Vital games for the Rocks as league swings back into action

The Shamrocks first team and reserves will both be hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on NYPD at Roosevelt Island on Saturday night (kick-offs 6.30 and 8.30).

For first team boss Glen Wrafter, this game provides a huge opportunity to move up the league table ahead of the winter break.

“It’s a vital match for us,” said Wrafter. “A victory would allow us leapfrog NYPD and move up into third place in the table. With only a couple of games left before the break, that would set us up nicely for a promotion push in the new year.

“We were unlucky against Manhattan Kickers in the last league game. I think the 2-0 result flattered them slightly and with a bigger squad I believe we could have got a result.”

The NYPD reserves are top of the table but a win for the Rocks reserves could narrow the gap to just two points – although they will have had played one game more.

“We’re hoping to return to winning ways after a disappointing draw last time out,” said manager Robbie O’Neill. “Giving up a last-minute equalizer was a huge disappointment and this is an opportunity to bounce back from that. There are now two games left before the winter break and we’re hoping to get all six points available to us and start a climb back to the top of the league table.

The Over 30s are away to NY Greek American Atlas on Sunday morning (Randall’s Island Field 75, 10am) and manager Paddy Mc Carry is struggling once more with a lengthy injury list.

Randall fieldman (broken toes), Eugene Reynolds (strained knee) and Justin Stanford (knee) are all out until March while Brian O’Connor has a torn acl and is out for the season. Paddy Geraghty is on vacation and Stevie Keating has work commitments.

Meanwhile, the Over 30s have been drawn away to NY Polet in the next round of the Marth Cup. The tie will take place on the first weekend of December.

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