Penalty shoot out disappointments for valiant Rocks

MANNING CUP QUARTER-FINAL
NY Shamrocks 0 Port Jefferson 0
Port Jefferson win 5-4 on penalties

STRUMPF CUP ROUND OF 16
Gottschee 2 Shamrocks 2
Gottschee win 4-1 on penalties

It was a tough Sunday in the State Cup for the Shamrocks as they found themselves knocked out of both the Manning and Strumpf Cups after agonizing penalty shoot outs.

The first team took on top Long Island side Port Jefferson in the first of a Randalls Island double header but the tense scoreless draw ended badly in a 5-4 penalty shoot out defeat.

The Rocks had dominated the 90 minutes but couldn’t find a way through. That trend continued with the first penalty of the shootout which Sean Reilly¬†failed to convert.

The Rocks were flawless after that, Michael McGreevy, Darren Freeman, Zach Gosse and Chuong Tran all hitting the net but Port Jefferson always had the edge and advanced to the semi-finals.

“We dominated the game but we lacked the composure in the final third,” said coach Kevin Grogan.

“We are building a team and squad and everything is a learning curve for these players.

“We have a short and long term plan and we are moving in the right direction. A special thanks and well done to James ‘Scouse’ Wright, our stand-in goalkeeper today for a fantastic display and a great attitude towards the club.

“We have the biggest game of the season next week and we are buzzing for the challenge.”

Meanwhile the Rocks 1960 were very unfortunate in their 2-2 draw against fellow Metro 2 divisional leaders Gottschee, conceding a late goal to send the game to a penalty shoot out.

A brilliant Dave Harvey brace had the Rocks in control from early in the first half but Gottschee scored leveled in injury time after having opened the scoring early on.

Neil Mannion scored his penalty and Robbie O’Neill saved brilliantly but it wasn’t enough as Gottschee advanced to the quarter-finals, allowing the Rocks to defend their Saunders Cup in the Spring.

“We’re obviously devastated to lose in that fashion,” said Mannion. “But we’ll regroup and look to finish on a high note next weekend before the winter break. It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and get back up.”

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