WEEK TWO REPORT: Green machine supreme, men’s teams remain unbeaten

  • Howell double wins club derby for Shamrocks Green
  • Cameron brace inspires come-from-behind D1 victory
  • Rocks 1960 goal rush sinks Brooklyn North
  • Over 30s make it two from two

WEEKEND RESULTS - 2018_19Mikaela Howell scored twice for Shamrocks Green, one in each half, as the Rocks Women Derby ended in a 2-1 victory for the team in green at St Michaels on Sunday morning.

After Howell’s brilliant opener, Cassie Esposito leveled the game to 1-1 for the newly promoted Division B champions – now going by Shamrocks White – before Howell regained the lead for her team in the second half.

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Shamrocks Green and White pictured before Sunday’s game (Photo credit Joe Zorbo)

“Both teams showed they can challenge for trophies this season,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “Our goal was to have two teams that could beat anyone on their day and we think we have that. It’s early days but a very positive performance by both teams today.”

Meanwhile, the men’s first team secured their second 3-1 win in a row to make it a 100% start for Kevin Grogan’s men.

Kurt Cameron scored a double either side of Dan Giorgi’s penalty after Doxa had taken a surprise lead.

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Shamrocks first team pictured before their 3-1 win over Doxa (Credit: Kailey Walsh)

“It was a good three points but we need a lot of work as a team,” said Grogan.

“We played well in patches but we need more consistency and our passing needs to be tighter. Very happy to get Gabriel Vargas in for his Shamrocks debut. He is only 18 but he showed he has a good temperament.”

The Reserves won 4-0 in the curtain raiser. On the eve of his 30th birthday, Darren Coleman opened the scoring with a free kick while newly returned James Hudson scored twice and John McAleenan grabbed his first goal for the club.

“I couldn’t be happier for the lads after a tough night in front of goal last weekend,” said Dan Meola.

“It was an open game with a lot of chances coming our way. We were fortunate enough to take them and the scoreline could have been anything as the game went on. We move on to next week with good momentum and a good spirit.”

Meola was in free scoring form at the start of the day when his hat trick inspired Shamrocks 1960 to a 10-0 demolition of Brooklyn North in a Metro 1 clash at Bushwick Inlet Park.

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The Shamrocks 1960 team that secured a 10-0 over Brooklyn North (Credit: John Riordan)

It was 4-0 at half-time thanks to an impressive brace from Cathal Monaghan which arrived between Hugh McGowan’s opener and Luke Kelly’s first strike for the Rocks.

There was no let up in the second half with Meola making it 5-0 after great work from Steve Hutchison, Kelly and McGowan. Steve Carlin and James Horan scored before Meola completed his hat trick. Joey Flynn capped a great performance with the tenth and final goal.

In the other early kick-off, Shamrocks Over 30s made it two from two thanks to a 3-0 victory over Manhattan Celtic Bhoys.

Brendan Smith opened the scoring after 22 minutes from an Aidan Morton assist before Neill Doran made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half after being set up by Johnny McGeeney. Man of the match Paddy Geraghty’s 70th minute header secured the three points and the flawless start to the season.

“Another good win,” said Sean Mc Mullan. “It was a good performance with a new formation.”

The Legends took a depleted squad to the Bronx for a late game against the Greek American Legends but managed a battling point in 1-1 tie.

John Riordan scored after 55 minutes to give his side a deserved lead but the Shamrocks were unlucky not to take all three points after the Greeks scored a 65th minute penalty.

“We could have had a great result but happy with the draw considering we were missing a lot of players,” said Riordan. “A lot to be encouraged by and we are really enjoying ourselves which is the main point!”

Shamrocks Women ready to represent Green & White

  • First game for women’s teams
  • Shamrocks Green face Shamrocks White
  • Grogan wary of Doxa threat
  • Over 30s aiming to sink Celtic

The Shamrocks will make history on Sunday when our two women’s teams face each other for the first time ever in a competitive game.

The newly renamed sides, Shamrocks Green and Shamrocks White, will face each other at St Michaels on Sunday at 11am in the opening game of the new NYMWSL DIVISION A season.

When Keith Perez guided Shamrocks B to title winning promotion back in May, the prospect of two Shamrocks teams in the top flight emerged. And the coaching team of Perez, Paddy and Tricia Geraghty have embraced this success.

“We are looking forward to finally getting started after a good preseason,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“All the ladies are looking forward to it and it’s sure to be a very different game to what they’ve experienced before. We think that both teams will be challenging at the top of the league this season so it’ll be fun to see how it all unfolds.”

Some new signings for both teams should see both sides challenge their title rivals in what will be a fascinating year ahead.

“This is a very proud moment for both the club and the women’s program to have both teams squaring off in the top division,” said Rocks White coach Perez.

“Regardless of the outcome it will be a bonding and growing experience for both teams. I encourage any member of the club to come out and support both the success of the Shamrocks and the women’s program. Up the Rocks!”

Later Sunday, the first team and reserves will take on Doxa at Randall’s 75 at 6pm and 4pm respectively.

After last week’s great win at Lansdowne, the only setback has been a knee injury picked up by late sub Nick Zorbo who will miss eight weeks. First team coach Kevin Grogan added Offaly intercounty Gaelic Football player Luke Kelly who impressed in pre-season with the Shamrocks.

“It’s a massive game for us,” said Grogan. “We have had a good week of training and we are looking forward to the challenge. Consistency is king in football so we need a big performance from our players. Every game in this league is a cup final.”

Reserves boss Dan Meola is hoping his side can get a first win on the board after failing to score at Lansdowne on at the weekend.

“Last week, we did not get the result we deserved but that’s football,” he said.

“If you don’t score, you can only blame yourselves. Doxa are coming off a tough result and that is the worst time to play any team – when their only way to go is up. The lads will have to fight for the three points they were denied last week but I have no doubt the goals will come.”

Brooklyn North host Shamrocks 1960 in Williamsburg at 8am on Sunday with Robbie O’Neill’s men looking to extend last weekend’s perfect start

(Bushwick Inlet, 8am).

“We’re aiming to pick up another three points,” said O’Neill. “It’s a nice early kick-off so I hope the lads stick to day drinking Saturday and are home early!”

The Shamrocks Over 30s take on Manhattan Celtic Bhoys at Randalls 74, also at 8am on Sunday morning, and will be encouraged by last weekend’s 3-1 win over Manhattan Kickers Premier.

“We are looking forward to putting some more points on the board this weekend against Celtic and maybe another hat trick from Johnny,” said Sean Mc Mullan.

The Shamrocks Legends will travel to the Bronx to play Over 39s Division newcomers, Greek Americans, on Sunday evening (Herbert Lehman HS, 6pm). The Greeks have yet to start their campaign while the Rocks come into this one off the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht.

“It’s a very tough trip for us and they are an unknown quantity as a new team to the league,” said player-coach John Riordan. “But they’ll always be hungry to get one over the Shamrocks and we’ll just have to be patient as we make our way through the opening stages of the game.”

Shamrocks and JAKO team up for new club kit!

Sligo-based JAKO Ireland has become the new kit supplier for the NY Shamrocks.

With the Courtyard Ale House stepping up as main club sponsor, a fresh new jersey design will be worn by all seven teams when the 2018/19 season kicks off in ten days.

(CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SHAMROCKS ONLINE STORE AT JAKO)

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The new Shamrocks kit worn by, from left, Teresa Ferraro-Gosse, Stephen Skonieczny and Zachary Gosse. (Photo credit: Eoin Sweeney)

Shamrocks Club President Teresa Brink welcomed the partnership with the sports apparel company whose HQ is in Germany. JAKO Ireland is latest in a long line of Top Quality German designed and engineered Team Wear brands.

“We recently launched the jersey at the annual Sunnyside Gardens and it proved a big hit,” said Brink of the recent JAKO unveiling (pronounced Yako).

“Our proud tradition of wearing green and white remains strong since 1960 and we are very excited to be associated with a growing company like JAKO.

“I want to also thank Pat Burke and the Courtyard Ale House for their continued support of our club and the entire committee is especially appreciative that our headquarters on Queens Boulevard has increased their sponsorship. We look forward to celebrating more great wins there in the near future!”

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From left, Mark Roche, Teresa Ferraro-Gosse, Stephen Skonieczny, Colleen Kavanagh and Zachary Gosse. (Photo credit: Eoin Sweeney)

There will continue to be two alternative kits, black and white, while the ‘RW CEATHAIR DÉAG’ design remains as an ongoing commemoration of the late Robbie Walsh who passed away in November 2016. The Keith Buckley design features the Irish translation of Robbie’s retired number, 14: ceathair déag.

“Jako Ireland are proud to be partners with NY Shamrocks for the 2018/2019 Season,” said Nick Broujos, CEO at JAKO Ireland. “The Shamrocks Committee impressed us with their commitment and passion towards developing the club. They are the flagship team in the area and a vibrant part of the community. As with all our clubs, we cannot wait to see the Shamrocks teams and fans wearing our customized JAKO products for this season.”

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At present JAKO is the number one team wear brand in Germany where Soccer is the number 1 sport. With seven different Teamlines that have nearly every color combination, JAKO Ireland offer clubs a product that will make their members stand out in a crowd. JAKO Ireland keep 95% of their products in the Catalogue in stock at a huge Team Centre Warehouse to deliver every team order right away.

https://www.jako.ie/shop-by-team/ny-shamrocks-sc-official-merchandise

For more information on any jersey or other kit sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Paddy Geraghty at (917) 560-4114

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Shamrocks awards night honors Scotty Shevlin, Suzanne Mills, Eoin Sweeney and players of the year

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.

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Guest of Honor Scotty Shevlin with Club President Sean Mc Mullan and Johner Guildea. Picture by Noel Estevez

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.

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The Shamrocks Women B team enjoying the evening! Picture by Noel Estevez

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.

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Eoin Sweeney was presented with The Robbie Walsh Award by his long time friend and team mate Ducky Kelly. Picture by Noel Estevez

“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.

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The Shamrocks Fight Song! Picture by Noel Estevez

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!”

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Suzanne Mills pictured with Club President Sean Mc Mullan and club secretary Sinéad Hennessy after receiving her honorary lifetime membership. Picture by Noel Estevez

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.

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The Shamrocks players of the year. Picture by Noel Estevez

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).

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The Shamrocks top goalscorers for 2016/17. Picture by Noel Estevez

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.

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Sinéad Hennessy presented with a bouquet of flowers by Tricia Reed (left) and Aoife West (center). Picture by Noel Estevez

“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.”

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Shamrocks first team player of the year Giuseppe Barone. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Ducky Kelly accepting Eoghan McParland’s Shamrocks Legends Player of the Year Award. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks 1960 player of the year Mick McAnea. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Over 30s player of the year and top goalscorer Johnny McGeeney. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks reserves player of the year Darren Coleman. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women A Player of the Year Teresa Ferraro. Picture by Noel Estevez

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The New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League defender of the year Jackie Gawne. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women B Player of the Year Sam Horvath. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Kwesi Mills-Odoi was first team top scorer and captain Zachary Gosse accepted the award on Kwesi’s behalf. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Legends top goalscorer Karol Hughes. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Dave Harvey’s top goalscorer award was collected on his behalf by Shamrocks 1960 coach Andy Connolly. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks reserves top goalscorer Sean O’Neill. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Shamrocks Women A top goalscorer Chloe Wheeler. Picture by Noel Estevez

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Colleen Kavanagh, Cassie Esposito’s captain on the Shamrocks Women B team, picked up Cassie’s top goalscorer award on her behalf. Picture by Noel Estevez

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!

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).