Rocks promoted to Division 1

CSL Division 2
NY Shamrocks 3 NYPD 2
CSL Division 2 – Reserves
NY Shamrocks 2 NYPD 3
CSL Over 30s – Division 1 East
NY Shamrocks 1 CPR Legends 0

The New York Shamrocks have been promoted back to the top division in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League after a 3-2 win against NYPD in Queens on Sunday.

Glen Wrafter has guided the Rocks back to the big time and it was no coincidence that the club’s top scorer Mohamed Fofana opened the account at St Michaels after just 10 minutes.

Michael McGreevy added a second on thirty minutes but NYPD clawed one back right on the stroke of half-time to make it 2-1 in the hosts’ favor.

English striker James Hudson made it 3-1 to the Rocks but NYPD kept battling and pulled one back through a free kick which was struck low and hard from thirty yards out.

When the Ukrainians slipped up and 3-3 against Supreme, the Rocks were promoted as at least the second placed team in Division 2. They move level on points with top side Polonia who have two games remaining. The Rocks will round out their season this Sunday against the Ukrainians at McCarren Park at 2pm.

In the curtain raiser at St Michael’s at the weekend, the reserves lost in cruel fashion against NYPD, their 3-2 defeat meaning they now need a miracle to win the title.

Once again Stevie Doyle’s men took the lead in a pulsating tie – this time Jimmy Wong was on target with a well placed opener that gave the Rocks a deserved lead after 20 minutes.

It did not take NYPD long to level matters after an excellent through ball split the Rocks defense open and was latched onto by NYPD’s striker. His shot cannoned of the onrushing Rocks keeper and was slotted home from long range by a supporting forward.

1-1 at half-time, NYPD dominated possession in the second half for the most part with Rocks looking dangerous on the break.

After  sixty minutes, NYPD’s pressure bore fruit when some neat play down their right wing resulted in a cut back which was finished from close range.

Rocks rallied and got the equalizer 15 minutes later when substitute Eoin Lynagh delivered a delightful cross which Jimmy Wong headed home from close range.

NYPD Reserves got the winner two minutes later. They broke down their left and swung a hopeful ball into the box, which the Rocks defense failed to deal with. 

The ball was knocked back across the box, ricocheted off the Rocks goalkeeper, came off the crossbar and into the path of an NYPD player who had the easy task of tapping home from a yard out.

A desperately disappointing result for Steve Doyle’s men who fought hard throughout and most now hope NYPD can drop points in each of their next two games to keep the fading title dream alive.

Meanwhile, the Over 30s won 1-0 against Central Park Rangers Old Boys in a dress rehearsal for the semis. Danny Parkin was once again on the mark – a 25-yard rocket but is there any other sort of goal he scores?

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