Big wins for Reserves and Green

WEEKEND RESULTS - 201819

The Shamrocks Reserves recorded an impressive 4-0 victory over Zum Schneider at Randall’s Island on Saturday night.

Conner Lachenbruch, Darren Coleman, Joey Aronovsky and George Lara all scored to keep Dan Meola’s men in winning form.

“The lads worked hard on set pieces in training and three of our four goals came in such fashion,” said Meola.

“Although we did not start the game as well as we would have liked, the improvement in the second half was great to see. Our back line did well under a bit of pressure early on to see out another clean sheet, and all in all it was a very positive display.”

The first team game went the opposite way when a 70th minute header decided it in favor of Zum Schneider.

“It was a poor performance,” said Kevin Grogan. “It was a big opportunity wasted. Very frustrating when four key starters aren’t available for selection. In saying that, we should have had enough out on the field to get a result. Weather was awful so ultimately it was a scrappy game and we lost that scrap.”

Meanwhile on Sunday morning, NYMWSL Division A leaders Shamrocks Green outclassed Fuel FC with a 14-0 victory St Michaels.

Two each from Georgia Frost, Mikaela Howell and Chloe Wheeler made it 6-0 before a Sharon Odofin double scored either side of Howell’s hat trick strike moved the lead to 9-0. Denise Wilson chipped in with a brace or her own before the scoring was rounded out by Kelci Hegg and Caroline Carter.

“We had a solid performance this week,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“We scored a lot of goals and kept a clean sheet for our new goalkeeper Madi Lee so we have to be happy with that. The next three weeks are big for us as we have our last league game of the fall and two cup quarter finals, so we’ll start again Tuesday and get ready for Sunday.”

Shamrocks White were unfortunate against CPR White at East Sixth St, losing out 2-0 in a display which was praised by coach Keith Perez.

“Another top performance of the season that gets overshadowed by the score result,” he said.

“We really played hard and will be looking to build on this performance for future games.”

The Shamrocks Legends lost 3-0 to Manhattan Kickers Legends at Bush Terminal Park, their first league defeat of the season.

“We were beaten by the better team,” said player-coach John Riordan.

“We matched them for 60, 65 minutes and it was an enjoyable game to play. But once they got their first goal, we lost our shape and 3-0 was probably not a fair reflection.”

The Shamrocks Over 30s lost 3-1 to Greek Americans in spite of a Stephen Suarez goal set up by Jeff Farrell. The CSL Metro 2 South game between Shamrocks 1960 and FC Sandzak which was due to be played at Con Edison on Sunday morning was postponed due to weather but Robbie O’Neill’s men will remain top going into the eighth week of league play.

League leaders Green and 1960 bidding to maintain perfect starts

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WEEKEND SCHEDULE - 201819The Shamrocks first team returns to CSL action this weekend after two weeks without a Division 1 game due to a bye week and a big State Cup first round success earlier this month.

Their opponents Zum Schneider, meanwhile, have won two league games in a row – against Lansdowne and Doxa – an uptick in form which has ensured that Kevin Grogan will be priming his team for a tough Saturday evening.

“Biggest game of the season for us by far,” is how the gaffer has described this encounter for the fourth-placed Rocks.

Reserves boss Dan Meola is equally ready for a clash which will see him try to prevent his Zum counterparts from pulling level in the standings.

“They are an organized side,” said Meola who enjoyed a good win at Pancyprians last Sunday evening.

“They have only lost once this season to a tough Cedar Stars team. We are in good form ourselves and are coming off our best attacking performance to date. We trained well during the week and are looking to build some real momentum.”

On Sunday, women’s league leading Shamrocks Green will be at St Michaels to play last-placed Fuel FC who lost 2-0 to Shamrocks White on Sunday morning.

“They haven’t had a great start to the season but they’ll be more dangerous because they are desperate for points,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “If our attitude is right we can build on last week and stay top.”

Meanwhile at East 6th St, Division B champions Shamrocks White will take on CPR White at 1pm.

“We will be looking to continue our winning ways this weekend against CPR White,” said coach Keith Perez.

“We had a good training session on Tuesday and we will find success if we are able to translate that to the game on Sunday.”

Back in the CSL, it will be another big showdown for Shamrocks 1960 as they look to stave off the challenge of second-placed FC Sandzak when they take to the field at Con Edison in the Lower East Side (kick-off, 9am).

“We’re looking forward to another top-of-the-table clash this weekend,” said Robbie O’Neill. “We’re missing a good few guys through injury and vacation but we expect a great game and a positive result.”

The Over 30s will face league champions Greek Americans at the Met Oval on Sunday at 6pm and coach Sean Mc Mullan has warned his players to be ready for a tough challenge.

“The Greeks always give us a good battle so our players will be ready,” said Mc Mullan.

“We have a bigger squad this weekend with some of the lads coming back to be in contention. We’re confident but it will be a tough 90 minutes.”

In the Over 39 Division, it will be third in the standings visiting second as the Shamrocks Legends take on Manhattan Kickers at Bush Terminal Piers Park (4pm).

“Their results have been very impressive so this is by far our toughest game yet,” said player-coach John Riordan.

“We can be under no illusions about how a big a challenge this will be. We rarely, if ever, have the upper hand against Kickers so if we go into this one thinking our league form means anything, we are at a huge disadvantage.”

Five wins from five on perfect Shamrocks Sunday

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WEEK SEVEN REPORT
It was a perfect Sunday for the Shamrocks – five wins out of five games, all of which were significant victories as the Fall season starts to gather momentum.Shamrocks White won their first league game of the season against Fuel FC

 

Lee Stagg and Sara Gomez helped Shamrocks White secure their first NYMWSL Division A win of the season, a 2-0 success over Fuel FC at East River Park.

“It was a great win!” reacted captain Shannon Hopkins. “We have a bunch of new players this season so it took some time for us to learn how to play together. We played like a team today and I expect us to continue to see positive results as the season progresses.”

Even better was the comeback produced by Shamrocks Green against rivals CPR White at Randall’s Island, a 2-1 deficit converted to a 3-2 win by Paddy Geraghty’s charges.

‪Mikaela Howell scored twice and Denise Wilson notched the other with Wilson, Chole Wheeler and Georgia Frost all recording assists for the league leaders.

From left, Chloe Wheeler, Georgia Frost and Mikaela Howell

“Our best win of the season so far,” said Geraghty.

CPR are an excellent side and to come back from 2-1 down showed how far we have come from last season. We have two more league games before the winter break so we’ll start again at training tomorrow and look for another three points next Sunday”.

Meanwhile in the CSL, Shamrocks 1960 were 3-2 winners over NY Irish thanks to an early brace from Charlie O’Loughlin and a superb free kick from Ryan Redmond, his second goal of the season.

“I’m delighted with the win,” said Robbie O’Neill.

“It was a hard fought victory which gives us a nice lead at the top of the table and it also continues our winning form, seven from seven in all competitions.”

In the late game, Shamrocks Reserves eased to a 3-1 win at Belson Stadium thanks to goals from Mike Fernandes, James Hudson and Darren Coleman.

“This was our best attacking performance of the season without doubt,” said Dan Meola.

“The first 45 minutes were a joy to watch and had it not been for some superb goalkeeping, we could have found ourselves four or five up. There was more of the same in the second half but no goals to show for our dominance. We will look to improve with each week.”

In the early game, a weakened Over 30s side managed to take care of the Megas Alexandros challenge with a Seán Riley double and an own goal ensuring a 3-0 victory.

“The conditions weren’t easy for the players but very happy with the win,” said Sean Mc Mullan.

“Great to get a shut out and it’s good to be back to winning ways in the league.”

Queens derby for Shamrocks and Irish

WEEKEND SCHEDULE - 201819

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WEEKEND PREVIEW

All eyes this weekend will be on the CSL Metro 2 top-of-the-table clash between Shamrocks 1960 and NY Irish SC.

The newly formed Queens Irish Derby, which takes place at Randall’s Island on Sunday afternoon at 4pm, will see the division’s two form teams go toe-to-toe in what is sure to be an exciting clash.

Robbie O’Neill’s men have won all five of their league games as well as last weekend’s State Cup first round game but the gaffer won’t be taking this contest lightly.

“Looking forward to this game against long time friends and former teammates,” said O’Neill.

“Both teams are going well – it’ll be our biggest test so far. It should be enjoyable and should be a great game.”

The 1960’s top scorer Dan Meola will have to balance playing duties with his coaching obligations as the reserves face a rescheduled game at Pancyprians in Belson Stadium later that evening (kick-off 7.30pm).

“The lads are looking forward to league action after a very nice State Cup win last Sunday,” said Meola.

“The games are coming thick and fast which bodes well for a squad looking to be more consistent in front of goal. As I’ve already said, there are no easy games in this league. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. The players need to have the same mindset to achieve their goals and I believe they do.”

Both the first team and the Legends have bye weeks so it’ll just be a five-game Sunday which will begin early at East River Park where Shamrocks White will take on Fuel FC in a 9am kick-off.

Still without a league win, Keith Perez has urged his team to build on last Sunday’s huge State Cup success over Harps.

“We will be looking to get back in the league race with a win this weekend and I believe we can continue from the positive result in the Cup,” said Perez.

At 10am, the Shamrocks White squad will be facing rivals CPR White in a very important game that could go a long way to deciding the destiny of Division A (Randall’s Island 82).

“We have the biggest game of our season on Sunday,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“CPR are a quality side but we are looking forward to the challenge. A win puts us clear at the top so the players know what’s at stake.”

Elsewhere, Megas Alexandros will be the opponents for Shamrocks Over 30s (Van Buren HS, 10am).

“We were happy with the cup win but it’s really important to get back to league action and get our winning form going again,” said Sean Mc Mullan.

“Megas have improved a lot and we will need to be on our toes.

“More importantly, the entire squad sends its best wishes to my assistant coach Paddy, his wife Allison and their new daughter Grace. “We look forward to seeing them at a game soon along with Conor!”

Record goal haul delivers six cup first round victories for the Rocks

  • Shoot out win for Reserves
  • Kaba hat trick inspires first team
  • Shamrocks White record first victory
  • 1960s, Over 30s and Green also advance

STATE CUP RESULTS - 2018_19Six Shamrocks teams advanced to the second round of their State Cups after an impressive weekend which delivered 43 goals for the club and a dramatic penalty shoot out victory.

The closing game of the weekend was the most thrilling with Dan Meola’s reserves pulling out that shoot out success against CPR White in the D’Arpino Cup at Randall’s Island on Sunday evening.

Having tied 1-1, the 4-2 outcome from spot kicks served as retribution for June’s league semi-final penalties loss against the same opponents.

Andrew Scott had opened the scoring after connecting with a Nikle Guzijan cross and then the penalties were subsequently dispatched with confidence by Darren Coleman, James Whyte, John McAleenan, and Brendan Lane.

“This game was a fight from start to finish,” admitted Meola.

“We knew the quality they had in attack and did well to limit them. Our penalty takers weren’t phased. Special mention to goalkeeper Brian Bush as well. We look forward to the next round of the State Cup. This is a competition the lads and myself would really love to win, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.”

At the same venue, Abou Kaba’s hat trick helped the first team record a lopsided 10-2 result over Long Island’s NY Polet in the Dr Manning Cup

For once, it was the first team playing opening act for the reserves and the game was almost over as a contest after five minutes when the Rocks surged into a rapid 3-0 lead thanks to Barna Mako’s first ever goal for the club followed by a Kaba double.

Kurt Cameron scored the next two and Kaba teed up Kwesi Mills-Odoi for the sixth before Kaba rounded out his hat trick. Travis Blair scored the eighth and Joey Zorbo rounded it out with a brace (both assisted by Dan Giorgi) to make it 10-2.

“Good to win,” said Kevin Grogan. “Everyone got minutes. Back to focusing on the league campaign now.”

It was all about hat tricks for Shamrocks Green who advanced to round two of the Ann Rapaglia Cup off the back of a 9-2 victory over Manhattan Kickers at East 6th St on Sunday afternoon.

Jo Belluardo, Elly McGuffog and Mikaela Howell each tallied three strikes in a confidence building game for Paddy Geraghty’s unbeaten charges.

“We had a solid win with another game where our fitness told in the end,” said Geraghty.

“We’ll get back to work on Tuesday and get ready for a massive game next week.”

Meanwhile at St Michaels, Shamrocks White delivered their first win of the season in fine style as they raced to a 14-0 victory over a depleted Harps.

There were four goals from Colleen Cavanagh and Christine Perrella, a hat trick for Lillian Barreto, two for Patty Kweicinski and one for Kim Stagg.

“We put up a lot of goals against our short handed opponents,” said coach Keith Perez. “What’s important is that we really used this game to improve on fundamentals and communication that should prepare us for the remaining challenges of this season.”

On Saturday night, Shamrocks 1960 survived an early second half scare to knock newcomers Laberia out of the Strumpf Cup for Metro 1 and 2 teams at Randalls Island.

Stephen Carlin, Joey Flynn, Ryan Redmond, Amar David and Conor Doherty were all on target for Robbie O’Neill’s men as they recorded a 5-2 victory after having let Laberia back into it after half-time with their Metro 2 rivals leveling it at 2-2.

“Happy to get the win and move on to the next round,” said O’Neill. “We had an awful start to the second half but the boys kept the heads and battled back to dominate the remainder of the game.”

The Over 30s came from behind to win 4-1 away to Oceanside United thanks to goals from Seán Riley, Gene Small (2) and Mark Finn.

And the depleted Shamrocks Legends lost 1-0 at Gjoa in Brooklyn to fall at the first hurdle in the Vargas Cup.

“In some ways this was our most impressive display of the season,” said John Riordan. “We had no subs and the players gave it everything they had. We played better football and had better chances and we were out on their feet at the end of it. That sort of team spirit will really stand to us when we get back to league action in two weeks.”

Rocks ready for run to Verrazzano

  • State Cup begins on busy weekend
  • Rocks ready for Kickers & Harps
  • First team welcome Long Island’s Polet
  • Tough first round challenge for reserves
  • Over 30s travel to Oceanside
  • Historic first Over 40s cup game for Shamrocks

STATE CUP SCHEDULE - 2018_19It’s State Cup fever this weekend for the Shamrocks with all seven teams embarking on what will hopefully be successful runs towards the Verrazzano Soccer Complex finals next June.

That was where just over a year ago, the Shamrocks Women’s team won a famous penalty shoot out against Rovers to secure their first ever Ann Rapaglia Cup and on Sunday the newly renamed Shamrocks Green will take on Manhattan Kickers at East 6th St (kick-off, 3pm) while Shamrocks White host Harps at St Michaels at 11am.

“Manhattan Kickers are a bit unknown to us,” said coach Paddy Geraghty whose team is unbeaten this season after four league encounters.

“But we’ll treat this game like any other and be ready to go. Our squad is getting better and everyone is contributing so we expect to keep the high level we’ve started the season with.”

When the Shamrocks Women first entered the league in 2014, we had the Harps women’s soccer club to thank for giving us the core of our new team.

Since then, the Harps themselves have been added to the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League and on Sunday, they will face Shamrocks White in a first ever Irish Derby for women’s soccer.

“This is a game we shouldn’t take lightly.,” said coach Keith Perez. “We have been improving every game and I hope that our hard work will result in a win on Sunday.”

Meanwhile in the Manning Cup for men’s first teams, the Shamrocks will look to build on a solid win at Hoboken when they host NY Polet at Randalls Island 75 at 4pm on Sunday.

“Long Island teams have great tradition and some excellent players,” said Kevin Grogan. “We look forward to the challenge this weekend in what will be a tough game.

“Winning is a habit so we always try to win as many games as possible. One game at a time has always been our mentality.”

Up after the first team will be the reserves taking on their counterparts at CPR White at 6pm, also at Randalls 75.

“This will be a tough game against a young team who were runners up a year ago,” said Dan Meola.

“Last season, we lost to CPR on penalties in the league semi-final after a grueling 90 minutes. Hopefully, this time around, we won’t leave it up to the chance of a shootout. The lads are buzzing for this one and so am I. A very good test for us as a unit.”

There will be one Saturday game for the club with Shamrocks 1960 facing newly formed Laberia FC at Randalls 74 in the Strumpf Cup (kick-off 6pm).

“It’s always fun to play knockout tournaments,” said Robbie O’Neill. “We’ve a strong side and have high hopes to have a great run in the cup.”

Former Marth Cup champions, Shamrocks Over 30s will travel to Oceanside United for an 11am kick-off.

“With the draw last week and the return of Bingo to the team this weekend, we are looking forward to the game and to hopefully moving on to the next round,” said Sean Mc Mullan.

Elsewhere, the Shamrocks will launch their first ever Over 40s State Cup game in Brooklyn’s Calvert Vaux Park where the Legends will play SC Gjoa at 4pm.

“This is new territory for us and of course it will be difficult since a half dozen of the squad is ineligible to play,” said coach John Riordan.

“But the decision to enter the Vargas Cup was an easy one. It is an absolute honor to be able to coach this team in what will be a unique first. If we get through Sunday, missing so many players, then we have a very good chance of making a run. Above all, we’ll aim to go out and enjoy the occasion!”

From the archives: Shamrocks win but Sportsfriends strike rich

By 1993 a new pool of players would find themselves making the NY Shamrocks their preferred metropolitan team of choice. By December a string of good results pushed the Second Team to the top of their league. Momentum was growing and a classic game out in Sportsfriends awaited the Shamrock leaders. The lads headed off from the club headquarters in a confident yet cautious frame of mind. Sportfriends was the Shamrock’s nemesis for many a year.

Shamrocks v Sportsfriends 1993The bus pulled out from JJ Gilligan’s on a brisk fall day and ambled towards the Triborough Bridge. The stakes were high with pride even higher. The Shamrocks did not have a good record with their NJ arch-rivals over ten years. It’s hard to sum up the love –hate relationship with this NJ club. SF loved how much the Shamrocks spent at their bar after the games but hated that we always left with plenty of those beer steins as souvenirs.

As the bus climbed across the Tappan Zee Bridge someone commented how the view looked like one of those really difficult jigsaw puzzles with lots of clouds and trees…..nobody tempted a response to that one.

The lads were keen. Some even admitted to having stayed in on the Saturday night.

We arrived at the SF ground significantly early, something that took our foes by surprise. The property was nestled away on a back road and the pitch became visible while getting off the bus. They had a very impressive club house but an underwhelming pitch. A depleted field lacking grass suited SF. Such conditions had formed their style that was tough to beat. The visitors could handle such a surface but emotions and history were at the forefront of Shamrock minds.

The mood in the dressing room was intense while the jokes were not working. Knowing the 90 minutes ahead was not going to be easy enhanced the smell of blood. SF for the first time came into the game as the underdogs and this did not suit the Germans.

The travelling souls approached the dirty field on a bitter grey Sunday in New Jersey. Kevin McPartland, Carlos Granados, Alan Campbell, Sean Duffy, Derek Kierns, Adrian Brendan O’Reily, Barry Gallagher, Sean Campbell, Pete Hamill, Anto May, Dennis O’Boyle and Coach Roddy Clelland received a big cheer from the Shamrock faithful. SF was already warming up on the pitch with a substantial support of their own.

Winning the toss and taking advantage of the elements meant nothing. The game got off to a blistering pace. Tackles were hard and not shy. The tempo favored the home team as they gained momentum with every stride and every pass. A Shamrocks win would prove a turning point for the club but a huge blow for SF egos.

The half time whistle blew and with it no goals conceded by either side. A stern talking by Shamrocks coach Roddy Clelland drove home how close the team was to achieving a stellar victory. “We need to stay calm,” Clelland insisted. “We must seize every opportunity given.”

The second half started much the same as the first although this time the Shamrocks had lost their stage fright. The New Jersey sky was growing dark and the forest beside the pitch started to throw long shadows on top of the proceedings.

The spell was finally broken. A mistake by SF’s midfield and the Rocks intercepted. A pass found Sean Duffy running towards the SF goal and finishing with a deft strike into the net. The home team responded immediately as they upped the tempo. They hit the Shamrocks with everything including the kitchen sink. But it was too late. Shamrocks defended as if their lives depended on it and held on. Time was up. The Shamrocks had won a game of all games. There was cheering on and off the field as fists punched the evening sky.

“It’s a grand old team to play for, it’s a grand old team to know, and if you know your history, it’s enough to make your heart go…” The atmosphere in the dressing room was electric. Banter and conversations spilled out at lightning speed as players re-lived the game. How great it was to be a part of that day. The day Shamrocks beat Sportsfriends on NJ terrain.

There was a Sportsfriends old timer, a World War 2 Vet, who claimed that the takings from the till after a Shamrock visit were always bigger than the takings for the rest of the week. It was a compliment.

The coaching staff had asked the lads not to stroke too many of the glasses, the Rocks had after all, stroked a victory on their turf. The atmosphere it has to be said was always great and credit due, Sportsfriends always treated the Shamrocks well.

When we arrived in the bar the place was heaving and the SF players shook Shamrock hands. It wasn’t long before a sing song broke out and the Shamrocks, not really what you would call a shy group, took over the entire bar with song after song. After the driver threatened to leave for the 50th time the still singing winners headed to the bus. Not all of the glasses were stroked besides we always left a good tip. The German Vet smiled and rubbing his hands he said, “It’s was a great day for the Shamrocks, and a great day for our till.”