Shamrocks striker Kurt Cameron has been named player of the week by the Cosmopolitan Soccer League heading into Sunday morning’s daunting trip to New Jersey to take on league runners-up Cedar Stars Academy (Ramapo College Athletic Complex, 11am).
After a double against his old club Doxa last Sunday, Cameron now has three goals and will face the other form forwards in the league, Christopher Katona and Bledi Bardic.
“It definitely means a lot,” said Cameron, “because this league has a lot of great players. But getting the win is always more important. Cedar Stars are one of the hottest teams right now and we’ll have to bring our best game against them. We’re focused and will be ready to play for Sunday.”
The Shamrocks are joint top of the league with Pancyprians but Cedar Stars have only played one game – a 6-1 win demolition of Zum Schneider in week one – while also clinching the Rapaglia Cup last weekend.
“Sunday will be our hardest game so far,” said Coach Kevin Grogan.
“They have a squad full of professionals on loan. We can’t wait for that challenge because it allows our players to prove they are at that level. The NYCFC scout will be in attendance so it’s a chance for our players to showcase themselves. We have a good chemistry and team / club spirit at the moment and that counts for a lot on game day. Steady wins the race.”
It will be a 9am kick-off for the reserves who will face a team boasting an impressive streak of wins.
“Cedar Stars are growing into one of the elite teams in the CSL,” said Coach Dan Meola.
“Their first team has strengthened a great deal which means their reserves will have added quality as well. Last season, they won eight of nine to end the season and they have carried that form into this campaign. It will be a tough game, an early game, but the lads have to be up for it.”
Shamrocks 1960 have scored 12 goals in their first two games but gaffer Robbie O’Neill has cautioned his team against being over confident as they prepare to take on Barnstonworth Rovers on Sunday afternoon (Randalls 74, 2pm).
“We’re looking forward to the game but I believe it’ll be a tougher test for us,” said O’Neill.
The Over 30s can make it three from three if they overcome Central Park Rangers Old Boys in Sunday’s first game (Randalls 75, 8am). With a pair of victories each secured with a trio of goals, three is proving the magic number for Sean Mc Mullan’s men.
“We have had a strong start but we are very much focused on keeping the run going,” the Over 30s boss said.
It will be a Shamrocks double header at Randalls 75 with the Legends following the Over 30s at 10am, Barnstonworth Old Boys the opponents for John Riordan’s men.
“We have a few players back available to us which is encouraging,” said Riordan. “We are very much targeting that first win which would have us in great shape after three games.”
Meanwhile, in the Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League, Shamrocks White and Shamrocks Green will be at the newly revamped East River Park for games against Rovers (9am) and Magic (1pm) respectively.
“We always have a tough game against Magic and I’m sure this will be no different,” said Geraghty. “We are missing a few players too so it increases the challenge but it gives others a chance to prove themselves.”