Rampant Rocks rattle off six wins and a hard earned draw

  • Prolific Shamrocks day produces six wins and a draw
  • Grogan praises players after ‘big result’
  • Burns on target once again
  • Women win well on the double
  • 1960 and Legends off the mark
  • Nine-goal triumph for perfect Over 30s

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Sunday was almost the perfect day but it would be a difficult to imagine how it could have been better for the Shamrocks.

After Rocks teams rattled off six wins from six across the city, the first team headed to the Bronx for the toughest tie of the day.

Kevin Grogan’s men started brilliantly and took an early lead at the home field of last year’s league finalists Cedar Stars Academy, Kwesi Mills-Odoi scoring his third goal in three games to give the visitors a surprise lead.

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Kwesi Mills Odoi scored his third goal in three games.

But the talented home side drew level superbly before half-time, setting up an entertaining second half where either side could have snatched all three points.

“This was a big result against one of the top two teams in the league,” pointed out Grogan afterwards.

“It was a bizarre game but the players managed it very well. Many injuries but injury management is part and parcel of the game.”

Chris Burns surged to the top of the goalscoring charts for the reserves with his second strike in two games, a late winner that handed his side a deserved 1-0 victory in the opener.

After dominating possession and peppering the CSA goal, it was the veteran defender who settled the issue after central midfielder Johnny Hayes’ volley careened back off the crossbar.

“I’m delighted with the result particularly since we were missing a couple of players through injury,” said coach John Riordan.

“We have a quick turnaround now to the replay of the game against Zum Schneider (Wednesday, Randalls 70, 9pm) and they have had a couple of very impressive results so we will need to be on our toes.”

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Center back Joe Kennedy helped the reserves to their second clean sheet in a row.

Meanwhile, Shamrocks 1960 got off the mark with their first win and first goals of the season thanks to a 4-2 success at home to Deportivo Sociedade.

Craig Glynn scored twice while a Dave Harvey penalty and a goal from Michael Kumaresan made sure of the points for Andy Connolly’s side against their winless opponents.

“Great win and sets us back on track,” said Connolly. “The new players are gelling with rest of the squad. Great performance from Craig and Harvey was man of the match. He’s a greater leader in his new midfield role.”

A Ger Shivnan brace helped the Legends get their season up and running, inspiring a very impressive 4-1 win at home to Manhattan Celtic in the Over 37 Division Irish Derby.

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The Shamrocks Legends that came from behind to beat Manhattan Celtic 4-1 in Sunday’s Over 37s game at St Michaels. Back row, from left to right, Brian Wolohan, Tyrone Kent, Justin Stanford, Joe Connolly, Robbie Walsh, Emmett Harvey, Ger Shivnan, Eoin Sweeney. Front row, left to right, Randall Friedman, Richie Brennan, Eoghan McPartland, Ducky Kelly, Eddie Gilmartin, Mateo Stiglich.

The away side took the lead but Tyrone Kent deservedly got the scoring underway for the Rocks with a good finish from the edge of the box. Shivnan’s first was a header into the far corner while his second was set up by Eoghan McParland, allowing the big Roscommon forward to fire the ball to the far corner from the edge of the box. Assistant coach Ducky Kelly scored the superb fourth, a dinking shot over the advancing keeper.

“It was great to get our first win of the season against a good side in Manhattan Celtic,” said coach Emmett Harvey.

“We played brilliantly as a team and worked hard throughout the game. Ger Shivinan, Tyrone Kent and Donal “Ducky” Kelly all took their goals superbly.

“I can’t single out any individual player for man of the match as everyone played their part brilliantly. This win takes the pressure of Eoin Sweeney once again.”

Earlier Sunday, the Over 30s hammered Megas Alexandros 9-2 and will look ahead to next Sunday’s top of the table clash against Manhattan Celtic with confidence.

Sean Riley and Johnny McGeeney both scored twice and there were also goals from Tayfun Gokmen, Shawn Baron, Dominick McCartan and the Brazilian pairing of Marcus Nascimento and Leo Coimbra.

“Three wins without a loss to start the season, we are very happy with that,” said coach Paddy Mc Carry.

“We did not start great and made a couple mistakes which resulted in their two goals but after that we settled down and we were fantastic in the second half.

“All 18 of the squad played so that was pleasing. We have attacking players who are brilliant and when they are on song, we score a lot of goals and cause teams a lot of trouble. So it was very good day at the office for us.”

In the Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League, there were excellent wins in Division A and B for both of the Rocks teams.

An early start at Randall’s Island saw Paddy Geraghty’s Division A team beat the Manhattan Kickers on a resounding scoreline, 4-0.

13 goals in three games now and Chloe Wheeler’s stunning volley set the tone. As with last Sunday’s 8-0 win, Wheeler was joined once again on the scoresheet by Georgia Frost (pictured below left), Sinéad Hennessy and Jarielle Uter (below right).

“A strong performance on Sunday against a good Manhattan Kickers team,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.

“They caused us trouble from set pieces but our fitness told in the end and we could have had six or seven. We’re coming into the tough part of our schedule in October so hopefully we stay healthy and give it our best.”

The Women’s B team enjoyed an impressive success over Manhattan Kickers/Phoenix. Anastasia Hagan’s opener was followed by a Paige Osborne double that sealed the points for Keith Perez’s charges.

“We are really coming together as a unit,” admitted Perez.

“The ladies moved as a team and implemented tactics learned at training to dominate possession the entire game. We outplayed the Manhattan Kickers at every position and I am very proud of the the performance they put together. If we continue to play at that level, this can be a very successful season.”

O’Loughlin return boosts Rocks

  • Tough test at Cedar Stars for first team
  • Joey Zorbo named Reserves assistant coach
  • Over 30s bid to continue unbeaten streak
  • Women hoping for three from three
  • Legends/1960 double header at St Michaels

shamrocks-sunday-schedule-graphicJust in time for the tough away trip to the Bronx to face Cedar Stars Academy this weekend, first team boss Kevin Grogan has received a huge boost this weekend with the return of defensive stalwart Charlie O’Loughlin.

The towering center back has impressed since joining the Rocks from Hoboken and will likely rejoin captain Zachary Gosse at the heart of the defense with last year’s player of the year recovering this week from the gashed shin he sustained during last week’s win at home to NYAC.

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Charlie O’Loughlin returns for the Rocks (Picture: Dennis Schneider)

It was announced earlier this month that the former Westchester Everton Eagles would now fall under the banner of NJ-based Cedar Stars Academy subject to the terms of an initial year-long deal. The Eagles were Division 1 finalists last season and have added good talent to their already strong ranks.

“Charlie is back which is a big plus for the squad,” said Grogan.

“We will make a decision last minute on (midfielder) Giuseppe Barone (ankle) and unfortunately Eric ( Hamstring and groin ) will most likely be unfit to play.

“This will be our toughest test but we are capable of playing anyone this season. I’ve said it before, we will get better each week. Jamie Clarke came into his own during the second half last week and caused trouble. My shirt is already ironed for Sunday. I cant wait!”

Meanwhile, John Riordan has appointed first team player Joey Zorbo as his assistant coach for the reserves team ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Bronx. And in further good news for the squad, captain Paul McDaid (pictured below) returns after a weekend away as will veteran defender Nikle Guzijan and last season’s top scorer Darren Coleman. There will also be a debut for highly rated goalkeeper Jesse Corke.

dsc_3052“i’m delighted Joey has accepted the role,” said Riordan. “He has been a brilliant addition to the club and he offers great energy and insight. I’m looking forward to working with him and with the mood in the camp very positive, he can be a natural fit.

“Unfortunately, Timmy Fetherston is still out with an injury and Brendan Lane has picked up a knock but we have a strong squad Sunday and we’re looking forward to it.”

It was also confirmed during the week that the CSL Arbiter overturned a referee’s decision to forfeit a league game between the Rocks reserves and their Zum Schneider counterparts on the opening day of the season. The Zum coaches did not provide roster sheets in time for the kick off and it was temporarily designated as a forfeit. However, this was reversed and the game was rescheduled to next Wednesday evening (Randalls Island 70, 9pm).

Sunday will begin with the dominant Rocks Over 30s heading to Williamsburg for an 8am game at Megas Alexandros as coach Paddy Mc Carry aims to extend the incredible unbeaten run which reached 30 games last weekend.

“We’re looking to stay unbeaten and keep a clean sheet,” said Mc Carry.

“We have set a goal to be top of the East division by the time the winter break rolls around. To achieve that goal, we must take care of business against Megas. Celtic are also unbeaten and we play them next week but we must get Sunday out of the way first.

“We have a full 18-man squad to chose from. There a few of the boys away but we have a lot of strength in depth this year. We also are very proud of our 30 game unbeaten streak and we want to keep adding to it!”

The Legends and Rocks 1960 will enjoy a St Michaels double header on Sunday with Deportivo Sociedade visiting for a Mtero 1 game at 1pm following the Over 37s Irish Derby between Emmett Harvey’s men and Manhattan Celtic Masters.

Deportivo have renamed from the team formerly known as Metro City Fury and, as with the Rocks, have yet to win this season, recording a scoreless drw against Croatia in their opener.

“This is D-Day for the 1960s,” admitted coach Andy Connolly. “We have to barrage the opposition with all we have on Sunday and hope to secure a beach head in this league. Should we do so, we’ll be marching under the Arc de Triomphe by Christmas.”

In the opener, the Legends will also be looking for their first points of the season as will their derby rivals, Manhattan Celtic.

“After what has been a tough start to the season, we are hoping to bounce back at home this weekend,” said coach Emmett Harvey.

“Although we are missing a few key players through injuries and suspensions, we move forward and will do our best to pick up some points this weekend.”

Elsewhere, Rocks Women coach Paddy Geraghty is aiming to make it three wins from three when his charges line out on Randalls Island 82 at 10am against Manhattan Kickers/Scala.

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Rocks Women have won their opening games. (Picture John Riordan)

“We have the chance to stay top of the league so it’s a big incentive for us,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “Two of our biggest rivals play each other this week so we have to take advantage of points dropped elsewhere.”

Later at East River Park, the B team will also face Manhattan Kickers/Scala who merged over the summer with Phoenix (3pm kick-off).

Coach Keith Perez is seeking to build on last weekend’s maiden victory and has called on his players to build momentum.

“With some new players and a strong commitment from team veterans, we will be showcasing a well balanced line up at all positions,” Perez said. “It would be a huge boost if we could get some support as we aim to pick up victory number two!”

Aces frozen out by hat trick hero Frost

  • Frost hat trick inspires dominant Rocks Women
  • Esposito on target again as Women B grab first win
  • First team make it two from two
  • Over 30s now 30 games without a loss

shamrocks-sunday-schedule-graphicIt was a historic day for the Shamrocks Women’s teams at St Michaels on Sunday where the Division A side recorded a stunning 8-0 win which came hot on the heels of the B team’s first ever victory.

B team coach Keith Perez praised his charges for whom Cassie Esposito was on the mark again, scoring twice, while Paige Osborne made sure of the three points in a 3-2 result against Astoria.

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Paige Osborne scored for Shamrocks Women B in their maiden victory of their first ever season, a 3-2 result at home to Astoria in St Michaels on Saturday. Picture courtesy Nigel Frost

“I’m very proud of the ladies for coming together and playing hard to bring us our first victory of the season,” said coach Keith Perez.

“We look forward to building on this positive result.”

There was even more joy in second game of the day at St Michaels when the Smoking Aces were no match for the relentless pressure of the Rocks.

A Georgia Frost hat trick was supplemented by two goals each from Jarielle Uter and Chloe Wheeler while Sinéad Hennessy grabbed one of her own.

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Georgia Frost was the hat trick hero for the Rocks. Picture courtesy Nigel Frost

“A solid performance from the ladies today,” was the understated reaction of coach Paddy Geraghty.

“We created plenty of chances and scored some great goals. Chloe Wheeler was a constant menace and Georgia Frost finished well with late runs into the box.

“Sinéad Hennessy was a great target for us and our defensive unit was composed. Jarielle Uter scored two goals off the bench and is pushing to start next week.

“I’m satisfied with where we are at this stage of the season but we have to improve if we want to challenge the top teams.”

Pictured above are the other three Shamrocks goalscorers, from left to right, Jarielle Uter, Chloe Wheeler and Sinéad Hennessy. Pictures courtesy Nigel Frost.

Meanwhile, the night before at the same venue brought a pair of 2-0 wins over NYAC for the first team and the reserves.

Kwesi Mills-Odoi (pictured above left) scored once again, his second half goal finishing off a move that involved Jamie Clarke’s great surging run and Alejandro Fritz’s deft assist.

A late penalty from Ibrahim Diaby (pictured above right) made sure of the points, getting the talented midfielder’s account up and running.

Heading into next week’s tricky visit to Cedar Stars Academy, Kevin Grogan expressed a note of caution over the mounting injury list.

“180 minutes. No goals conceded. Three goals scored. These are decent stats,” he observed.

“But it’s one game at a time. Injury management is key now as we suffered a lot of injuries (Saturday). Lots of ice baths this week!”

The reserves also scored twice in the second half to record their first competitive victory of the season after last week’s forfeit win over Zum.

A rare goal from veteran defender Chris Burns settled the Rocks nerves from a set piece while Sean O’Neill finished brilliantly with a low drive past the NYAC keeper after a counter attack sent him clear.

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Chris Burns settled Rocks reserves nerves with a second half strike that gave his side a 1-0 lead over their NYAC counterparts. The game finished 2-0 at St Michaels. Picture: Dennis Schneider/NY Shamrocks

“We’re still getting used to each other and we were missing a couple of key players,” said coach John Riordan. “So I couldn’t be happier with the win. It will be an even stiffer test next Sunday so we’ll just have to try and carry the momentum on.”

Elsewhere, the Shamrocks Over 30s have now gone 30 games without losing in all competitions after they won Sunday morning’s league game 3-0 at home to Brooklyn Gunners.

Johnny McGeeney opened the scoring while Sean Riley marked his first game of the season with a double.

“I’m very happy with what was a good performance,” said coach Paddy Mc Carry.

“We played excellently. It’s another three points on the board along with a clean sheet and to go 30 games unbeaten is quite an achievement for any team.

“It was great to see Eugene Reynolds back and Pa Ryan looks like an excellent keeper. We got the three points and we were missing four starters so it’s a very pleasing result. All and all, it was a great day at the office.”

The Legends lost 5-2 away to Manhattan Kickers, Robbie O’Connor and Karol Hughes leading a second half fight back with a goal each but it was too little, too late.

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The Shamrocks Legends team that succumbed 5-2 to Manhattan Kickers at East River Park on Sunday morning. Back row from left to right, Eoin Sweeney, Tyrone Kent, Richie Brennan, Justin Stanford, Randall Friedman, John Riordan. Front row, left to right, Robbie O’Connor, Matteo Stiglich, Eoghan McPartland, Karol Hughes, Ducky Kelly, Eddie Gilmartin.

“It was another tough day as we only had 11 against a very good Manhattan kickers team,” said assistant coach Eoin Sweeney.

“We were trailing 3-0 at half-time the second half was a more even affair. A superb pass by Tyrone Kent set up Robbie O’Connor for a great header. Robbie then set up Karol Hughes for a clinical strike. A definite improvement in squad commitment is needed if we are to be successful this season. We move on to next week’s game taking the positives from today.”

And in the final game of the day, Rocks 1960 lost 3-0 away to Williamsburg in their Metro 1 clash.