NY Shamrock SC – Week 5

NY Shamrock – First

The Shamrock First Team made it two wins in a row on Sunday when they took a 2-1 victory home from their trip to face Manhattan Kickers on the Lower East Side. James Whyte scored his seventh goal of the season to help his team come back from an early deficit. Kickers were 1-0 up at half-time after a defensive mix-up gave the home side the advantage. The visitors eventually took control over their tiring opponents in the second half, as Kwesi Mills-Odoi returned from injury as a half-time sub to spark the Rocks in attack. Mills-Odoi forced the concession of an indirect free kick after a pass back to the keeper was handled in the area. He then laid the dead ball off to Whyte who blasted home from close range to knot the game at 1-1. Dubliner Ryan Matthews then made it 2-1 with his first goal for his new club, heading home a headed cross from Ned Wagner. A missed Whyte penalty and an injury to Alejandro Fritz were low points on a soggy day, as the Rocks held on to secure the win. “That was a very valuable win,” said Kevin Grogan. “It was an under par performance, but the most important thing was that we got the three points.”

NY Shamrock – Reserves

The early kickoff squall could not keep the Rocks Reserves at bay against Kickers Reserves, with the away side coming back to Queens with another clean sheet and all three points. The first fifteen minutes of the contest were played in stormy conditions, with rain and wind playing every part in a difficult opening quarter of an hour. The Rocks, always on the front foot, earned their reward when Sean O’Neill was fouled inside the box. Darren Coleman stepped up to the spot and slotted home calmly for a well earned half time advantage. After the break, a host of chances fell to the travelling Shamrocks who doubled their lead through O’Neill. After Larry Slaughter worked himself into space on the right, his cross found O’Neill waiting at the back post to head home. The visitors had the hosts on the ropes with 30 minutes remaining, but could not add to their tally. The return of Nikle Guzijan, and a Shamrock debut for Eoghan Crowley, contributed to another fine defensive display for the Shamrocks who are yet to concede a goal this season.

NY Shamrock – 1960

A heavy defeat on Sunday means Shamrock 1960’s will be looking forward to this weekend’s State Cup festivities against LISFL side Cosma Damiano. The Rocks took on Metro 1 League Leaders FC Ulqini at St. Michael’s and, despite a promising opening half, could not keep up with the Albanian side. A few chances fell for Conor Doherty, but it was Ulqini who lead 1-0 at half time. Upon the restart, an avalanche of goals fell upon the resistant Rocks, who fought tooth and nail on the day but to no avail. Eventually, the visitors took all three points back to Staten Island in a 7-0 landslide.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

A 5-0 victory at Randall’s Island was just the response O-30’s Coach Paddy McCarry was looking for against CPR Orange on Sunday morning. The hosts went one up when Dave Harvey chipped the keeper from 40 yards out with the brilliant strike set up by Paddy Geraghty. The Rocks doubled their lead on fifteen minutes through Johhny McGeeney and made it 3-0 just on the stroke of half time when Mark Finn fired home. In the second half, Aidan Morton scored the fourth Shamrock goal and Dominick McCartan added the fifth and final goal with five minutes remaining.  Said Coach McCarry, “I’m very happy with the clean sheet. A couple of players might have just played their way into the Starting 11. We are still missing quite a few massive players through injury, but once they come back I’m going to have a selection headache!”

NY Shamrock – Legends

In the pouring rain at St. Michael’s, the Shamrock Legends earned a comfortable 4-1 against SC Eintracht. A pair of well taken goals from Marcus Nascimento, a strike from Eoghan McParland, and a first ever Shamrock goal for Andy Connolly, handed Emmett Harvey’s men of their first win of the season. After the game, Coach Emmett Harvey said, “I am disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, but very happy with the performance and the result. We are now looking forward to the state cup games.”

NY Shamrock – Women’s A

Coming off a strong win last week, Shamrock Women’s A Team kicked off at Icahn stadium against league leaders NY Magic.  Early in the first half, Magic gave up a penalty while defending Shamrock corner kick.  Jackie Pounder took and converted the penalty to score her fifth goal of the season.  The rocks searched for a second goal, their best chance coming when Teresa Ferraro played a beautiful through ball to Jo Belluardo and sent her on a breakaway.  Unfortunately, Magic equalized before the half to even the score at one apiece.  Despite having the majority of chances in the second half, including a Denise Wilson free kick that struck the post, the Rocks couldn’t find a winner and the game finished a draw.  Coach Paddy Geraghty commented, “We had a tough game this week against the league leaders.  It was a game we should have won but had to settle for a draw.  We paid the price for giving up a soft goal and our increased effort in the second half couldn’t force a winner.  We are still unbeaten and will use our bye this weekend to improve on a few things.  Hopefully we can get on a roll and put a bit of pressure on the top teams”.

NY Shamrock – Women’s B

In perhaps the most dominant performance of all Shamrock teams this season, the Women’s B Team earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating NYC United B 11-0. Coach Keith Perez added, “Their efforts from previous games and training paid off as the ladies really clicked on the field and opened up the score line today. What I commend them on the most is that we had 7 assists in the game. That shows our commitment to passing the ball around and making the smart play.” Brandi Daniels struck a hat trick plus with five goals, while Paige Osborne had a hat trick of her own with three. Sara Gomez, Shannon Hopkins, Shannon Rubin all added a goal each to power the Shamrocks to victory.

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