- Howell double wins club derby for Shamrocks Green
- Cameron brace inspires come-from-behind D1 victory
- Rocks 1960 goal rush sinks Brooklyn North
- Over 30s make it two from two
Mikaela Howell scored twice for Shamrocks Green, one in each half, as the Rocks Women Derby ended in a 2-1 victory for the team in green at St Michaels on Sunday morning.
After Howell’s brilliant opener, Cassie Esposito leveled the game to 1-1 for the newly promoted Division B champions – now going by Shamrocks White – before Howell regained the lead for her team in the second half.
“Both teams showed they can challenge for trophies this season,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “Our goal was to have two teams that could beat anyone on their day and we think we have that. It’s early days but a very positive performance by both teams today.”
Meanwhile, the men’s first team secured their second 3-1 win in a row to make it a 100% start for Kevin Grogan’s men.
Kurt Cameron scored a double either side of Dan Giorgi’s penalty after Doxa had taken a surprise lead.
“It was a good three points but we need a lot of work as a team,” said Grogan.
“We played well in patches but we need more consistency and our passing needs to be tighter. Very happy to get Gabriel Vargas in for his Shamrocks debut. He is only 18 but he showed he has a good temperament.”
The Reserves won 4-0 in the curtain raiser. On the eve of his 30th birthday, Darren Coleman opened the scoring with a free kick while newly returned James Hudson scored twice and John McAleenan grabbed his first goal for the club.
“I couldn’t be happier for the lads after a tough night in front of goal last weekend,” said Dan Meola.
“It was an open game with a lot of chances coming our way. We were fortunate enough to take them and the scoreline could have been anything as the game went on. We move on to next week with good momentum and a good spirit.”
Meola was in free scoring form at the start of the day when his hat trick inspired Shamrocks 1960 to a 10-0 demolition of Brooklyn North in a Metro 1 clash at Bushwick Inlet Park.
It was 4-0 at half-time thanks to an impressive brace from Cathal Monaghan which arrived between Hugh McGowan’s opener and Luke Kelly’s first strike for the Rocks.
There was no let up in the second half with Meola making it 5-0 after great work from Steve Hutchison, Kelly and McGowan. Steve Carlin and James Horan scored before Meola completed his hat trick. Joey Flynn capped a great performance with the tenth and final goal.
In the other early kick-off, Shamrocks Over 30s made it two from two thanks to a 3-0 victory over Manhattan Celtic Bhoys.
Brendan Smith opened the scoring after 22 minutes from an Aidan Morton assist before Neill Doran made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half after being set up by Johnny McGeeney. Man of the match Paddy Geraghty’s 70th minute header secured the three points and the flawless start to the season.
“Another good win,” said Sean Mc Mullan. “It was a good performance with a new formation.”
The Legends took a depleted squad to the Bronx for a late game against the Greek American Legends but managed a battling point in 1-1 tie.
John Riordan scored after 55 minutes to give his side a deserved lead but the Shamrocks were unlucky not to take all three points after the Greeks scored a 65th minute penalty.
“We could have had a great result but happy with the draw considering we were missing a lot of players,” said Riordan. “A lot to be encouraged by and we are really enjoying ourselves which is the main point!”