Rebello and Stone keep Rocks rising

The Rocks went clear at the top of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 2 with their third home win of the season.

The Rocks were 1-0 up after five minutes when outstanding wing play from Brendan Lane saw him beat a couple of defenders down the left flank and square a teasing cross which striker Antonio Rebello dispatched first time from six yards out.

Hossam ‘Sammy’ Mohamed added a second with a fine shot from distance after 15 mins, again the cross supplied by Lane.

Doxa pulled one back after 35 mins when their impressive center forward volleyed in from 20 yards with a fine finish.

Rocks defender Kyler Scheid restored Shamrocks advantage with a thunderous diving header from a corner.

Into the second half and Rocks were in control until Scheid inadvertently volleyed into his own net but Mike Stone spared Scheid’s blushes by slotting home immediately after the kick-off, cutting in from the left wing and finishing neatly into the bottom right hand corner.

Antonio Rebello (70 mins) and Mike Stone (75 mins) completed their respective braces to round out a fine performance.

CD Iberia who entered the weekend level on points with the Rocks were beaten 2-0 by Hoboken.

Meanwhile, the reserves drew 0-0 but were extremely unlucky not to have secured three points as they dominated Doxa reserves throughout.

Reserves attack was impressive with fine performances from Dave Harvey, Michael McCreevy, Sean McMullan, Keith Cagney, and Conor Bradley.

Goalkeeper, Neil Khalid Salim made some fine second half saves to register the clean sheet for Rocks.

The next game for the first team and reserves is this coming Saturday (October 12) at Octagon Soccer Field, Roosevelt Island where they’ll take on New Amsterdam United FC (6pm/8pm).

On Sunday evening, the Over 30s lost 5-2 at Manhattan Celtic Legends despite a battling first half performance which left the team’s tied at 1-1.

Tomas Maher had the Rocks in the lead midway through that opening half, a fine finish from inside the box. But Manhattan turned it around with their dominant midfield and strong strikeforce, cruising into a 4-1 lead which was pulled back to 4-2 by Alex Berne.

Another tough tie awaits this evening at Randall’s Island Field 74 where Barnstonworth Premier will host Paddy Mc Carry’s men at 6pm.

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