time. Please keep the Walsh family in your thoughts.
You can donate to the Alpha-1 Foundation here: https://www.alpha1.org/How-to-Help/Help-Raise-Funds/Donate
On behalf of the NY Shamrocks Committee
Paddy Mc Carry’s men lie in second place in their conference behind the Manhattan Celtic Legends who hold a head-to-head goals differential advantage over the Rocks.
The squad has been strengthened ahead of the push towards a potential three-in-a-row bid while there is also a State Cup defense to play for.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to business,” said the Rocks coach.
“We had two friendlies and we’re in very good form and hopefully we got rid of all the cobwebs. We have singed three very good players – Kevin Walsh is an excellent midfielder, Stevie Ortiz can play multiple positions and Mauricio Bermudez is a big center half.
“We go into the spring with the strongest panel we ever had and we now have cover for every position on the field. It’s going to be very hard to pick an 18-man panel never mind a starting 11.
“The goal for the summer is to do the double. We want to retain our State Cup and league title. We have the players to do it but it’s one game at a time and it starts Sunday night.”
The League Cup games involving Shamrocks 1960 and Shamrocks Legends have been confirmed for the weekend of March 11/12.
The Saunders Cup between Rocks 1960 and Manhattan Kickers Reserves will take place next Saturday on Randalls 75 at 2pm while the following day sees the Legends take on Manhattan Celtic’s top Over 30s team on Randalls 91 at 4pm. The same weekend will see the women’s teams return to action in a St Michaels double header (1pm and 3pm).
The full updated schedule for all teams is now available (awaiting confirmation from the Women’s Metro League).