RIP John McCrosson, founding member of the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club

The NY Shamrocks Soccer Club is mourning the passing of founding member and past president John McCrosson this week.

John (pictured below right) passed away on Tuesday after a long illness. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, a past treasurer of the County Tipperary Association of New York and a retired member of Local 3 IBEW.

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John is survived by his devoted brothers Matthew and Thomas. He also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews as well as twelve grandnieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY on Sunday, April 7th, from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 8th at 9:45 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 6000 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, New York. Interment Calverton National Cemetery.

Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that Leo O’Connor and Osman Aydemir will line out for Shamrocks’s Legends against the Manchester United Legends XI for the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game at Gaelic Park on Saturday June 22.

Ozzie was a teammate and good friend of Robbie Walsh in the 2000’s and currently resides in Philadelphia. He was a hard working midfielder who loved a tackle and scored more than his share of goals. He was very upset when Brazil beat Turkey in the 2002 World Cup semi final and wants to ask Kleberson a few questions about that so he can finally get closure.

Leo was also a good friend and teammate of Robbie and has been involved with the Shamrocks for almost 20 years. He started out as a forward, then played midfield, now he’s a center back. He’s aware of what comes next and is already shopping for gloves. Leo is looking forward to playing against ex-Ireland international Frank Stapleton, and says he’ll mark him out of the game. We shall see.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

CSL JOHN KILBY CUP QUARTER-FINAL (LEAGUE CUP)
FC Ulqini v Shamrocks (Greenbelt Recreational Center, Staten Island, 1pm)
D’ARPINO CUP SEMI-FINAL (RESERVES STATE CUP)
Shamrocks Reserves v Pancyprians Reserves (Frank Principe Park, 1pm)
OVER 30s LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Manhattan Kickers Premier v Shamrocks Over 30s (Randalls Island 74, 10am)
Shamrocks Legends v Manhattan Celtic Bhoys (Randalls Island 91, 4pm)
WOMEN’S STATE CUP SEMI-FINAL
NY Magic Reserves v Shamrocks Green (East 6th St 11am)

On the field this weekend, it’s all cup action with a mix of State Cup and League Cup games keeping the Rocks busy.

Shamrocks Green have a Women’s State Cup semi-final against defending champions NY Magic Reserves at East 6th St (kick-off 11am).

“It’ll be a very tough game but we got a good look at them in our draw last weekend,” said Geraghty.

“We learned a few things so hopefully we can improve. We have played two hard games since the start of the spring season and that’ll work to our advantage. They are still probably favorites but if we play well then we have a good chance.”

The defending CSL League Cup champions will look to move on to the semi-finals when Kevin Grogan’s first team travel to Staten Island for a 1pm kick-off against FC Ulqini.

“This is such an important and difficult game for us,” said Grogan.

“But if we maintain our attitude, discipline and concentration levels from last week, we have a good chance to win because we have very good players. We need to start the game with the correct approach.”

A June final is on the line for the reserves who face a State Cup semi-final against Pancyprians, a team they beat 4-0 in the league last Saturday.

“As I’ve mentioned so many times before there are no easy games in this league,” said coach Dan Meola.

“This is even more true in knockout games such as this where anything can happen. The lads have been playing at an incredibly high level all season. Having just played Pancyprians, this must be an occasion where all 18 come ready to give everything.”

Elsewhere, there are two games in the Over 30s League Cup. The Shamrocks Over 30s take on Manhattan Kickers Premier at Randalls Island 74 at 10am looking to bounce back from their loss against Pancyprians.

“We’re looking forward to this,” said Mc Mullan. “This will be our first time trying to win a League Cup at this level.”

And the Legends have a tough task when they take on Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in the final game of the day, a 4pm kick-off at Randalls Island 91.

“We have a few injuries and a few players missing,” said player coach John Riordan.

“We will look to enjoy the game and try to see what we can get out of it. They are a level or two above us but that’s the nature of this competition. It gives us a break from the league before a very important phase of games.”

Frank Stapleton confirmed for Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game

  • Bradshaw and Shivnan get nod for the Rocks
  • Coleman pays tribute to departing reserves gaffer Dan Meola
  • Tough test for first team at home to league leaders
  • Over 30s, 1960 and Legends bid to make it two wins in a row
  • Table topping Shamrocks Green face double champs

Frank Stapleton of Manchester UnitedIreland and Manchester United legend Frank Stapleton is confirmed for the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game at Gaelic Park on June 22! The Dublin-born forward cost United £900,000 when he signed from Arsenal in 1981 and helped his new club win the FA Cup in 1983 and 1985.

You can buy match tickets here: https://robbiewalsh.eventbrite.com
And you can meet all of the Legends if you buy banquet tickets here: https://nyshamrocksc.com/2019/03/27/banquet-2019/
We are pleased to also announce that Ger Shivnan and Paul Bradshaw will line out for the Shamrocks Legends XI.

Paul has played with the Shamrocks for a decade and still turns out every Sunday for our Legends. He’s a passionate Manchester United fan and can’t wait to play against his idols. He’s the only Shamrock in history to have a career ending injury and recover from a career ending injury in the same game. His left leg is held together by a combination of paper clips, prayers, and hubba bubba. Paul is joint favorite to score the first goal on June 22nd.

Ger has been an avid Manchester United fan since birth and is looking forward to sharing the field with his heroes. He’s originally from Roscommon, a place even most Irish people have never been. His goals for the Legends this year have been instrumental in the push for the playoffs and his main job for June 22nd is to provide enough sunscreen for all the bald(ing) members of the squad. He even volunteered to administer the sunscreen for anyone who can’t reach the top of their head. But that’s Ger… the consummate team player.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

SATURDAY
CSL DIVISION 1
Shamrocks v Pancyprian Freedoms (Randalls Island 70, 8pm)
CSL DIVISION 1 – RESERVES
Shamrocks v Pancyprian Freedoms (Randalls Island 70, 6pm)

SUNDAY
CSL METRO 2 – SOUTH
Barnstonworth Rovers v Shamrocks 1960 (Bushwick Inlet, 12pm)
CSL OVER 30 DIVISION – EAST
Shamrocks Over-30s v Pancyprians Over-30s (Randalls Island 74, 8am)
CSL OVER 39 DIVISION
Shamrocks Legends v Cozmoz (Frank Principe Park, 1pm)
NYMWSL DIVISION A
Shamrocks Green v NY Magic Reserves (St Michaels, 1pm)
Rovers v Shamrocks White (East 6th St, 9am)

It will be another busy weekend of football action for the Shamrocks. The reserves and the club as a whole bade a fond farewell to coach and committee member Dan Meola who earlier this week moved with his wife Natalie to a new chapter in Texas. Rob O’Neill will step up to a dual role alongside his 1960 responsibilities and reserves player Darren Coleman paid tribute to Meola for his stewardship of the team over the past two seasons ahead of Saturday night’s game against Pancyprians (Randalls Island 70, 6pm).

“On behalf of myself and all the players we would like to thank Dan Meola for everything he has contributed to this team in his time with us,” said Coleman. “He leaves us unbeaten with only four goals conceded this season so far, the least in any division in the Cosmo League. He will be very much missed by all of us and we wish him and his wife all the very best of luck in their new adventure! We will certainly continue the great work that Dan has put into this team going forward!”

The first team have a tough task ahead of them as they prepare to face the league’s top side on the back of two slender defeats against Doxa and Zum Schneider.

“They pay their players and have a high quality squad with players who boast professional experience,” said Coach Kevin Grogan.

“In saying that, on any given day we can compete with anyone in the league. Granted we have had a bad start to the Spring but as the weeks go on we will get better and better. April is a big month for us as we have a League Cup game and then play Hoboken and NYAC. In many ways this game is preparation for those games.”

Sunday will start with another game against Pancyprians as the Over 30s look to add to their winning start against their play-off rivals (Randalls Island 74, 8am).

“With the first game of the second half of the season out of the way, we can now get back to business, winning games in a push to win the league,” said coach Sean Mc Mullan.

Second-placed Shamrocks 1960 are looking to close a seven-point deficit behind top side Sandzak when they take on Barnstonworth Rovers in Williamsburg (Bushwick Inlet, 12pm).

“We’re looking forward to a tough match against a strong Barnstonworth side who gave us a great game in the first half of the season,” said gaffer O’Neill.

“We are looking to bring home another three points and continue our push for promotion.”

In the Over 39 Division, the Shamrocks Legends will complete the first round of games with a crucial game against two-time champions Cozmoz (Frank Principe Park, 1pm).

The position in the standings of the Legends on Sunday evening will dictate their final four games with the CSL forced to pair up teams according to their record thus far. The higher the ranking, the harder the run-in each team will face as they challenge for a top four berth and a play-off spot.

“Cozmoz have been the top team since this new division was brought in so this is a very tough way to round out Phase 1,” said player-coach John Riordan.

“But we will go all out for the win and then figure what happens next in the final four games of the season. It is not an ideal system but we are where we are. We have a strong squad but we’ll miss Antoin O Duibhir who scored twice last Sunday.”

Elsewhere, in the New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League, Division A leaders Shamrocks Green will play NY Magic Reserves at St Michaels with a 1pm kick-off. And Rovers will host Shamrocks White at East 6th St at 9am.

“We play the reigning league and State Cup champions this week so it’ll be a tough game as always,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.

“Hopefully last week’s game against Shamrocks White will stand to us. It was our toughest game of the season so far but we showed we don’t give up easily. If we have the same attitude and work ethic we’ll be tough to beat.”

Rocks round out 2018 on a high note

WEEKEND SCHEDULE - 20181209Super sub Darren Coleman scored twice and Kwesi Mills-Odoi also chipped in to help the Shamrocks first team come from behind to beat CPR Whites 3-1 at Randall’s Island on Sunday.

CPR were deservedly 1-0 up at half-time but then Coleman’s free kick with a quarter of an hour to go set the game up for a thrilling finale. Coleman’s corner teed up Mills-Odoi for the second and then Mills-Odoi returned the favor setting up Coleman for the clincher.

The victory was the sixth in the league for Kevin Grogan’s men who are now clear in third after losses suffered by the Greeks and Lansdowne.

“It’s been a long fall season,” said Grogan.

“We didn’t peak in any way, shape or form but in general we had a great work ethic in games and got ourselves over the line and finished third – our goal was a top four finish.

“We don’t pay any players and the so-called big four teams do – to finish third is an excellent achievement. The challenge for our players now is to peak in Spring as individuals and then collectively as a team. On a personal note I’ll regroup over the next three weeks and see what the next steps are. I want to also wish our captain Zachary Gosse all the best for a speedy recovery after he picked up a bad injury for the cause.”

In the early game, the reserves also ended 2018 in winning style, Omar Aguilar and James Whyte both scoring in a 2-0 success over CPR Whites, their third against these opponents in the space of two months.

“Thankfully, football is a game of two halves and that couldn’t have been proven more true today,” said coach Dan Meola.

“We started the game in a manner not befitting of our talent. At halftime, the lads rallied around one another to produce a second half display much more aligned with our form. We’re all extremely happy to enter this winter break unbeaten in all competitions, but the hard work has only just begun.”

Shamrocks 1960 suffered their first loss of the season, relinquishing the top spot in Metro 2 South to title rivals FC Sandzak, also at Randall’s Island on Sunday.

Hughie McGowan opened the scoring early with a superb long range goal before Joe Connolly’s impressive volley had the Rocks 2-0 up. But Sandzak rallied in a dramatic game to make it 3-2. Connolly scored a second to level the contest but Sandzak struck back to grab the lead.

“It was a disappointing loss,” said coach Robbie O’Neill. “We never got going and to blow a tough 2-0 lead is hard to deal with but we get to fix all this next Sunday in the rematch. We’re on to Cincinnati.”

Neil Doran’s goal proved to be the match winner for the Over 30s in a hard fought clash with CPR Grays, Dominick Mc Cartan providing the assist to help secure a 1-0 result.

“It was a tough game we only had the bare 11 but we got wat we wanted 3 points before the break

The Shamrocks Legends rounded our their 2018 on a high note with a 2-1 win over America FC 1927 in New Jersey. Marcus Nascimento scored twice in the first half to help John Riordan’s men guarantee at least fourth when they resume their league campaign in the Spring.

Paul Bradshaw set up Nascimento for the first goal, his flicked header finding the Brazilian in space and allowing him to finish brilliantly to the front post. The pair also connected for the second after Bradshaw was upended by the goalkeeper, allowing Nascimento to score from the spot. America missed a penalty in the second half and scored with five minutes to go, causing panicky closing stages

“I couldn’t be happier with that win,” said coach John Riordan.

“America are a good team and their position in the table doesn’t do them justice. From our point of view, it’s a well deserved way to end the Fall. We have left a few points behind us but we managed to hold firm in this game and ride a bit of luck.

“Our goalkeeper Darragh Farrell was man of the match – he kept us in it and kept us calm. I want to give a special thanks to Ducky Kelly, Eoin Sweeney, Joe Connolly and captain Eddie Gilmartin for helping out behind the scenes. It’s been a transition period and they have helped make it a very smooth one.”

Big wins for firsts, reserves and unbeaten Green

WEEKEND RESULTS - 20181118Not only are Shamrocks Green unbeaten after the Fall portion of their season ended on Sunday, they are through to two cup semi-finals and they will go into the Spring when play resumes in March as league leaders of Division A.

Chloe Wheeler and Georgia Frost each scored a goal in a 2-0 win over Rovers, their third victory in the space of two weeks over their formidable opponents.

“It was a good finish to a solid first half of the season,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.

“We have a lot to look forward to in the spring and we’ll start again in February. We had standout performances from Chloe Wheeler and Erin Cullen and we are especially happy not to have conceded a goal.”

Shamrocks White battled hard but came up short against Magic, losing 1-0 in the second of two games at St Michaels.

The most impressive result of the weekend was the first team’s demolition of NYAC at Randall’s Island on Saturday night.

A team goal of the season contender and Pax Ballard’s first for his new club opened the scoring in fine style after 17 minutes when Kwesi Mill-Odoi’s deft back heel allowed Barna Mako tee up Ballard who stroked up skillfully from just outside the box.

Five minutes later, Mills-Odoi found the same corner with a brilliant free kick to make it 2-0 at the half. NYAC pulled one back early in the second half but Travis Blair scored another nicely constructed goal just after the hour mark to hand the momentum back to the Rocks. In the dying minutes, two Dan Giorgi penalties punished NYAC ill-discipline.

“That was a very important win,” said Kevin Grogan.

“Three wins in a row gives us some momentum. Excellent work rate and discipline. Onto the next game.”

The reserves hammered NYAC 7-1 in the curtain raiser, a result that saw the second-placed Shamrocks open out a seven-point lead from the Greek Americans who lost 3-2 to leaders Cedar Stars.

James Whyte and John McAleenan both scored twice while there were also goals for Mike Fernandes, Micky McGreevy and Paul McDaid.

“We knew that NYAC were playing at less than their best this year and took the game to them,” said Dan Meola.

“Our squad has played well in both League and Cup action this year – getting better with each game. We will have the upcoming week off to recover from some niggling injuries and come back fresh for our remaining fixtures before our extended break. I want to wish all the lads and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Meanwhile, on Sunday evening, the Shamrocks Legends failed to protect a 3-0 lead against Manhattan Celtic Masters at Pier 40, conceding a late penalty which allowed the home side level it at 3-3. Paul Bradshaw had scored twice before his pinpoint inswinging corner found the head of midfielder Antoin O Duibhir.

“It was very tough to concede so late but it was a fair result,” said Riordan.

“We started brilliantly and there is a lot to be positive about. Celtic will be in contention in the Spring and we are fourth with a game in hand going into December. We fought hard so it’s disappointing and it felt like a loss but we have to be content with the draw.”

The Over 30s drew 2-2 at Pancyprians with goals from Amar Daved and Bingo O’Driscoll.

“It was a hard game,” said Sean Mc Mullan. “The draw was a good result for us with missing seven starters. We will get the better of them the next time in the return game.”
Not only are Shamrocks Green women’s team unbeaten after the Fall portion of their season ended on Sunday, they are through to two cup semi-finals and they will go into the Spring when play resumes in March as league leaders of Division A.

Rocks first team aiming to overcome difficult NYAC challenge

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The Shamrocks first team will be bidding to head into the Thanksgiving break maintaining their top four position when they face NYAC at Randalls Island on Saturday evening (8pm kick-off).

Confidence is high after a memorable State Cup victory over the Greek Americans last Sunday and with the return of Barna Mako from suspension, Kevin Grogan’s hand has strengthened considerably.

“Our last two performances have been disciplined and we have demonstrated a great level of work ethic,” said Grogan.

“We need to maintain that standard this weekend in a very difficult game against NYAC.”

In the curtain raiser, Shamrocks Reserves will aim to keep pace with Cedar Stars at the top when they take on the NYAC Reserves. Dan Meola’s men bring a six-game winning streak into this one (6pm kick-off).

“NYAC are the current league champions and aren’t to be taken lightly,” said Dan Meola.

“They haven’t been in a good stretch of form but that can change at any time. The worst thing any team can do is take their opponent for granted. We are playing our most complete football of the season and want to continue that this Saturday.”

The Shamrocks Women’s teams play their last game of the fall on Sunday at St Michaels where a pair of Division A League Cup encounters with Green playing Rovers at 11am and White playing Magic at 1pm.

“The players have been brilliant so far staying unbeaten,” said Green coach Paddy Geraghty.

“A win Sunday will leave us top of the league and in two cup semi-finals in the Spring. So it’s a big game for us and hopefully we can finish the first half in style.”

The Shamrocks Legends return to action with a crucial clash against second-placed Manhattan Celtic Masters (Pier 40, 7.30pm).

John Riordan’s men have not won since October 7 and will be aiming to stop the slide this weekend against in-form Celtic.

“This will be a very tough game for us,” said Riordan.

“They are on a great run of form and their results have been hugely impressive. We are missing a couple of important players so it’ll be tricky but we need to get back in winning form so everyone will be focused on that.”

The final game of the weekend will see the Over 30s take on Pancyprians at Randalls Island 74 (kick-off 8pm Sunday). Shamrocks 1960 have a bye week.

Nikle & Leia celebrate new arrival with big reserves win

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Congratulations to two of our favorite Shamrocks, Nikle and Leia, who welcomed their son Maverik Francis Guzijan into the world early Sunday.

Leia had graciously delayed her hospital appointment on Saturday evening to make sure Maverik’s dad could line out for the Shamrocks reserves in a brilliant 7-0 win over Doxa at Randall’s Island.

Short on defenders, Guzijan was happy to help ensure a shutout before the arrival of Maverik. Thanks to goals from James Whyte (two), John McAleenan (two), James Hudson, Darren Coleman and Jeff Greenspan, Dan Meola’s men advanced to the next round of the D’Arpino Cup with their sixth win in a row.

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Nikle, Leia and their new son Maverik Francis Guzijan born on 11/11/2018

“Great all round team performance,” said captain Coleman. “The football we have been playing lately has been excellent and that’s a credit to all the lads! Great to see Jeff Greenspan score his first goal for the club too!

“Special word of thanks to Rob O’Neill for stepping in to coach us while Dan was away.”

Meanwhile, late Sunday evening, the first team moved on to the semi-finals of the Manning Cup thanks to a hard fought 2-0 win over the Greek Americans at Met Oval.

Captain Zachary Gosse scored a superb early opener, connecting with a volley from a perfect Dylan McCabe corner. After a very entertain first half, the Greeks dug in but the Shamrocks held firm and after brilliant work from Kwesi Mills-Odoi on the left wing, his deflected shot rebounded off the post to Travis Blair who finished calmly to secure the victory with ten minutes to go.

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First team goalscorers Zachary Gosse (left) and Travis Blair. Photo credit: John Riordan

“Fantastic win,” said Kevin Grogan.

“The Greeks dominated large portions of the game but to be fair to our players, our work ethic and resilience were excellent. And we ground out a very important win. All eyes on our big league game against NYAC next Saturday.”

Shamrocks Green are also through to the last four of the women’s State Cup thanks to a hard fought 2-1 victory over an impressive Rovers side at St Michaels.

Caroline Carter opened the scoring with a close range finish but Rovers drew level midway through the first half. Georgia Frost then struck back before half-time to set up a tense second half that saw Paddy Geraghty’s charges ultimately survive.

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Shamrocks Green pictured before the 2-1 win over Rovers on Sunday. Photo credit: Teresa Brink

“We had a strong performance considering we were missing so many,” said Geraghty.

“It puts us in the State Cup semi-finals in the spring so it’ll be one we’ll look forward to. Special mention to our defense who stepped up in the second half and made sure of the win.”

Unfortunately, Shamrocks White’s cup run is over after a heartbreaking defeat to Celtic Aces in Brooklyn. Leading 1-0 going into injury time thanks to a Brandi Daniels goal, Celtic dramatically leveled and set up the dreaded penalty shoot out which the Shamrocks lost 6-5.

“It felt like we suffered two losses,” said Keith Perez.

“To give up an equalizer in the 91st minute was very tough. Then to lose in PKs 6-5 was another tough blow. It was another performance of the year by the ladies that unfortunately resulted again in another loss. We remained positive afterwards and we will be looking to build off that for the league cup game next Sunday.”

That was one of three games which ended in a shoot out on Sunday. Shamrocks 1960 tied NYC Afghanistan 1-1 in regular time (Hughie McGowan scoring for 1960) and coach Rob O’Neill saved the day stopping one of the four penalties he faced. His players, meanwhile, were flawless en route to a 5-3 result.

“Happy to win,” said O’Neill. “We were made to work extremely hard for it. It was a tough game and we never got going. But delighted to move on to the next round.”

The Over 30s were not so fortunate in their game against Baisley. Mike Dineen scored a second half breakthrough but their ten-men opponents never gave up and equalized with ten minutes to go, setting up the shootout which Baisley won 5-4.

“We’re disappointed with the result,” said Sean Mc Mullan. “We had chances to finish the game out. Penalty shoot outs are never easy. We’ll focus on the league now.”