Rocks ready for Tesoro challenge

Valuable points are on offer for the Rocks this weekend as the race for promotion from the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 2 begins to hot up.

The club will host Tesoro Brooklyn on Saturday night in Roosevelt Island with the first team kicking off at 8pm and the reserves curtain raiser starting at 6pm.

The first team’s exciting 2-1 victory last time out against NY Ukrainians came at a price and center back Rob Gaynor will serve a one-game suspension after the controversial red card which spurred the Rocks on to their comeback two weeks ago.

“We need a win to go level with NY Ukrainians and see how they get on against Manhattan Kickers on Sunday,” pointed out coach Glen Wrafter.

“If Manhattan Kickers beat them, we will be level on points with the Ukrainians with a game in hand. That being said, Tesoro will be no pushover. They have scored 17 goals in their last four games, losing only once to Kickers. We will have to put on another performance to pick up the three points.”

The reserves are confident after their 3-0 victory a fortnight ago and will have a strong squad to choose from with midfielder Keith Cagney the only doubt due to illness.

But Tesoro enjoyed a good win over Flank United two weeks ago and with both teams level on points, this game will be a true six-pointer after Tesoro edged the first game in Brooklyn after a controversial September clash.

“It was a great result two weeks ago which put us right back in the title chase,” said coach Robbie O’Neill. “It’s another big game this week against Tesoro. We’re hoping for another three points especially with the way we have improved squad over the winter.”

Meanwhile on Sunday afternoon, the Over 30s will look to bounce back from their 6-5 loss two weeks ago when they play Manhattan Celtic Legends in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 2pm.

“I’m missing alot of players and playing a team that’s top of the table,” admitted coach Paddy Mc Carry. “It wont be easy to get a result against them but we have got to try and get something because we need the points to avoid the drop.

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