The annual NY Shamrocks Sunnyside Gardens Six-Aside was held at the famous old venue this past Sunday – a perfect way to tee up the exciting new season ahead.
Going back all the way to the first event in 1987, this get together has always proved a hit with Shamrocks new and old. Players and families started to gather from 10am at the beautiful venue as a perfectly sunny day began to take shape.
Eight teams assembled, ready for a tough series games and all with ambitions of lifting the King McCormack Memorial Cup.
The first game of the day was a sign of things to come with Paddy Mc Carry and Keith Buckley’s Courtyard Ale House backed Over 30s rattling off a 3-0 win over their eventual opponents in the final, the Eltin Colman managed Alumni Grey, sponsored by GTI and Steve Doran (pictured below).
With new first team coach Kevin Grogan in attendance, he would have been pleased to see the performance of two very young Shamrocks who were lining out for Alumni Grey – goalkeeper Eoin Motherway and Eamonn Doran, both teenagers and both potential Rocks of the future.
The newly formed Shamrocks 1960 team came roaring out of the blocks with a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 win over Stevie Doyle’s reserves and the next game saw another debut with the Shamrocks Legends (our new Over 36s team) drawing 0-0 with Eoin Sweeney’s Alumni Greyer.
The final game of the first round of group games was a pub derby with Robbie O’Neill’s Bar 43 besting Paddy Teehan’s Station team.
The Over 30s would go onto dominate Group 1 and advanced to the semi-final alongside Alumni Grey, whose talented team showed their true grit in wins over the Legends and Alumni Greyer.
Meanwhile in Group 2, Rocks 1960 marched through to the semis while Station turned things around and benefited from the final group game of the day, a reserves 2-0 win over Bar 43 which denied the latter side.
In amongst it all was the highlight of the day – the traditional kiddies race which proved to be a stunning display of athleticism and fun. Every kid a winner!
The first semi-final of the day ended in a dramatic penalty shoot out after Rocks 1960 and Alumni Grey were inseparable after extra-time. Alumni Grey advanced to set up a final showdown with the Over 30s who were clinical in their victory over Station.
The final was a worthy ending to a great day of football. Once again the Over 30s took the lead over their opponents, opening out a 2-0 gap before the Alumni rallied back to 2-1, setting up a thrilling finale. The Over 30s held on for the win and club president Sean Mc Mullan handed the King McCormack Memorial Trophy over to player-manager Keith Buckley (see below).