SHAMROCKS HOME GAMES TAKE PLACE AT ST MICHAEL’S PLAYGROUND
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Scotty Shevlin received a rapturous standing ovation at the Shamrocks End-of-Season Awards last weekend on an enjoyable evening at the Astoria World Manor.
The former club president was the Guest of Honor for the club’s annual event and he recalled his two decades at the helm in a speech that was received very well by the 160 players and supporters in attendance.
Johner Guildea introduced the popular Scottish man who served in Vietnam and still plays an active part in his community.
“I’ll always be very grateful for my time spent on the Shamrocks committee,” said Shevlin. “People like Mick Haley, Johner Guildea, Paul Wilson, Kevin McPartland and so many more. They are friends and we share many great memories.”
Scotty also paid his respects to the great Robbie Walsh who was a player and a coach for much of his time in charge.
Saturday began with a very successful soccer match honoring the beloved Rock who passed away in November; the first annual Robbie Walsh Exhibition Game which paired two teams of Shamrocks Legends selected by Eoin Sweeney and Emmett Harvey.
Two goals from Dave Harvey won the game for the Whites, the enjoyable encounter ending 2-1 but played in very good spirits.
The evening ended much as the day began with Sweeney brought to the stage to accept the Robbie Walsh Award for club person of the year, a nomination which caught the Kerryman off guard.
“Robbie was a great human being and he meant a lot to the Shamrocks,” said Sweeney in an emotional acceptance speech. “I love you Robbie and I love this club.”
Meanwhile, in one of the other stand out moments of the night Suzanne Mills, receiving her honorary lifetime membership, called on her fellow 1960s Shamrocks to join her on the stage for a rendition of their fight song.
Suzanne told those gathered that she had been dared to try and join the club as a fully fledged member 50 years ago almost to the day but was turned down by what was then a men’s only club.
“I’m very happy to see the women’s team do so well,” she said adding, “it just goes to show… if you live long enough, you get what you want!”
Players of the year were also honored with Giuseppe Barone (first team), Darren Coleman (reserves), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s), Mick McAnea (1960), Eoghan McParland (legends), Teresa Ferarro (Women A) and Sam Horvath (Women B) all taking the top honors.
Wheeler (top scorer) and Jackie Gawne (top defender) were also both recognized for league honors on behalf of the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League.
Top goalcorers were Kwesi Mills-Odoi (first team, 8 goals), Sean O’Neill (reserves, 15 goals), Johnny McGeeney (Over 30s, 29 goals), Dave Harvey (1960, 12 goals), Karol Hughes (legends, 14 goals), Chloe Wheeler (Women A, 18 goals) and Cassie Esposito (Women B, 10 goals).
Host for the evening, Sinéad Hennessy did not get away lightly, being presented with a bouquet of flowers by banquet chairperson Aoife West and fellow committee member Tricia Geraghty, the popular club secretary and women’s team player bidding farewell ahead of a move to Seattle.
“It was a very enjoyable evening,” said West. “A lot of work went into this and I want to thank all those who helped and all those who sponsored our journal and the event as a whole. In particular, the Courtyard Ale House, GTI, Solas Electrical, Seven Nation Food and Spear Physiotherapy.”
Paddy 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.
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.
- Geraghty’s Invincibles add second trophy
- Legends wrap up season with nine goals
- Over 30s secure 14th league victory
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.
“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!”
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.
30s HAMMER CPR
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.