State Cup double header for the Rocks

NY Shamrocks v Port Jefferson (Randall’s Island Field 90 – 12pm)

Gottschee v Shamrocks 1960 (Randall’s Island Field 74 – 2pm)

There will be a welcome return to competitive action on Sunday with two huge State Cup games at Randall’s Island for the Shamrocks.

The exciting double header gets underway at noon on Field 90 where Port Jefferson will visit from Long Island for a Manning Cup quarter-final showdown with Kevin Grogan’s men.

The Rocks will be hoping to bounce back from a league defeat at Manhattan Celtic two weeks ago ahead of next weekend’s big Irish Derby at Lansdowne.

“Port Jefferson are the top Long Island team at the moment,” said Grogan.

“They’re a lively team who have beat many Cosmopolitan teams so we understand the challenge.

“We have a strong squad so we will be well prepared for the game. The league is our bread and butter but it’s a nice chance for me to squad rotate before the big league game next week against Lansdowne.”

Meanwhile in the Strumpf Cup, Gottschee will host Shamrocks 1960 on Field 74 at 2pm in a Queens derby, directly after the first team game allowing supporters to attend both games.

Rocks 1960 are on a wave of positivity after going top of the league in Metro 2 but assistant coach Neil Mannion will not be taking the Greek outfit lightly.

“We realize this will be our biggest test of the season, a clash of two heavyweights where East meets West,” said Mannion.

“It’s a win or go home situation where no quarter will be given or taken but we’ll leave everything on the pitch as we always do. We’re looking forward to it.”

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