Guzijan the hero as all three men’s teams stay top

CSL Division 2
NY Shamrocks 2 Doxa 1
CSL Division 2 Reserves
NY Shamrocks 0 Doxa 0
CSL Over 30s Division 1
Megas Alexandros 0 NY Shamrocks 1
Metro Women’s League
NYC Sirens 6 NY Shamrocks 0

Nikle Guzijan was the match winner on Sunday at St Michael’s for the Shamrocks as they came from behind to secure all three points against a dogged Doxa side.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The 2-1 victory was merited but the Rocks were made to fight all the way after going 1-0 down 15 mins in against the run of play after a needless free kick gave the Doxa center forward an easy close range headed goal.

The Rocks just before half-time when Mohamed ‘Mo’ Fofana rifled home a ball to the top corner from 20 yards out after he took possession of a loose ball.

The Rocks took over in the second half but only managed a breakthrough with 15 minutes to go when Sean Doran’s excellent free kick found Guzijan (pictured) at the back post, the defender making no mistake from inside the six yard box.

Next week will present a very tough challenge for Glen Wrafter’s men as they host surging fourth placed team NY Supreme who beat third placed Polonia 3-0 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Stevie Doyle’s reserves were held by Doxa in a scoreless draw in the curtain raiser.

On balance, a draw was the fairest result although the Rocks had the better scoring chances.

Fortunately, their two main rivals for the league – Ukrainians and NYPD – both slipped up to allow the unbeaten Rocks extend their lead at the top to six points.

Next week’s clash between those second and third placed teams in Brooklyn will go a long way to deciding the destiny of the league.

Paddy Mc Carry’s Over 30s got back to winning ways, beating Megas Alexandros 1-0 thanks to an early wonder goal from Danny Parkin.

Parkin drilled home from 25 yards out to set up the win before 89 more minutes of tense football.

The women had a busy weekend have taken part in Saturday’s Irish-American Soccer Hall of Fame – a 0-0 friendly draw against the newly formed Lansdowne Ghirls – before Sunday’s league game against NYC Sirens.

Congratulations to Dave Clarke of Quinnipiac University and Willie Dempsey of the Irish Rovers who were both inducted to the Hall of Fame at Gaelic Park on Saturday evening.

Pictures here from the event taken by John Riordan.

Well done to our own Glen Wrafter who did a great job with Ian Woodcock (Manhattan Celtic) and Seamus McDaid (Lansdowne) in organizing this growing initiative. And big thanks to our women’s team for taking part.

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The well-organized Sirens were too strong and deserved their 6-0 win but the Rocks Women battled hard in the second half with goalkeeper Megan Hare and defender Teresa Brink particularly impressive.

Megan is just back from a broken leg and is already back to her best. Their next game is this coming Sunday at 9am on Randall’s Island Field 82.

All previous results and remaining schedules are available here:

As mentioned the Shamrocks men’s teams are all top of their divisions with the finish line in sight. For all updated standings, click here:

Mohamed Fofana is targeting a record goal haul for the club. For the updated top scorers of all four teams, click here:

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