- Champions Green take on White at St Michaels
- Weekend off for first team as reserves face Cedar Stars
- 1960 travel to Coney Island
- Double header for the Over 30s and Legends
Last season began with a club derby between the two Shamrocks women’s teams, the first ever.
This year, we only have to wait until week two of NYMWSL Division A for the two sides to face off and with both teams having improved over the summer, it promises to be the top game of the weekend (St Michael’s – 11am).
Champions Shamrocks Green arrive into this one on the back of a 1-1 tie with Rovers while Shamrocks White started very promisingly with a 3-0 victory over Beyond.
“Our matchup with Shamrocks White always proves to be our toughest game of the season,” said Green player coach Kelci Hegg.
“We are used to competing at practice with each other and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They are a very good side and we will have to bring our best play to beat them.
“At the end of the day, we are still one club and there is sure to be drinks and cheers regardless of the outcome. We hope to have lots of club support and are looking forward to a great day!”
In the men’s league, the Shamrocks first team have the week off due to the involvement of Cedar Stars Academy in the US Open Cup.
The reserves game will go ahead with a 7pm kick-off at Randall’s Icahn, a repeat of last season’s State Cup final which was won by the Rocks.
“We’ve had very poor starts in the first two games so I’ll ask the players to be ready to go from the off this week,” said Kevin McPhillips.
“First clean sheet and a win is the target.”
Shamrocks 1960 will also be seeking their first win of the season when they make the trip to Coney Island for a Division 3 clash with Brooklyn City (Kaiser Park – 11am).
“We are looking to right the ship Sunday and get back on target in the league,” said coach Rob O’Neill.
“We are playing a good Brooklyn City team but I fully believe we’ll pull in our first win of the season.”
There is an Over 30s / Over 40s double header at Randall’s 74 on Sunday morning starting with Shamrocks Over 30s returning to action after a week off against perennial rivals Manhattan Kickers at 8am.
Then the Shamrocks Legends face their toughest game of the month when then take on Barnstonworth Old Boys at 10am.
The Legends have won their first two games and player coach John Riordan will welcome back several players to the fold for what should be the strongest squad of the season so far.
“Barnstonworth pretty much ended our season back in May with a very good performance,” recalled Riordan.
“They were strong that day and we’ll be under no illusions about the challenge we face this weekend. If we are more clinical in front of goal, we have a chance of getting a result.”
New Shamrocks White coach John Keane enjoyed a perfect start to his new role at the club when his team recorded a 3-0 victory over Beyond FC at St Michaels on Sunday.
After a hard fought and scoreless first half, Christine Perrella opened the scoring in the second half and Cassie Esposito also opened her account for the season with a pair of goals which sealed victory.
“Great team effort in what was a very evenly matched game,” said Keane.
“We began to outwork our opponents in all areas in the second half and the breakthrough came for a deserved win.”
NYMWSL Division A champions Shamrocks Green started their title defense with a 1-1 tie at Rovers.
”This was the epitome of the first game of the season,” said new coach Kelci Hegg.
“We were a little rushed, a little disorganized but overall, we managed to get a result. I have confidence as we go forward, we will be fitter and smarter in the games to come.
“It was good to see Teresa Ferraro not miss a beat is she came back and scored our lone goal and have a newcomer Dayna Darcy create the assist.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s league, the first team were unlucky not to bring a result back from Travers Island where NYAC emerged 3-2 winners.
A goal just before half-time from Francesco Zanetti set up by John McAleenan and an 85th minute consolation from Jack Watson with Darren Coleman assisting were not enough to salvage a first point of the season.
“We were unlucky not to get a point from the game,” said Paddy Geraghty.
“We had a few decent chances and hit the crossbar. We gave away two goals that were avoidable and overall we didn’t play our game. We’ll try fix it this week and go again next Sunday.”
In the curtain raiser, the Rocks Reserves battled back from 3-1 down to eke out a 3-3 draw against perennial rivals NYAC. James Whyte (1) and James Hudson (2) were on the mark for Kevin McPhillips’ men.
”Another slow start this week but the lads showed good character again to score three unanswered goals and come away with the point,” said Coach KMc.
“The group is still getting to know each other and we’ve got some things to figure out, but the team spirit and effort is fantastic.”
Shamrocks 1960 are also seeking a first point after they too were on the wrong end of a 3-2 reversal, Ciaran Brennan and Hughie McGowan scoring the goals for Rob O’Neill’s team.
“This was a tough loss once again,” said O’Neill.
”We missed a few great chances and conceded a couple soft goals. Disappointing but we’ll regroup at training Tuesday and move forward.”
In the first game of a busy Sunday, the Legends were 5-2 winners over Eintracht, sending John Riordan’s men to a 2-0 record at the top of the Over 40s Division.
Marcus Nascimento opened the scoring early with a fine finish off a Ger Shivnan assist. The Brazilian then turned provider for Shivnan who also added a third team goal just before half-time.
Eintracht narrowed the game to 3-1 but then Shivnan added another assist to his tally when he played in Paul Bradshaw for his first goal of the season, giving the Legends some breathing space. Paddy Geraghty rounded off the scoring with an immaculate left foot finish.
“Delighted with the win,” said Riordan. “It was great to have Cair Ferguson back in action and also good to see Paul Bradshaw find the back of the net. Good team performance but a big test next Sunday against Barnstonworth will really tell us where we are.”
The Shamrocks first team lost the opening game of the New CSL Division 1 season 2-1 at home to Zum Schneider at Randall’s Island on Saturday evening.
But new coach Paddy Geraghty, who gave a handful of debuts to new Rocks players, was not disheartened by the result of a game which started out promising after an early Francesco Zanetti penalty was rifled to the roof of the net.
“A good performance from the lads this week,” said Geraghty.
“Considering we’ve only had four sessions together, I thought we worked hard and stuck together very well. We were unlucky not to score a few more and there are definitely more positives than negatives.”
In the curtain raiser, James Whyte scored a late header off a fine cross from new player Colm Kennedy to help share the spoils with the Zum Reserves.
Kennedy, brother of center back Joe, had just arrived in from Dublin the night before to help boost the squad for new gaffer Kevin McPhillips.
“Tough start to the game, but the boys quickly figured things out and in the end I think we were the better side for the majority of the game,“ said McPhillips.
”Good effort from all the players and a draw was the very least we deserved. We’ll take the point and look for the right result next weekend.“
The first win of the Shamrocks season arrived on Sunday afternoon when a two-goal haul from Ger Shivnan inspired the Legends to a 3-1 win over their Greek counterparts.
Shivnan’s overhead opened the scoring midway through the first half and he made it 2-0 with a fine low finish. In the second half, Marcus Nascimento made sure of the points but there were several wasted opportunities which gave the Greeks hope. They struck back with 10 minutes to go but the Rocks regained control and saw it out for the first opening day win in squad history.
“I’m obviously very happy with the win,” said player coach John Riordan. “At times we controlled play brilliantly through Paddy Geraghty and Eddie Gilmartin in center midfield but there were times where we should have been more clinical. That will come with games.”
The Over 30s were not so fortunate in their own game against the Greeks – Matt Moccia and Mike Dineen scoring a goal in either half during a 5-2 loss.
And in the final game of the weekend, Shamrocks 1960 lost 2-0 to Sandzak.
”It was a disappointing start to the season,” said Rob O’Neill.
“It was a tough loss against a good side. I’m proud of the lads – they showed massive heart with 10 men for the whole second half. We should have equalized but we didn’t so we move on to Gotham Argo next Sunday.”
Another new campaign begins with much promise for the Shamrocks on Saturday evening as Paddy Geraghty takes the first team into Division 1 action with a late tie against Zum Schneider.
The 9pm kick-off at Randalls Island 70 will be one of two games getting the new CSL season underway this weekend with two brand new names gracing the top flight: Sporting SC and KidSuper Samba AC.
Some new faces will be on show with Darren Coleman and John McAleenan both enjoying a well-deserved promotion from the reserves while former Drogheda United forward Aaron Ashe should be an interesting signing for the club.
“We are excited to get started on Saturday,” said Geraghty.
“It’s a very tough division with no easy games but we’ll go into it looking to compete with every team we play. We’ve added some quality players to our squad so hopefully we can gel quickly.
“Kevin Grogan has set a tough act to follow and he’s been great behind the scenes in player recruitment. I’m looking forward to working with (new assistant coach) Zachary Gosse who has invaluable experience in this league and I’m happy to welcome back Dan Giorgi and Stuart Colbert who add the leadership that’s always needed.
“Hopefully we’ll get some good support on Saturday night and get the result we want.”
In the curtain raiser, another new gaffer will see his first action as Kevin McPhillips – assisted by player coach Rob Gaynor – looks to start on a high note against Zum.
“I was at the State Cup final victory last season,” said McPhillips.
“The team has already enjoyed a lot of success so I’m looking forward to try and build more on that.”
Meanwhile, with the newly formed Division 3 set to be very competitive, Shamrocks 1960 coach Rob O’Neill has been busy rebuilding his squad over the summer after missing out on trophies last season.
The 1960s will take to the field in the last of a unique triple header at Randalls Island 75 on Sunday (6pm), preceded by games for the Legends and the Over 30s.
Mick Mc Anea stays on as O’Neill’s right hand man while Kevin Farrell has been added to the coaching set-up.
“Getting promoted last year was massive for us,” said O’Neill. “Looking forward to a year of more competitive games and a push for silverware hopefully.”
The CSL finally has an Over 40s division after five years of building up to this weekend’s historic moment. The Legends and Over 30s take on their Greek American counterparts at 2pm and 4pm respectively.
John Riordan has added Joe Connolly as an assistant coach with Ducky Kelly remaining on board. Some new blood has been added to the squad, not least of which Shamrocks legend Mike Bishop returning to the club.
“We missed out on the play-offs last season so the aim this year is to go one better and challenge for honors,” said Riordan.
“We need more consistency and we definitely need some extra players to make sure we can get through some tough battles ahead. We’ll enjoy it, as always!”
- 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.”