“They have had a very good start to the season,” said Sean Mc Mullan. “But we have to be confident because we have players returning to the squad after missing last week’s win. It’ll be interesting to see what they are like. They are an unknown quantity as they are to the league but we’ll focus on ourselves and that should see us through.”
On Saturday evening, the first team will look to bounce back from a bruising defeat at Division 1 leaders Cedar Stars when they take on the new look Greek Americans at Randalls Island Field 70 at 8pm.
Newly installed coach Stephen Roche has guided the Greeks to a win and a draw while Rocks gaffer Kevin Grogan has lead his men to six points from nine.
“We had a good friendly game against Irish Rovers on Thursday in preparation for the Greeks,” said Grogan.
“It’s another big big game. We have played three of the top four teams in our first four games and it’s been a great barometer for us. I personally can’t wait for the game. Game day is the best day of the week by far.
“We have the squad to deal with a few injuries that we currently have. Concentration levels are key on Saturday.”
Rocks reserves will face what coach Dan Meola described as their “toughest test so far” in the 6pm kick-off.
“Every year, the Greeks have a highly competitive squad and this season is no different. They have had an unbeaten start to the season and are averaging close to five goals a game. It will be a statement game for both teams and one that we are looking forward to.”
The Shamrocks women’s teams will have a double header at St Michaels on Sunday with Shamrocks Green taking on NYC United at 11am and Shamrocks White playing Celtic Aces at 1pm.
Shamrocks Green are 2-0 thanks to a great 5-2 victory over Magic last Sunday and coach Paddy Geraghty has urged his players to keep the impressive run going.
“We have had tough games against United in the past,” said Geraghty. “If we bring the same level this week we’ll be hard to beat.”
Celtic Aces will be a tough challenge for Shamrocks White who are still seeking their first win of the season.
“We will be looking to rebound from two tough defeats,” said coach Keith Perez. “They are a good squad but we have the talent to match. I am hoping we rise to the occasion to bring in our first win.”
The late game on Sunday will see Beyond FC take on Shamrocks 1960 at Randalls Island Field 75 at 6pm.
“I’m looking forward to continuing our good run of form,” said coach Robbie O’Neill. “We’re playing a good Beyond FC side but we’ll be aiming to take another three points this weekend.”
The unbeaten Shamrocks Legends will head for Dyker Beach Park on Sunday morning to take on SC Gjoa.
“We always have a good battle with Gjoa and Dyker Beach Park is always a tough trip,” said John Riordan. “We’re missing a couple of key players in Ger Shivnan and Ryan Thompson but we added to the squad this week and we’ll approach the game positively.”