Wrafter rallies Rocks ahead of league campaign relaunch

The NY Shamrock Soccer Club is looking to strengthen its player options before the April 1 signing deadline as the second half of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League gets underway this weekend.

GLEN WRAFTER (player manager)

GLEN WRAFTER (player manager)

All three teams are still in contention for league honors however first team boss Glen Wrafter, who has guided his side to the top four of the second division, is on the lookout for an extra bit of quality to try and eke out an edge on their closest competitors.

“We will be hosting a try-out at Roosevelt Island this Thursday night at 8pm,” confirmed Wrafter. “Everyone is welcome to come along. We’re convinced that there is a lot of untapped talent out there in the city. This club is incredibly ambitious but if we are to realize our objectives, we will definitely need to add some players.”

A win against NY Ukrainian this weekend (kick-off 8pm) will see the Rocks go level with their opponents thereby increasing their promotion hopes no end.

“With Manhattan Kickers unbeaten and five points clear at the top of CSL Division II, it’s a race for second place. That race starts for us with our first league game back against NY Ukrainian SC. Our season hinges on this game and a win would set us up nicely for a crack at promotion to the 1st Division,” added Wrafter.

The reserves are also in a strong position and will look to bounce back from a heavy League Cup defeat at the hands of their clubmates the weekend before last when they take on the Ukrainian reserves at 6pm.

“They’re unbeaten and they’re top of the league,” said manager Robbie O’Neill. “But a win will bring us level with them and put us in a good position for a strong run-in. It won’t be easy as we have a few injuries but that’s all the more reason to make this try-out as successful as possible.”

Over 30s manager Paddy Mc Carry, whose team is also back in action this weekend with a home tie against Tesoro on Sunday morning, has steadied the ship after a tough start to the league campaign but is hopeful of adding some new recruits before the deadline.

For more information on Thursday night’s try-out contact the club at NYShamrockSC@gmail.com.

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