- Howell double wins club derby for Shamrocks Green
- Cameron brace inspires come-from-behind D1 victory
- Rocks 1960 goal rush sinks Brooklyn North
- Over 30s make it two from two
Mikaela Howell scored twice for Shamrocks Green, one in each half, as the Rocks Women Derby ended in a 2-1 victory for the team in green at St Michaels on Sunday morning.
After Howell’s brilliant opener, Cassie Esposito leveled the game to 1-1 for the newly promoted Division B champions – now going by Shamrocks White – before Howell regained the lead for her team in the second half.
“Both teams showed they can challenge for trophies this season,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “Our goal was to have two teams that could beat anyone on their day and we think we have that. It’s early days but a very positive performance by both teams today.”
Meanwhile, the men’s first team secured their second 3-1 win in a row to make it a 100% start for Kevin Grogan’s men.
Kurt Cameron scored a double either side of Dan Giorgi’s penalty after Doxa had taken a surprise lead.
“It was a good three points but we need a lot of work as a team,” said Grogan.
“We played well in patches but we need more consistency and our passing needs to be tighter. Very happy to get Gabriel Vargas in for his Shamrocks debut. He is only 18 but he showed he has a good temperament.”
The Reserves won 4-0 in the curtain raiser. On the eve of his 30th birthday, Darren Coleman opened the scoring with a free kick while newly returned James Hudson scored twice and John McAleenan grabbed his first goal for the club.
“I couldn’t be happier for the lads after a tough night in front of goal last weekend,” said Dan Meola.
“It was an open game with a lot of chances coming our way. We were fortunate enough to take them and the scoreline could have been anything as the game went on. We move on to next week with good momentum and a good spirit.”
Meola was in free scoring form at the start of the day when his hat trick inspired Shamrocks 1960 to a 10-0 demolition of Brooklyn North in a Metro 1 clash at Bushwick Inlet Park.
It was 4-0 at half-time thanks to an impressive brace from Cathal Monaghan which arrived between Hugh McGowan’s opener and Luke Kelly’s first strike for the Rocks.
There was no let up in the second half with Meola making it 5-0 after great work from Steve Hutchison, Kelly and McGowan. Steve Carlin and James Horan scored before Meola completed his hat trick. Joey Flynn capped a great performance with the tenth and final goal.
In the other early kick-off, Shamrocks Over 30s made it two from two thanks to a 3-0 victory over Manhattan Celtic Bhoys.
Brendan Smith opened the scoring after 22 minutes from an Aidan Morton assist before Neill Doran made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half after being set up by Johnny McGeeney. Man of the match Paddy Geraghty’s 70th minute header secured the three points and the flawless start to the season.
“Another good win,” said Sean Mc Mullan. “It was a good performance with a new formation.”
The Legends took a depleted squad to the Bronx for a late game against the Greek American Legends but managed a battling point in 1-1 tie.
John Riordan scored after 55 minutes to give his side a deserved lead but the Shamrocks were unlucky not to take all three points after the Greeks scored a 65th minute penalty.
“We could have had a great result but happy with the draw considering we were missing a lot of players,” said Riordan. “A lot to be encouraged by and we are really enjoying ourselves which is the main point!”
- First game for women’s teams
- Shamrocks Green face Shamrocks White
- Grogan wary of Doxa threat
- Over 30s aiming to sink Celtic
The Shamrocks will make history on Sunday when our two women’s teams face each other for the first time ever in a competitive game.
The newly renamed sides, Shamrocks Green and Shamrocks White, will face each other at St Michaels on Sunday at 11am in the opening game of the new NYMWSL DIVISION A season.
When Keith Perez guided Shamrocks B to title winning promotion back in May, the prospect of two Shamrocks teams in the top flight emerged. And the coaching team of Perez, Paddy and Tricia Geraghty have embraced this success.
“We are looking forward to finally getting started after a good preseason,” said Paddy Geraghty.
“All the ladies are looking forward to it and it’s sure to be a very different game to what they’ve experienced before. We think that both teams will be challenging at the top of the league this season so it’ll be fun to see how it all unfolds.”
Some new signings for both teams should see both sides challenge their title rivals in what will be a fascinating year ahead.
“This is a very proud moment for both the club and the women’s program to have both teams squaring off in the top division,” said Rocks White coach Perez.
“Regardless of the outcome it will be a bonding and growing experience for both teams. I encourage any member of the club to come out and support both the success of the Shamrocks and the women’s program. Up the Rocks!”
Later Sunday, the first team and reserves will take on Doxa at Randall’s 75 at 6pm and 4pm respectively.
After last week’s great win at Lansdowne, the only setback has been a knee injury picked up by late sub Nick Zorbo who will miss eight weeks. First team coach Kevin Grogan added Offaly intercounty Gaelic Football player Luke Kelly who impressed in pre-season with the Shamrocks.
“It’s a massive game for us,” said Grogan. “We have had a good week of training and we are looking forward to the challenge. Consistency is king in football so we need a big performance from our players. Every game in this league is a cup final.”
Reserves boss Dan Meola is hoping his side can get a first win on the board after failing to score at Lansdowne on at the weekend.
“Last week, we did not get the result we deserved but that’s football,” he said.
“If you don’t score, you can only blame yourselves. Doxa are coming off a tough result and that is the worst time to play any team – when their only way to go is up. The lads will have to fight for the three points they were denied last week but I have no doubt the goals will come.”
Brooklyn North host Shamrocks 1960 in Williamsburg at 8am on Sunday with Robbie O’Neill’s men looking to extend last weekend’s perfect start
(Bushwick Inlet, 8am).
“We’re aiming to pick up another three points,” said O’Neill. “It’s a nice early kick-off so I hope the lads stick to day drinking Saturday and are home early!”
The Shamrocks Over 30s take on Manhattan Celtic Bhoys at Randalls 74, also at 8am on Sunday morning, and will be encouraged by last weekend’s 3-1 win over Manhattan Kickers Premier.
“We are looking forward to putting some more points on the board this weekend against Celtic and maybe another hat trick from Johnny,” said Sean Mc Mullan.
The Shamrocks Legends will travel to the Bronx to play Over 39s Division newcomers, Greek Americans, on Sunday evening (Herbert Lehman HS, 6pm). The Greeks have yet to start their campaign while the Rocks come into this one off the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht.
“It’s a very tough trip for us and they are an unknown quantity as a new team to the league,” said player-coach John Riordan. “But they’ll always be hungry to get one over the Shamrocks and we’ll just have to be patient as we make our way through the opening stages of the game.”
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An undefeated weekend heralded the return to CSL action for the five Shamrocks men’s teams this past weekend with the highlight being a 3-1 win at champions Lansdowne on Saturday night.
Travis Blair scored twice in the second half after Kurt Cameron’s early opener to send shockwaves around the top flight as the new look Bhoys struggled to break down Kevin Grogan’s energetic Rocks outfit.
With just two minutes on the clock, Cameron made it a perfect start for the visitors who had five starting players making their debut. One of those, Dylan McCabe, sent the corner across and another, Mark Roche, had his shot saved only for the ball to break into the big striker’s path and Cameron made no mistake from close range.
A scrappy first half saw Lansdowne push hard for a leveler but the Rocks survived thanks to some goalkeeping heroics by new goalkeeper Stephen Skonieczny. Blair came off the bench with 20 minutes to go along with Nick Laurent, both adding spark to the Rocks attack.
Another McCabe corner fell to Blair and he slotted home to double the lead and then with time running out, Laurent’s pass saw Blair break the offside trap and round the keeper to roll the ball to the back of the net. A late impressive Lansdowne consolation finally got the home side off the mark in injury time.
“It was a good start to the season for us,” said Grogan. “We worked extremely hard which is always the foundation. We need work on our ball retention but that will come. The most important thing now is to focus on our next game against Doxa which will be just as hard. It’s a long season. One game at a time.”
The Rocks reserves shared a scoreless draw in the opener to start Dan Meola’s second season in charge.
“Overall, the lads and myself are very disappointed,” said Meola. “We feel that we left Lansdowne off the hook, especially in the first 25 minutes. We may look back on the point as an important one, but ultimately, we left two additional points on the field. We learn and move on to Doxa.”
Finn O’Reilly was the man of the match for Shamrocks 1960 as Robbie O’Neill marked his first game at the helm with a brilliant 2-0 victory over Sons of Queens at St Michaels on Sunday.
Meola made up for Saturday’s setback with a goal and Amar Daved made sure of the points with one if his own.
“Delighted with the win,” said O’Neill. “A good start to the season for us and two good goals from Danny and Amir. Very happy with the three points.
“As Brian Clough said, Rome wasn’t built in a day but I wasn’t involved in that particular project.”
Sunday started with an impressive 3-1 win for the Over 30s against Manhattan Kickers Premier – Johnny McGeeney’s hat trick showing that he intends to continue his historic strike rate for the club.
The Rocks dominated the first 20 minutes and took the lead through a brilliant strike from outside the box by McGeeney into the top left corner. Kickers equalized after 35 minutes on a counter attack. McGeeney scored his second on the hour mark after a great header at the back post from a corner from Mauricio Bermudez. Returning goalkeeper Nick Meola made a brilliant diving save from a penalty to maintain the lead and McGeeney made sure of the spoils after 72 minutes with his third of the morning.
“It was a great start today against a very good Kickers side,” said Mc Carry.
“Brilliant all round team performance from the boys and when Johnny is in that kind of form, he is the best Over 30s striker in the state. Very important to get off to a winning start.”
The Shamrocks Legends (pictured above) tied Eintracht 1-1 at St Michaels in tough conditions on Sunday morning. Ger Shivnan had John Riordan’s men off to the perfect start with a brilliant strike set up by fellow returning player Antoin O’Duibhir’s excellent through ball.
The Legends dominated the second half but couldn’t find a second goal and were punished by a late in swinging set piece which was flicked onwards to hit the back post and into the net.
“It was great to get the lads together – some new faces and some returning players,” said Riordan. “It would have been an added bonus to get the win but we have every reason to be optimistic about the season ahead.”
The Rocks are back! It’s been a long hot summer but everything is in place for what should be an enjoyable CSL season kick-off which includes an Irish Derby curtain raiser and a great selection of exciting new players!
We were given a huge boost during the week when Andrew Horan and Alba stepped in as JAKO tracksuit sponsors for the Shamrocks 1960 team. If you know anybody who would like to support kit for any of our teams, don’t hesitate to let us know!
The Shamrocks also sends its condolences to Irish Echo and CSL writer Jay Mwamba whose father passed away this week. We always appreciate Jay’s support and our thoughts are with him and his family.
IRISH DERBY IN YONKERS
It doesn’t get bigger than a visit to the home of the league champions as the Rocks head to Tibbetts Brook Park on Saturday evening for the Cosmopolitan Soccer League’s marquee game of the weekend (kick-off 9pm).
Lansdowne have been the most successful CSL team for most of the past decade with multiple league titles alongside national victories and Kevin Grogan described the showdown as a “big challenge”.
The League Cup champion Rocks have enjoyed an active pre-season with some new young talent integrated into the squad and Grogan has called on his players to rise to that challenge, starting with this weekend’s hotly anticipated clash.
“I am very excited for the new season,” said the gaffer who welcomes back club legend Stevie Doyle as assistant coach.
“We have had a very busy recruitment period during the last eight weeks. I’m happy with my new additions. They are good players with good attitudes who are hungry for success.
“They have a big challenge on Saturday in our first game against the league champions but I feel we have big game players that can perform at this level. It’s a long, long season and as always we focus on one game at a time. Steady wins the race.”
Irish duo Mark Roche (pictured above with Kevin Grogan) and Dylan McCabe (pictured above right) will be hoping for a big debut in Saturday’s derby. Formerly of Portlaoise FC, Athlone Town and Shelbourne FC in Ireland, McCabe has played in the US for Lynn University in Florida and Carson Newman in Tennessee. Roche grew up at the famed Belvedere soccer club in Dublin before playing out a collegiate career at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA.
Budapest, Hungary native Barnabas Mako joins the Shamrocks from Stony Brook University where he was team mate of Rocks winger Alejandro Fritz for two of his four years. And midfield tyro Yannick Diese joins from Zum Schneider with young prospect Gabriel Vargas also added to the squad.
“We’ve kept the core of our squad but Ethan Evans has earned a contract in Germany and Giuseppe Barone has gone on trial in Spain and we are very happy for both of them!
“We have a big squad and players need to be patient. Over the course of the year everyone will be needed. It very much needs to be ‘WE’ and not ‘I’. We have no room for negativity in our squad. We are one big team regardless of who plays and who doesn’t.
“I also am delighted to have Stevie Doyle back as my assistant coach. We have a great relationship. The club are flying off the field behind the scenes and it’s a very exciting year ahead for the club.”
RESERVES READY FOR OLD FOE
Dan Meola has brought in Paul McDaid as his new player-assistant coach ahead of the reserves curtain raiser which kicks off at 7pm on Saturday evening.
Lansdowne edged out the Rocks in the play-off spots in May but both teams ultimately failed to advance to the league final with Meola’s men particularly unlucky to lose a shoot-out against eventual champs CPR Whites.
“Last season was last season,” said Meola. “The history books will show that we didn’t accomplish what we had set out to. The squad has strengthened a great deal and there is no better test than opening up away to your biggest rival. The lads can’t wait for the season and rightfully so. We have all the tools to have a very special season.”
O’NEILL TAKES THE REINS FOR ROCKS 1960
Another coaching move over the off-season saw the popular Robbie O’Neill take over Shamrocks 1960 whose Metro 1 spell ended in May after just two seasons.
The big Meath man has immediately set his sights on pushing for a quick return, building a brilliant young squad that opens their campaign on Sunday against Sons of Queens at St Michaels (kick-off 1pm).
“I’m very optimistic for the season ahead,” said O’Neill. “I feel we will be there or thereabouts in all competitions this season with an immensely talented squad.”
TOUGH OPENERS FOR LEGENDS AND OVER 30s
The new Shamrocks Legends player-coach John Riordan has brought in some new faces to try and challenge for a play-off spot in the newly restructured Over 39s Division and that bid begins Sunday at St Michaels with an 11am kick-off against SC Eintracht.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity of steering this team,” said Riordan. “The priority will be enjoying our games and the results will follow. There is a good energy among the players and we are all looking forward to it.”
Sean Mc Mullan and Paddy Mc Carry have swapped coaching roles for the Shamrocks Over 30s and will enter the new season with an improved squad energized by unluckily missing out on both league and State Cup honors last season.
They will start with a big game against rivals Manhattan Kickers Premier on Sunday morning at 8am (Randalls 74) and they have a full squad to choose from.
“We are looking forward to the new season and it’s a big game to start wit
h,” said Mc Mullan who replaces Mc Carry as coach.
“That’s the challenge our players enjoy so we will be looking to start with a win and move on from there.”
The women’s teams – both now taking part in the top division of the NYMWSL – will kick off in just over a week. Come out and support our men’s teams this weekend! Good luck to all new and returning players and coaches!
Up The Rocks!
Sligo-based JAKO Ireland has become the new kit supplier for the NY Shamrocks.
With the Courtyard Ale House stepping up as main club sponsor, a fresh new jersey design will be worn by all seven teams when the 2018/19 season kicks off in ten days.
The new Shamrocks kit worn by, from left, Teresa Ferraro-Gosse, Stephen Skonieczny and Zachary Gosse. (Photo credit: Eoin Sweeney)
Shamrocks Club President Teresa Brink welcomed the partnership with the sports apparel company whose HQ is in Germany. JAKO Ireland is latest in a long line of Top Quality German designed and engineered Team Wear brands.
“We recently launched the jersey at the annual Sunnyside Gardens and it proved a big hit,” said Brink of the recent JAKO unveiling (pronounced Yako).
“Our proud tradition of wearing green and white remains strong since 1960 and we are very excited to be associated with a growing company like JAKO.
“I want to also thank Pat Burke and the Courtyard Ale House for their continued support of our club and the entire committee is especially appreciative that our headquarters on Queens Boulevard has increased their sponsorship. We look forward to celebrating more great wins there in the near future!”
From left, Mark Roche, Teresa Ferraro-Gosse, Stephen Skonieczny, Colleen Kavanagh and Zachary Gosse. (Photo credit: Eoin Sweeney)
There will continue to be two alternative kits, black and white, while the ‘RW CEATHAIR DÉAG’ design remains as an ongoing commemoration of the late Robbie Walsh who passed away in November 2016. The Keith Buckley design features the Irish translation of Robbie’s retired number, 14: ceathair déag.
“Jako Ireland are proud to be partners with NY Shamrocks for the 2018/2019 Season,” said Nick Broujos, CEO at JAKO Ireland. “The Shamrocks Committee impressed us with their commitment and passion towards developing the club. They are the flagship team in the area and a vibrant part of the community. As with all our clubs, we cannot wait to see the Shamrocks teams and fans wearing our customized JAKO products for this season.”
At present JAKO is the number one team wear brand in Germany where Soccer is the number 1 sport. With seven different Teamlines that have nearly every color combination, JAKO Ireland offer clubs a product that will make their members stand out in a crowd. JAKO Ireland keep 95% of their products in the Catalogue in stock at a huge Team Centre Warehouse to deliver every team order right away.
For more information on any jersey or other kit sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Paddy Geraghty at (917) 560-4114
The rain didn’t dampen spirits at Sunnyside Gardens on Sunday as the Shamrocks enjoyed the largest player turnout in recent memory for its annual Six-Aside Co-Ed Soccer Tournament.
Eight teams – sponsored by eight different bars and companies – took to the field for a competitive but fun event that paved the way for an exciting season ahead which is now just over two weeks away.
In the final, Zachary Gosse’s Courtyard sponsored first team clinched the King McCormack Cup after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Robbie O’Neill’s fan favorites, the Bar 43 sponsored Shamrocks 1960 squad.
Although the muddy conditions prevented the traditional kids’ race, the semi-finals provided more than enough entertainment for the resilient onlookers with the GTI Alumni team and The Chelsea Bell Reserves team each succumbing to Bar 43 and The Courtyard respectively.
The other sponsors who helped make the day happen were The Wolfhound, PJ Horgans, Solas Electrical and Mc Guinness’s.
“It was a great day and everyone contributed to help make it a memorable occasion,” said Club President Teresa Brink.
“I am very grateful to everyone who sponsored the teams and to all the players who came along to compete. Congratulations to Zach and his team and well done also to Robbie and Bar 43/Shamrocks 1960 for bringing a lot of fun to the final.
“We love hosting this event at Sunnyside Gardens and I want to thank the committee for all their help and being so welcoming to us. We can now look forward to the new season with great excitement and optimism!”