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

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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!”

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!”

Important wins for firsts & reserves

WEEKEND RESULTS - 201819

Kurt Cameron scored twice to help the Shamrocks first team get back to winning ways with a solid 3-1 result at Hoboken on Sunday afternoon.

A much improved performance had the visiting team ahead 3-0 by half-time even though Kevin Grogan’s squad was missing several key players.

Yannick Diese set up the first for Cameron who shot with his left to the far bottom corner. Cameron turned provider for the second, finding strike partner Kwesi Mills-Odoi who rifled a perfect shot to the top corner. Then Mills-Odoi returned the favor, battling with the defender on a long ball before managing to touch it into Cameron who was able to take a few touches into the box before scoring to the far corner.

“Very important win,” said Grogan. “Man of the match was Steve Hutchison. Also a big thank you to Nick Meola for filling in in goals. Excellent performance by him. Mike Fernandez made his first team debut and came on and showed some good experience up top. All focus now on our State Cup game against Polet next week.”

Fernandez scored in the opener for the reserves in a 2-0 win which was supplemented by a Paul McDaid strike.

“First and foremost, the win is by far and away the only thing that mattered at the final whistle,” said coach Dan Meola.

“I was proud of the way the lads dug in and secured three important points against a stubborn Hoboken side. Everyone knows the level of quality this side has and today, we were below that level. We will keep improving and look forward to a tough test against CPR in the State Cup.”

Meanwhile in Randall’s Island, the inaugural Shamrocks Legends Family Day was marked by a 3-0 win against Banatul.

0dd4362e-8411-45cb-be36-7901328fb20dMarcus Nascimento had John Riordan’s men deservedly ahead at half-time with a neat finish. Newly signed Paul Bradshaw’s first touch for the team was a brilliant left footed volley early in the second half. And after several missed chances by various players, Cris Silva ended the game as a contest when he rounded the keeper and slotted home his first of the season.

“Great win and a very enjoyable morning,” said Riordan.

“We had a makeshift central defense pairing and they reacted so well. Niall Corbett was man of the match back there and Randall Friedman was brilliant alongside him to help us keep our first clean sheet.

“It was fun to have so many of the kids and better halves join us – a really nice club occasion. Special word of thanks to Emily Kirwan who prepared food and to the committee members Teresa Brink, Tricia and Paddy Geraghty and Kailey Walsh for helping out!

“We have the Over 40 State Cup next weekend which will be our first ever involvement so that will be another nice occasion.”

The Legends win was followed by a goal fest for Shamrocks 1960 who remain top of Metro 2 South after a comprehensive 8-2 win over FC Ulqini.

Top scorer Dan Meola scored twice after dashing from the reserves win in New Jersey to enter the field as a second half sub.

The other goals were scored by Joey Flynn (2), Darragh Coates, Conor Doherty and Kevin Curran.

“Delighted with the win and another strong performance,” said coach Robbie O’Neill who also played in goals.

“Any time you score eight, you have to be happy. We’re on to the State Cup next week and thankfully Eric (Doyle) will be back between the posts!”

The Over 30s tied 1-1 against Manhattan Celtic Legends at Randall’s Island with the club’s top marksman Johnny Mc Geeney scoring once again for the Rocks.

“A very hard fought derby game,” said assistant coach Michael Caterson. “Both teams could have won it so a draw was a fair result. We were missing quite a few today but the three new signings played very well in the second half.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s league, top teams Shamrocks Green and Celtic Aces competed well in a scoreless draw in Bay Ridge.

“It was a great result for us against a very strong Celtic team,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“We were missing a lot of players but again everyone stepped up and showed resolve. Special mention to Caroline Carter and Anna Spangler who shared the shutout in goal and to Elly McGuffog who had a brilliant debut.”

Shamrocks White lost 3-0 to United in the late game.

“It was a tough loss,” said coach Keith Perez. “Injuries left us with only 11 early and we left everything on the field. The scoreline doesn’t indicate the effort. It was our best team performance of the season and we will be looking to build on that next week in the State Cup.”

Rocks bidding to bounce back at Hoboken

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The Shamrocks first team will travel to New Jersey to take on CSL Division 1 newcomers Hoboken at Stephen R Gregg Park in Bayonne (kick-off 12pm).

After two defeats in a row, coach Kevin Grogan has laid down a challenge to his players to get the season back on an even keel.

“We all know how big Sunday is for us,” said Grogan. “The players are aware of expectations.”

The reserves will play the curtain raiser at 10am and Dan Meola will be boosted by the fact that he has a full squad to choose from.

“Hoboken aren’t in the top flight just to make up the numbers,” remarked Meola. “They will be tough to break down defensively and will have quality going forward. I’ve said before there will be no easy games in this league. This is our second early trip to New Jersey in the last three weeks but there is no room for excuses. We have a full squad this week and all the quality you could ask for at this level. It’s time to get back to winning ways.”

It will be a busy Sunday at Randalls Island for the other men’s teams. First up at 10am will be the Shamrocks Legends Family Day which will bring players and their families together for the game against Banatul.

Coming off a morale-boosting win against Gjoa, the Legends are further helped by the return of Ger Shivnan and Ryan Thomson while new signing Paul Bradshaw has been added as an exception.

“First and foremost we need a win on Sunday,” said Riordan.

“The league has improved and there is stiffer competition so we need to be focused on every challenge that arises.

“We are also looking to make it a fun family occasion that reflects the overall community spirit of the club. Players make sacrifices to play every Sunday so we wanted to invite their families out to watch before it starts to get cold. Should be a good time!”

Robbie O’Neill’s league leading Shamrocks 1960 will follow up the Legends at the same venue for their Metro 2 clash with FC Ulqini (kick-off 12pm).

albaShamrocks 1960 players Amar Daved and James Horan sporting the Alba sponsored tracksuits during the week at training in Harlem. Photo by John Riordan

 

“We are looking to continue our great run,” said O’Neill. “We are missing a lot of guys this week. So we’ll have to be on top of our game Sunday.”

Shamrocks Over 30s take on Manhattan Celtic Legends at 4pm and will be aiming to bounce back from their first loss of the season which arrived last Sunday against top side Between Rivers.

The two late games involve the Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League team with Shamrocks Green facing a tough trip to Leif Erickson to take on Celtic Aces (kick-off 6pm).

“We have our toughest game of the season this Sunday,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“Celtic are unbeaten and we are missing several players through injury and travel. But this is why we have a quality squad and we go into the game expecting to get a result.”

An hour later at 6pm, NYC United will be the challenge for Shamrocks White (Randalls Island 70, 7pm).

“We have a real opportunity to pick up points,” said coach Keith Perez. “We have played hard thus far and I am hoping that this hard work pays off with a victory this weekend. I expect a strong performance from the ladies as we look to use this game as a turning point for our season.”

Fourth victory for flawless 1960

  • O’Neill’s charges keep perfect record going
  • Howell hat trick inspires Green
  • Late Nascimento winner lifts Legends

WEEKEND RESULTS - 2018_19Sean Glynn, Amar Daved and Conor Doherty each scored for Shamrocks 1960 on Sunday evening at Randall’s Island to extend the team’s perfect start to their Metro 2 season.

It was yet another shut out for Robbie O’Neill’s men as they eased to a 3-0 win over Beyond FC Metro, bringing their overall goal tally to 17 without concession of a goal.

“I’m very happy with the win against a good side,” said O’Neill.

“I’m delighted with another clean sheet and three points. We’ll be looking to continue the momentum next Sunday against FC Ulqini. It was a brilliant performance from the whole squad.”

Shamrocks Green are also perfect, their 6-0 triumph over NYC United at St Michaels on Sunday morning was their third win of the season.

Mikaela Howell scored a hat trick to bring her season tally to five while there were also goals from Teresa Ferraro-Gosse, Jo Belluardo and Chloe Wheeler.

“I’m very happy with that win today,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.

“We had a couple of injuries that we hope won’t be too serious. Of the 13 goals we’ve scored this season, 10 have come in the second half so it shows our fitness is making a difference.”

The second game of the double header did not go the way of the Rocks as the White team succumbed 3-0 to Celtic Aces

“Another tough loss for the ladies,” said coach Keith Perez. “We are improving game after game but just haven’t had things fall our way. We will look to build on the positives starting at Tuesday training.”

The Shamrocks Legends won a thriller against Gjoa at Dyker Beach Park on Sunday morning, Marcus Nascimento scoring a superb winner in injury time to spark wild celebrations.

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Legends goalscorers Donal ‘Ducky’ Kelly, Justin Stanford and Marcus Nascimento
pictured after helping their team to a 4-3 win on Sunday

The Rocks were 1-0 down in the first half and 3-2 down in the dying minutes but kept battling to secure a second win in a row and an unbeaten start to the season.

Justin Stanford’s clinical finish leveled the game after 30 minutes and Nascimento scored a second half penalty to make it 2-1. But Gjoa then began to enjoy a purple patch and deservedly swung the game to 3-2 in their favor.

The Shamrocks dug deep in the final ten minutes, however, and pressed their hosts. A Cris Silva corner flicked on by Nascimento was headed home from close range by Ducky Kelly who was superb throughout.

And then the introduction of veteran Eoin Sweeney to the Rocks attack completely confused Gjoa, allowing Nascimento space to run on to a John Riordan pass and push the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

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The Shamrocks Legends pictured with Gjoa after a well played contest at Dyker Beach Park

“Incredible win,” said Riordan. “We never gave up. We were missing some important players so to come away with all three points is a massive boost for our team spirit.

“The game was played in a very good spirit also. A really good advertisement for the Over 39 Division.”

There was disappointment on Saturday evening for the first team at Randall’s Island where the Greek Americans overcame Kevin Grogan’s men with a deserved 4-1 victory.

It had been a bright start for the Rocks, a well taken Dan Giorgi goal giving the home side a well earned lead after a great assist from Sam Huteson

But the Greeks responded almost immediately with a penalty scored by Charlie Ledula. Pat McCann made it 2-1 after 57 minutes with a great finish and Ledula made it 3-1 five minutes later to effectively end the game as a contest. A fourth was added in injury time.

“The honeymoon period of winning the first two games is definitely over,” said Grogan.

“We now need to regroup and go back to basics. Work ethic is always the foundation then we win the first ball, anticipate the drops, mark, track and tackle, see the danger at the back, make the ball stick up top, movement to create passing lines, move the ball in a quicker more decisive way.

“We must win the battle first in games and then we play. We need to go and get a result against Hoboken who have had a fantastic start to the season. It will be a dog fight. We need to get to bed early and be prepared.

“I’m fed up of people talking about play-offs. What a load of nonsense. We survive first and then see what happens. We need to get into survival mode. The rest will follow. The greats have a survival mechanism ingrained into them. That’s why they are great. This challenge is not for everyone.”

Shamrocks Reserves tied Greek Americans in the curtain raiser, a scoreless result which saw Dan Meola’s men edge it in terms of goal chances.

“This game was a war of attrition,” said Meola. “From minute one, we were behind the eight ball for reasons I’d rather not get into. We were reduced to 10 men after 15 minutes and from then on the lads played one of the most complete games I’ve seen. First to every ball, playing for each other, and working hard to earn a point against the league leaders. I’m honored to coach these lads, especially after games like this.”

Shamrocks Over 30s lost 2-1 to Between Rivers FC with yet another John McGeeney goal being the only bright spot for Sean Mc Mullan’s men.

NEXT SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE

CSL DIVISION 1
Hoboken FC 1912 v Shamrocks (Stephen R Gregg Park, 12pm)
CSL DIVISION 1 – RESERVES
Hoboken FC 1912 v Shamrocks (Stephen R Gregg Park, 10am)
CSL METRO 2 – SOUTH
Shamrocks 1960 v FC Ulqini (Randalls Island 74, 12pm)
CSL OVER 30 DIVISION – EAST
Manhattan Celtic Legends v Shamrocks Over 30s (Pier 40, 9pm)
CSL OVER 39 DIVISION
Shamrocks Legends v Banatul (Randalls Island 74, 10am)
NYMWSL DIVISION A
Celtic Aces v Shamrocks Green (Leif Erickson, 6pm)
NYC United v Shamrocks White (Randalls Island 70, 7pm)