- Shamrocks dominant as both United FC teams humbled
- Over 30s cruise past Westchester Dinamo
- Geraghty’s half-time speech inspires Rocks Women to second win in a row
- 1960 go clear at the top after perfect September
- Minute silence marks passing of Seamus McPartland
Chris Uy scored an impressive brace before half-time to lift Kevin Grogan’s Shamrocks to a 4-0 win over United FC at St Michaels on Sunday.
His first was a half volley from just beyond the penalty spot and his second was the result of a nice Joey Zorbo assist which allowed Uy to dink the ball past the United keeper.
The Rocks controlled the second half and Zorbo beat the offside trap to slot home and make it 3-0 before Santiago Rigby scored brilliantly after an excellent one-two move with Joe Connolly.
“I’m happier with our performance today,” said Grogan. “We worked on a few things at training and I feel that showed out there today.
“We have two wins from two now but I really believe next week’s game at Polonia is a true six-pointer that we have to focus on.”
Both teams observed a minute silence prior to the game in memory of Seamus McPartland, father of past president and club stalwart Kevin.
Unfortunately, Joe Connolly was taken to hospital with a bad head wound but he was treated and released Sunday evening.
Earlier the reserves were outstanding in their 6-0 victory with goals from Darren Coleman (2), Leo Nizzi (2), Colum McComish and a screamer from Isaac Hidalgo which opened the scoring.
“I was delighted with the clean sheet,” said reserves coach Stevie Doyle. “We didn’t start the game well but we came into it and took our chances when they arrived in the second half. It was also good to see that a few lads came in to stake their claim for a starting spot.”
Rocks 1960 made it three wins from three in Metro 2, coming from 1-0 down and 2-1 down to get all three points against Afghanistan and make it a perfect September for their inaugural campaign.
A Dave Harvey penalty brought the Rocks back to 1-1 while Neil Mannion made it 2-2 with a tap-in after a Harvey free. The winner was an own goal thanks to pressure from Ciarán Moloney.
“We battled well today,” said 1960 coach Connolly. “It wasn’t easy and they made us really work for it but results like this will really stand to us in the spring. When we got the ball down and played our style, we were well on top but it still needed a bit of grit to edge them out.
“AO Brooklyn are just behind us in the table so that will be an early six-pointer to focus on next Sunday.”
The Over 30s were 4-0 up against Westchester Dinamo at Randall’s Island on Sunday morning when their opponents threw in the towel at half-time. Sean Riley scored twice while Tayfun Gokmen and Matteo Stiglich were the other goal scorers.
“That’s seven points out of a possible nine against title rivals so we are delighted with how we’ve begun the season,” said Paddy Mc Carry. “We’ll go into October with confidence now but we’ll take each game as it comes beginning Sunday with Nieuw Amsterdam.”
The Legends were also at Randall’s Island on Sunday morning, drawing 4-4 against Banatul to notch their first league point of the season.
Randall Friedman opened the scoring with a header, Ger Shivnan added a pair of goals – his first for the club – and Eddie Gilmartin scored from the penalty spot.
“We deserved a win but we’ll take the draw,” said coach Emmett Harvey. “It’s a confidence booster and I think we proved to ourselves that we’re starting to get a bit of shape. We’ll push on to next week and build on this one.”
Elsewhere, a half-time speech for the ages from coach Paddy Geraghty roused the Rocks Women to come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Phoenix at East 6th St.
In doing so, they were winning their second game in a row for the first time as they moved to 2-1 in the Metro Women’s League. Top scorer Sinead Hennessy was on fire again adding two goals to her season’s tally of along with a Jackie Pounder effort overturning a 2-0 deficit to earn the Rocks Women a 3-2 win, their second of the season.
“We were down at halftime 2-0 so we needed to be more focused,” said co-player-manager Tricia Reed. “Paddy delivered a memorable speech and that got us were fired up. Everyone worked hard in the second half and we scored three goals in the last 25 minutes so we have to be very pleased with how it ended up.”