- Grogan & team ready for biggest week in Rocks history
- Excitement building for league semi & State Cup final
- Reserves eye top-seeded NYAC in final four
- Over 30s host CPR on morning of State Cup finals
The Shamrocks Soccer Club is proud to confirm that we will host the CSL Division 1 semi-final in St Michaels on Wednesday May 31 at 8pm against Pancyprians.
Just over one year after dramatically avoiding relegation, Kevin Grogan has guided the Rocks to arguably the two biggest games in the 57-year history of the club after achieving second place in the regular season while also advancing to a first ever State Cup final.
Five massive Shamrocks games will be played out over a six day period beginning with Tuesday’s reserves league semi-final and culminating on Sunday June 4 with the hotly anticipated State Cup final between the Rocks and rivals Lansdowne. That will be preceded by the Women’s State Cup final between Paddy Geraghty’s treble chasing team of Invincibles and fellow NYMWSL Division A side Rovers.
The first team’s 13th league win of the year was one of their most impressive – last Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Cedar Stars Academy which sent CSA tumbling out of the play-off spots.
Two goals each from Nick Laurent and Andy O’Connell ensured that the Shamrocks head to the semis with confidence although Grogan is wary of focusing his players on the tough task ahead.
“It was a fantastic win against Cedar Stars,” said Grogan.
“It was a very entertaining game. We are peaking at the right time. I’m happy with the squad rotation over the last five weeks. It keeps everything fresh.
“I feel our full squad is healthy and hungry now for Wednesday. It’s the biggest game because it’s the next game. No one will like playing us at this point. We have a work ethic and discipline about us and we have a lot of expansive minded players going forward. Staying calm on Wednesday is important. We will play with a smile!”
Meanwhile, the other teams are preparing for their dates with destiny. The reserves will be up against a major challenge when they face top seeded NYAC on Tuesday at Randalls Island 74 (7pm kick off). The Over 30s are seeking a third league championship in a row and they will need to overcome CPR Old Boys in the semi-final on Sunday June 4 – an 8am kick off at Randalls 70. And the women’s team will look to round off their season in style when they seek to complete the treble with a big State Cup final showdown at Verrazano – also on Sunday June 4 (11.50am).
Shamrocks supporters are encouraged to join us at Verrazano Soccer Complex on Sunday June 4 as we look to make history for both our men’s and women’s teams. It should be a great day out for the entire family! Up the Rocks!
Paddy McCarry’s Shamrocks Over 30s ended the regular season on a high – bludgeoning Megas Alexandros 7-0 on Randalls Island on Sunday.
Johnny McGeeney hit a hat trick for the CSL champions, bringing his season tally to 30. Sean Riley, Tayfun Gokmen, Domnick McCartan and Adam Bierman also connected for the Rocks [15-1, 45], who finish seven points clear of second place Manhattan Celtic Legends.
It’s their third division title in the Over-30s’ upper echelon and they continue their quest for a second successive CSL crown [and fourth in seven seasons] against CPR Old Boys at Randalls Island 70 on June 4. The winners play either NY Greek Americans or Celtic Legends in the final.
Nick Laurent, on his home debut, and Andy O’Connell had a brace apiece in the first team’s 4-0 thrashing of Cedar Star Academy at St. Michael’s Playground on Saturday evening.
The surprisingly convincing win ended CSA’s season after the Greeks leapfrogged Cedar thanks to a 1-1 draw against Pancyprians – the seven-time champs had already been lined up as the opposition for the Rocks in the May 31 semi-final.
It was an impressive rebound win for Kevin Grogan’s men who had been coming into the weekend off the back of a 1-0 loss to three -time champions Lansdowne at Verrazano Sports Complex.
Earlier at St. Michael’s, Andrew Scott, Sean O’Neill [two] and Joey Zorbo were on target in the Shamrock reserves’ 4-0 win. They are also playoff-bound against NYAC B on Tuesday May 30 at Randalls Island 74.
Metro Div. One champions-designate Williamsburg International produced another trademark scoring spree to rout Shamrock 1960 6-1 at St. Michael’s Playground. Mark Gallagher and Andreas Moudatsos both had hat-tricks. Ryan McKinley had the Shamrocks’ consolation.
TO BE UPDATED
- Geraghty’s Invincibles add second trophy
- Legends wrap up season with nine goals
- Over 30s secure 14th league victory
The Shamrocks Women won the NYMWSL Division A Cup final on Sunday at East River Park, adding a second trophy to their undefeated season.
Jo Belluardo and Chloe Wheeler scored second half goals to ensure a well deserved 2-0 win against Rovers, a team that they’re going to get to know well over the next couple of weeks.
Scoreless at half-time, Belluardo opened the scoring five minutes after the break when she pounced on a perfect Wheeler through ball, beating the goalkeeper at the near post with a low drive.
Wheeler then sealed the win with a header ten minutes later, captain Teresa Ferraro’s corner finding the top scorer with the perfect cross.
The Rocks will try to keep their unbeaten run going next weekend when they face Rovers again in the league before the same opponents line up for the State Cup final on Sunday June 4.
“The ladies did a great job today,: said Paddy Geraghty.
“After having hitting the crossbar twice in the first half we thought it could be one of those days. But credit to them they kept at it and eventually made the breakthrough. Our defense gets special mention today. They kept Rovers without a shot on target and possessed the ball well.”
“We were missing a few key players, but we had a number of women that stepped up and had a major impact,” said winning captain Ferraro.
“We’re excited with today’s result, but we have to remain focused on our goals. We have a State Cup final on June 4th, and we’re hungry for the triple crown!”
RESERVES DOWN BHOYS IN DERBY
Meanwhile, the Shamrocks Reserves recorded a 4-2 win over Lansdowne Bhoys at St Michaels on Saturday.
The fourth-placed Rocks put a dent in Lansdowne’s bid to top the reserves division but will have to wait a week before they know their semi-final opponents.
NYAC have moved into first after a win on Sunday paired with a defeat for the Greeks. The team finishing top will play fourth-placed Shamrocks in the semi-final at the end of the month.
Andrew Scott opened the scoring early in the first half while captain Paul McDaid marked his return to action with the second, latching on to a Nikle Guzijan knockdown from a Larry Slaughter free kick.
Top scorer Sean O’Neill made it three from the penalty spot and Scott scored his second of the night after a George Lara assist.
“A lot of players really stepped up,” said reserves gaffer John Riordan. “The conditions were horrendous and we showed some of the grit I know we’re capable of.
“It’s a win that gives some extra confidence but it counts for nothing unless we can bring a display like that out in the league semi-final.”
NINE GOALS FOR LEGENDS
Also on Saturday, the Shamrocks Legends rounded out their season with a huge 9-1 win at Hoboken in Elizabeth, NJ.
Unfortunately their seventh league win in a row was not enough to see them through to the play-offs, missing out by a point after Manhattan Kickers won their Sunday game.
Top scorer Karol Hughes scored four and there was one each for Eoghan McParland, John Riordan, Brian O’Connor, Stevie Doyle and Colin Lee.
30s HAMMER CPR
Johnny McGeeney scored four goals for the second week in a row as the Over 30s routed CPR Old Boys 5-1 at Randalls Island on Sunday morning.
Kevin Walsh also got himself on the scoresheet in the impressive win, a result which means the western conference belongs to the Greeks who moved up to first place on Monday due to a forfeit going in their favor next weekend.
“It was a great team performance,” said Sean Mc Mullan who coached and played in goal, saving three times in one-on-one situations.
“We have one more game before the play-offs so this is very good preparation.”
In Metro 1, Shamrocks 1960 lost 4-2 to Ridgewood Romac in Staten Island – Hughie McGowan and Anthony Carrabotta on the mark for the Rocks.
DIVISION 1 UPDATE
While Kevin Grogan prepared to send his team into the fray against Lansdowne for a league game on Wednesday night, the play-off picture became a little clearer.
A win at Verrazano Soccer Complex will push the Rocks top with one game remaining – Saturday’s game against Cedar Stars Academy (St Michaels, 8pm).
But after Pancyprians surprisingly lost at Doxa on Sunday, the Rocks are now guaranteed to finish no lower than second place, thus securing a home semi-final against Pancyprians on possibly Wednesday May 31 (TBC).
Cedar Stars must win on Saturday or hope the Greeks lose in order to be sure of finishing fourth after they failed to beat Manhattan Celtic.
That 0-0 draw gave Celtic a lifeline and it will be a winner takes all affair on Saturday night as Celtic and NYAC battle for survival – one or other team risks joining Polonia in Division 2 next year.