Geraghty steps up as Grogan steps away after four successful seasons

  • New first team coach Geraghty ready for new role
  • Grogan wishes successor well for top Rocks job
  • Club President Brink welcomes positive move
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Kevin Grogan (left) and Club President Teresa Brink (center) both congratulated new first team coach Paddy Geraghty after Tuesday night’s committee vote.

Shamrocks legend Paddy Geraghty has taken over the reins of the men’s first team after Kevin Grogan completed a fantastic four-year stint at the helm.

After four successful years in charge of the women’s team, Geraghty steps into his new role with immediate effect after the club committee voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a new chapter for the Rocks.

Grogan wished Geraghty well in his new role, saying that he had no doubt the 20-year club veteran will be a big success as first team coach.

“I can’t wait to get started with the first team,” the newly installed gaffer said.

”I watched the majority of their games last season so I know how good they are. The first division is a massive challenge and there are no easy games.

“Kevin did a superb job competing at the top end of the table. Our goal is to remain there and hopefully get some luck when it gets to the end of the season. I want to thank Kevin and his assistant Stevie Doyle for all their hard work over the past few years and to the committee for the chance to coach a great group of players.”

Welcoming the development, club president Teresa Brink backed her long time friend as the ideal replacement and wished the former coach well as he looks to focus on his personal business.

“This is a hugely positive move by the club,” said Brink.

“I couldn’t think of a better choice than Paddy, who is steeped in the history of our club. We are very fortunate that he agreed to take on this prestigious position, a monumental step as we build up to our 60th anniversary celebrations in 2020.

“I especially want to thank Kevin Grogan for his ongoing dedication and passion over the last four memorable seasons. We would not be here without him and he will always be a Shamrock.”

Since taking over after the club’s promotion to CSL Division 1 in 2015, the former Manchester United man oversaw an unprecedented development of the club as a whole while also guiding the team to two play-off semi-finals and two league cup finals, winning that latter trophy in 2018.

”I decided to step down at the end of last season as head coach of the first team,” said Grogan.

“I did the job for four years and I was honored to be asked in the first place. The Shamrocks are an amazing club with an amazing history. It’s time now for me to focus more on my personal business and I also think it’s a good time for a new voice.

“Over the four seasons, we got to the play-offs twice, State Cup final once and we also won a cup. We did this in an honest way without paying any players. I’d like to thank the committee for all there support over the four years and also thank the players for their efforts.

“Big thank you to Eltin Colman, Joe Behan and Sean Keogh for there moral support particularly when I first came to the club. We had some amazing nights in particular beating the national Champions twice last season and also being the only team to beat the league champions last season.

“There were many great nights in the Courtyard Ale House after games and at holiday parties and I got the pleasure of meeting some great people.

“I wish the new coach Paddy Geraghty all the best, I’ve no doubt he will be a big success.”

Our 2019 Award Winners!

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Manchester United Legend Frank Stapleton presenting the Third annual Robbie Walsh Clubperson of the Year award to 1960 coach, goalkeeping legend and all round true Shamrock, Rob O’Neill

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The Women’s League Champions, Shamrocks Green

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The State Cup Champion Shamrocks Reserves team

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Shamrocks Green captain Kelci Hegg receiving the Women’s League Division A trophy from Manchester United Legend Clayton Blackmore.

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Shamrocks Reserves captain Rob Gaynor receiving the State Cup trophy from Manchester United Legend Lee Martin.

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First team Player of the Year Stu Colbert receiving his award from Keith Gillespie.

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First team Golden Boot Kurt Cameron receiving his award from Keith Gillespie.

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Reserves coach Danny Meola accepting Player of the Year for Johnny McAleenan from Manchester United Legend Brian McClair.

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Reserves Golden Boot James Hudson receiving his award from Manchester United Legend Brian McClair.

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1960 Player of the Year Finn O’Reilly receiving his award from Chris Eagles.

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Stephen Carlin accepting the 1960 Golden Boot on behalf of Hughie McGowan from Chris Eagles.

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Over 30s Player of the Year Neil Doran

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Over 30s Golden Boot Johnny McGeeney receiving his award from Mark Wilson.

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Legends Player of the Year Niall Corbett receiving his award from Shaun Goater.

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Legends Golden Boot Paul Bradshaw receiving his award from Shaun Goater.

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Shamrocks Green Player of the Year and Golden Boot Mikaela Howell receiving her awards from Manchester United Legend Wes Brown.

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Shamrocks White captain Shannon Hopkins accepting Player of the Year for Kim Stagg and Golden Boot for Christine Parrella from Manchester United Legend Liam O’Brien.

(Thank you Kim Kirnan for these wonderful pictures!)

A day to remember for the Third Annual Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game

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It was a historic weekend for the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club with the third annual Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game bringing together the Manchester United Legends and the Shamrocks Legends at Gaelic Park on Saturday afternoon.

(You can view all the photos of the day taken by photographer Kim Kirnan at our Facebook page here and here. The banquet photos can be enjoyed here)

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Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game 2019 005 3W0A9888Almost 1,000 watched an enjoyable game of soccer which was won by the united Legends including former Ireland international Frank Stapleton who also captained the visiting team. Three goals from Belfast’s Keith Gillespie guided United to a 9-1 win with John Riordan scoring the sole Shamrocks goal.

Founding members of the Shamrocks, Paul Cullagh, Tony Halpin and Paddy Rooney were introduced to the crowd and there were many more old friends of the club coming together to enjoy a day that will support the beginning of a Shamrocks Juniors Soccer program.

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“The weekend was all we could have asked for,” said Paddy Geraghty who led the event committee.

“Our committee were incredible with their time and efforts while the Shamrocks players were tremendous ambassadors for our club. The Manchester United squad were brilliant. They were so accommodating with their time and really bought into what we were trying to do. Both squads bonded so quickly on Friday night that Saturday’s game felt like it was between old friends. It was a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will ever forget.”

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Tommy Smyth was also on hand to provide pitch side analysis and banter and the club is extremely grateful to him for providing his time! We are also appreciative to our videographer for the day, Stephen O’Regan of The Beautiful Game NYC who shot this amazing video of the day, capturing unforgettable moments that will live long in the memory!

POST-SEASON PREVIEW: Record Sunday sees Shamrocks sides set sights on 5 huge semi-finals!

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The biggest weekend of the Shamrocks season is upon us with five of our teams facing hugely exciting semi-finals in both the League and League Cup.

It is also the deadline to support the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game which will raise money to make possible the return of a youth soccer program to the Rocks.

In three weeks, the hotly anticipated game between our legends and a selection of Manchester United Legends will take place at Gaelic Park on Saturday June 22.

If you’d like to sponsor the big game by placing an ad in our souvenir journal, email NYShamrockSC@gmail.com or click here: https://nyshamrocksc.com/2019/03/27/banquet-2019/

Buy match tickets at the Courtyard Ale House or online here: https://robbiewalsh.eventbrite.com

Kent Ale House Meet & Greet Friday June 21 – https://legendsmeetgreet.eventbrite.com

Smithfield Post-Game Brunch Sunday June 23 – https://legendsbrunch.eventbrite.com

SUNDAY’S GAMES

CSL DIVISION 1 PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL
Pancyprians v Shamrocks (Belson Stadium, 8pm)
CSL DIVISION 1 RESERVES PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL
Shamrocks Reserves v Zum Schneider Reserves (Randalls Island 74, 12pm)
CSL OVER 30s DIVISION PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL
Between Rivers v Shamrocks Over 30s (Aviator Sports Complex, 7.30pm)
CSL OVER 30s LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL
CPR Old Boys v Shamrocks Legends (Randalls Island 72, 6pm)
NYMWSL DIVISION A CUP SEMI-FINAL
Shamrocks Green v CPR Whites (East 6th St, 3pm)

For the second time in two years, the Shamrocks first team will take on CSL kingpins Pancyprians in Division 1 playoff semi-final (Belson Stadium, 8pm).

Kevin Grogan’s men finished the season strongly thanks to dramatic and deserved home wins over Lansdowne and Pancyprians in the Spring, earning a fourth seed and a final four showdown against the runaway regular season champions.

Indeed, Pancyprians have lost only once in 2019, that March 30 2-0 reversal to the Rocks which denied them the opportunity of accruing what would have been an astonishing 50 league points.

Coach Grogan has a strong squad to choose from this weekend but is realistic about the task at hand.

“We are very much underdogs but on our day we can beat anyone,” he said Friday.

“We have come a long way in four years from survival to playoffs to winning a cup and to now playoffs again. It’s been a long season but we can’t wait for Sunday. Belson Stadium will suit our style of play. We will as always work hard and try to win the game.”

On a day of big clashes, the reserves will be bidding to reach their first D1 playoff final since 2015’s promotion when they take on Zum Schneider Reserves at Randalls Island 74 with a noon kick off.

Coach Dan Meola has flown in from Texas to be reunited with his undefeated outfit who finished the regular season in pole position.

“After two weeks of rest and recovery, the lads are chomping at the bit to continue their season,” he noted.

“We are looking forward to the challenge and have no doubts about our quality and commitment. The hard work is only just beginning and the squad and I are only focused on winning. As I’ve mentioned many times, football is a game in which there are no easy opponents. Zum Schneider will be ready for the task as will we. I have every confidence in our lads and then some.”

Meanwhile, the women’s league champions Shamrocks Green, will take on CPR Whites in the Division A Cup semi-final as they aim to stay on track for a second undefeated treble in three seasons.

“We have our league cup semi final this Sunday against CPR Whites and we expect it to be our toughest game of the season. The ladies have been brilliant this year and are focused on finishing the season as strongly as we can. It’s great to be playing for trophies in June and we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”

The Shamrocks Legends are also facing a League Cup semi-final against CPR’s Over 30s, their best ever placing in their fourth season of competition.

Having just missed out on the league playoffs, this is being seen as a very enjoyable consolation prize for John Riordan’s team.

“The lads have enjoyed the season and this will be a nice extension,” said Riordan. “CPR will be younger than us but we have played some football at times in the Spring. So although we missed out on our pre-season target, we can still be proud of a lot of what we achieved. So we’ll go into this one looking to enjoy it and see if we can cause a shock.”

The Shamrocks Over 30s are on the other of the draw, facing an Irish Derby semi-final against Manhattan Celtic Legends on Wednesday (Randalls Island 74, 9pm).

But before all that, it is Sunday’s league playoff semi-final against Between Rivers that will be occupying the minds of the coaching duo of Sean Mc Mullan and Paddy Mc Carry (Aviator Sports Complex, 7.30pm).

The Over 30s finished their regular season campaign on Thursday with a meaningless 4-1 loss to the Greeks while Shamrocks 1960 rounded out with a 2-0 win over NY Irish, both games at Randalls Island.

Lastly, the times for next Sunday’s State Cup finals have been confirmed with Shamrocks Green kicking off at Verrazano Sports Complex at 10am and the reserves taking to the stage at 2pm.

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RIP John McCrosson, founding member of the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club

The NY Shamrocks Soccer Club is mourning the passing of founding member and past president John McCrosson this week.

John (pictured below right) passed away on Tuesday after a long illness. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, a past treasurer of the County Tipperary Association of New York and a retired member of Local 3 IBEW.

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John is survived by his devoted brothers Matthew and Thomas. He also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews as well as twelve grandnieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY on Sunday, April 7th, from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 8th at 9:45 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 6000 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, New York. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.

Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that Leo O’Connor and Osman Aydemir will line out for Shamrocks’s Legends against the Manchester United Legends XI for the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game at Gaelic Park on Saturday June 22.

Ozzie was a teammate and good friend of Robbie Walsh in the 2000’s and currently resides in Philadelphia. He was a hard working midfielder who loved a tackle and scored more than his share of goals. He was very upset when Brazil beat Turkey in the 2002 World Cup semi final and wants to ask Kleberson a few questions about that so he can finally get closure.

Leo was also a good friend and teammate of Robbie and has been involved with the Shamrocks for almost 20 years. He started out as a forward, then played midfield, now he’s a center back. He’s aware of what comes next and is already shopping for gloves. Leo is looking forward to playing against ex-Ireland international Frank Stapleton, and says he’ll mark him out of the game. We shall see.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

CSL JOHN KILBY CUP QUARTER-FINAL (LEAGUE CUP)
FC Ulqini v Shamrocks (Greenbelt Recreational Center, Staten Island, 1pm)
D’ARPINO CUP SEMI-FINAL (RESERVES STATE CUP)
Shamrocks Reserves v Pancyprians Reserves (Frank Principe Park, 1pm)
OVER 30s LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Manhattan Kickers Premier v Shamrocks Over 30s (Randalls Island 74, 10am)
Shamrocks Legends v Manhattan Celtic Bhoys (Randalls Island 91, 4pm)
WOMEN’S STATE CUP SEMI-FINAL
NY Magic Reserves v Shamrocks Green (East 6th St 11am)

On the field this weekend, it’s all cup action with a mix of State Cup and League Cup games keeping the Rocks busy.

Shamrocks Green have a Women’s State Cup semi-final against defending champions NY Magic Reserves at East 6th St (kick-off 11am).

“It’ll be a very tough game but we got a good look at them in our draw last weekend,” said Geraghty.

“We learned a few things so hopefully we can improve. We have played two hard games since the start of the spring season and that’ll work to our advantage. They are still probably favorites but if we play well then we have a good chance.”

The defending CSL League Cup champions will look to move on to the semi-finals when Kevin Grogan’s first team travel to Staten Island for a 1pm kick-off against FC Ulqini.

“This is such an important and difficult game for us,” said Grogan.

“But if we maintain our attitude, discipline and concentration levels from last week, we have a good chance to win because we have very good players. We need to start the game with the correct approach.”

A June final is on the line for the reserves who face a State Cup semi-final against Pancyprians, a team they beat 4-0 in the league last Saturday.

“As I’ve mentioned so many times before there are no easy games in this league,” said coach Dan Meola.

“This is even more true in knockout games such as this where anything can happen. The lads have been playing at an incredibly high level all season. Having just played Pancyprians, this must be an occasion where all 18 come ready to give everything.”

Elsewhere, there are two games in the Over 30s League Cup. The Shamrocks Over 30s take on Manhattan Kickers Premier at Randalls Island 74 at 10am looking to bounce back from their loss against Pancyprians.

“We’re looking forward to this,” said Mc Mullan. “This will be our first time trying to win a League Cup at this level.”

And the Legends have a tough task when they take on Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in the final game of the day, a 4pm kick-off at Randalls Island 91.

“We have a few injuries and a few players missing,” said player coach John Riordan.

“We will look to enjoy the game and try to see what we can get out of it. They are a level or two above us but that’s the nature of this competition. It gives us a break from the league before a very important phase of games.”