Rocks, Pancyrpians semi-final showdown

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    • Grogan & team ready for biggest week in Rocks history
    • Excitement building for league semi & State Cup final
    • Reserves eye top-seeded NYAC in final four
    • Over 30s host CPR on morning of State Cup finals

The Shamrocks Soccer Club is proud to confirm that we will host the CSL Division 1 semi-final in St Michaels on Wednesday May 31 at 8pm against Pancyprians.

Just over one year after dramatically avoiding relegation, Kevin Grogan has guided the Rocks to arguably the two biggest games in the 57-year history of the club after achieving second place in the regular season while also advancing to a first ever State Cup final.

Five massive Shamrocks games will be played out over a six day period beginning with Tuesday’s reserves league semi-final and culminating on Sunday June 4 with the hotly anticipated State Cup final between the Rocks and rivals Lansdowne. That will be preceded by the Women’s State Cup final between Paddy Geraghty’s treble chasing team of Invincibles and fellow NYMWSL Division A side Rovers.

SHAMROCKS sunday schedule graphic-2The first team’s 13th league win of the year was one of their most impressive – last Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Cedar Stars Academy which sent CSA tumbling out of the play-off spots.

Two goals each from Nick Laurent and Andy O’Connell ensured that the Shamrocks head to the semis with confidence although Grogan is wary of focusing his players on the tough task ahead.

“It was a fantastic win against Cedar Stars,” said Grogan.

“It was a very entertaining game. We are peaking at the right time. I’m happy with the squad rotation over the last five weeks. It keeps everything fresh.

“I feel our full squad is healthy and hungry now for Wednesday. It’s the biggest game because it’s the next game. No one will like playing us at this point. We have a work ethic and discipline about us and we have a lot of expansive minded players going forward. Staying calm on Wednesday is important. We will play with a smile!”

Meanwhile, the other teams are preparing for their dates with destiny. The reserves will be up against a major challenge when they face top seeded NYAC on Tuesday at Randalls Island 74 (7pm kick off). The Over 30s are seeking a third league championship in a row and they will need to overcome CPR Old Boys in the semi-final on Sunday June 4 – an 8am kick off at Randalls 70. And the women’s team will look to round off their season in style when they seek to complete the treble with a big State Cup final showdown at Verrazano – also on Sunday June 4 (11.50am).

Shamrocks supporters are encouraged to join us at Verrazano Soccer Complex on Sunday June 4 as we look to make history for both our men’s and women’s teams. It should be a great day out for the entire family! Up the Rocks!

Over 30s celebrate title with 15th win

SHAMROCKS sunday schedule graphicPaddy McCarry’s Shamrocks Over 30s ended the regular season on a high – bludgeoning Megas Alexandros 7-0 on Randalls Island on Sunday.

Johnny McGeeney hit a hat trick for the CSL champions, bringing his season tally to 30. Sean Riley, Tayfun Gokmen, Domnick McCartan and Adam Bierman also connected for the Rocks [15-1, 45], who finish seven points clear of second place Manhattan Celtic Legends.

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The Shamrocks Over 30s celebrating their divisional title on Sunday.

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Over 30s coach Paddy Mc Carry flanked by defender Peter Hatzer and the team’s top scorer Johnny McGeeney.

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Shamrocks Over 30s players Lonan Maguire, Bingo O’Driscoll and Alex Berne.

It’s their third division title in the Over-30s’ upper echelon and they continue their quest for a second successive CSL crown [and fourth in seven seasons] against CPR Old Boys at Randalls Island 70 on June 4. The winners play either NY Greek Americans or Celtic Legends in the final.

Nick Laurent, on his home debut, and Andy O’Connell had a brace apiece in the first team’s 4-0 thrashing of Cedar Star Academy at St. Michael’s Playground on Saturday evening.

The surprisingly convincing win ended CSA’s season after the Greeks leapfrogged Cedar thanks to a 1-1 draw against Pancyprians – the seven-time champs had already been lined up as the opposition for the Rocks in the May 31 semi-final.

It was an impressive rebound win for Kevin Grogan’s men who had been coming into the weekend off the back of a 1-0 loss to three -time champions Lansdowne at Verrazano Sports Complex.

Earlier at St. Michael’s, Andrew Scott, Sean O’Neill [two] and Joey Zorbo were on target in the Shamrock reserves’ 4-0 win. They are also playoff-bound against NYAC B on Tuesday May 30 at Randalls Island 74.

Metro Div. One champions-designate Williamsburg International produced another trademark scoring spree to rout Shamrock 1960 6-1 at St. Michael’s Playground. Mark Gallagher and Andreas Moudatsos both had hat-tricks. Ryan McKinley had the Shamrocks’ consolation.

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!

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  • 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.”

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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