NY Shamrock – First & Reserves
With scheduled opponent NY Pancyprians playing Lansdowne Bhoys in the US Open Cup Qualifier this weekend, both Kevin Grogan’s First Team and Dan Meola’s Reserves were given off. The break in action could not come at a better time for the Shamrock First Team, as numerous injury concerns were handed another full week of recovery. The Rocks Reserves will resume normal service this weekend at home to CPR Whites, as will the Firsts who look to continue their fine form.
NY Shamrock – 1960
In Metro Division I. Shamrocks 1960’s suffered a sixth consecutive league loss to open the season. After a well played opening 25 minutes, visitors Gotham Argo broke the deadlock with a long range chip. Entering half time down 1-0, Coach Andy Connolly threw all caution to the wind and played an attacking lineup to begin the second 45 minutes. The changes were for naught, however, as Argo scored two quick goals on the counter attack to open up a three goal cushion. Dan Meola converted from the penalty spot to bring the Rocks back within two with nearly 30 minutes to play, but the late rally ultimately fell short from the home side.
NY Shamrock – O-30’s
Shamrocks O-30’s enjoyed a scintillating second half of football against CPR Old Boys. After an opening half stalemate that saw both sides playing well, Johhny McGeeney opened the scoring soon after the interval after a great assist by Aidan Morton. The Rocks made it 2-0 when newly signed Shane Moore fired home from a Mark Finn assist. McGeeney added his second on the hour mark after a brilliant ball by Kevin Walsh. The hat trick was completed moments later when Moore played provider fot McGeeney. The Rocks top scorer added his fourth of the game from another assist by Walsh. Coach Paddy McCarry said, “Best team performance all year. We were outstanding in second half. Another clean sheet also very pleasing, and judging by today’s performance, we are finally starting to click. If we play like this consistently we are going to be very difficult to beat. With Johnny in this form, if he gets a chance it’s a goal. Shane Moore was also brilliant for us today, but all in all, it was great squad performance.”
NY Shamrock – Legends
On a unseasonably hot day at St. Michael’s on Sunday morning, the Shamrock Legends had a disjointed first half performance against SC Gjoa. A difficult early performance gave the visiting team from Brooklyn a deserved 4-1 half time lead. Reverting to a 3-5-2 formation and chasing the game, the Legends pressed the opposition in their own half to set up some fine attacking football. Goals by Ryan Thompson and John Riordan left a once confident Gjoa waiting for the final whistle. Unfortunately, time proved to be the enemy after a valiant comeback attempt. Standouts in a tough defeat were Ryan Thompson, Andy Connolly, and a brilliant sub appearance by Colin Lee. With some new signings on the horizon, the Legends have reason to stay positive and optimistic about this young season.
NY Shamrock – Women’s A
The Shamrocks Women’s A Team kicked off at 5pm on Randall’s Island against CPR White. The Rocks started the match well against the league leaders, when Captain Chloe Wheeler volleyed the ball onto the crossbar and Georgia Frost headed in the rebound to make it 1-0. However, the Lady Rocks didn’t hold the lead for long as CPR White equalized half way through the first half. CPR proceeded to score three more times after the restart to make the final score 4-1. Coach Paddy Geraghty commented, “We were beaten by the better team today. They had a better game plan and adapted to the conditions better than we did. It was our first defeat in 2 years and the ladies have to be proud of that feat. Hopefully we will learn from it and we’ll come back stronger”.
NY Shamrock – Women’s B
In the Women’s B Division, Shamrock Women kept their strong start to season going without even kicking a ball – an NYC Skulls forfeit handing the Lady Rocks their easiest three points of the season.