With a bye-week being enjoyed by our firsts and reserves this weekend, it will be a slightly quieter Sunday for the club.
Notable, however, will be the home debuts of the Rocks Legends and Rocks 1960 who play Sunday morning at St Michael’s for the first time.
The curtain raiser will see Emmett Harvey’s Legends look to put their very unlucky defeat last week in the past when they face Cozmoz FC at 11am.
Harvey will have a much stronger squad available to him with the squad building process in full swing.
“We left it behind us last weekend,” said assistant coach Donal Kelly. “We’re very much looking ahead and the players know we have the potential of putting together a very good outfit.”
In the second game on Sunday, the fledgling 1960 team will face a tough task against SC Eintracht (1pm kick-off).
Eintracht emerged as 4-1 winners last week against NYC Afghanistan.
The Rocks 1960, coached by Andy Connolly, Neil Mannion and Colly Madden, snatched a late victory last week against fellow rookies Beyond FC and will look to build on that this weekend.
“We’re not getting carried away by that win,” said manager Andy Connolly. “SC Eintracht will be very strong and we’re still getting used to each other. But we showed great resolve to grind out the win so it bodes very well.”
In an around the same time in New Utrecht, the Shamrocks Women will be hoping to bounce back from a 3-1 loss last weekend when they face Appletown at 1.30pm.
“I was very impressed by our new players last Sunday,” said Erin Cullen. “We’re looking forward to them getting used to their new team mates and once they do, we will be able to put some good performances together.”
A late kick-off is on the cards for the Over 30s who must visit their arch-rivals Manhattan Celtic in Pier 40 (7.30pm).
The champions have been landed with a tough start to their title defense but enjoyed an impressive win last Sunday morning against Manhattan Kickers.
“Sunday night will be another very difficult game,” said Paddy Mc Carry. “Celtic always make it very hard to get any kind of result especially at their home field. They have a few quality players who can win games for them.”
Lastly, we would like to make our players and supporters aware that women’s team co-manager Erin will be taking part in a charity sleep out next week in aid of Covenant House.
Since 1972, Covenant House has been available to meet the immediate needs of young people, with a hot meal and a safe bed – and to help them further their education, get a job, find permanent housing. In essence, Covenant House helps these kids find and build a brighter future.
“I have decided to take on the challenge of sleeping outside with my peers from the (Re)Insurance industry,” explained Erin. “It will be uncomfortable. It will be dark. But for one night I can give up the comforts of home knowing that – by doing so – I can bring warmth and brightness to young people who need it most.”
You can support her efforts here:
Up the Rocks!!