Weekend report: three wins from three, Rockaways donations, family fundraiser

  • Successful weekend brings three wins from three.
  • Rocks send supplies to Far Rockaways, more donations desperately needed.
  • Information on upcoming benefit in December for family of Paul O’Shaughnessy.

It was a great weekend for the NY Shamrock soccer club as all three teams produced excellent victories

On Saturday night at Roosevelt Island, the firsts and reserves scored a total of five goals without reply against a coupe of very skilled NYPD teams.

Sean Mc Mullan scored a goal for the firsts and the reserves.

A rare header from striker Sean Mc Mullan opened the scoring for the first team after 35 minutes after great work on the left by Andy Keogh and Dave Harvey.

John Riordan made it 2-0 with a 65th minute tap-in after the NYPD keeper failed to deal with a Joey Aronovsky cross from a tight angle on the right.

“It was an excellent performance and victory,” said manager Glen Wrafter after the game.

“It means we leap frog them into third in the league table and gives us a real chance of putting on a real promotion push in the spring. We had a depleted squad out there and everyone gave their all against a very good side.”

In the curtain-raiser, the reserves won 3-0 against league leading NYPD, bringing them to within two points of the opposition.

It was a scoreless at half-time but the deadlock was broken midway through the second half by Braden Ruddy’s stylish opener – his first of the season.

Within minutes, John Mc Donnell added another well-worked goal and then Sean Mc Mullan’s chipped shot to the far right hand corner wrapped up the points in the best way possible.

“We were very happy to win the way we did,” said assistant manager John Riordan. “The lads battled hard and those goals were some of the best football we played all season.

“That said, many of them are police officers and they’ve had a tough few weeks after Sandy. As a team and on behalf of the club we paid tribute to their service after the game. It was a tiny gesture but I felt it was important. ”

On Sunday morning at Randall’s Island, Paddy Mc Carry’s Over 30s secured their fourth win in a row after fighting back from 1-0 against NY Greek Atlas to win 2-1.

Impressive second half finishes from Eugene O’Driscoll (65 minutes) and Eugene Gormley (75 minutes) sealed a morale-boosting win after what had been a slow start to the season.

Eugene O’Driscoll got the Rocks Over 30s back to 1-1 with a great finish.

“Alan quirke made a great save to keep us in the game,” said Mc Carry afterwards. “It was a great performance from the whole squad. That’s four straight wins now and confidence is high.”

Meanwhile, a van load of supplies left The Courtyard Bar on Monday morning bound for the Far Rockaways. There will be another donations run this week and players, club members and supporters are invited to bring along any tinned foods and regular cleaning supplies they can get their hands on. No more clothes needed.

Call club president Kevin McPartland for more information: (917) 583-1575

Finally, next month there will be a fundraiser for the family of Paul O’Shaughnessy, the Rocks supporter who tragically passed away in September

Paul O’Shaughnessy died at the young age of 44 yrs. He and his wife, Susan, have lived in Sunnyside for almost 20 years. Paul was father to 3 young boys – Sean, Michael & Paul, and a teenage daughter, Haley. A skilled carpenter, he has left his mark throughout the tri-state area.

The benefit will take place on December 16 at Sidetracks in Sunnyside. For more information, check out the official website.

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