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).

Rocks Women History Makers!

  • Captain Ferraro’s thunderbolt earns title victory x
  • 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.”

Rocks Women through to State Cup final!

  • 12th win in a row earns Women final appearance
  • Celtic hold Rocks in Irish Derby stalemate
  • Marth Cup champs exit at semi-final stage
  • Legends survive Doxa scare

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A second Shamrocks team has reached the June 4 State Cup finals after a convincing 4-0 rout of Beyond sent the women through to their decider and kept alive the possibility of a phenomenal treble.

Georgia Frost was on the mark twice during Sunday’s semi-final at East 6th St while there were also goals from Sharon Odofin and captain Teresa Ferraro as Paddy Geraghty’s team extended their unbeaten run to an incredible 25 games.

“I’m very happy with the desire and work rate,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“The ladies took it very seriously and played all 90 minutes with high intensity. We still have a lot of work to do but we have set ourselves up with two cup finals and a chance to clinch the league next Sunday.

“We also had great support today from the Women’s B team as well as the Men’s teams. It makes a huge difference and it’s great to see the club come together like that.”

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Left back Dan Giorgi scored his first ever goal for the Shamrocks in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Manhattan Celtic. Picture by Dennis Schneidler

Meanwhile, the first team moved to within a point of leaders Lansdowne in spite of a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Manhattan Celtic at St Michaels on Saturday night.

Battling against relegation, Celtic took an early lead after a defensive mix up but ever present left back Dan Giorgi notched his first ever goal for the club with a second half cross that crept in high at the back post

Reigning champions Lansdowne were overturned at home by Cedar Stars, allowing Kevin Grogan’s men to narrow the gap at the top ahead of next Sunday’s tricky trip to take on the Greek Americans.

“We got to give valuable minutes to players,” said Grogan.

“It’s important that all squad players have minutes under there belts before the play-offs and State Cup final. Manhattan Celtic were hard to break down as they had two solid banks of four and five defensively.

“At times we needed a small bit more imagination in the final third. I can’t complain about our work ethic. That was excellent as always. A point is a point. We regroup and move on.”

In the opener, a play-off semi-final was secured by the reserves for whom Seán O’Neill, George Lara and captain Paul McDaid were on the mark.

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The Shamrocks Reserves defensive duo of goalkeeper Kieran McGovern (left) and center back Joe Kennedy helped their team to a shut out 3-0 win at home to Manhattan Celtic in Saturday’s Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 game at St Michaels. Picture by John Riordan

“Two wins in a row sets us up nicely for Wednesday’s State Cup semi-final ,” said John Riordan. “I wanted us to get through this game without incident so I’m glad we achieved that. The focus is entirely on Lansdowne away now. The boys are looking forward to it.”

The defending Marth Cup champions were knocked out by Germania in Poughkeepsie, Paddy Mc Carry’s men relinquishing a 1-0 lead which was gained by Johnny McGeeney and ultimately losing 3-1 against the impressive hosts in an incident packed game.

“Today’s loss is hard to take,” said Paddy Mc Carry.

“But I can’t take anything away from my players. They put in a huge effort and on another day the result could have been different.

“We went one up through a great strike from Johnny McGeeney to the bottom corner. I strongly feel their first goal should not have stood – the ball clearly was over the sideline and we did not get the call but that happens in football.

“We then missed a penalty – the keeper made a great save but he conceded the penalty when he brought down Riley and he was the last man so he should have been sent off. The referee only booked him.

“This turned the whole came their way. The third goal was a brilliant goal. We have no complaints – they have some fantastic players and they are definitely the best Over 30 side I have ever faced in my eight years.”

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Three generations of the Burns family enjoying the action at St Michaels on Saturday night. Chris Jr watched his father help keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win for the reserves. Picture by John Riordan

The Shamrocks Legends ended up 4 2 winners against Doxa thanks to strikes by Marcus Nascimento (two), Eoghan McParland and player-gaffer Emmett Harvey .

A first half full of defensive indecision combined with three brilliant saves by Joe Connolly led to the Legends trailing 2-1 at half-time. A stern talk from the coaches and the introduction of Justin Stanford to a flat back four steadied the defense.

Ultimately the appearance of coach Harvey with 30 mins left lifted the team to score three without reply and he stepped up himself to score the decider against a tiring Doxa.

“At the end of the day, three points is three points but the team can’t afford a similar poor start next week against a good Eintracht side,” said assistant coach Eoin Sweeney.

In Metro 1, Shamrocks 1960 lost 4-2 to Mola, Robbie Kenneary and Danny Meola with the goals.

State Cup semi-finals for Rocks Over 30s & Women

  • Tough cup trip for Over 30s to Poughkeepsie
  • Beyond stand in way as Rocks Women target June final
  • Irish Derby in Division 1 as Celtic visit St Michaels
  • Legends bid to keep winning run going

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The Marth Cup champions will face their stiffest test yet in the defense of their crown when Paddy Mc Carry takes the Shamrocks Over 30s to Poughkeepsie on Sunday for a clash with top EDSL side, Germania.
The Over 30 Division champions are close to clinching a play-off semi-final but a win on Sunday would keep alive the dream of a second league and Cup double in a row.

Germania’s 5-0 win over Washingtonville in the quarters is a sign of their intent but the Rocks have been equally dominant during their march to the last four.

“Sunday’s game is without a shadow of a doubt our biggest game since last year’s State Cup final,” said Mc Carry.

“It’s a long trip up to Poughkeepsie and they are an excellent team. It won’t be an easy game but we are defending State champs and we want that trophy back. My boys will be ready come Sunday morning.

“We will travel up there with a really strong squad of 17 players. We will be missing Peter Hatzer which is a massive blow to us because he is the best left back in the Over 30s division. Big games call for big players and I have a squad full of them. We are really looking forward to Sunday.”

Another equally important showdown follows later Sunday when Beyond FC host the Shamrocks in the Women’s State Cup semi-final (East 6th St – 3pm).

Paddy Getaghty’s undefeated team can extend that impressive run in the best way possible

“A big game for us with a chance to make a State Cup final,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“We have a good squad to choose from and the ladies are looking forward to it. If we play well, we have enough quality players to get a good result.”

Meanwhile, Saturday brings the first team back to St Michaels for the first time in 2017 when Manhattan Celtic (visit the Queens venue for what should be an exciting Irish Derby (St Michaels – 8pm).

In spite of the fact that the Shamrocks have guaranteed themselves a top three finish in the Division 1 standings, coach Kevin Grogan has no interest in letting up and has targeted a win against relegation threatened Celtic.

“Winning is a habit and complacency is a disease,” he noted. “It’s important we keep trying to win and keep the momentum going. That’s why Saturday is such an important game for us.”

The Shamrocks Reserves can secure a play-off semi-final berth if they win Saturday’s 6pm opener after their 3-2 victory over Zum Schneider last night at Randall’s Island.

Darren Coleman was on the scoresheet twice in the first half after fellow top scorer Sean O’Neill opened the action with a first minute header.

John Riordan’s depleted side was hit by three second half injuries and Zum battled back with two late goals that made for a frantic finish.

“We made it tough for ourselves but we’ll take the win,” said Riordan.

“We know now that a win on Saturday will lock up fourth spot which has been our aim all season. We have a growing injury list so we will need to be utilizing our deep squad.

“Our thoughts are especially with Johnny Hayes who found out Friday that he broke his foot. It’s terrible luck for him because he had really taken his chance to shine when an opportunity came for him at center midfield. We wish him a quick recovery.”

In the other Sunday games, there will be a Legends / 1960 double header at St Michaels with Doxa’s Over 37s visiting for a 1pm kick off and struggling Metro 1 outfit Mola arriving for a 3pm appointment.

The Shamrocks Legends will look to add to their winning form and keep the pressure on leaders Manhattan Kickers and Gjoa as the regular season heads towards its culmination.

“This game against Doxa will be another challenge for us,” said player-coach Emmett Harvey.

“We know that if our lads play the way we have been playing, then it should be enjoyable and hopefully we get the right result.

“Although we are missing a few starters in John Riordain ,Brendan Donahue and Keith Buckley we have a strong squad to choose from and I know guys are ready to step up.”

And Shamrocks 1960’s game against Mola is a chance to get back to winning ways after last week’s draw at home to Lansdowne.

“We lost a couple more players to injury in Hughie and Ryan but we’ll have a strong starting eleven,” said Neil Mannion. “The gaffer might even get a run out!”

Rocks Women move closer to league title

  • One more win needed for Rocks Women
  • First team back on top of Division 1
  • Over 30s take over conference lead
  • Legends fire five past Kickers
  • Honors even at Metro 1 Irish Derby

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Three Shamrocks teams are on top of the league this morning thanks to well earned victories on a busy Sunday for the club.

Rocks Women captain Teresa Ferraro led by example with her eighth goal of the season and Georgia Frost scored a stylish headed winner in a hard fought 2-1 win over Metro Women’s League Division A champions CPR White in what was effectively a title decider at East River Park in Manhattan.

Paddy Geraghty’s are now eight points ahead of second placed CPR with just three games left to play and they can finish the task in two weeks after a break from league action for next Sunday’s State Cup semi-final.

“We were average today if we are honest,” admitted Geraghty.

“The positive side is we battled hard and and took our chances at the right time. We are now one win away from the league title so we will work on getting better at training and be ready for a huge State Cup semi-final next week.”

Meanwhile, the first team returned to the top of CSL Division 1 with a hard fought a 3-1 at Doxa in New Rochelle late on Sunday night.

Kwesi Mills-Odoi won and converted his own penalty after he was taken down with 15 minutes on the clock but Doxa battled back and leveled it just before the break

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Goalscorer Stuart Colbert

Both teams struggled to gain a foothold in the second half and it took a surging run from center back Stuart Colbert who broke through and finished low and hard after a one-two with Andy O’Connell to regain the lead. Charlie O’Loughlin wrapped it up with a bullet header after 80 minutes, a superb Alejandro Fritz cross setting up the defender turned striker for his second goal in two games.

“Scratchy game and a scratchy performance but a win is a win,” said Kevin Grogan. “A big goal from Stu when we needed it. Lert came on and excited for us. We learn every game.”

The curtain raiser ended in a tough 2-1 loss for the reserves with Doxa scoring against the run of play at the end of both halves to deny John Riordan’s team a result. Darren Coleman finished well from a Joey Aronovsky cross to make it 1-1 but the visitors could not manage a second and Doxa’s winner arrived from a break in injury time.

“We were very unlucky,” said John Riordan. “They scored their first against the run of play and we dominated the second half. We’ll regroup for Thursday night – huge week of games coming up in the league and State Cup.”

Elsewhere, Shamrocks Over 30s are a step closer to securing a play-off semi-final after their 4-0 win at Hoboken combined with a stalemate between their closest rivals ensured Paddy Mc Carry’s men are now two points clear at the top of their conference.

Johnny Keogh, Tayfun Gokmen (free kick), Nei de Oliveira and Leo Coimbra all scored to ensure an important win ahead of next weekend’s trip to Germania in Poughkeepsie for the State Cup semi-final.

“It was a very poor first half showing by us but we got in at half-time, said a few words, made a couple of changes and ran out easy winners in the end,” said Paddy Mc Carry.

“Our man of the match was Domnick Mc Cartan at center back. With Celtic drawing, we are now top of the conference and it’s ours to lose. Happy with the win and the clean sheet. Focus now turns to the State Cup semi-final.”

At St Michaels, just ahead of his 40th birthday, club stalwart Donal ‘Ducky’ Kelly scored his third goal in three games in a thrilling 5-2 win for the Shamrocks Legends over conference rivals Manhattan Kickers.

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The Shamrocks Legends team that beat Manhattan Kickers 5-2 at St Michaels on Sunday.

Ducky pounced to make it 2-0 after Marcus Nascimento’s brilliant opener in a result that blew the play-off chase wide open for Emmett Harvey’s men.

An impressive Kickers side deservedly make it 2-1 but Karol Hughes finished a close range free kick earned after a brilliant Eoghan McParland run through the center. Hughes’ excellent finish stretched the lead to three before Kickers narrowed it again but the Legends were comfortable in the end. Paddy Geraghty’s brilliant free kick in injury time pushed the home side’s goal difference up a little.

“On the back of a really good win against Gjoa, we knew going into this game against Manhattan Kickers what was at stake,” said Emmett Harvey.

“We dominated the game for the most part and we played some lovely football. Every player played their part and gave 100% and it’s hard to single out any player but Kevin Mc Partland rolled back the years and was outstanding in goals.

“We will enjoy this win and then our focus is on our next game against Doxa. Some really well taken goals by Karol Hughes, Ducky, Marcus and a beautiful free kick from Paddy Geraghty.”

In the second game at the Queens venue, Shamrocks 1960 drew 1-1 with Lansdowne in their Metro 1 Irish Derby which heralded Dubliner Shane Homan’s first goal for the club. The hosts conceded 10 minutes into the second half from a Lansdowne thunderbolt.

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The Shamrocks 1960 team that took on Lansdowne at St Michaels on Sunday.

“We were unlucky not to snatch it at the end,” said Neil Mannion. “Credit to our man of the match Ruairi Lavery..”

In the first game of the day, Paige Osborne’s opening goal was not enough as NY Skulls came back to beat Shamrocks B 2-1.

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The Shamrocks Women B team that took on NY Skulls at Randalls Island on Sunday.