McCarry’s Men Carry the Flag Forward

*match reports for weekend of 4/14 and 4/15

Paddy McCarry’s Shamrocks’ Over 30s took another important step in their path to success this season by beating Port Jefferson 1-0. The trip out to Long Island was made all the more arduous by windy conditions. In a hard fought game, it was the Rocks who found their port in the storm through the reliable Bingo, who slotted home a 50 minute penalty that was awarded when Mark Finn’s certain goal was stopped by a handball on the gal line. The Over 30s are now through to their 3rd straight State Cup semi-final. Paddy McCarry said that he was: “very happy with the boys today. They put in a massive shift in very tough conditions against a very physical team. We achieved another clean sheet also, which is a great habit to get into this time of the season.”

The Shamrocks women’s A team had a disappointing draw against league leaders NY Magic at St Michaels.  The rocks were excellent in the first half and dominated possession.  Chloe Wheeler scored the first goal of the game after perfectly volleying a long ball sent to the back post by Teresa Ferraro.  The second goal was an equally as impressive volley – Kelci Hegg took a free quick near the touchline and Mikaela Howell one timed it into the roof of the net.  Sitting on a 2-0 lead, the Rocks’ performance slipped in the second half and they let Magic back into the game.  Magic scored off a corner kick early in the second half and then equalized in the final minutes to make the final score 2-2.  With the draw, CPR move top of the league (28 points) and Magic fall to second (27 points) with the rocks 2 points behind in 3rd.  The Shamrocks face CPR this Sunday in a must win match.

In an afternoon game at Randall’s island, the Shamrocks women’s B team put together a solid performance in a 3-0 victory versus Appletown FC.  With both teams having just 11, the game was going to be determined by teamwork and effort.  The rocks opened up the scoring about midway in the half by an excellent strike from Shannon Hopkins (assisted by Michelle Sabogal).  In the second half, the ladies really worked to simplify their play and move the ball around, which lead to the rocks being too much for Astoria FC. Cassey Esposito added a goal to make it 2-0 and then Brandi Daniels made it 3-0 with an assist from Cassey. Keith Perez had the following to say: “The Rocks played well in a game with a limited roster.  The players again showed unity in playing positions they normally don’t play.  We will look to continue our winning ways next Sunday.  Up the rocks!”

The Shamrocks first team advanced to the semi-finals of the Kilby Cup with a comprehensive 8-0 win at Beyond FC in New Jersey on Sunday. Center forward Travis Blair scored four times in a row during a dominant second half performance that saw the Rocks ease past their Division 2 opponents. Dan Giorgi opened the scoring with a penalty scored on the stroke of half-time and Kurt Cameron made it 2-0 with a calmly dispensed close ranger shot early in the second half. After top scorer James Whyte chipped in with the third, Blair went on his spree to make it 7-0 before the best goal of the day rounded out the scoring, Calvin Moyes’ clinical finish from just outside the box. “A great way to respond after a bad result last weekend,” said Kevin Grogan. “We played some good football. Delighted that our new signing Travis Blair scored four.”

The Reserves unfortunately fell 5-1 to New York Athletic Club, which has all the advantages and resources of playing in the top division. It’s a minor setback for Meola’s green and white army, who must now concentrate on claiming victory in the league. The Club is also disappointed that the opportunity of an all-Shamrock final is now off the cards. However, Rock lovers will look to the first team to bring the Kilby Cup to the trophy cabinet, which nowadays is starting to look more like a drinks’ cabinet.

On a weekend of cup games for the five men’s teams, there was disappointment also for the Legends, whose hard fought display in the rain on Randall’s Island was not enough against Manhattan Celtic Bhoys. Playing against a good team of over-30s players, and with the likes of Stevie Doyle and Eddie Gilmartin simply too old to play on rainy days (“I’m too busy watching re-runs of ‘Murder She Wrote,’” said an inflamed Doyle), the Shamrocks fell to a 2-0 loss. Despite having an Andy Connolly stunt double available in the form of Donal Kelly, and with good displays from Richie Brennan, Joe Connolly, Brian Woolywong, Marcus Nascimento and Ryan Thompson, the Shamrocks had to walk away from the rain with only the warmth of their pride to comfort them. “It was a good game, though it was hard to tell what was going on from where I was watching,” stated coach Harvey, who spent the whole rainy night listening to Oasis in Joe Connolly’s car. “It’s a defeat, but we’ll just have to roll with it and take our time, and don’t let anyone get in our way.” Then, in a rather bizarre moment, he shouted: “I am the walrus, coo-coo co-choo.”

There was defeat also for the 1960s, whose bad, bad luck was just further emphasized by a 1-0 loss to NY Ukraine Reserves in a game where the goal chances were about 10-1 in the Rocks favor. It’s been a really hard third season for the 1960s and they now have to concentrate on getting off the bottom of their division. “The entire team played out of their skins,” slurred coach Connolly who was found prostrate on the floor of the Courtyard Bar about 6 hours after the game. When fully recovered by about Wednesday, he further added: “these boys deserve much more than this. I can only blame myself for us not achieving more. These are the best players I’ve played with at the Rocks. I want to give special mention to Braden Ruddy, who did a wonderful job at left back. But now it’s onto Lansdowne on Sunday. No one is going to give us anything. It’s up to us.”


Mixed Fortunes for the Rocks

The Shamrocks first team suffered a heavy 7-0 defeat against Cedar Stars Academy on Saturday night in Long Island. The CSL Division 1 front runners continued their fine run of form with an impressive display of attacking football against a Rocks outfit deprived of several key players.

“We were missing five starters in Giuseppe, Charlie, James Whyte, Gianfranco and Stuart through suspension and the flu,” said Kevin Grogan. “That makes it very difficult against a team that has full time professionals playing for them. We will bounce back. You don’t become a bad team overnight. This is a test of character for us now. Massive cup game next week against Beyond in the Kilby Cup quarter-final.”

In the battle of the reserves, a Shamrocks 4-1 loss to their Cedar counterparts made for a bad night overall for the club. As with the first team, Dan Meola’s boys were heavily depleted in numbers by the coincidence of this important match with Timmy Fetherston’s wedding. With the gaffer himself leading from the front, the reserves dominated a game for which the eventual scoreline paid flattery to the opponents. Failing to finish their chances when it mattered, the Shamrocks were faced with plenty of time to ponder this rare loss on a very long ride home. The wound of defeat was somewhat soothed on Sunday as top of the table rivals, Lansdowne Bhoys, failed to take advantage by only drawing away to Manhattan Kickers.

The Women’s A team cruised to a 5-2 victory against an unergetic Fuel FC on Randalls Island.  The Rocks opened scoring early with Mikaela Howell’s 4th goal in 2 games.  Shortly after, Kelci Hegg won the ball on the edge of her own box and sent a long through ball to Chloe Wheeler who made it 2-0.  The third rocks goal came from Jackie Pounder who struck from a deflection off a Mikaela Howell effort.  Teresa Ferraro scored the fourth and Chloe Wheeler added her second of the game (and fourth in 2 matches) to make it 5-0.  After completely dominating the first half, the rocks conceded a goal against the run of play right before half time.  Fuel added a second goal in a less exciting second half, after which the score remained a safe 5-2 for the Rocks.

Coach Keith Perez commented “We had a dominant first half and really controlled the game and the score line in that time. Goalkeeping from the other team really kept the score from getting out of line in the first half.  We lost momentum and didn’t really connect as well in the second half. Nonetheless the ladies did what they needed to do to secure the victory.  We will look to improve on that second half as we head into the tougher games our schedule.”  The rocks head into a tough 2-week period where they face their rivals for the league title, CPR and New York Magic.

The Women’s Shamrocks B rebounded from their previous loss to record a 3-1 victory against NY Skulls on Sunday Morning at Randalls Island. Goal scorers were Colleen Cavanaugh, Brandi Daniels, and Anastasia Hagan, with assists coming from Patty Kwiecinski, Shannon Hopkins, and Brandi Daniels respectively. Even though the NY Skulls were pressured from the opening whistle, the Rocks started out behind by conceding half way through the first half.  The Shamrocks stayed composed and continued to press, which led to Cavanaugh’s equalizer 10 minutes after Skulls’ opener.  The pressure of the first half really wore on the other team, as the second half was controlled by the Rocks with goals coming from Brandi Daniels and Anastasia Hagan.  Coach Keith perez commented: “It was a team effort today, as players stepped up to fill our goalie needs and the ladies rallied around one another to help secure a victory.  We still have alot to fight for and improve on this season, but this win is a start and we will look to continue this success in the next match.”

Paddy McCarry’s enigmatic genius continues to boggle onlookers as he managed to lead his over-30s to a 11-0 victory against Central Park Rangers without even turning up to the match. Left in the capable hands of Sean McMullen, the over-30s ran riot and left the poor Rangers re-arranged and deranged by their blitz-style of attack. There were five goals from an outstanding Johnny McGeeney, a hatrick from the ever-incisive Sean Riley, a brace from the bracing play of Dave Harvey, and one for the ubiquitous Paddy Geraghty, who spends his spare time making cameos for the Legends and coaching one of the women’s teams.

Texting from his secret bunker somewhere in Long Island, the insatiable McCarry stated: “Another clean sheet and it sets us up nicely for our state cup quarter final away to Port Jefferson next week. We are hitting form just at the right time.”

Times are getting dark for the 1960s, who suffered a bad loss in the relagation battle against Deportivo Sociedade New York. Hit early on by two lightning quick goals, the Shamrocks missed a penalty after Joe Flynn’s effort was saved. Despite not sending off the Deportivo defender for a last man foul that led to the spot kick, the referee applied the proper rule to Neil ‘Begby’ Mannion for commiting the same act two minutes later. Down to ten men and facing a possible 3-0 deficit, the Metros were given a life-line by a great save from Eric Doyle. This was followed quickly by an excellent goal from Joe Connolly, who had a really impressive performance throughout the game. A second half equalizer from top scorer Dan Meola was matched by another from Deportivo, which in turn found a response through Connolly’s second. However, the battling and hardworking 1960s were to find no joy on the day, as the the impressive attack of Deportivo broke through one last time to score a winner with five minutes to go.

“We’re in a real relegation dogfight now,” barked coach Andy Connolly. Brimful of cliches, he went on: “But there’s still hope if we continue to fight and stay calm under pressure. Mick McAnea showed today how a reall warrior continues to battle against the odds. The others fought hard, too. If we can keep working for each other and fix some of our defensive errors, it’s possible to stay up.”

In the Over-38 League, somebody sabotaged the pitch and the Shamrocks Legends’ game was postponed as a result. As of this minute, Tyrone Kent, who is never short of finding an excuse not to play, is the main culprit. Eddie Gilmartin is being fingered for the getaway driver. No doubt Justin ‘my dog ate my shin guards’ Stanford will provide their alibi.

Courageous Connolly Saves the Day!

The Shamrocks Legends had to settle for a draw against lowly positioned Eintracht FC at Randall’s Island on Sunday, despite fielding a very strong team that performed at a high level across the pitch for 90 minutes. Indeed, the Rocks, who created a number of decent chances throughout the game, just managed to scrape a point with a late equalizing goal that made for an end result of 1:1.

There were strong and skillful performances from the likes of John Riordan and Paddy Geraghty. Brian ‘Wilto’ Woolahan was up and down the left wing like a young Gary Birtles, while Ryan Thompson was a constant threat to the opposition with his quiet assassin’s approach to attack. However, the undoubted hero of the hour was Andy Connolly, who came off the bench to somehow find the needed goal that the likes of Eddie ‘gloveless’ Gilmartin could not find for love nor money.

True to the old lore that bald men share a certain telepathy that is known only to them (they also know how to cure warts, apparently!), Connolly latched on once more to another of Stevie Doyle’s zippy crosses. With the hapless (too much hair?) Geraghty unable to meet the ball, Connolly foxily nipped in at the back post and somehow stretched himself to make contact with the ball through a part of his anatomy that shall remain undisclosed to the polite ears of our dear readers. Suffice to say, among a group of men who were firing blanks all game, Connolly proved that he has the balls to finish.

In the over-30s Division, Paddy McCarry’s men continued to apply their merciless marauding of all that come across their path. Despite missing 5 regular starters, the Rocks showed their great strength of depth and discipline as a squad to see off Brooklyn Gunners 7-0. Goals from Eoin Carew, Maurichio Eoin (2), and Pat Kelly saw the indomitable over-30s take a 4-0 lead at half-time. An early second half penalty scored by one of McCarry’s men (and Bingo was his name-o!) made it 5-0. With an aging Dave Harvey running his little legs off, the Rocks sealed the victory with goals from Mark Finn and Aiden Mortan.

“Very happy with the clean sheet and the work rate of the players,” remarked the ever-enthusiastic McCarry. “This is another step closer to booking our place in the semi-final playoffs for the league. With great performances all round, there are two men of the match that stand out: Mark Finn and Eoin Carew.”

A hard working, skilful, and dominant performance from the 1960s team was just not enough against Gotham Argo in the cold late of Sunday night on Pier 40. Although buoyed by the fact that some strong players were returning to the fold, the Rocks had their backs to the wall early on as the speedy attack of Gotham pounced unsparingly on its chances to take a 2-0 lead. An excellent rally from Andy Connolly’s men saw the rocks take full control of possession and attack, with the eventual reward of an excellent Joe Flynn free-kick bringing the score down to 2-1 before the break.

More composed possession and excellent build-up play from the 1960s in the second half was to no joy, and the fast-paced Gotham attack snuck two more late goals on the break to earn a flattering 4-1 victory. Connolly’s men should not feel too despondent by what was, despite what the score line hints, a compact display. They must now rally themselves again for a night trip to play Ridgewood Romac on Wednesday.

Connolly announced after the game that he is “extraordinarily proud of this team and its refusal to stop fighting, no matter the odds or setbacks.” Praising what he saw as “a gutsy determination to get on the ball and make things work from the backline all the way forward,” Connolly singled out Sean Glynn and his wesht (the ‘h’ isn’t silent) end of Galway style of play: “there was really good performances from James Horan at center-half, Amar in the center, and Ronan Harvey on the left. But Sean tonight was a man among men. He was strong in the tackle, a wizard going forward, and just a real warrior for the whole team. A deserving man of the match and, like so many of these lads, a long term asset for the future of the club.”

The Shamrocks reserves continued their great run of form by beating Doxa 3:2, despite playing with only 10 men for 60 minutes of the game after goalkeeper, Kieran McGovern was sent off for a foul that led to a penalty. Wee Mickey from Belfast McGreevy gave the Rocks an early goal lead before Doxa equalized from the penalty spot to make it level at half-time.

Center-half, Rob Gaynor gallantly showed the way with a capable performance in goals and the 10 man disadvantage never really showed as goals from Paul McDaid and Andrew Scott saw the reserves cruise through the second half with a comfortable. A late consolation from Doxa did nothing to unsettle the Rocks who now take pride of place at the top of their division, following a defeat for Lansdowne on Sunday.

In the Division 1 fixture, a last minute penalty denied the Shamrocks first team a victory on Sunday in Westchester where Doxa struck deep in injury time to snatch a 2-2 draw. A brilliant second half brace from Kwesi Mills-Odoi had the Rocks 2-0 up but Doxa never gave up and deservedly pulled themselves back into it.

“Very immature performance,” said Kevin Grogan. “Hopefully an opportunity for our players to learn.”

Returning Rocks on Rampage

The Shamrocks emerged victorious from the long winter hibernation on Sunday with important league victories recorded for the men’s firsts and reserves, as well as the over-30s. On a day that saw unfortunate cancelations for the newly oiled 1960s and cod liver oiled Legends, there were some decent performances on the pitch that can only bode well for the second half of the season.

A James Whyte hat trick helped the Shamrocks first team beat Zum Schneider 4-1 at Randall’s Island on Sunday. The team’s top scorer broke the deadlock with a 55th minute free kick to settle the nerves of the dominant Rocks. Kwesi Mills-Odoi finished brilliantly to make it 2-0 after an Abou Kaba assist. Though Zum struck back after a 66th minute corner was headed home, the Shamrocks’ reaction was immediate in the form of a darting left-foot finish from Whyte. The Scotsman then rounded out his hat trick after bravely beating the keeper and slotting home to the unguarded net to seal victory. “That was a vital win.” said Kevin Grogan. “We were average on the ball, but we were very disciplined defensively – our full back Dan Giorgi was man of the match. James scored three great goals and Kwesi came off the bench and delivered for us.”

In the battle of the reserves, the Shamrocks beat Zum Schneider 2-0. Dan Meola’s first-season luck appears to be developing all the traits of actual coaching genius. His half-time decision to “go three at the back boys” helped to turn a frustrating goalless game into a comfortable victory for the Rocks. With goals scored by Joey Aronovsky and Gil Christenberry, the reserves were well served once more by a defensive work rate that has produced seven clean sheets from the last ten games. Meola, for once, was speechless in the aftermath of the win.

The Shamrocks over-30s took advantage of their fixture to resume top spot in the Over-30 Division East rankings. In a 5-3 victory over Megas Alexandros, goals were supplied by Shane Moore, Johnny McGeeney (2), and man of the match, Johnny Keogh (2). The best highlights of Shamrock play came in the last 30 minutes of the first half, which were distinguished by an astounding solo goal by McGeeney. Ever desirous of greater effort and deeply vigilant about the challenges that lay ahead, the esteemed Paddy McCarry remarked after the match: “we were very rusty after the break and made too many mistakes. But we got the three points and a major improvement is needed going forward.”

Week 7 & Week 8 Results

Week Eight Results – 11.05.2017

NY Shamrock – First

The Shamrock Firsts held current Cosmo League Champions NY Greek Americans to a 1-1 stalemate at St Michaels on Saturday night. Kurt Cameron was on target once again for the Rocks, an early goal adding to his tally of four in two games. However, the goal wasn’t enough to keep his team top of the league as Lansdowne Bhoys leapfrogged the Rocks into first place with a win at NYAC. Cameron struck with just six minutes on the clock after midfielder Giuseppe Barone’s brilliant dribble to the byline allowed him to square to the big center forward. A Shamrock defensive mix-up allowed the Greeks pull level just before half-time, as the two teams could not find anything between them in the second half. “We have a long way to go,” said Kevin Grogan. “We need more from some players. A few are getting complacent which is a mistake, as we have a big squad and everyone needs to fight for their place. When all is said and done though, a point is not a bad result but we are just a bit disappointed in the performance. We have another few gears.”

NY Shamrock – Reserves

NY Shamrock Reserves had the tough task of playing two games in less than 48 hours, but despite the quick turnaround the Rocks remain unbeaten in league play. On Thursday night, the Rocks traveled to Randall’s Island to take on NY Pancyprians. The Rocks defense, who had not allowed a league goal all season, was finally breached after the 30 minute mark. For the second game running, a Sean O’Neill goal was ruled out for a foul on the opposing goalie. The Rocks entered the break in unfamiliar territory after conceding their first league goal, but they responded well when Andrew Scott’s cross found the head of Brendan Lane. With over a third of the game left to play, the visitors pushed for a victory that would never come, eventually settling for a 1-1 draw.
With the NY Greek Americans coming travelling to St. Michael’s, the Rocks had a chance to quickly forget their lackluster midweek performance. They did just so, dominating the possession and the chances as they looked like a team with something to prove. The breakthrough came after 35 minutes, with Darren Coleman applying a fine finish to a move which he had started. The Irishman had the home side ahead at the break, as they looked to deservedly add to their goal tally. The Greeks threw a spanner in the works against the run of play, equalizing with a close range tap in after a defensive mix-up knotted things at 1-1. The Rocks, always the better team on the night, earned their reward with just over 15 minutes left to play, as Chris Burns calmly finished a scramble in the box. Despite always being in control, the Rocks were forced to sweat out the final five minutes, as numerous NYGA free kicks were dealt with well by the defense. A massive, well deserved win over a familiar foe continued the Shamrock Reserves unbeaten start to the season.

NY Shamrock – 1960

After weeks of fighting tooth and nail to earn their first league points of the season, Shamrock 1960’s did so in fine fashion at a soaked St. Michael’s against Ridgewood Romac on NY Marathon Sunday. Always looking dangerous from the first whistle, the Rocks grabbed their lead just before half time, when Isaac Hidalgo’s volley from a corner kick put them a goal to the good. In the second half, Romac clawed their way back into the contest with a goal that struck the wet palms of keeper Eric Doyle and trickled into the back of the net. However, the Rocks wasted no time restoring their advantage, as top scorer Dan Meola raced past two defenders and beat the Romac keeper at his near post. The visitors responded well, and pushed for an equalizer they deserved, after a stunning free kick from 25 yards out hit the back of the net. The see-saw affair saw the home side go in front for the third and final time, as Amar Daved finished a slick one-two with Karl Chaudry to restore the lead. Chaudry scored a goal of his own from a Joe Connolly assist, and Connolly grabbed a goal himself to hand the Rocks an impressive 5-2 win.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

NY Shamrock O-30’s earned a hard fought point in a 3-3 draw against NY Greek Americans on Sunday night at the Met Oval. The Rocks found themselves 1-0 down after a defensive lapse lead to an opening goal for the Greeks. The always reliable Johnny McGeeney was on hand to level things up for the visitors just ten minutes later with a cool finish. However, the equalizer was short lived as the Rocks fell 2-1 and 3-1 down just before the stroke of half time, with defensive errors playing a key part in all three goals. An interval which saw the Rocks make three changes brought about better fortune, as the Rocks started the second half a completely different team. Pat Kelly scored a great goal set up by Sean Riley, and Shane Moore hit home the leveler with 15 minutes to play. Coach Paddy McCarry said, “The Greeks were holding on at the finish, and I believe if we had five more minutes we would have won it. Our defense has been brilliant all year, but we had a bad half tonight. The Greeks are a very good side so I was very pleased with the way we fought back to get a point.”

NY Shamrock – Legends

The Shamrock Legends made it three wins on the bounce after beating Doxa 6-2 at St. Michael’s. Paddy Geraghty knocked in three goals for a hat trick, Tyrone Kent, returning from an injury had himself a brace, and Andy Connolly rounded off the scoring. Doxa battled all game in soggy conditions, but could not keep pace with the Rocks’ attack. Coach Emmett Harvey explained, “We had a solid game – there were points that were good, and a few areas where we could use some work. The result was very good, and will give us some energy as the first half of the season comes to an end.”

NY Shamrock – Women’s A

The Shamrocks Women’s A team faced Manhattan Celtic for the second time this season after a 0-0 draw in September. Celtic scored early in the game to jump out to a 1-0 advantage. The Rocks equalized when Tara Kiernan played the ball to Mikaela Howell at the top of the box, who placed it in the bottom right corner. The second goal came from Chloe Wheeler, who slid at the back post to finish a ball from Georgia Frost. The 3-1 win was secured with a few minutes remaining when Sharon Odorfin scored off a deflection from a shot by Caroline Carter. Coach Paddy Geraghty commented, “We showed great resolve coming from 1-0 down with 20 minutes to play to win 3-1. We have been below par so far this season but we are slowly starting to get our edge back. The addition of Mikaela Howell has given us more in attack and the return of Allie Cacciotti in goals has made us better defensively. We have a State Cup Quarter Final on Saturday night against NYC United, so hopefully we can get another win and have a Semi Final to look forward to in the Spring.”

NY Shamrock – Women’s B

In the Women’s B Division, Shamrock Women kept their strong start to season going without even kicking a ball – an Appletown FC forfeit handing the Lady Rocks their easiest three points of the season.

Week Seven Results – 10.29.2017

NY Shamrock – First

A Kurt Cameron hat trick helped Division 1 leaders NY Shamrock maintain their winning run on Saturday night as the summer signing inspired a 5-2 victory over CPR Whites at St Michael’s. Cameron scored either side of the break to haul back an early 1-0 deficit to then insure a 3-1 half time lead. James Whyte’s clever dummy from a Zachary Gosse clearance set up the equalizer, allowing Cameron to get in behind the defense to lob the advancing CPR keeper. Whyte was also involved in the second alongside Lerthon Theuma who played Cameron in. The Scot also played provider for Cameron to grab his hat trick. With ten minutes to go, substitute Kwesi Mills-Odoi set up fellow replacement James Zaidan with an incredible through ball which Zaidan took around the keeper and struck high to the back of the net. CPR pulled a goal back as the minutes fell away but Joey Zorbo set up Calvin Moyes for the Scot’s first ever goal for the club. “That was an extremely important win,” said coach Kevin Grogan. “We always looked dangerous in attack. We just need to be a bit more disciplined defensively.”

NY Shamrock – Reserves

NY Shamrock Reserves extended their winning streak in the league to six games as they downed CPR White 1-0 in the opening match on Saturday night. A gritty first half saw both sides go relatively close, with forward Sean O’Neill having a goal ruled out for having been adjudged to foul the opposing keeper. A pair of saves from Kieran McGovern kept the game deadlocked at the break. In the second half, McGovern again came up trumps with a key save on a one on one to deny CPR an opener. With 20 minutes remaining, substitute Andrew Scott played hero has he latched on to a Chris Burns layoff to strike home the winner into the top corner from outside the box. The Rocks back line contributed another clean sheet to seal the three points, and keep themselves at the top of the table.

NY Shamrock – 1960

Despite progressing in the State Cup earlier in the month, the 1960’s are still waiting for their first league points of the season. A trip to Staten Island to face Mr. Dennehy’s proved to be a bridge too far for the nine men in green. Already down two men before the referee had blown for kickoff, the Rocks provided their most comprehensive display of the season, heading into half time just a goal down with the home side having a two man advantage. However, the power in numbers, along with tired Shamrock legs proved too difficult in the second half, with the 1960’s heading back to Queens on the back of a 6-0 defeat.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

Paddy McCarry’s Shamrock O-30’s earned all three points without breaking a sweat at the weekend, with Brooklyn Gunners handing the Rocks three points through forfeit.

NY Shamrock – Legends

Just as the O-30’s had taken three points without soldiering on in the pouring rain, the Shamrock Legends were afforded the same luxury, as a Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans side forfeited the match.

NY Shamrock – Women’s A

The Shamrocks Women’s A team faced Manhattan Kickers at a rainy St Michaels on Sunday. The Rocks ran up a 9-0 victory with goals from Teresa Ferraro (2), Mikaela Howell (3), Chloe Wheeler (1) and Georgia Frost (3). Assists were provided by Christina Beck, Caroline Carter (2), Teresa Ferraro, Jackie Pounder, Kelci Higgs and Mikaela Howell. Coach Paddy Geraghty commented, “We got back on track this week with a solid win. It was a good training exercise for us and we had good performances from our back four, a better balance in our midfield, and some clinical finishing from Mikaela Howell, Georgia Frost, Teresa Ferraro, and Chloe Wheeler.  This week will be a different game against one of our rivals so we’ll need to play well.  We are missing a few key players but as always it gives others the chance to step up”.
Teresa Ferraro had two goals and an assist

NY Shamrock – Women’s B

A well fought game, but in the end Beyond FC scored the goal and took the game.

NY Shamrock SC – Week 6

NY Shamrock – First & Reserves

With scheduled opponent NY Pancyprians playing Lansdowne Bhoys in the US Open Cup Qualifier this weekend, both Kevin Grogan’s First Team and Dan Meola’s Reserves were given off. The break in action could not come at a better time for the Shamrock First Team, as numerous injury concerns were handed another full week of recovery. The Rocks Reserves will resume normal service this weekend at home to CPR Whites, as will the Firsts who look to continue their fine form.

NY Shamrock – 1960

In Metro Division I. Shamrocks 1960’s suffered a sixth consecutive league loss to open the season. After a well played opening 25 minutes, visitors Gotham Argo broke the deadlock with a long range chip. Entering half time down 1-0, Coach Andy Connolly threw all caution to the wind and played an attacking lineup to begin the second 45 minutes. The changes were for naught, however, as Argo scored two quick goals on the counter attack to open up a three goal cushion. Dan Meola converted from the penalty spot to bring the Rocks back within two with nearly 30 minutes to play, but the late rally ultimately fell short from the home side.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

Shamrocks O-30’s enjoyed a scintillating second half of football against CPR Old Boys. After an opening half stalemate that saw both sides playing well, Johhny McGeeney opened the scoring soon after the interval after a great assist by Aidan Morton. The Rocks made it 2-0 when newly signed Shane Moore fired home from a Mark Finn assist. McGeeney added his second on the hour mark after a brilliant ball by Kevin Walsh. The hat trick was completed moments later when Moore played provider fot McGeeney. The Rocks top scorer added his fourth of the game from another assist by Walsh. Coach Paddy McCarry said, “Best team performance all year. We were outstanding in second half. Another clean sheet also very pleasing, and judging by today’s performance, we are finally starting to click. If we play like this consistently we are going to be very difficult to beat. With Johnny in this form, if he gets a chance it’s a goal. Shane Moore was also brilliant for us today, but all in all, it was great squad performance.”

NY Shamrock – Legends

On a unseasonably hot day at St. Michael’s on Sunday morning, the Shamrock Legends had a disjointed first half performance against SC Gjoa. A difficult early performance gave the visiting team from Brooklyn a deserved 4-1 half time lead. Reverting to a 3-5-2 formation and chasing the game, the Legends pressed the opposition in their own half to set up some fine attacking football. Goals by Ryan Thompson and John Riordan left a once confident Gjoa waiting for the final whistle. Unfortunately, time proved to be the enemy after a valiant comeback attempt. Standouts in a tough defeat were Ryan Thompson, Andy Connolly, and a brilliant sub appearance by Colin Lee. With some new signings on the horizon, the Legends have reason to stay positive and optimistic about this young season.

NY Shamrock – Women’s A

The Shamrocks Women’s A Team kicked off at 5pm on Randall’s Island against CPR White.  The Rocks started the match well against the league leaders, when Captain Chloe Wheeler volleyed the ball onto the crossbar and Georgia Frost headed in the rebound to make it 1-0. However, the Lady Rocks didn’t hold the lead for long as CPR White equalized half way through the first half.  CPR proceeded to score three more times after the restart to make the final score 4-1. Coach Paddy Geraghty commented, “We were beaten by the better team today. They had a better game plan and adapted to the conditions better than we did.  It was our first defeat in 2 years and the ladies have to be proud of that feat. Hopefully we will learn from it and we’ll come back stronger”.

NY Shamrock – Women’s B

In the Women’s B Division, Shamrock Women kept their strong start to season going without even kicking a ball – an NYC Skulls forfeit handing the Lady Rocks their easiest three points of the season.

NY Shamrock SC – Week 5

NY Shamrock – First

The Shamrock First Team made it two wins in a row on Sunday when they took a 2-1 victory home from their trip to face Manhattan Kickers on the Lower East Side. James Whyte scored his seventh goal of the season to help his team come back from an early deficit. Kickers were 1-0 up at half-time after a defensive mix-up gave the home side the advantage. The visitors eventually took control over their tiring opponents in the second half, as Kwesi Mills-Odoi returned from injury as a half-time sub to spark the Rocks in attack. Mills-Odoi forced the concession of an indirect free kick after a pass back to the keeper was handled in the area. He then laid the dead ball off to Whyte who blasted home from close range to knot the game at 1-1. Dubliner Ryan Matthews then made it 2-1 with his first goal for his new club, heading home a headed cross from Ned Wagner. A missed Whyte penalty and an injury to Alejandro Fritz were low points on a soggy day, as the Rocks held on to secure the win. “That was a very valuable win,” said Kevin Grogan. “It was an under par performance, but the most important thing was that we got the three points.”

NY Shamrock – Reserves

The early kickoff squall could not keep the Rocks Reserves at bay against Kickers Reserves, with the away side coming back to Queens with another clean sheet and all three points. The first fifteen minutes of the contest were played in stormy conditions, with rain and wind playing every part in a difficult opening quarter of an hour. The Rocks, always on the front foot, earned their reward when Sean O’Neill was fouled inside the box. Darren Coleman stepped up to the spot and slotted home calmly for a well earned half time advantage. After the break, a host of chances fell to the travelling Shamrocks who doubled their lead through O’Neill. After Larry Slaughter worked himself into space on the right, his cross found O’Neill waiting at the back post to head home. The visitors had the hosts on the ropes with 30 minutes remaining, but could not add to their tally. The return of Nikle Guzijan, and a Shamrock debut for Eoghan Crowley, contributed to another fine defensive display for the Shamrocks who are yet to concede a goal this season.

NY Shamrock – 1960

A heavy defeat on Sunday means Shamrock 1960’s will be looking forward to this weekend’s State Cup festivities against LISFL side Cosma Damiano. The Rocks took on Metro 1 League Leaders FC Ulqini at St. Michael’s and, despite a promising opening half, could not keep up with the Albanian side. A few chances fell for Conor Doherty, but it was Ulqini who lead 1-0 at half time. Upon the restart, an avalanche of goals fell upon the resistant Rocks, who fought tooth and nail on the day but to no avail. Eventually, the visitors took all three points back to Staten Island in a 7-0 landslide.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

A 5-0 victory at Randall’s Island was just the response O-30’s Coach Paddy McCarry was looking for against CPR Orange on Sunday morning. The hosts went one up when Dave Harvey chipped the keeper from 40 yards out with the brilliant strike set up by Paddy Geraghty. The Rocks doubled their lead on fifteen minutes through Johhny McGeeney and made it 3-0 just on the stroke of half time when Mark Finn fired home. In the second half, Aidan Morton scored the fourth Shamrock goal and Dominick McCartan added the fifth and final goal with five minutes remaining.  Said Coach McCarry, “I’m very happy with the clean sheet. A couple of players might have just played their way into the Starting 11. We are still missing quite a few massive players through injury, but once they come back I’m going to have a selection headache!”

NY Shamrock – Legends

In the pouring rain at St. Michael’s, the Shamrock Legends earned a comfortable 4-1 against SC Eintracht. A pair of well taken goals from Marcus Nascimento, a strike from Eoghan McParland, and a first ever Shamrock goal for Andy Connolly, handed Emmett Harvey’s men of their first win of the season. After the game, Coach Emmett Harvey said, “I am disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, but very happy with the performance and the result. We are now looking forward to the state cup games.”

NY Shamrock – Women’s A

Coming off a strong win last week, Shamrock Women’s A Team kicked off at Icahn stadium against league leaders NY Magic.  Early in the first half, Magic gave up a penalty while defending Shamrock corner kick.  Jackie Pounder took and converted the penalty to score her fifth goal of the season.  The rocks searched for a second goal, their best chance coming when Teresa Ferraro played a beautiful through ball to Jo Belluardo and sent her on a breakaway.  Unfortunately, Magic equalized before the half to even the score at one apiece.  Despite having the majority of chances in the second half, including a Denise Wilson free kick that struck the post, the Rocks couldn’t find a winner and the game finished a draw.  Coach Paddy Geraghty commented, “We had a tough game this week against the league leaders.  It was a game we should have won but had to settle for a draw.  We paid the price for giving up a soft goal and our increased effort in the second half couldn’t force a winner.  We are still unbeaten and will use our bye this weekend to improve on a few things.  Hopefully we can get on a roll and put a bit of pressure on the top teams”.

NY Shamrock – Women’s B

In perhaps the most dominant performance of all Shamrock teams this season, the Women’s B Team earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating NYC United B 11-0. Coach Keith Perez added, “Their efforts from previous games and training paid off as the ladies really clicked on the field and opened up the score line today. What I commend them on the most is that we had 7 assists in the game. That shows our commitment to passing the ball around and making the smart play.” Brandi Daniels struck a hat trick plus with five goals, while Paige Osborne had a hat trick of her own with three. Sara Gomez, Shannon Hopkins, Shannon Rubin all added a goal each to power the Shamrocks to victory.