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.

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NY Shamrock SC – Week 4 Results & Thank You Golf Outing Sponsors

While not all Shamrock teams claimed three points from their games, the club enjoyed another successful week. The 5th Annual NY Shamrock SC Golf Outing took place on Friday, September 28th prior to last weekend’s games. The weather could not have been better for the event, and the turnout for the golf did not disappoint. Firstly, we would like to thank our main sponsors on the day. Andrew James Interiors was our Gold Sponsor, The Chelsea Bell & Brendan Donahue our Silver Sponsors and The Courtyard Ale House & Pat Burke for their continued support. Below is a list of all our sponsors who contributed to the success of the event and helped build on the strong foundation of the club.  We appreciate your support as always. Up the Rocks!

NY Shamrock – First

The Shamrocks First Team recorded their second home win of the season on Saturday night, with a 3-1 dispatching of Doxa at a blustery St. Michael’s. Top scorer James Whyte brought his total to six goals in four games with strikes in both halves to ensure all three points for Kevin Grogan’s men. Ned Wagner starred at center midfield with tireless running and effort to inspire the victory, while Stu Colbert was once again solid at the heart of the defense. Whyte’s opener had the Rocks a goal to the good at half-time while Wagner added the second after heading home from a Sean Reilly free kick. After Whyte scored his second of the night, Doxa narrowed the lead to 3-1 with a spot kick with a quarter of an hour remaining, but the home side were always comfortable as the minutes ticked away. “Extremely important win,” said Kevin Grogan. “Slowly, but surely, we’re looking like the team we can be.”

NY Shamrock – Reserves

In the opening game of the Saturday night slate, Shamrock Reserves continued their winning streak to start the season with a 1-0 win over Doxa. The opening 30 minutes proved difficult for the Rocks, despite the away side playing a man down to open proceedings. Carving the opposing defense at will, the Rocks simply could not apply the finishing touches to a host of chances in the first half. Sean O’Neill and Paul McDaid coming closest for the home side. After the interval, a Joey Aronovsky corner kick found its way all the way to the back of the net on 60 minutes. The whip of the ball – and the wind – left the Doxa back line puzzled as the ball avoided everything to nestle in the far corner. The result never looked in doubt despite the narrow score line, with a fourth consecutive clean sheet for the Shamrock defense.

 NY Shamrock – 1960

Shamrock 1960’s will have to wait another week to claim their first points in Metro Division I, after falling 3-1 to NY MetroStars at Randall’s Island. In what was an end to end game from start to finish, the Rocks failed to convert their opening chances to grab an advantage before half time. Dan Meola hitting the cross bar with a free kick, as well as flashing wide from a Hughie McGowan cross. The Rocks entered the break 1-0 down. After conceding two quick goals after half time, new Rocks signings Stevie Carlin, Kevin Curran, and Shawn Duda were instrumental in a second half comeback. Curran scored his first goal from the club with a long-range effort from nearly 25 yards out. The Rocks threw everything at MetroStars in the final 25 minutes of the game, but the home side claimed all three points.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

Paddy McCarry’s Shamrock O-30’s endured a first loss of the season on Sunday, a tough 2-1 loss to a talented Manhattan Kickers side. The Rocks went one up through Dave Harvey on 25 minutes – a fantastic strike from the edge of the box to the top corner, assisted by Aidan Morton. However, it was a tale of two halves for the Rocks, as Manhattan Kickers started and finished the second 45 in the ascendency. An early goal was conceded early into the second half, and the comeback was complete when Kickers scored the winning goal with 20 minutes remaining. “We were the best side in the first half today. The Kickers are a good side, but the squad is anticipating a similar run to last year. After the first loss of the season, they went on a great winning streak. The Over-30 1st Division is extremely strong and getting stronger every year. There are very few easy games anymore.”, mentioned Coach McCarry.

NY Shamrock – Legends

The Legends ran into some unfortunate circumstances at the weekend, having to forfeit to Cozmoz FC. With the end of the summer family vacations, business trips and injuries, Emmett Harvey was not able to field enough players and could not reschedule the game.  Already a distant memory, the Legends are looking forward to their upcoming match against SC Eintracht.

NY Shamrock – Women’s A

The Women’s A team took on Fuel FC. Said Coach Paddy Geraghty, “We had our best performance of the year on Sunday. It was a big game for us to kick start our season.  We were much better in possession and could have scored ten if it wasn’t for their ‘keeper who had an exceptional game.  We had excellent performances from Jo Belluardo, Anna Spangler, and Chloe Wheeler, who led as a captain should.   We also got lots of minutes for Teresa Ferraro and Kailey Walsh as they continue to make their way back from injury.  We have another big game versus the league leaders on Sunday, and we’re missing five players. It will require a huge effort to get a result.”  The goal scores for the game were, Chloe Wheeler with 2, Jackie Pounder and Teresa Ferraro.

NY Shamrock – Women’s B

The Shamrock Women’s B team made it 4 victories from 4 games when they beat Astoria 3-0 at St. Michael’s.  Despite the comprehensive score line, this was another game that didn’t reflect how dominate the Rocks were on the day. First half goals from Shannon Hopkins, Jordyn Matthews and Sara Gomez handed the Rocks a comfortable victory on the afternoon. Said Coach Keith Perez, “While no goals came in the second half, I commend the ladies on their team play and passing – especially from the wings. We created a lot of chances and while nothing more materialized on the scoreboard, it reinforced our smart play and technique.  We hope to continue this kind of play – and our winning streak next week.”

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NY Shamrock SC – Week 3

NY Shamrock – First

A long trip to Ramapo, New Jersey to face Cedar Stars Academy was just the start to a tough day for Kevin Grogan’s First Team. James Whyte scored his fourth goal in three games for his new club after applying a clinical finish to a superb Ethan Evans cross at the back post. An early 1-0 lead for the Rocks was dampened by a long range Cedar Stars equalizer, as well as the loss of defensive stalwart Charlie O’Loughlin through injury before half time. Injured winger Kwesi Mills-Odoi followed O’Loughlin off the pitch in the second half, leaving the traveling Rocks with an uphill battle in blazing conditions. The home side took the lead shortly after the 70th minute mark, and added a third in the dying moments of the game to seal a 3-1 victory – their first of the new season. “We are not having any luck with injuries,” said Grogan. “We have not had everyone available for selection yet this season. I must say though, we worked very hard today in extreme heat. We just need to retain possession better and take our chances with a better end product. It’s a work in progress. We have a tremendous group with last year’s players and many new faces. We have all the potential a club could wish for but there are two big games coming up. All focus on Doxa at home on Saturday night.”

NY Shamrock – Reserves

In the early kickoff, Shamrock Reserves braved the heat to head back home with a hard fought 1-0 win. Despite constant pressure and dominating possession for much of the first half, the Rocks found it difficult to find the opening goal of the game. Brendan Lane marked his return to action with a decisive display of passing, but an equally impressive performance in goal from the Cedar Stars ‘keeper kept the game deadlocked at the break. In the second half, Cedar Stars controlled the tempo for long spells, but an Alex Wasilewski goal, his second of the season, saw the visitors grab a 1-0 advantage. From a Cedar Stars free kick, the Rocks counter attack proved too quick to resist, with Wasilewski shooting across the onrushing goalie and into the back of the net with 20 minutes to play. Cedar Stars pushed for a late leveler, but a masterclass in defending from Rob Gaynor and Tim Fetherston ensured all three points.

NY Shamrock – 1960

Despite their best performance of the season, Shamrock 1960 still remain winless in Metro Division One after a 2-1 loss to BW Gottschee. On a day where fresh legs and fitness would prove to be the difference, the 1960’s fought tooth and nail with a short bench in 90 degree heat. Dan Meola scored his second goal in as many games off a Conor Doherty through ball with just five minutes gone in the opening half. The early goal set the tone for the Rocks, who created set piece opportunities and defended with purpose for a 1-0 half time lead. An open contest in the second half, the home side could not put the game to bed with the all important second goal. With 20 minutes remaining, Gottschee equalized after a shot from distance was tipped onto the upright from goalkeeper Eric Doyle and eventually trickled over the line. The visitors later grabbed the go ahead goal with just minutes remaining on the clock, after a series of neat passes found their striker in space to slot home for a dramatic winner.

NY Shamrock – O-30’s

The Shamrock Over-30’s had perhaps their best result of the season on Sunday, ignoring the steamy conditions while missing quite a few players to beat Hoboken FC. As Coach McCarry has been saying, “Since day one, this is the best squad we have put together. All twelve today put in a great shift.” The Rocks found themselves one goal up after 35 minutes after a shot from Stephen Ampuero was blocked by the ‘keeper to an onrushing Pat Kelly, who finished well. Moments after half time, Dave Harvey picked up a pass from Bingo O’Driscoll and drilled a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out to double the lead. With 20 minutes left in the game, Neill Doran made certain of all three points by scoring his first of the season – a bicycle kick – from inside the box to the top corner of the net off another assist for O’Driscoll. Dominick McCartan was the Man of the Match for the Rocks, who earned another clean sheet victory to make it three wins from three.

NY Shamrock – Legends

It was a first loss of the season for the Shamrock Legends on Sunday afternoon, a tough 4-1 result to CSL newcomers America FC. A talented America side pounced on early Shamrock mistakes for a quick two goal lead. Despite a gritty performance from the Legends, along with Justin Stanford’s first goal of the season, the pressure and fitness from America proved to be too much. A long unbeaten run, dating back to the beginning of last season’s second half, had come to a close for Emmett Harvey’s men, who will look to rebound quickly after facing three difficult opponents on the hop.

NY Shamrock Women – A 

Coming off a strong win last week, Shamrock Women’s ‘A’ Team kicked off at 3pm at Icahn stadium against last season’s State Cup rival, Rovers.  The first half was evenly matched but Rovers scored on a break away to end the half 1-0 to the home team.  The second half was much more in the Rocks favor, applying pressure to the Rovers defense looking for an equalizer.  With 15 minutes remaining, Captain Chloe Wheeler picked up the ball on the left wing and sent it into the side netting of the far post.  Despite much of the possession and a great effort from Denise Wilson, the Shamrocks weren’t able to grab a late winner.  Without a regular ‘keeper, Anna Spangler and Caroline Carter both played a half in goal.  Paddy Geraghty commented, “A draw was probably a fair result against a strong Rovers side. I was very pleased with our resolve to grab a late equalizer and when we simplified our play we were much more effective.  We have a lot to work on to raise our level, but we’ll start again at practice and be better in our next game.”

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Chloe Wheeler scored the equalizer for the Rocks.

NY Shamrock Women – B 

The Lady Rocks ‘B’ continued their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Appletown FC with Sara Gomez netting the only goal of the contest.  A delighted Coach Keith Perez stated, “We had some early injuries and late arrivals that left us playing without substitutes, but the ladies stayed composed as a team and were able to take a 1-0 lead about mid way into the first half. We played the ball through the wing and the ladies put themselves in the right spots and that led to our goal. We dominated the second half with a great team effort.  The defense was composed and steady. The midfield play, especially through the wings, was phenomenal and led to plenty of chances offensively.  While this wasn’t reflected in the score line, I was very happy with our performance in the second half. We will be looking to continue that form in the games to come.”

NY Shamrock SC – Week 2 – Results

Shamrocks – First Team

The Shamrocks first team got back to winning ways on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over Zum Schneider at St. Michael’s. Last season’s top scorer Kwesi Mills-Odoi opened his account for the new season with a first half goal. After latching on to a James Whyte clearance when defending a Zum corner, Mills-Odoi knocked the ball past his marker and then the advancing keeper to slot home from close range. Midway through the second half, Sean Reilly, who was returning from suspension, was fouled in the box. Whyte was handed the penalty which he converted, making it three goals from two for the Scot. The visitors would go on to score a late consolation despite being reduced to ten men, but the Rocks were comfortable winners in the end. “A very valuable three points,” said Coach Kevin Grogan. “We didn’t necessarily play to our potential on the ball but we did work hard off the ball and we hunted in packs and defended the space very well. We will get better each week.”

Shamrocks – Reserves

Earlier, the Reserves opened up the proceedings with their own victory over Zum Schneider. From the onset, The Rocks piled pressure on their opposition which resulted in an early opening goal. From a Darren Coleman corner kick, midfielder George Lara attempted an overhead kick from just outside the penalty spot. The acrobatic effort caught the visitors off guard and found the forehead of Conner Lachenbruch, who scored his second goal in as many games. Despite Zum responding well, the Rocks were constantly on the front foot and looked to get forward every chance they could. An interception at the back by Chris Burns sent Joey Aronovsky on his way down the left flank, and after skipping past two defenders, a low driven cross found the foot of Andrew Scott who doubled the lead. Aronovsky then scored the goal his performance had deserved, cutting the Zum Schneider defense to ribbons before beating the keeper at his far post. 3-0 up at the break, the Shamrocks never looked back.

Shamrocks – 1960

Shamrocks 1960 will have to wait at least another week to earn their first points of the new campaign, succumbing to a 4-1 defeat to NYFC Iliria. Dan Meola opened the scoring for the Rocks before the 10 minute mark, when the forward stepped up to take a free kick just outside the area. Meola curled the ball over the Iliria wall, which hit the underside of the crossbar and dropped over the line to give the Rocks a 1-0 advantage. However, the celebrations were short lived, as moments later, the home side earned and converted a penalty. An evenly contested first half saw Iliria take the lead just before the break. Despite valiant defending from Neil Mannion, Mick McAnea, and Captain Ruari Lavery, the Albanians pressure was too much to handle. With a short bench and injuries forcing players off, the 10 men Shamrocks piled forward in an attempt to salvage something from the game. In spite of their efforts, the hill was ultimately to steep to climb, with Iliria running out 4-1 winners.

Shamrocks – Over 30’s

Paddy McCarry’s Over-30’s eventually came out on top against a very well organized Megas Alexandros side at Randall’s Island. In what was a hard fought opening half, the Rocks defended with purpose and attacked with patience to earn the opening goal. With the game yet to see its first goal and nearing the last quarter of an hour of play, last season’s top scorer Johnny McGeeney broke the deadlock from a Dave Harvey corner. Harvey would then double his assist tally on the day from another well taken corner, this time finding the head of Dominick McCartan, who finished at the near post. McGeeney would add his second goal of the game and his fifth of the young season off the back of a Sean Riley assist. “All the boys put in great shift in very tough conditions, very happy with clean sheet and two wins from two games” said Paddy McCarry.

Shamrocks – Legends

The Legends played to a well-earned 2-2 draw away to Manhattan Celtic Sunday night at Pier 40. Trailing two nil with 15 minutes to play, it appeared that missed chances, a saved penalty, and Celtic efficiency in front of goal would prove the end of a 10-game unbeaten run going back to last season. But the never say die attitude of the Rocks Legends surfaced when required. A well-placed volley by Richie Brennan, from the center of defense with 12 minutes remaining cut the Celtic lead in half. Tyrone Kent then scored the leveler with five minutes remaining to give the Rocks a valuable point gained. Tireless running by John Riordan and the leadership of Emmet Harvey in midfield epitomized the Shamrock spirit on the night. Having answered tough away challenges early in the season, the Legends will be looking forward to their return home at the weekend.

Shamrocks – Women’s ‘A’ Team

After drawing their opening game of the season, Shamrocks Women’s ‘A’ kicked off at St. Michael’s against newly promoted NYC United.  While the Shamrocks dominated the first 45 minutes, they only found the net once off a corner connection from Chloe Wheeler to Georgia Frost.  The defense was excellent possessing the ball at the back and Jackie Gawne and Erin Cullen stepped up to each play a half in goal. The second half started with an early goal from United against the run of play.  With 30 minutes remaining, Frost played a through ball to Jackie Pounder who lobbed it over the keeper to restore the Shamrock lead.  Shortly after, Caroline Carter picked up the ball on the left wing and played Wheeler through. Wheeler proceeded to beat three defenders before breaking the net to make it 3-1. After chasing after the ball for much of the match in humid conditions, United began to break down. Frost scored the fourth from a Pounder assist. Pounder added her second from a low driven cross from new signing Gianna Smith. Smith was again the provider as Pounder completed her hat trick in style with a glancing header, sealing a 6-1 victory.  Coach Paddy commented, “It was a tight first half and we were level in the early stages of the second half, but the ladies displayed great resilience, patience, and determination.  Those factors ended up being too much for the other team and we were able to open the game up.  We still have a lot to improve on but it’s good to come out with three points at the end of day.”

JackieJackie Pounder led the rocks with a hat trick and an assist

Shamrocks – Women’s ‘B’ Team:

The B Team took a 1-0 early lead and played tough in the midfield and defense to take that lead to half time. The rocks went up 2-0 off a header from a corner kick.  The opposing team was able to get a goal back shortly after to make it 2-1.  The lady Rocks finished strong though to take a 3-1 lead before capping the game with a goal off a free kick right outside the box to make it 4-1. The games goal scorers were Paige Osborne, Brandi Daniels, and two for Cassey Esposito. Coach Keith Perez said “The ladies followed up on last weeks victory against NY skulls. We played well the first half, but really displayed our talent and teamwork in the second half.  We will continue to grow as a team and the positive results should continue.”

 Coming Weekend Schedule:

NY SHAMROCK – FIRSTS
Sun Sep 24 11:00 AM Cedar Stars Academy vs Shamrock SC Ramapo College Athletic Center
NY SHAMROCK – RESERVES
Sun Sep 24 9:00 AM Cedar Stars Academy Reserve vs Shamrock SC Reserve Ramapo College Athletic Center
NY SHAMROCK 1960
Sun Sep 24 1:00 PM Shamrock SC 1960 vs BW Gottschee St. Michael’s Playground
NY SHAMROCK – OVER 30
Sun Sep 24 8:00 AM NY Shamrock SC Over-30 vs Hoboken FC 1912 Over-30 Randalls Island Field 75
NY SHAMROCK LEGENDS
Sun Sep 24 11:00 AM NY Shamrock SC Legends vs America FC 1927 St. Michael’s Playground
NY SHAMROCK WOMEN’S ‘A’
Sun Sep 24 3:00 PM Shamrocks vs Rovers Icahn Stadium – Randalls Island
NY SHAMROCK WOMEN’S ‘B’
Sun Sep 24 2:00 PM Shamrocks B vs Appletown FC Verrazano – Calvert Vaux

2017/18 – Opening Weekend Results

The New York Shamrock opening weekend of CSL games was met with excitement, anticipation and heartfelt emotion. Each match was lead by a moment of silence for recently lost Shamrock, Pierre-Alexandre Meloty-Kapella. A popular teammate, Pierre was a vital part of the first team that earned the Rocks promotion back into the Division 1 in 2015.  His play on the pitch could only be outdone by his smile and infectious personality. A great player as well as a great friend, he will be deeply missed by the Shamrock Family, but remembered by all.

 

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NY Shamrock SC – Reserve

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Pierre-Alexandre Meloty-Kapella

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NY Shamrock SC – First

In the early kickoff, Paddy McCarry’s Over 30’s earned a hard fought 3-2 Irish Derby win over Manhattan Celtic at Randall’s Island. “We made it a lot harder on ourselves than it had to be”, said Coach McCarry. After only a minute into the contest, the Rocks found themselves a goal behind from a defensive mix up inside the box. Looking for a swift response, Sean Riley was fouled just outside the area. Johhny McGeeney’s ensuing free kick was curled around the wall and into the bottom corner. Later in the first half, Neil Doran took a quick free kick to release McGeeney, who again found the back of the next. In the second half, McGeeney completed his hat trick when was taken down in the box and converted the following spot kick. A nervy end to the game was ensured when Celtic dispatched a penalty of their own with 10 minutes remaining. Concluded McCarry, “We dug deep to hold on for the three points. We had six new players make their debut today and they all did well. Once we get going, we will be fine. I believe this is the best squad Sean and I have ever put together.”

In the second Irish Derby to be played that morning, Shamrock 1960 visited Lansdowne Bhoys in Metro 1. An opening 45 minutes of dominance did not bring a goal for Andy Connolly’s men, who would have considered themselves unlucky not to be ahead at the interval. A goal line clearance on a Ciaran Moloney effort keeping the score line level at the break. Two second half goals against the run of play sealed a victory for the Bhoys, despite ongoing Shamrock pressure. Quoting England’s World Cup winning Captain Sir Bobby Moore, Connolly said, “I’m as sick as a parrot with our result over the weekend. However, there were some good performances and a strong team effort. Sean Glynn deserves special praise for his outstanding impersonation of a young Ciaran Moloney. Sean’s a strong and skilled competitor, and his example to everyone else on the day was inspiring.”

The First and Reserves took the trip up to New Rochelle to face NYAC at Travers Island. In the early kickoff, each team came close to scoring but neither could take advantage in an evenly played first 45 minutes. Joey Aronovsky and Alex Wasilewski coming closest to opening the scoring for the Rocks. At halftime, the introduction of Andrew Scott paid off with 10 minutes of the restart. With the Rocks pressuring NYAC in their own half, Scott forced a turnover which fell kindly to Wasilewski in the box. After cutting inside numerous defenders, the striker turned the ball home to hand the Rocks a 1-0 lead. After constant pressure from the home side, Conner Lachenbruch doubled the advantage. A quick free kick from Captain Rob Gaynor found Lachenbruch in space, with the midfielder arrowing a shot into the top corner from nearly 30 yards out. More pressure came in waves from NYAC, but defensive effort and the goalkeeping prowess of Kieran McGovern ensured the Shamrocks opened their season with a clean sheet and all three points. “The first half was difficult and very emotional for everyone, but in the second half, we played with confidence, rhythm, and stepped up to get the three points” said Coach Dan Meola.

A quick start was not enough for Kevin Grogan’s First Team, who welcomed numerous Shamrock debuts on the afternoon. New boy James Whyte scored twice in his first match for the club, with both goals coming in the first half. Whyte scored his first on a brilliant free kick after 25 minutes, set up by a foul on new signing Kurt Cameron. Kwesi Mills-Odoi then earned himself an assist, as he crossed for Whyte to turn home the second goal just before the half. But a much improved NYAC team hit back immediately to make it 2-1 at half time. The home side then seized on some uncharacteristic defensive mistakes to seal the win with a flurry of three second half goals. Coach Grogan explained, “Today was an exercise in integrating new players into the squad and team. We were impressed with NYAC. They will be a big threat this season in the league. We will get better each week once our new players settle into the squad.”

The women’s A time had a tough fight against the Celtic Aces.  Coach Geraghty summed it up, “we were very lucky against Celtic on Sunday.  They outplayed us and had the better chances.  Hopefully it was a wakeup call for the players and we can improve in our next game.  One positive was not conceding a goal so we can build off that and hopefully put away a few chances this week to get our season up and running.”

The women’s b team came out in the season opener and delivered a 2-1 victory with a solid team effort.  They had a number new players and coming off the summer break, still managed to work together as a team to pull off a well earn win. “I’m looking forward to a successful campaign for the lady rocks.” said Coach Keith Perez.

The Shamrock Legends were last to take the field when they took on CPR late Sunday evening. Entering the season on an 8 match unbeaten League run, the Legends were poised to pick up where they left off. wanted to continue where they left off. The battling John Riordan had the Rocks 1-0 up in the first half with a well taken goal. CPR grew into the game as time ticked on, when a tough decision by the referee award the home side a penalty. CPR converted from the spot, setting up an intense final 20 minutes for both teams. The Rocks looked to have secured all three pints after a brilliant goal by Patrick Geraghty gave them a well deserved 2-1 advantage, but with what proved to be the last kick of the game, a CPR free kick found its way into the back of the net for a 2-2 draw. Coach Emmett Harvey lamented, “Even though we finished with a point, it feels like two points dropped, but we can’t be disappointed and we will move on to the next game. Every one of the guys always give 100% and that’s all we can ask for.”

Shamrocks awards night honors Scotty Shevlin, Suzanne Mills, Eoin Sweeney and players of the year

Scotty Shevlin received a rapturous standing ovation at the Shamrocks End-of-Season Awards last weekend on an enjoyable evening at the Astoria World Manor.

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Guest of Honor Scotty Shevlin with Club President Sean Mc Mullan and Johner Guildea. Picture by Noel Estevez

The former club president was the Guest of Honor for the club’s annual event and he recalled his two decades at the helm in a speech that was received very well by the 160 players and supporters in attendance.

Johner Guildea introduced the popular Scottish man who served in Vietnam and still plays an active part in his community.

“I’ll always be very grateful for my time spent on the Shamrocks committee,” said Shevlin. “People like Mick Haley, Johner Guildea, Paul Wilson, Kevin McPartland and so many more. They are friends and we share many great memories.”

Scotty also paid his respects to the great Robbie Walsh who was a player and a coach for much of his time in charge.

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The Shamrocks Women B team enjoying the evening! Picture by Noel Estevez

Saturday began with a very successful soccer match honoring the beloved Rock who passed away in November; the first annual Robbie Walsh Exhibition Game which paired two teams of Shamrocks Legends selected by Eoin Sweeney and Emmett Harvey.

Two goals from Dave Harvey won the game for the Whites, the enjoyable encounter ending 2-1 but played in very good spirits.

The evening ended much as the day began with Sweeney brought to the stage to accept the Robbie Walsh Award for club person of the year, a nomination which caught the Kerryman off guard.

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Eoin Sweeney was presented with The Robbie Walsh Award by his long time friend and team mate Ducky Kelly. Picture by Noel Estevez

“Robbie was a great human being and he meant a lot to the Shamrocks,” said Sweeney in an emotional acceptance speech. “I love you Robbie and I love this club.”

Meanwhile, in one of the other stand out moments of the night Suzanne Mills, receiving her honorary lifetime membership, called on her fellow 1960s Shamrocks to join her on the stage for a rendition of their fight song.

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The Shamrocks Fight Song! Picture by Noel Estevez

Suzanne told those gathered that she had been dared to try and join the club as a fully fledged member 50 years ago almost to the day but was turned down by what was then a men’s only club.

“I’m very happy to see the women’s team do so well,” she said adding, “it just goes to show… if you live long enough, you get what you want!”

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Suzanne Mills pictured with Club President Sean Mc Mullan and club secretary Sinéad Hennessy after receiving her honorary lifetime membership. Picture by Noel Estevez

Players of the year were also honored with Giuseppe Barone (first team), Darren Coleman (reserves), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s), Mick McAnea (1960), Eoghan McParland (legends), Teresa Ferarro (Women A) and Sam Horvath (Women B) all taking the top honors.

Wheeler (top scorer) and Jackie Gawne (top defender) were also both recognized for league honors on behalf of the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League.

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The Shamrocks players of the year. Picture by Noel Estevez

Top goalcorers were Kwesi Mills-Odoi (first team, 8 goals), Sean O’Neill (reserves, 15 goals), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s, 29 goals), Dave Harvey (1960, 12 goals), Karol Hughes (legends, 14 goals), Chloe Wheeler (Women A, 18 goals) and Cassie Esposito (Women B, 10 goals).

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The Shamrocks top goalscorers for 2016/17. Picture by Noel Estevez

Host for the evening, Sinéad Hennessy did not get away lightly, being presented with a bouquet of flowers by banquet chairperson Aoife West and fellow committee member Tricia Geraghty, the popular club secretary and women’s team player bidding farewell ahead of a move to Seattle.

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Sinéad Hennessy presented with a bouquet of flowers by Tricia Reed (left) and Aoife West (center). Picture by Noel Estevez

“It was a very enjoyable evening,” said West. “A lot of work went into this and I want to thank all those who helped and all those who sponsored our journal and the event as a whole. In particular, the Courtyard Ale House, GTI, Solas Electrical, Seven Nation Food and Spear Physiotherapy.”

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Shamrocks first team player of the year Giuseppe Barone. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Ducky Kelly accepting Eoghan McParland’s Shamrocks Legends Player of the Year Award. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks 1960 player of the year Mick McAnea. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Over 30s player of the year and top goalscorer Johnny McGeeney. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks reserves player of the year Darren Coleman. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women A Player of the Year Teresa Ferraro. Picture by Noel Estevez

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The New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League defender of the year Jackie Gawne. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women B Player of the Year Sam Horvath. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Kwesi Mills-Odoi was first team top scorer and captain Zachary Gosse accepted the award on Kwesi’s behalf. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Legends top goalscorer Karol Hughes. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Dave Harvey’s top goalscorer award was collected on his behalf by Shamrocks 1960 coach Andy Connolly. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks reserves top goalscorer Sean O’Neill. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women A top goalscorer Chloe Wheeler. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Colleen Kavanagh, Cassie Esposito’s captain on the Shamrocks Women B team, picked up Cassie’s top goalscorer award on her behalf. Picture by Noel Estevez

Robbie Walsh Memorial Cup

Shamrocks Legends Whites beat Shamrocks Legends Greens 2-1 to secure the Robbie Walsh Memorial Cup at Randall’s Island! Two goals from Rocks 1960 top scorer Dave Harvey who received his award pre game. Great day had by all! Thanks to everyone for coming out! Up the Rocks! 

And here’s the winning goal!​

 (Video courtesy Fiona Smyth)