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Kevin Grogan has urged the Shamrocks first team to rediscover the good form that was a strong factor throughout the previous three seasons in CSL Division 1.
The Rocks gaffer will send out his charges to take on winless CPR White on Saturday evening for a 9pm game at Randall’s Island where they will look to improve on their league record of three wins and three losses.
“It’s an interesting time to see what our players are all about, particularly the new boys we signed this season,” said Grogan.
“We built a good culture over the last three years in the team and the next four games in the league will tell us whether the players fit into that culture or we need to move on and recruit new players. We have talent but talent is only part of the jigsaw.”
The curtain raiser will pit Dan Meola’s reserves against the side they knocked out of the State Cup three weeks ago (kick off 7pm).
“Our last two games have been a real reflection of where we should be as a team,” he said.
“The only thing we are missing is a full 90 minutes of football we all know we are capable of. CPR are a good team and this is one of two meetings we will have with them in the next month. They will be looking for a bit of revenge after their State Cup exit at our hands and we need to be mindful of that.”
There will be a pair of Shamrocks double headers on Sunday morning meanwhile as the Legends and 1960 teams go back-to-back at Randall’s Island and the women’s teams round out their Fall league campaign at East River Park.
Leaders Shamrocks Green will play the always dangerous Rovers at 11am and Shamrocks White will follow up at 1pm with a tough challenge against NY Magic.
“A win will leave us top over the winter break,” said Paddy Geraghty.
“So the incentive is high. We want to wish Teresa Ferraro, Erin Cullen, and Elly McGuffog the best of luck on Sunday as they run the NYC Marathon. We know they’ll do great!”
Over at Randall’s, Eoin Sweeney and Ducky Kelly will take the reins of the Legends team when they look to get back to winning ways against Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans (kick off 12pm)
“We are looking for a positive reaction from the players after last week’s reversal,” said Sweeney.
“Sometimes you learn more in defeat. Barnstonworth have traditionally been tough opposition for us over the years but I’m optimistic we can get a positive result.”
That will be followed by the Metro 2 clash of leaders Shamrocks 1960 and fourth placed Brooklyn Bound.
“We’re looking forward to a tough game,” said 1960 coach Robbie O’Neill.
“I’m looking for us to bring three points home and continue our great run of form.”
In the final game of the weekend, there will be a late kick off for the Over 30s CPR Orange (East River Park, 8pm).
“After taking a loss last weekend, we will be looking to get back on track,” said coach Sean Mc Mullan.