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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The NY Shamrocks Soccer Club is mourning the passing of founding member and past president John McCrosson this week.
John (pictured below right) passed away on Tuesday after a long illness. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, a past treasurer of the County Tipperary Association of New York and a retired member of Local 3 IBEW.
John is survived by his devoted brothers Matthew and Thomas. He also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews as well as twelve grandnieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY on Sunday, April 7th, from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 8th at 9:45 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 6000 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, New York. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.
Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that Leo O’Connor and Osman Aydemir will line out for Shamrocks’s Legends against the Manchester United Legends XI for the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game at Gaelic Park on Saturday June 22.
Ozzie was a teammate and good friend of Robbie Walsh in the 2000’s and currently resides in Philadelphia. He was a hard working midfielder who loved a tackle and scored more than his share of goals. He was very upset when Brazil beat Turkey in the 2002 World Cup semi final and wants to ask Kleberson a few questions about that so he can finally get closure.
Leo was also a good friend and teammate of Robbie and has been involved with the Shamrocks for almost 20 years. He started out as a forward, then played midfield, now he’s a center back. He’s aware of what comes next and is already shopping for gloves. Leo is looking forward to playing against ex-Ireland international Frank Stapleton, and says he’ll mark him out of the game. We shall see.
CSL JOHN KILBY CUP QUARTER-FINAL (LEAGUE CUP)
FC Ulqini v Shamrocks (Greenbelt Recreational Center, Staten Island, 1pm)
D’ARPINO CUP SEMI-FINAL (RESERVES STATE CUP)
Shamrocks Reserves v Pancyprians Reserves (Frank Principe Park, 1pm)
OVER 30s LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Manhattan Kickers Premier v Shamrocks Over 30s (Randalls Island 74, 10am)
Shamrocks Legends v Manhattan Celtic Bhoys (Randalls Island 91, 4pm)
WOMEN’S STATE CUP SEMI-FINAL
NY Magic Reserves v Shamrocks Green (East 6th St 11am)
On the field this weekend, it’s all cup action with a mix of State Cup and League Cup games keeping the Rocks busy.
Shamrocks Green have a Women’s State Cup semi-final against defending champions NY Magic Reserves at East 6th St (kick-off 11am).
“It’ll be a very tough game but we got a good look at them in our draw last weekend,” said Geraghty.
“We learned a few things so hopefully we can improve. We have played two hard games since the start of the spring season and that’ll work to our advantage. They are still probably favorites but if we play well then we have a good chance.”
The defending CSL League Cup champions will look to move on to the semi-finals when Kevin Grogan’s first team travel to Staten Island for a 1pm kick-off against FC Ulqini.
“This is such an important and difficult game for us,” said Grogan.
“But if we maintain our attitude, discipline and concentration levels from last week, we have a good chance to win because we have very good players. We need to start the game with the correct approach.”
A June final is on the line for the reserves who face a State Cup semi-final against Pancyprians, a team they beat 4-0 in the league last Saturday.
“As I’ve mentioned so many times before there are no easy games in this league,” said coach Dan Meola.
“This is even more true in knockout games such as this where anything can happen. The lads have been playing at an incredibly high level all season. Having just played Pancyprians, this must be an occasion where all 18 come ready to give everything.”
Elsewhere, there are two games in the Over 30s League Cup. The Shamrocks Over 30s take on Manhattan Kickers Premier at Randalls Island 74 at 10am looking to bounce back from their loss against Pancyprians.
“We’re looking forward to this,” said Mc Mullan. “This will be our first time trying to win a League Cup at this level.”
And the Legends have a tough task when they take on Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in the final game of the day, a 4pm kick-off at Randalls Island 91.
“We have a few injuries and a few players missing,” said player coach John Riordan.
“We will look to enjoy the game and try to see what we can get out of it. They are a level or two above us but that’s the nature of this competition. It gives us a break from the league before a very important phase of games.”
- Bradshaw and Shivnan get nod for the Rocks
- Coleman pays tribute to departing reserves gaffer Dan Meola
- Tough test for first team at home to league leaders
- Over 30s, 1960 and Legends bid to make it two wins in a row
- Table topping Shamrocks Green face double champs
Ireland and Manchester United legend Frank Stapleton is confirmed for the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game at Gaelic Park on June 22! The Dublin-born forward cost United £900,000 when he signed from Arsenal in 1981 and helped his new club win the FA Cup in 1983 and 1985.
You can buy match tickets here: https://robbiewalsh.eventbrite.com
And you can meet all of the Legends if you buy banquet tickets here: https://nyshamrocksc.com/2019/03/27/banquet-2019/
We are pleased to also announce that Ger Shivnan and Paul Bradshaw will line out for the Shamrocks Legends XI.
Paul has played with the Shamrocks for a decade and still turns out every Sunday for our Legends. He’s a passionate Manchester United fan and can’t wait to play against his idols. He’s the only Shamrock in history to have a career ending injury and recover from a career ending injury in the same game. His left leg is held together by a combination of paper clips, prayers, and hubba bubba. Paul is joint favorite to score the first goal on June 22nd.
Ger has been an avid Manchester United fan since birth and is looking forward to sharing the field with his heroes. He’s originally from Roscommon, a place even most Irish people have never been. His goals for the Legends this year have been instrumental in the push for the playoffs and his main job for June 22nd is to provide enough sunscreen for all the bald(ing) members of the squad. He even volunteered to administer the sunscreen for anyone who can’t reach the top of their head. But that’s Ger… the consummate team player.
CSL DIVISION 1
Shamrocks v Pancyprian Freedoms (Randalls Island 70, 8pm)
CSL DIVISION 1 – RESERVES
Shamrocks v Pancyprian Freedoms (Randalls Island 70, 6pm)
CSL METRO 2 – SOUTH
Barnstonworth Rovers v Shamrocks 1960 (Bushwick Inlet, 12pm)
CSL OVER 30 DIVISION – EAST
Shamrocks Over-30s v Pancyprians Over-30s (Randalls Island 74, 8am)
CSL OVER 39 DIVISION
Shamrocks Legends v Cozmoz (Frank Principe Park, 1pm)
NYMWSL DIVISION A
Shamrocks Green v NY Magic Reserves (St Michaels, 1pm)
Rovers v Shamrocks White (East 6th St, 9am)
It will be another busy weekend of football action for the Shamrocks. The reserves and the club as a whole bade a fond farewell to coach and committee member Dan Meola who earlier this week moved with his wife Natalie to a new chapter in Texas. Rob O’Neill will step up to a dual role alongside his 1960 responsibilities and reserves player Darren Coleman paid tribute to Meola for his stewardship of the team over the past two seasons ahead of Saturday night’s game against Pancyprians (Randalls Island 70, 6pm).
“On behalf of myself and all the players we would like to thank Dan Meola for everything he has contributed to this team in his time with us,” said Coleman. “He leaves us unbeaten with only four goals conceded this season so far, the least in any division in the Cosmo League. He will be very much missed by all of us and we wish him and his wife all the very best of luck in their new adventure! We will certainly continue the great work that Dan has put into this team going forward!”
The first team have a tough task ahead of them as they prepare to face the league’s top side on the back of two slender defeats against Doxa and Zum Schneider.
“They pay their players and have a high quality squad with players who boast professional experience,” said Coach Kevin Grogan.
“In saying that, on any given day we can compete with anyone in the league. Granted we have had a bad start to the Spring but as the weeks go on we will get better and better. April is a big month for us as we have a League Cup game and then play Hoboken and NYAC. In many ways this game is preparation for those games.”
Sunday will start with another game against Pancyprians as the Over 30s look to add to their winning start against their play-off rivals (Randalls Island 74, 8am).
“With the first game of the second half of the season out of the way, we can now get back to business, winning games in a push to win the league,” said coach Sean Mc Mullan.
Second-placed Shamrocks 1960 are looking to close a seven-point deficit behind top side Sandzak when they take on Barnstonworth Rovers in Williamsburg (Bushwick Inlet, 12pm).
“We’re looking forward to a tough match against a strong Barnstonworth side who gave us a great game in the first half of the season,” said gaffer O’Neill.
“We are looking to bring home another three points and continue our push for promotion.”
In the Over 39 Division, the Shamrocks Legends will complete the first round of games with a crucial game against two-time champions Cozmoz (Frank Principe Park, 1pm).
The position in the standings of the Legends on Sunday evening will dictate their final four games with the CSL forced to pair up teams according to their record thus far. The higher the ranking, the harder the run-in each team will face as they challenge for a top four berth and a play-off spot.
“Cozmoz have been the top team since this new division was brought in so this is a very tough way to round out Phase 1,” said player-coach John Riordan.
“But we will go all out for the win and then figure what happens next in the final four games of the season. It is not an ideal system but we are where we are. We have a strong squad but we’ll miss Antoin O Duibhir who scored twice last Sunday.”
Elsewhere, in the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League, Division A leaders Shamrocks Green will play NY Magic Reserves at St Michaels with a 1pm kick-off. And Rovers will host Shamrocks White at East 6th St at 9am.
“We play the reigning league and State Cup champions this week so it’ll be a tough game as always,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.
“Hopefully last week’s game against Shamrocks White will stand to us. It was our toughest game of the season so far but we showed we don’t give up easily. If we have the same attitude and work ethic we’ll be tough to beat.”