- New first team coach Geraghty ready for new role
- Grogan wishes successor well for top Rocks job
- Club President Brink welcomes positive move
Shamrocks legend Paddy Geraghty has taken over the reins of the men’s first team after Kevin Grogan completed a fantastic four-year stint at the helm.
After four successful years in charge of the women’s team, Geraghty steps into his new role with immediate effect after the club committee voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a new chapter for the Rocks.
Grogan wished Geraghty well in his new role, saying that he had no doubt the 20-year club veteran will be a big success as first team coach.
“I can’t wait to get started with the first team,” the newly installed gaffer said.
”I watched the majority of their games last season so I know how good they are. The first division is a massive challenge and there are no easy games.
“Kevin did a superb job competing at the top end of the table. Our goal is to remain there and hopefully get some luck when it gets to the end of the season. I want to thank Kevin and his assistant Stevie Doyle for all their hard work over the past few years and to the committee for the chance to coach a great group of players.”
Welcoming the development, club president Teresa Brink backed her long time friend as the ideal replacement and wished the former coach well as he looks to focus on his personal business.
“This is a hugely positive move by the club,” said Brink.
“I couldn’t think of a better choice than Paddy, who is steeped in the history of our club. We are very fortunate that he agreed to take on this prestigious position, a monumental step as we build up to our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2020.
“I especially want to thank Kevin Grogan for his ongoing dedication and passion over the last four memorable seasons. We would not be here without him and he will always be a Shamrock.”
Since taking over after the club’s promotion to CSL Division 1 in 2015, the former Manchester United man oversaw an unprecedented development of the club as a whole while also guiding the team to two play-off semi-finals and two league cup finals, winning that latter trophy in 2018.
”I decided to step down at the end of last season as head coach of the first team,” said Grogan.
“I did the job for four years and I was honored to be asked in the first place. The Shamrocks are an amazing club with an amazing history. It’s time now for me to focus more on my personal business and I also think it’s a good time for a new voice.
“Over the four seasons, we got to the play-offs twice, State Cup final once and we also won a cup. We did this in an honest way without paying any players. I’d like to thank the committee for all there support over the four years and also thank the players for their efforts.
“Big thank you to Eltin Colman, Joe Behan and Sean Keogh for there moral support particularly when I first came to the club. We had some amazing nights in particular beating the national Champions twice last season and also being the only team to beat the league champions last season.
“There were many great nights in the Courtyard Ale House after games and at holiday parties and I got the pleasure of meeting some great people.
“I wish the new coach Paddy Geraghty all the best, I’ve no doubt he will be a big success.”
Manchester United Legend Frank Stapleton presenting the Third annual Robbie Walsh Clubperson of the Year award to 1960 coach, goalkeeping legend and all round true Shamrock, Rob O’Neill
The Women’s League Champions, Shamrocks Green
The State Cup Champion Shamrocks Reserves team
Shamrocks Green captain Kelci Hegg receiving the Women’s League Division A trophy from Manchester United Legend Clayton Blackmore.
Shamrocks Reserves captain Rob Gaynor receiving the State Cup trophy from Manchester United Legend Lee Martin.
First team Player of the Year Stu Colbert receiving his award from Keith Gillespie.
First team Golden Boot Kurt Cameron receiving his award from Keith Gillespie.
Reserves coach Danny Meola accepting Player of the Year for Johnny McAleenan from Manchester United Legend Brian McClair.
Reserves Golden Boot James Hudson receiving his award from Manchester United Legend Brian McClair.
1960 Player of the Year Finn O’Reilly receiving his award from Chris Eagles.
Stephen Carlin accepting the 1960 Golden Boot on behalf of Hughie McGowan from Chris Eagles.
Over 30s Player of the Year Neil Doran
Over 30s Golden Boot Johnny McGeeney receiving his award from Mark Wilson.
Legends Player of the Year Niall Corbett receiving his award from Shaun Goater.
Legends Golden Boot Paul Bradshaw receiving his award from Shaun Goater.
Shamrocks Green Player of the Year and Golden Boot Mikaela Howell receiving her awards from Manchester United Legend Wes Brown.
Shamrocks White captain Shannon Hopkins accepting Player of the Year for Kim Stagg and Golden Boot for Christine Parrella from Manchester United Legend Liam O’Brien.
(Thank you Kim Kirnan for these wonderful pictures!)
It was a historic weekend for the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club with the third annual Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game bringing together the Manchester United Legends and the Shamrocks Legends at Gaelic Park on Saturday afternoon.
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Almost 1,000 watched an enjoyable game of soccer which was won by the united Legends including former Ireland international Frank Stapleton who also captained the visiting team. Three goals from Belfast’s Keith Gillespie guided United to a 9-1 win with John Riordan scoring the sole Shamrocks goal.
Founding members of the Shamrocks, Paul Cullagh, Tony Halpin and Paddy Rooney were introduced to the crowd and there were many more old friends of the club coming together to enjoy a day that will support the beginning of a Shamrocks Juniors Soccer program.
The game was followed by the club’s end of season awards banquet at which the United players were guests of honor, presenting the trophies to the winning players. The biggest cheer of the night went to the Robbie Walsh Club Person of the Year, the “Mayor of Sunnyside” Robbie O’Neill.
“The weekend was all we could have asked for,” said Paddy Geraghty who led the event committee.
“Our committee were incredible with their time and efforts while the Shamrocks players were tremendous ambassadors for our club. The Manchester United squad were brilliant. They were so accommodating with their time and really bought into what we were trying to do. Both squads bonded so quickly on Friday night that Saturday’s game felt like it was between old friends. It was a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will ever forget.”
Tommy Smyth was also on hand to provide pitch side analysis and banter and the club is extremely grateful to him for providing his time! We are also appreciative to our videographer for the day, Stephen O’Regan of The Beautiful Game NYC who shot this amazing video of the day, capturing unforgettable moments that will live long in the memory!
The biggest weekend of the Shamrocks season is upon us with five of our teams facing hugely exciting semi-finals in both the League and League Cup.
It is also the deadline to support the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game which will raise money to make possible the return of a youth soccer program to the Rocks.
In three weeks, the hotly anticipated game between our legends and a selection of Manchester United Legends will take place at Gaelic Park on Saturday June 22.
Buy match tickets at the Courtyard Ale House or online here: https://robbiewalsh.eventbrite.com
Kent Ale House Meet & Greet Friday June 21 – https://legendsmeetgreet.eventbrite.com
Smithfield Post-Game Brunch Sunday June 23 – https://legendsbrunch.eventbrite.com
CSL DIVISION 1 PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL
Pancyprians v Shamrocks (Belson Stadium, 8pm)
CSL DIVISION 1 RESERVES PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL
Shamrocks Reserves v Zum Schneider Reserves (Randalls Island 74, 12pm)
CSL OVER 30s DIVISION PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL
Between Rivers v Shamrocks Over 30s (Aviator Sports Complex, 7.30pm)
CSL OVER 30s LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL
CPR Old Boys v Shamrocks Legends (Randalls Island 72, 6pm)
NYMWSL DIVISION A CUP SEMI-FINAL
Shamrocks Green v CPR Whites (East 6th St, 3pm)
For the second time in two years, the Shamrocks first team will take on CSL kingpins Pancyprians in Division 1 playoff semi-final (Belson Stadium, 8pm).
Kevin Grogan’s men finished the season strongly thanks to dramatic and deserved home wins over Lansdowne and Pancyprians in the Spring, earning a fourth seed and a final four showdown against the runaway regular season champions.
Indeed, Pancyprians have lost only once in 2019, that March 30 2-0 reversal to the Rocks which denied them the opportunity of accruing what would have been an astonishing 50 league points.
Coach Grogan has a strong squad to choose from this weekend but is realistic about the task at hand.
“We are very much underdogs but on our day we can beat anyone,” he said Friday.
“We have come a long way in four years from survival to playoffs to winning a cup and to now playoffs again. It’s been a long season but we can’t wait for Sunday. Belson Stadium will suit our style of play. We will as always work hard and try to win the game.”
On a day of big clashes, the reserves will be bidding to reach their first D1 playoff final since 2015’s promotion when they take on Zum Schneider Reserves at Randalls Island 74 with a noon kick off.
Coach Dan Meola has flown in from Texas to be reunited with his undefeated outfit who finished the regular season in pole position.
“After two weeks of rest and recovery, the lads are chomping at the bit to continue their season,” he noted.
“We are looking forward to the challenge and have no doubts about our quality and commitment. The hard work is only just beginning and the squad and I are only focused on winning. As I’ve mentioned many times, football is a game in which there are no easy opponents. Zum Schneider will be ready for the task as will we. I have every confidence in our lads and then some.”
Meanwhile, the women’s league champions Shamrocks Green, will take on CPR Whites in the Division A Cup semi-final as they aim to stay on track for a second undefeated treble in three seasons.
“We have our league cup semi final this Sunday against CPR Whites and we expect it to be our toughest game of the season. The ladies have been brilliant this year and are focused on finishing the season as strongly as we can. It’s great to be playing for trophies in June and we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
The Shamrocks Legends are also facing a League Cup semi-final against CPR’s Over 30s, their best ever placing in their fourth season of competition.
Having just missed out on the league playoffs, this is being seen as a very enjoyable consolation prize for John Riordan’s team.
“The lads have enjoyed the season and this will be a nice extension,” said Riordan. “CPR will be younger than us but we have played some football at times in the Spring. So although we missed out on our pre-season target, we can still be proud of a lot of what we achieved. So we’ll go into this one looking to enjoy it and see if we can cause a shock.”
The Shamrocks Over 30s are on the other of the draw, facing an Irish Derby semi-final against Manhattan Celtic Legends on Wednesday (Randalls Island 74, 9pm).
But before all that, it is Sunday’s league playoff semi-final against Between Rivers that will be occupying the minds of the coaching duo of Sean Mc Mullan and Paddy Mc Carry (Aviator Sports Complex, 7.30pm).
The Over 30s finished their regular season campaign on Thursday with a meaningless 4-1 loss to the Greeks while Shamrocks 1960 rounded out with a 2-0 win over NY Irish, both games at Randalls Island.
Lastly, the times for next Sunday’s State Cup finals have been confirmed with Shamrocks Green kicking off at Verrazano Sports Complex at 10am and the reserves taking to the stage at 2pm.
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Two amazing opportunities to meet the Manchester United Legends players on the weekend of the big game!
KENT ALE HOUSE PRE-GAME MEET & GREET – FRIDAY JUNE 22 at 8pm
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SMITHFIELD NYC POST-GAME BRUNCH – SUNDAY JUNE 23 at 1pm
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