Final showdown for Mc Carry’s men

CSL Over 30s Division 1 Final

NY Shamrocks v NY Dinamo – Randall’s Island 72 – Sunday @ 10am

CSL Saunders Cup

NY Shamrocks Reserves v NY Ukrainians Reserves – McCarren Park – Sunday @ 10am


Paddy Mc Carry will be hoping to guide his Over 30s to their second league title in three years when the New York Shamrocks take on Dinamo on Sunday morning (10am, Randall’s Island 72).

But Mc Carry said he is expecting a “hard, physical” battle from the side the Rocks defeated twice during the regular season.

It was a 3-0 result in December followed by a 2-0 win in April as the Rocks went undefeated in the league through the spring. 

“They will have a very strong team out on Sunday,” said Mc Carry. 

“I watched them last week in the State Cup and their team was totally different from when we played them. They have four or five excellent. players.” 

The Rocks, meanwhile, are almost at full strength, he added. 

“We are just missing our right winger Stephen Ampuero who is a big loss for us and we are hoping our right back Antoin Diver from Donegal will be fit. He went off in the semi-final with a knee injury.

“It’s very hard for me to pick out stars from the starting 11. We are a very tight bunch of players and work very hard for one another. We have had the best defence in the league which starts with our big keeper Sean Mc Mullan who on his day is very hard to beat. 

“Our captain Bingo O’Driscoll is our center half and one of the best in the league. He has been brilliant all season and leads the team with example. Our two center midfielders Danny Parkin and Alex Berne have been top class all year. Danny can win a game all on his own and Alex is the engine of the team and a fantastic header of the ball. 

“Then our two front men who I think will be key on Sunday – if they are on form we will be hard to beat – Sean Riley and Tayfun Gokmen.

“Riley is a great all round footballer and is a handful for any defence and then there is Tayfun – he is the fastest man in the league and when he beats the offside trap he can’t be caught and he is a leathal finisher. 

“It wont be an easy game for one second but we are in the final and we are here to win it. these players are a credit to our club and im very proud to be their manager.”

Unfortunately, a clash of kick-off times means the reserves will be involved in the Saunders Cup semi-final in Williamsburg at exactly the same time.

Stevie Doyle’s men face the NY Ukrainians at 10am in McCarren Park and will go into the tie buoyed by a 4-0 away win against the same opposition almost three weeks ago.

Doyle’s men have a clean bill of health but the reserves coach is wary that the Ukrainians will be out for revenge on Sunday.

“We are looking forward to it,” said Doyle on Wednesday. 

“Both games this year proved to be very difficult against Ukrainians but we ended up on the right side of the score on both occasions so they will be looking to afflict a defeat this time round. 

“I’m sure it will be another tough one for the lads. We have worked really hard this year and would be nice to end with a day out in the final and what has to be seen as a great season league wise with promotion to Division 1.”

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