Rocks Women crowned League Cup champs!

  • Geraghty’s Invincibles add second trophy
  • Legends wrap up season with nine goals
  • Over 30s secure 14th league victory

SHAMROCKS sunday schedule graphic (1)The Shamrocks Women won the NYMWSL Division A Cup final on Sunday at East River Park, adding a second trophy to their undefeated season.

Jo Belluardo and Chloe Wheeler scored second half goals to ensure a well deserved 2-0 win against Rovers, a team that they’re going to get to know well over the next couple of weeks.

Scoreless at half-time, Belluardo opened the scoring five minutes after the break when she pounced on a perfect Wheeler through ball, beating the goalkeeper at the near post with a low drive.

Wheeler then sealed the win with a header ten minutes later, captain Teresa Ferraro’s corner finding the top scorer with the perfect cross.

The Rocks will try to keep their unbeaten run going next weekend when they face Rovers again in the league before the same opponents line up for the State Cup final on Sunday June 4.

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The victorious Shamrocks Women’s team celebrating after their win over Rovers on Sunday. Photograph by John Riordan

“The ladies did a great job today,: said Paddy Geraghty.

“After having hitting the crossbar twice in the first half we thought it could be one of those days. But credit to them they kept at it and eventually made the breakthrough. Our defense gets special mention today. They kept Rovers without a shot on target and possessed the ball well.”

“We were missing a few key players, but we had a number of women that stepped up and had a major impact,” said winning captain Ferraro.

“We’re excited with today’s result, but we have to remain focused on our goals. We have a State Cup final on June 4th, and we’re hungry for the triple crown!”

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Rocks players (left to right) Jackie Gawne, Jackie Pounder, Sharon Odofin, Christina Beck, Chloe Wheeler, Tara Kiernan, Caroline Carter and Teresa Ferraro pictured after their win over Rovers on Sunday. Photograph by John Riordan

RESERVES DOWN BHOYS IN DERBY

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks Reserves recorded a 4-2 win over Lansdowne Bhoys at St Michaels on Saturday.

The fourth-placed Rocks put a dent in Lansdowne’s bid to top the reserves division but will have to wait a week before they know their semi-final opponents.

NYAC have moved into first after a win on Sunday paired with a defeat for the Greeks. The team finishing top will play fourth-placed Shamrocks in the semi-final at the end of the month.

Andrew Scott opened the scoring early in the first half while captain Paul McDaid marked his return to action with the second, latching on to a Nikle Guzijan knockdown from a Larry Slaughter free kick.

Top scorer Sean O’Neill made it three from the penalty spot and Scott scored his second of the night after a George Lara assist.

“A lot of players really stepped up,” said reserves gaffer John Riordan. “The conditions were horrendous and we showed some of the grit I know we’re capable of.

“It’s a win that gives some extra confidence but it counts for nothing unless we can bring a display like that out in the league semi-final.”

NINE GOALS FOR LEGENDS

Also on Saturday, the Shamrocks Legends rounded out their season with a huge 9-1 win at Hoboken in Elizabeth, NJ.

Unfortunately their seventh league win in a row was not enough to see them through to the play-offs, missing out by a point after Manhattan Kickers won their Sunday game.

Top scorer Karol Hughes scored four and there was one each for Eoghan McParland, John Riordan, Brian O’Connor, Stevie Doyle and Colin Lee.

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Johnny McGeeney scored four goals for the second week in a row as the Over 30s routed CPR Old Boys 5-1 at Randalls Island on Sunday morning.

Kevin Walsh also got himself on the scoresheet in the impressive win, a result which means the western conference belongs to the Greeks who moved up to first place on Monday due to a forfeit going in their favor next weekend.

“It was a great team performance,” said Sean Mc Mullan who coached and played in goal, saving three times in one-on-one situations.

“We have one more game before the play-offs so this is very good preparation.”

In Metro 1, Shamrocks 1960 lost 4-2 to Ridgewood Romac in Staten Island – Hughie McGowan and Anthony Carrabotta on the mark for the Rocks.

DIVISION 1 UPDATE

While Kevin Grogan prepared to send his team into the fray against Lansdowne for a league game on Wednesday night, the play-off picture became a little clearer.

A win at Verrazano Soccer Complex will push the Rocks top with one game remaining – Saturday’s game against Cedar Stars Academy (St Michaels, 8pm).

But after Pancyprians surprisingly lost at Doxa on Sunday, the Rocks are now guaranteed to finish no lower than second place, thus securing a home semi-final against Pancyprians on possibly Wednesday May 31 (TBC).

Cedar Stars must win on Saturday or hope the Greeks lose in order to be sure of finishing fourth after they failed to beat Manhattan Celtic.

That 0-0 draw gave Celtic a lifeline and it will be a winner takes all affair on Saturday night as Celtic and NYAC battle for survival – one or other team risks joining Polonia in Division 2 next year.

Cup final for the league champion Rocks Women!

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The first cup final of the season takes place on Sunday with the league champion Shamrocks Women looking to add a second trophy to their historic haul.

Paddy Geraghty’s undefeated team will be at East River Park (E 6th St) again on Sunday at 11am for the NYMWSL Division A Cup final against league giants Rovers.

The Rocks won the Division B Cup final last year, a memorable 2-0 win against Sirens that formed the first part of their Division B double. Now a year later, having not lost since September 2015, the team can continue its mission to secure a unique treble of trophies.

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The Shamrocks Women’s team that won the 2016 Division B Cup Final almost a year ago. Picture by Braden Ruddy

“This is a very good Rovers team,” noted Geraghty. “They are also our opponents in the State Cup final so we know they are a tough team on their day. We are missing six players but that’s why we have a big squad and I expect us to be on our game from the start.”

The first team’s home derby against Lansdowne has been delayed until Wednesday evening due to the Bhoys’ involvement in the national cup and the game will now take place at Verrazano Soccer Complex at 8pm.

But the reserves game goes ahead Saturday evening at St Michaels, a repeat of the recent State Cup semi-final which ended in a 1-0 reverse for John Riordan’s men.

The Shamrocks have locked up fourth place and cannot reach third so the final two games of the season will have no impact on their play-off position but Lansdowne are in a race for first with the Greeks and NYAC.

“We are short a dozen players so there will be another few adjustments necessary,” said Riordan.

“It’s not concerning though – they will be ready when the play-off semi-final is set so we’ll aim to get through the next two games without adding to the injury list and go from there.”

The Shamrocks Legends brought forward their trip to face Hoboken to Saturday evening in order to enjoy Mother’s Day in peace and will now play their final game of the regular season at 8pm on Saturday at Phil Rizutto Park.

The mission now is simple – the Legends have to win and hope that Manhattan Kickers are denied a victory at Eintracht or that leaders Gjoa lose to Doxa.

“On the back of a really good win against SC Eintracht last weekend we go into this last game of the regular season with confidence and strength,” said Emmett Harvey.

“We have won six league games in a row and the momentum is with us. We have to make sure that we do our best against Hoboken and take nothing for granted. We have a great squad and we are playing some wonderful football and the most important thing is that we are really enjoying it. There is great togetherness throughout the whole squad.”

Meanwhile, the Over 30s East winners will face the leaders in the West when CPR Old Boys come to Randalls Island 75 on Sunday morning for their final game of the regular season against the Shamrocks.

CPR need a win to secure home advantage – a mission already accomplished by Paddy Mc Carry and his players.

“We will be targeting three points as usual but we will be trying out a few new things formation wise with players in new positions,” said Mc Carry.

“It’s also a chance for the squad players to stake their claim for a starting position in the semi-final and for other players to try and break into the 18 man panel for the play-offs.

“We go into Sunday without our captain Bingo who is injured and also Pat Kelly, Glen Wrafter and Mauricio Bermudez who are all out of town. Other than that we have full 18 to choose from.”

Elsewhere, injury ravaged Rocks 1960 head to State Island for a Metro 1 game against Ridgewood Romac (Green Belt Rec – 11am).

Rocks Women History Makers!

  • Captain Ferraro’s thunderbolt earns title victory x
  • President Mc Mullan praises “proud day for club”
  • Unbeaten season rolls on for Geraghty’s charges
  • Seventh heaven for Over 30s as conference clinched

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Shamrocks President Sean Mc Mullan has congratulated the history making Shamrocks Women’s team who made it to the summit of New York soccer in style on Sunday!

The undefeated Rocks clinched the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League Division A title at East River Park courtesy of a 1-0 win over Fuel FC.

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The Shamrocks women’s team celebrating their New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League Division A title at East River Park on Sunday after their 1-0 win over Fuel FC. Picture by Zachary Gosse

In less than three seasons and with two more trophies still to play for, Paddy and Tricia Geraghty have steered an incredible group of players to an achievement unimaginable two years ago.

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Shamrocks Women’s team coaches Tricia and Paddy Geraghty with daughter Jane and the trophy for the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League Division A title at East River Park on Sunday. Picture by Zachary Gosse

Captain Teresa Ferraro broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to go with a superb shot from 35 yards, sparking wild celebrations after the game.

“I’m very happy for the ladies who put in so much hard work since pre-season in July,” said Coach Geraghty. “It wasn’t our best performance but a quality goal from Teresa Ferraro was the difference. We’ll try and make it a league and cup double next week.”

There are still two league games left and there are also the dual ambitions of a pair of cup finals – the Division A Cup next Sunday and the State Cup on Sunday June 4, both showdowns with Rovers.

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Christina Beck (left), Chloe Wheeler (center) and Caroline Carter celebrating the Shamrocks Women’s team clinching of the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League Division A title at East River Park on Sunday. Picture by Zachary Gosse

“I want to congratulate Paddy and Tricia and all the players for everything they have done for the Shamrocks,” said club president Mc Mullan.

“We are all incredibly proud and very impressed. I want to thank Teresa Brink and Erin Cullen who worked hard to get the team going and also to Keith Perez who did a great job coaching the B team this season. It’s a great day for the Rocks!”

Scoreless at half-time, Geraghty fired his talented team up and sent them out for a second half which they dominated. Fuel put up stern resistance until Ferraro’s moment of magic settled it.

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Shamrocks Women’s team captain Teresa Ferraro scored the winner for her team in a 1-0 victory that secured the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League Division A title at East River Park on Sunday. Picture by Zachary Gosse

“The progress we’ve made since coming up from Division B is something to be proud of,” the goalscoring captain said.

“We’ve worked extremely hard and it’s nice to be able to celebrate what we’ve accomplished. We still have two more cup finals in the next few weeks, and we are focused on continuing our efforts and helping the club secure two more trophies.

“On behalf of the team, I want to thank Coach Paddy and the club for always supporting us. We would not be here without the entire Shamrock family!”

This first Sunday in May saw a total of two trophies added to the Shamrocks cabinet after four goals from Johnny McGeeney inspired a 7-1 win for the Over 30s at Lansdowne.

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The Shamrocks Over 30s team that clinched the Eastern Conference on Sunday courtesy of a 7-1 win at Lansdowne in Tibbet Brook Park on Sunday morning.

The league holders advance to the play-offs as Eastern Conference champions and will enjoy top seeding in the final four.

Dominick McCartan opened the scoring for this visitors while Tayfun Gokmen added a pair of goals to his season’s tally.

“Excellent team performance – everyone played great!” said Paddy Mc Carry.

“Johnny McGeeney was man of the match. When he plays like that, he is unstoppable. The best striker in the Over 30s Division in my opinion.

“I’m so happy for the whole squad. They have put in huge effort all year long and they deserve to be the champions. We knew we had a chance if results went our way. They went out and made sure we got those three points.

“We blew Lansdowne away in the second half. The best game we have played since the winter break. They were brilliant today.”

Elsewhere, in the final game of the day, a first half goal decided the Division 1 showdown in favor of play-off chasing Greek Americans who ground out a scrappy game against the Rocks at the Met Oval.

And it could have been 2-0 to the Greeks just before half time had they not missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

“It was great to get our new signing Calvin Moyes involved and also to give reserves player Darren Coleman his debut in the first team,” said Kevin Grogan.

” We also got to give Kwesi some rest. Everything now is in preparation for the semi-finals ”

Earlier, a depleted reserves team was forced into eight changes for their league game against the Greeks and they were beaten 2-0 by the top two side.

“Very positive performance,” said John Riordan.

“We had 11 available players and they each gave it everything for 90 minutes. We’ll be ready come play-off time and we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, the Legends won their sixth league game in a row, a 3-0 result at Eintracht which extended their play-off hopes to next weekend’s final round of games.

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The Shamrocks Legends team that beat Eintracht 3-0 at the Met Oval on Sunday.

John Riordan had the Legends a goal up after 30 minutes when he seized on a Karol Hughes assist and then Hughes himself made it 2-0 half way through the second half after a great ball across by Brian Wolohan.

Emmett Harvey rounded out the scoring with a brilliant right footed strike close to full time. Joe Connolly in goals was rarely troubled throughout the game as a magnificent defensive display nullified any threat.

“Six wins in a row and with great momentum, we can look forward to next weekend,” said assistant coach Eoin Sweeney.

“We will play with a hundred percent until the final whistle of the final game. Randall Friedman had an outstanding display at right full and Richie Brennan as usual led by example at center back with a commanding display.

“Dave Symington and John Riordan were the engine house in midfield while Emmett capped a fine display by scoring with the last kick of the game.”

At St Michaels, Dave Harvey scored a superb free kick from 26 yards to tie the Metro 1 game against Iliria midway through the first half, earning a 1-1 result for Rocks 1960.

“Ruairi Lavery once again was a rock at the back,” said Neil Mannion. “Both sides had chances to win late in the second half but a draw was probably a fair result in the end.”

Brandi Daniels and Shannon Hopkins scored two each in an impressive 4-0 win for Shamrocks B against United B.

“We put together a dominant performance,” said coach Keith Perez.

“With some new additions and formation changes, the ladies came together to out work the other team. The result puts us back in winning form and we look forward to finishing the rest of the season in similar fashion.”

Rocks Women on verge of league title

  • Rocks ready for title shot
  • Legends look to extend streak
  • Tough tasks for firsts, reserves at Greeks
  • Irish Derby in Over 30s Division

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

CSL DIVISION 1 Greek Americans v Shamrocks (Met Oval – 8pm)

CSL DIVISION 1 – RESERVES Greek Americans v Shamrocks (Met Oval – 6pm)

CSL OVER 30s DIVISION Lansdowne v Shamrocks (Tibbet Brook Park – 9am)

CSL METRO 1 NYFC Iliria v Shamrocks 1960 (St Michaels – 3pm)

CSL OVER 37 DIVISION SC Eintracht v Shamrocks Legends (Met Oval – 9.30am)

NYMWSL DIVISION A Fuel FC v Shamrocks (East 6th St – 11am)

NYMWSL DIVISION B Shamrocks v NYC United B (St Michaels – 1pm)

Paddy Geraghty has wisely calmed expectations ahead of the Shamrocks Women’s potential title clinching game in Manhattan on Sunday morning. 

However, a win at Fuel FC will herald a historic achievement with the undefeated Rocks bidding to conquer the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League Division A at the first time of trying, just one year after promotion from Division B. 

The Rocks are riding high having notched their 12th win in a row last weekend, a 4-0 result over Beyond FC that pushed Geraghty’s charges through to their first ever State Cup final. 

The 11am kick off at East 6th St is sure to be hotly contested as hosts Fuel have been going through their own purple patch. 

“We play a much improved team on Sunday,” said Geraghty. “They have won their last four games so it’ll be a tough one. But we know a win gives us the league title so we are motivated to get the job done.”

Meanwhile, the motivation for Kevin Grogan is to keep in touch with Division 1 leaders and champions Lansdowne with just three games left in the regular season. 

But the test is a severe one with the play-off chasing Greek Americans desperate for all three points (Met Oval – 8pm). 

“This is another great opportunity to look at some different options for our team,” said Grogan. 

“We can also give some players a well needed rest. Squad rotation is important now before our upcoming league semi-final and State Cup final.”

It was heartbreak on Wednesday night for the reserves who made the long trek to Yonkers for the State Cup semi-final only to come away with a 1-0 defeat that ended their cup ambitions.

A clinical Austie Friel goal late in the second half was the decider, leaving John Riordan’s men to focus on the league play-offs in June.

“It was very disappointing – they put everything in,” said Riordan. “I can’t fault the effort and some of the build-up play was outstanding. We just didn’t have any luck in the box and that’s all part of the game. Good luck to Lansdowne in the final.”

Sunday’s trip to the Greeks is also Riordan’s chance to rotate his squad and rest some key players given the fact that fourth spot has been secured.

“All three teams above us are equally strong,” pointed out Riordan. “It doesn’t matter who we end up playing in June. All tough prospects!”

The Shamrocks will be back at Tibbet Brook Park Sunday morning for a 9am appointment with Lansdowne – the first ever Over 30s Irish Derby.

Paddy Mc Carry’s squad managed to quickly recover from last Sunday’s cup loss by securing a hard fought 2-1 win over Manhattan Kickers, a result that confirmed their spot in the play-offs.

Wily veteran Bingo O’Drsicoll stepped up with the winner, keeping the Rocks on course for a three-peat in the league.

“We have set a goal to win all of our remaining league games so we will be going to the Bronx looking for the three points,” said Mc Carry. 

“We will head up there with a very good squad. Nobody wants to lose a derby and we also still want to win the eastern division so we need those points!”

Meanwhile, the Legends head to the hallowed turf of the Met Oval for the first time for a game against Eintracht that will hopefully keep their Over 37 Division play-off hopes alive (kick-off 9.30am).

After grinding out a result against Doxa last week, Eintracht will provide another tough challenge but with two games to go, Emmett Harvey wants his side to finish as high up the table as possible.

“I know the lads are up for this,” said the player-coach who scored last Sunday. 

“We have a few key players missing – Eddie Gilmartin, Eoghan Mc Partland and Donal “Ducky” Kelly – but with the return of John Riordan, Keith Buckley and Brendan Donaghue, we have the strength-in-depth to cope.”

The double header at St Michaels opens with the Women’s B team welcoming NYC United B for a 1pm kick off.

“We’ll be looking to get back on track this Sunday,” said coach Keith Perez. “With three games left in the season, we are looking to win out and that starts this Sunday at home!”

NYFC Iliria were unable to secure a home field and will play their home game against Shamrocks 1960 at St Michaels, a welcome boost for the midtable Metro 1 men who have a lengthy injury list.

“We’ve lost three more,” said Neil Mannion. “Big Robbie, Anto Carborotta, Shane Homan and possibly Robbie Kennerney. The opposition are in a promotion hunt, so the pressure is on them, much like our physio!”

Shamrocks Community – coaching clinic

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The inaugural SHAMROCKS COMMUNITY coaching event took place at St Michael’s on Sunday April 9, welcoming the good people of AHRC NYC.

AHRC NYC is one of the leading organizations which supports people with developmental and intellectual disability in the New York area. Our closest location is their Sunnyside HQ and they sent a group of soccer players to enjoy a coaching seminar under the tutelage of Technical Director Kevin Grogan.

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Coach Grogan’s Shamrocks Community soccer clinic lasted for an hour and constituted light warm-ups, maneuvers, mini games and several other drills.

“The participants enjoyed the soccer clinic very much and expressed that they would love to have more in the future,” said Tashi Choepel, Community Support at AHRC Sunnyside.

“AHRC’s current focus is on integrating our people within the local area and Shamrocks Community offered a great platform to reach this goal.”

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“They really enjoyed the coaching and we loved working with Tashi and his crew!” said Kevin Grogan.

“Any opportunity to engage with our community is very welcome and this first event was a memorable experience for everybody involved. We look forward to future similar events and we are delighted to be associated with AHRC Sunnyside.”

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Rocks Women through to State Cup final!

  • 12th win in a row earns Women final appearance
  • Celtic hold Rocks in Irish Derby stalemate
  • Marth Cup champs exit at semi-final stage
  • Legends survive Doxa scare

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A second Shamrocks team has reached the June 4 State Cup finals after a convincing 4-0 rout of Beyond sent the women through to their decider and kept alive the possibility of a phenomenal treble.

Georgia Frost was on the mark twice during Sunday’s semi-final at East 6th St while there were also goals from Sharon Odofin and captain Teresa Ferraro as Paddy Geraghty’s team extended their unbeaten run to an incredible 25 games.

“I’m very happy with the desire and work rate,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“The ladies took it very seriously and played all 90 minutes with high intensity. We still have a lot of work to do but we have set ourselves up with two cup finals and a chance to clinch the league next Sunday.

“We also had great support today from the Women’s B team as well as the Men’s teams. It makes a huge difference and it’s great to see the club come together like that.”

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Left back Dan Giorgi scored his first ever goal for the Shamrocks in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Manhattan Celtic. Picture by Dennis Schneidler

Meanwhile, the first team moved to within a point of leaders Lansdowne in spite of a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Manhattan Celtic at St Michaels on Saturday night.

Battling against relegation, Celtic took an early lead after a defensive mix up but ever present left back Dan Giorgi notched his first ever goal for the club with a second half cross that crept in high at the back post

Reigning champions Lansdowne were overturned at home by Cedar Stars, allowing Kevin Grogan’s men to narrow the gap at the top ahead of next Sunday’s tricky trip to take on the Greek Americans.

“We got to give valuable minutes to players,” said Grogan.

“It’s important that all squad players have minutes under there belts before the play-offs and State Cup final. Manhattan Celtic were hard to break down as they had two solid banks of four and five defensively.

“At times we needed a small bit more imagination in the final third. I can’t complain about our work ethic. That was excellent as always. A point is a point. We regroup and move on.”

In the opener, a play-off semi-final was secured by the reserves for whom Seán O’Neill, George Lara and captain Paul McDaid were on the mark.

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The Shamrocks Reserves defensive duo of goalkeeper Kieran McGovern (left) and center back Joe Kennedy helped their team to a shut out 3-0 win at home to Manhattan Celtic in Saturday’s Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 game at St Michaels. Picture by John Riordan

“Two wins in a row sets us up nicely for Wednesday’s State Cup semi-final ,” said John Riordan. “I wanted us to get through this game without incident so I’m glad we achieved that. The focus is entirely on Lansdowne away now. The boys are looking forward to it.”

The defending Marth Cup champions were knocked out by Germania in Poughkeepsie, Paddy Mc Carry’s men relinquishing a 1-0 lead which was gained by Johnny McGeeney and ultimately losing 3-1 against the impressive hosts in an incident packed game.

“Today’s loss is hard to take,” said Paddy Mc Carry.

“But I can’t take anything away from my players. They put in a huge effort and on another day the result could have been different.

“We went one up through a great strike from Johnny McGeeney to the bottom corner. I strongly feel their first goal should not have stood – the ball clearly was over the sideline and we did not get the call but that happens in football.

“We then missed a penalty – the keeper made a great save but he conceded the penalty when he brought down Riley and he was the last man so he should have been sent off. The referee only booked him.

“This turned the whole came their way. The third goal was a brilliant goal. We have no complaints – they have some fantastic players and they are definitely the best Over 30 side I have ever faced in my eight years.”

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Three generations of the Burns family enjoying the action at St Michaels on Saturday night. Chris Jr watched his father help keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win for the reserves. Picture by John Riordan

The Shamrocks Legends ended up 4 2 winners against Doxa thanks to strikes by Marcus Nascimento (two), Eoghan McParland and player-gaffer Emmett Harvey .

A first half full of defensive indecision combined with three brilliant saves by Joe Connolly led to the Legends trailing 2-1 at half-time. A stern talk from the coaches and the introduction of Justin Stanford to a flat back four steadied the defense.

Ultimately the appearance of coach Harvey with 30 mins left lifted the team to score three without reply and he stepped up himself to score the decider against a tiring Doxa.

“At the end of the day, three points is three points but the team can’t afford a similar poor start next week against a good Eintracht side,” said assistant coach Eoin Sweeney.

In Metro 1, Shamrocks 1960 lost 4-2 to Mola, Robbie Kenneary and Danny Meola with the goals.

State Cup semi-finals for Rocks Over 30s & Women

  • Tough cup trip for Over 30s to Poughkeepsie
  • Beyond stand in way as Rocks Women target June final
  • Irish Derby in Division 1 as Celtic visit St Michaels
  • Legends bid to keep winning run going

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The Marth Cup champions will face their stiffest test yet in the defense of their crown when Paddy Mc Carry takes the Shamrocks Over 30s to Poughkeepsie on Sunday for a clash with top EDSL side, Germania.
The Over 30 Division champions are close to clinching a play-off semi-final but a win on Sunday would keep alive the dream of a second league and Cup double in a row.

Germania’s 5-0 win over Washingtonville in the quarters is a sign of their intent but the Rocks have been equally dominant during their march to the last four.

“Sunday’s game is without a shadow of a doubt our biggest game since last year’s State Cup final,” said Mc Carry.

“It’s a long trip up to Poughkeepsie and they are an excellent team. It won’t be an easy game but we are defending State champs and we want that trophy back. My boys will be ready come Sunday morning.

“We will travel up there with a really strong squad of 17 players. We will be missing Peter Hatzer which is a massive blow to us because he is the best left back in the Over 30s division. Big games call for big players and I have a squad full of them. We are really looking forward to Sunday.”

Another equally important showdown follows later Sunday when Beyond FC host the Shamrocks in the Women’s State Cup semi-final (East 6th St – 3pm).

Paddy Getaghty’s undefeated team can extend that impressive run in the best way possible

“A big game for us with a chance to make a State Cup final,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“We have a good squad to choose from and the ladies are looking forward to it. If we play well, we have enough quality players to get a good result.”

Meanwhile, Saturday brings the first team back to St Michaels for the first time in 2017 when Manhattan Celtic (visit the Queens venue for what should be an exciting Irish Derby (St Michaels – 8pm).

In spite of the fact that the Shamrocks have guaranteed themselves a top three finish in the Division 1 standings, coach Kevin Grogan has no interest in letting up and has targeted a win against relegation threatened Celtic.

“Winning is a habit and complacency is a disease,” he noted. “It’s important we keep trying to win and keep the momentum going. That’s why Saturday is such an important game for us.”

The Shamrocks Reserves can secure a play-off semi-final berth if they win Saturday’s 6pm opener after their 3-2 victory over Zum Schneider last night at Randall’s Island.

Darren Coleman was on the scoresheet twice in the first half after fellow top scorer Sean O’Neill opened the action with a first minute header.

John Riordan’s depleted side was hit by three second half injuries and Zum battled back with two late goals that made for a frantic finish.

“We made it tough for ourselves but we’ll take the win,” said Riordan.

“We know now that a win on Saturday will lock up fourth spot which has been our aim all season. We have a growing injury list so we will need to be utilizing our deep squad.

“Our thoughts are especially with Johnny Hayes who found out Friday that he broke his foot. It’s terrible luck for him because he had really taken his chance to shine when an opportunity came for him at center midfield. We wish him a quick recovery.”

In the other Sunday games, there will be a Legends / 1960 double header at St Michaels with Doxa’s Over 37s visiting for a 1pm kick off and struggling Metro 1 outfit Mola arriving for a 3pm appointment.

The Shamrocks Legends will look to add to their winning form and keep the pressure on leaders Manhattan Kickers and Gjoa as the regular season heads towards its culmination.

“This game against Doxa will be another challenge for us,” said player-coach Emmett Harvey.

“We know that if our lads play the way we have been playing, then it should be enjoyable and hopefully we get the right result.

“Although we are missing a few starters in John Riordain ,Brendan Donahue and Keith Buckley we have a strong squad to choose from and I know guys are ready to step up.”

And Shamrocks 1960’s game against Mola is a chance to get back to winning ways after last week’s draw at home to Lansdowne.

“We lost a couple more players to injury in Hughie and Ryan but we’ll have a strong starting eleven,” said Neil Mannion. “The gaffer might even get a run out!”