Rocks Women move closer to league title

  • One more win needed for Rocks Women
  • First team back on top of Division 1
  • Over 30s take over conference lead
  • Legends fire five past Kickers
  • Honors even at Metro 1 Irish Derby

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Three Shamrocks teams are on top of the league this morning thanks to well earned victories on a busy Sunday for the club.

Rocks Women captain Teresa Ferraro led by example with her eighth goal of the season and Georgia Frost scored a stylish headed winner in a hard fought 2-1 win over Metro Women’s League Division A champions CPR White in what was effectively a title decider at East River Park in Manhattan.

Paddy Geraghty’s are now eight points ahead of second placed CPR with just three games left to play and they can finish the task in two weeks after a break from league action for next Sunday’s State Cup semi-final.

“We were average today if we are honest,” admitted Geraghty.

“The positive side is we battled hard and and took our chances at the right time. We are now one win away from the league title so we will work on getting better at training and be ready for a huge State Cup semi-final next week.”

Meanwhile, the first team returned to the top of CSL Division 1 with a hard fought a 3-1 at Doxa in New Rochelle late on Sunday night.

Kwesi Mills-Odoi won and converted his own penalty after he was taken down with 15 minutes on the clock but Doxa battled back and leveled it just before the break

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Goalscorer Stuart Colbert

Both teams struggled to gain a foothold in the second half and it took a surging run from center back Stuart Colbert who broke through and finished low and hard after a one-two with Andy O’Connell to regain the lead. Charlie O’Loughlin wrapped it up with a bullet header after 80 minutes, a superb Alejandro Fritz cross setting up the defender turned striker for his second goal in two games.

“Scratchy game and a scratchy performance but a win is a win,” said Kevin Grogan. “A big goal from Stu when we needed it. Lert came on and excited for us. We learn every game.”

The curtain raiser ended in a tough 2-1 loss for the reserves with Doxa scoring against the run of play at the end of both halves to deny John Riordan’s team a result. Darren Coleman finished well from a Joey Aronovsky cross to make it 1-1 but the visitors could not manage a second and Doxa’s winner arrived from a break in injury time.

“We were very unlucky,” said John Riordan. “They scored their first against the run of play and we dominated the second half. We’ll regroup for Thursday night – huge week of games coming up in the league and State Cup.”

Elsewhere, Shamrocks Over 30s are a step closer to securing a play-off semi-final after their 4-0 win at Hoboken combined with a stalemate between their closest rivals ensured Paddy Mc Carry’s men are now two points clear at the top of their conference.

Johnny Keogh, Tayfun Gokmen (free kick), Nei de Oliveira and Leo Coimbra all scored to ensure an important win ahead of next weekend’s trip to Germania in Poughkeepsie for the State Cup semi-final.

“It was a very poor first half showing by us but we got in at half-time, said a few words, made a couple of changes and ran out easy winners in the end,” said Paddy Mc Carry.

“Our man of the match was Domnick Mc Cartan at center back. With Celtic drawing, we are now top of the conference and it’s ours to lose. Happy with the win and the clean sheet. Focus now turns to the State Cup semi-final.”

At St Michaels, just ahead of his 40th birthday, club stalwart Donal ‘Ducky’ Kelly scored his third goal in three games in a thrilling 5-2 win for the Shamrocks Legends over conference rivals Manhattan Kickers.

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The Shamrocks Legends team that beat Manhattan Kickers 5-2 at St Michaels on Sunday.

Ducky pounced to make it 2-0 after Marcus Nascimento’s brilliant opener in a result that blew the play-off chase wide open for Emmett Harvey’s men.

An impressive Kickers side deservedly make it 2-1 but Karol Hughes finished a close range free kick earned after a brilliant Eoghan McParland run through the center. Hughes’ excellent finish stretched the lead to three before Kickers narrowed it again but the Legends were comfortable in the end. Paddy Geraghty’s brilliant free kick in injury time pushed the home side’s goal difference up a little.

“On the back of a really good win against Gjoa, we knew going into this game against Manhattan Kickers what was at stake,” said Emmett Harvey.

“We dominated the game for the most part and we played some lovely football. Every player played their part and gave 100% and it’s hard to single out any player but Kevin Mc Partland rolled back the years and was outstanding in goals.

“We will enjoy this win and then our focus is on our next game against Doxa. Some really well taken goals by Karol Hughes, Ducky, Marcus and a beautiful free kick from Paddy Geraghty.”

In the second game at the Queens venue, Shamrocks 1960 drew 1-1 with Lansdowne in their Metro 1 Irish Derby which heralded Dubliner Shane Homan’s first goal for the club. The hosts conceded 10 minutes into the second half from a Lansdowne thunderbolt.

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The Shamrocks 1960 team that took on Lansdowne at St Michaels on Sunday.

“We were unlucky not to snatch it at the end,” said Neil Mannion. “Credit to our man of the match Ruairi Lavery..”

In the first game of the day, Paige Osborne’s opening goal was not enough as NY Skulls came back to beat Shamrocks B 2-1.

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The Shamrocks Women B team that took on NY Skulls at Randalls Island on Sunday.

O’Loughlin winner clinches play-offs for Rocks

  • Coach Grogan lauds “amazing night” for club
  • O’Loughlin’s winner sets up semi-final berth
  • Over 30s & reserves continue play-off push
  • Legends host Kickers in crucial clash
  • Rocks Women and Whites set for title showdown

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The Shamrocks are headed to the CSL Division 1 play-offs!

Almost a year after avoiding relegation to the second tier and in just the second season of our long awaited return to the top flight, a well earned 1-0 win over Zum Schneider means the Rocks will finish no lower than fourth with five games still to play.

Charlie O’Loughlin made a scoring return to action after the big defender was sprung from the bench in the second half for an attacking role which would ultimately prove crucial.

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Goal hero Charlie O’Loughlin

The match winner arrived on the hour mark courtesy of a one-two between O’Loughlin and right back Laurie Child whose low return pass was converted from close range at the second attempt.

This weather-postponed make-up home game was dominated by the Rocks but Zum held out for 60 tense minutes in spite of great chances for Kwesi Mills-Odoi, Alex Wasilewski and Giuseppe Barone.

The away team were reduced to ten men late in the second half and although Kevin Grogan’s men couldn’t manage a second goal, there was never any doubt of securing this historic win.

“Amazing night for the club,” said Grogan afterwards.

“We have a guaranteed play-off game as well as a State Cup final in June. It was very much a club effort and let’s not forget the great work Glen Wrafter put in to get the Shamrocks back to the top division. His players did a great job to achieve that.

“I made some tough decisions along the way regarding squad selection and recruitment policy but I always made what I felt were the best decisions for the long term success of the club.

“Everyone has played their part. Stephen Doyle has been a key element in our success this season. A quality person to have alongside me.

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Rocks assistant coach Stevie Doyle speaks to the players after Thursday’s crucial 1-0 win over Zum Schneider in the CSL Division 1 game at Randall’s Island. Picture: John Riordan

ON TO DOXA FOR FIRSTS AND RESERVES

The second-placed Rocks now head to Westchester on Sunday evening for what should be a tricky clash with struggling Greek outfit Doxa (Skidelsky Field – 8pm).

The newly promoted side have been dragged into a relegation battle after three defeats in a row since the restart of the season but will present a dogged challenge to Grogan’s men who are now looking to finish as high as possible before June’s semi-final.

Indeed, with Lansdowne traveling to Massachusetts for a Fricker National Cup quarter-final, the Shamrocks can even regain top spot with a win.

Meanwhile, the reserves have two games in five days that should all but secure play-off qualification in their own campaign for the post-season.

First up is Doxa whose seconds are finding life tough in the top flight, winless in the league since October. A slender 1-0 victory was earned by the Shamrocks in November’s home game but coach John Riordan is wary of the trip to New Rochelle (Skidelsky Field – 6pm).

“It’s a difficult game from all points of view,” Riordan noted. “We’re missing a couple of key players and it’s obviously a tough journey for our fellas on a Sunday evening. But this is the first of four very important games for us between now and the first weekend in May so we need to accept all these challenges.”

OVER 30s CONTINUE PLAY-OFF PUSH

Earlier on Sunday, the depleted Over 30s champions will travel to Hoboken as they attempt to take one step closer to the play-offs (Laurel Hill Park – 2pm).

“We’ll be going into Sunday looking for another three points,” said Paddy Mc Carry.

“Hoboken away is always a tricky fixture. We are missing quite a few big players so this makes the task even harder. We will be without Sean Mc Mullan, Bingo O’Driscoll, Pat Kelly, Lonan Maguire, Paddy Geraghty and our leading goal scorer Johnny Mc Geeney.

“But we are boosted by the return of Johhny Keogh, Sean Riley and Tomas Maher. We have an extremely strong squad and that will be tested Sunday. It gives squad players the chance to step up.”

IRISH DERBY FOR 1960

The long awaited Metro 1 Irish Derby sees Shamrocks 1960 host Lansdowne at St Michaels with a 3pm kick-off, the second of two games at our Queens hub.

“It’s now about trying to finish as high up the league as possible and representing the jersey with the pride and passion it deserves,” said player assistant coach Neil Mannion.

“That starts with an Irish Derby which shouldn’t take much motivation to get up for!”

LEGENDS BID TO CURTAIL KICKERS

The curtain raiser will be a vital one for the in-form Shamrocks Legends whose winning start to Spring has set up an exciting play-off push.

Emmett Harvey’s men will host first-placed Manhattan Kickers at 1pm needing a win to stay alive and also knowing that achieving victory will push the Rocks to within three points of the pace setters with three games to play.

“On the back of two really good wins, we are heading into this one with confidence and belief that if we play well, then we can get a good result,” said player-coach Harvey.

“Manhattan Kickers and SC Gjoa are the favorites for the title so we are under no pressure. We have a large but very strong squad to choose from and I know that every player will give 100% to the team. We are taking each game as it comes and we are looking forward to this fixture.”

WOMEN’S TITLE SHOWDOWN

Meanwhile, in the Metro Women’s League, it’s first against second as Division A champions CPR White host Division B holders Shamrocks at East 6th St (kick off 11am).

This is a must-win for the hosts but the target for Paddy Geraghty is to move his team one step closer to clinching the title.

“We have a tough game on Sunday against our closest rivals,” he noted. “We have a strong squad coming off a good training session on Tuesday so hopefully that will translate into a good performance.”

Sunday will begin early for the club when NY Skulls welcome Shamrocks B to Randalls Island 82 for a 9am appointment.

“We’re looking to get back to winnings ways,” said coach Keith Perez.

“The last game was a tough loss and it meant we missed out on a chance to take control of the league. Despite that result, our mission remains the same as we need to win out the remaining games. We have a short roster this weekend so our heart and determination will be tested but I expect the ladies to step up and bring back a favorable result.”

Life begins at 40!

It was an enjoyable day on Sunday for the Shamrocks Women’s team who celebrated coach Paddy Geraghty’s 40th birthday in style with a 2-1 win over CPR White in the State Cup semi-final!

Up the Rocks!

(Pictures by Aoife West)

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Coach Paddy Geraghty speaks to his players before their crucial State Cup semi-final against CPR White at East River Park on Sunday.

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Back row, left to right, Sinéad Hennessy, Erin Cullen, Chloe Wheeler, Teresa Ferraro, Shannon Fitzpatrick. Middle row, left to right, Caroline Carter, Christina Beck, Allie Cacciotti, Georgia Frost, Jackie Pounder. Front row, left to right, Anna Spangler, Jo Belluardo, Chelsea Harris, Jarielle Uter.

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Team huddle before the game.

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Getting ready for the big game at East River Park with the Williamsburg waterfront forming a backdrop across the East River.

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Celebrating the big 4-0 back at the Courtyard Ale House!

New Shamrocks jerseys unveiled as Capelli Sport kit deal launches

Club President Sean Mc Mullan has welcomed a new kit deal with Capelli Sport that will see our teams enjoy a new look for 2017.

The new Rocks jerseys were unveiled in Sunnyside this weekend ahead of Sunday’s busy slate of games with the traditional green being supplemented by two alternative kits, black and white.

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The new Shamrocks jerseys worn for the first time by, from left, Zachary Gosse, Jackie Pounder, Chloe Wheeler and Micky McGreevy. Photo credit: Braden Ruddy

A special feature of all jerseys is the ‘RW CEATHAIR DÉAG‘ logo commemorating the late Robbie Walsh who passed away in November. The Keith Buckley design features the Irish translation of Robbie’s retired number, 14: ceathair déag.

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Capelli Sport have been providing other kit including tracksuits since the start of the season and a Shamrocks apparel online store will be launched in the coming weeks.

“Capelli Sport have been very supportive of grassroots soccer in the New York and New Jersey region,” noted Shamrocks President Sean Mc Mullan.

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“It is a privilege to work with Capelli Sport and it is a big opportunity for our club to keep growing while ensuring our teams are looking well while they compete for success. I want to thank all the team at Capelli Sport’s sports division for all their support and we look forward to a really good relationship!”

The firsts and reserves will both line out in the new greens at Travers Island on Sunday morning where they will be hoping to take away two wins from a tricky away trip to NYAC.

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“We are very proud to expand our association with the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club,” said Lee Goldblatt, Vice President of Capelli Sport.

“The growth of the club in recent years has been very positive for the beautiful game in New York and we see Capelli Sport as a natural partner.

“The Shamrocks have a great history and the current players are keeping the tradition alive. We wish every success to all seven teams and their coaches for the remainder of the season and throughout 2017.”

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The jersey will also feature our long term club sponsors GTI and Courtyard Ale House. Interested sponsors can contact us to buy space under the number or on planned training shirts which also be available soon through Capelli Sport’s Shamrocks store.

For more information on all sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to John Riordan at (917) 767-2362.

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Photo credit: Braden Ruddy