Stevie Doyle has backed his Shamrocks reserves to lift the Saunders Cup at Randall’s Island 70 on Sunday morning (kick off 10am).
Having finished the league equal on points with champions NYPD – the Rocks missed out on the title by head-to-head – coach Doyle is now looking to the showdown with Mola as an opportunity for a just reward after a long season.
The victorious Shamrocks reserves pictured after last Sunday’s dramatic penalty shoot-out semi-final victory over the Ukrainians at McCarren Park.
Promoted from the Metro 2 league this season, Mola will be no pushovers and the Italian team have enjoyed a successful year which included two wins over Metro Stars, the team the Rocks knocked out in the quarter-finals back in April.
Unfortunately, one of the top reserves players of the season, Braden Ruddy, will miss the big game due to his honeymoon but aside from him, Doyle will have a full squad to choose from with skipper Ryan McKinley returning after a concussion.
“We’re excited for the game on Sunday,” said Doyle on Friday.
“The lads have worked their socks off since last September and it has to be described as very successful season with promotion to the first division and final of the Saunders cup and very unlucky not to have nabbed the league as well.
“We had a tough encounter with the Ukrainians in the semi-final last Sunday which went to penalties although I thought we did enough to win in regular time.
“Overall though, I’m very proud of the lads they have been amazing all year and we have come a long way in a short time. Hopefuly we can bring home a cup and end the season the right note.”
After last Sunday’s league win secured by the Over 30s in Randall’s Island, the Shamrocks reserves are hoping for plenty of support again tomorrow and we’re calling on all Rocks to come and watch the game or join us back at the Courtyard Ale House after the game.