Shamrocks showdown in Women’s Soccer League

  • Champions Green take on White at St Michaels
  • Weekend off for first team as reserves face Cedar Stars
  • 1960 travel to Coney Island
  • Double header for the Over 30s and Legends

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Last season began with a club derby between the two Shamrocks women’s teams, the first ever.

This year, we only have to wait until week two of NYMWSL Division A for the two sides to face off and with both teams having improved over the summer, it promises to be the top game of the weekend (St Michael’s – 11am).

Champions Shamrocks Green arrive into this one on the back of a 1-1 tie with Rovers while Shamrocks White started very promisingly with a 3-0 victory over Beyond.

“Our matchup with Shamrocks White always proves to be our toughest game of the season,” said Green player coach Kelci Hegg.

“We are used to competing at practice with each other and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They are a very good side and we will have to bring our best play to beat them.

“At the end of the day, we are still one club and there is sure to be drinks and cheers regardless of the outcome. We hope to have lots of club support and are looking forward to a great day!”

In the men’s league, the Shamrocks first team have the week off due to the involvement of Cedar Stars Academy in the US Open Cup.

The reserves game will go ahead with a 7pm kick-off at Randall’s Icahn, a repeat of last season’s State Cup final which was won by the Rocks.

“We’ve had very poor starts in the first two games so I’ll ask the players to be ready to go from the off this week,” said Kevin McPhillips.

“First clean sheet and a win is the target.”

Shamrocks 1960 will also be seeking their first win of the season when they make the trip to Coney Island for a Division 3 clash with Brooklyn City (Kaiser Park – 11am).

“We are looking to right the ship Sunday and get back on target in the league,” said coach Rob O’Neill.

“We are playing a good Brooklyn City team but I fully believe we’ll pull in our first win of the season.”

There is an Over 30s / Over 40s double header at Randall’s 74 on Sunday morning starting with Shamrocks Over 30s returning to action after a week off against perennial rivals Manhattan Kickers at 8am.

Then the Shamrocks Legends face their toughest game of the month when then take on Barnstonworth Old Boys at 10am.

The Legends have won their first two games and player coach John Riordan will welcome back several players to the fold for what should be the strongest squad of the season so far.

“Barnstonworth pretty much ended our season back in May with a very good performance,” recalled Riordan.

“They were strong that day and we’ll be under no illusions about the challenge we face this weekend. If we are more clinical in front of goal, we have a chance of getting a result.”

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