Familiar foes as round two of State Cup rolls around

STATE CUP SCHEDULE - 2018_19In recent seasons, the Shamrocks have enjoyed some incredibly memorable State Cup clashes.

There was the Over 30s success over Baisley in the 2016 decider which achieved the double for Paddy Mc Carry and Sean Mc Mullan’s men. The following season the first team enjoyed a thrilling shoot out decision at the Met Oval over the Greeks and later that Spring, the Shamrocks Women overcame Rovers in the Ann Rapaglia Cup final to secure an unforgettable treble.

In a repeat of each of those clashes, the same opponents will be on the agenda for the same coaches this weekend.

Shamrocks Over 30s have been handed the tough proposition of welcoming Baisley to Randall’s Island on Sunday at 10am and must plan without injured top scorer Johnny Mc Geeney.

“The win last week put us back on track for this week,” said Mc Mullan. “It’s a big clash with the Long Island power house – the team are looking forward to it.”

At St Michaels, Paddy Geraghty will be aiming to repeat last week’s impressive win over Rovers when the team they beat in the decider two years ago arrive for a 1pm kick-off.

“We have a massive game on Sunday as it’s a State Cup quarter final and we are missing a good few regulars,” said Geraghty.

“But we will still have a strong squad out and expect that we’ll play well.”

In the closing game of the weekend, the first team has a tough trip to Met Oval for an 8pm kick-off against the Greeks.

“Our focus is on our bread and butter which is the league and we have a massive game Saturday 17th against NYAC,” said Grogan.

“This week though we look forward to a nice distraction against the Greeks in the State Cup. Of course we will try to win the game but we also have one eye on the NYAC game. I will try a few new ideas on Sunday in preparation for the NYAC game.”

Meanwhile, unbeaten Shamrocks 1960 will travel out to Flushing to take on NYC Afghanistan who are currently sixth in Metro 2 North after three wins and four losses.

“With a break in league games coming up it’s nice to have a cup game to keep us busy,” said O’Neill.

“I’m looking forward to the game against NY Afghanistan and hoping to continue our good run.”

The other Sunday game sees Shamrocks White make the trip to Bay Ridge for a Leif Ericson contest against high flying Celtic Aces (kick-off, 6pm).

“It’s going to be a close state quarter-final match up against a team we played well against in the last meeting,” said coach Keith Perez.

“We have grown and improved since then and a solid performance can lead to a victory for us.”

The opening Shamrocks game of the weekend takes place at Randalls Island 70 where the in-form reserves will play Doxa at 7pm.

“We see this as a very good opportunity to progress in the State Cup,” said Meola.

“We are in an excellent vein of form at the moment and will be hoping to build on recent performances. I sound like a broken record here, but there are no easy games. We need to play the way we know how from minute one.”

Sharon Odofin signs off on a high note

WEEKEND RESULTS - 2018_19After two successful years at the Shamrocks, Sharon Odofin finished on a high note on Sunday, scoring one final goal for women’s league leading Shamrocks Green before her return to London this week.

Chloe Wheeler and Mikaela Howell each had hat tricks in an 8-3 victory over Rovers while Georgia Frost was also on the mark.

“We did what we needed to do this weekend,” said coach Paddy Geraghty.

“The score flattered the performance a bit but I can’t fault the players on the first half of the season. Their attitude and commitment has been great and we go into the winter break top of the league.

“We have two more cup quarter-finals in the next two weeks so hopefully we can get some results there and set up the spring with it all to play for.

“A special mention to Sharon Odofin who is returning to England after two years with us. She has been brilliant on and off the field and she will be missed. We wish her the best with her move home.”

Shamrocks White lost 4-0 to NY Magic.

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks first team stay fourth in CSL Division 1 after Saturday’s 4-2 win over bottom side CPR Whites at Randall’s Island.

Alejandro Fritz, Kurt Cameron, Mark Roche and Dan Giorgi were all on the mark for the Rocks in a victory welcomed by coach Kevin Grogan.

“Massive win,” he said. “Very hard fought game. Good discipline and the shape was good defensively in general.”

It was a four-goal margin for the reserves in the curtain raiser who stayed second in their standings thanks to a very impressive 5-1 win.

James Whyte, Andrew Scott, Brendan Lane (twice) and Paul McDaid all made sure of the points for Dan Meola’s men.

“Every week we have gotten better and better,” reacted Meola.

“We were missing quite a few players for this game but the result proved the quality in our squad. Each man stepped up and played to their level. We made a good CPR team look very ordinary tonight. That’s the level we played at and we will look to continue our fine form.”

In the other CSL games on Sunday, there was a double header at Randall’s Island with Paul Bradshaw scoring twice to help the Legends draw 2-2. That’s was followed by Rocks 1960 cementing their top spot in Metro 2 with a 7-1 win over Brooklyn Bound.

The goals were evenly spread between Amar Daved, Joey Flynn, Conor Doherty, Cathal Monaghan, Dominic Nutt, Dan Meola and Hughie McGowan. Their opponents scored a late consolation.

“Delighted with the win,” said Robbie O’Neill. “The referee being 30 minutes late probably caused our slow start but once we kicked in to gear we dominated. I was happy to see our full backs get forward and attack also.”

The Over 30s enjoyed a resounding 8-0 win over CPR Orange. Seán Riley scored a hat trick and man of the match Aiden Morton added a goal to his three assists.

Jeff Farrell scored twice, Mark Finn grabbed the sixth of the evening and Paddy Geraghty produced the moment of the game, a Messi like touch and a Ronaldo like finish to the bottom corner, according to coach Sean Mc Mullan.

“All in all, it was a great game from the lads,” said Mc Mullan.

“It was nice to see the return of Johnny Keogh and Mike Dineen to the center of the park. Great game by Aiden Morton and some brilliant goals.”

Marathon weekend for Shamrocks teams

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Kevin Grogan has urged the Shamrocks first team to rediscover the good form that was a strong factor throughout the previous three seasons in CSL Division 1.

The Rocks gaffer will send out his charges to take on winless CPR White on Saturday evening for a 9pm game at Randall’s Island where they will look to improve on their league record of three wins and three losses.

“It’s an interesting time to see what our players are all about, particularly the new boys we signed this season,” said Grogan.

“We built a good culture over the last three years in the team and the next four games in the league will tell us whether the players fit into that culture or we need to move on and recruit new players. We have talent but talent is only part of the jigsaw.”

The curtain raiser will pit Dan Meola’s reserves against the side they knocked out of the State Cup three weeks ago (kick off 7pm).

“Our last two games have been a real reflection of where we should be as a team,” he said.

“The only thing we are missing is a full 90 minutes of football we all know we are capable of. CPR are a good team and this is one of two meetings we will have with them in the next month. They will be looking for a bit of revenge after their State Cup exit at our hands and we need to be mindful of that.”

There will be a pair of Shamrocks double headers on Sunday morning meanwhile as the Legends and 1960 teams go back-to-back at Randall’s Island and the women’s teams round out their Fall league campaign at East River Park.

Leaders Shamrocks Green will play the always dangerous Rovers at 11am and Shamrocks White will follow up at 1pm with a tough challenge against NY Magic.

“A win will leave us top over the winter break,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“So the incentive is high. We want to wish Teresa Ferraro, Erin Cullen, and Elly McGuffog the best of luck on Sunday as they run the NYC Marathon. We know they’ll do great!”

Over at Randall’s, Eoin Sweeney and Ducky Kelly will take the reins of the Legends team when they look to get back to winning ways against Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans (kick off 12pm)

“We are looking for a positive reaction from the players after last week’s reversal,” said Sweeney.

“Sometimes you learn more in defeat. Barnstonworth have traditionally been tough opposition for us over the years but I’m optimistic we can get a positive result.”

That will be followed by the Metro 2 clash of leaders Shamrocks 1960 and fourth placed Brooklyn Bound.

“We’re looking forward to a tough game,” said 1960 coach Robbie O’Neill.

“I’m looking for us to bring three points home and continue our great run of form.”

In the final game of the weekend, there will be a late kick off for the Over 30s CPR Orange (East River Park, 8pm).

“After taking a loss last weekend, we will be looking to get back on track,” said coach Sean Mc Mullan.

Big wins for Reserves and Green


The Shamrocks Reserves recorded an impressive 4-0 victory over Zum Schneider at Randall’s Island on Saturday night.

Conner Lachenbruch, Darren Coleman, Joey Aronovsky and George Lara all scored to keep Dan Meola’s men in winning form.

“The lads worked hard on set pieces in training and three of our four goals came in such fashion,” said Meola.

“Although we did not start the game as well as we would have liked, the improvement in the second half was great to see. Our back line did well under a bit of pressure early on to see out another clean sheet, and all in all it was a very positive display.”

The first team game went the opposite way when a 70th minute header decided it in favor of Zum Schneider.

“It was a poor performance,” said Kevin Grogan. “It was a big opportunity wasted. Very frustrating when four key starters aren’t available for selection. In saying that, we should have had enough out on the field to get a result. Weather was awful so ultimately it was a scrappy game and we lost that scrap.”

Meanwhile on Sunday morning, NYMWSL Division A leaders Shamrocks Green outclassed Fuel FC with a 14-0 victory St Michaels.

Two each from Georgia Frost, Mikaela Howell and Chloe Wheeler made it 6-0 before a Sharon Odofin double scored either side of Howell’s hat trick strike moved the lead to 9-0. Denise Wilson chipped in with a brace or her own before the scoring was rounded out by Kelci Hegg and Caroline Carter.

“We had a solid performance this week,” said Paddy Geraghty.

“We scored a lot of goals and kept a clean sheet for our new goalkeeper Madi Lee so we have to be happy with that. The next three weeks are big for us as we have our last league game of the fall and two cup quarter finals, so we’ll start again Tuesday and get ready for Sunday.”

Shamrocks White were unfortunate against CPR White at East Sixth St, losing out 2-0 in a display which was praised by coach Keith Perez.

“Another top performance of the season that gets overshadowed by the score result,” he said.

“We really played hard and will be looking to build on this performance for future games.”

The Shamrocks Legends lost 3-0 to Manhattan Kickers Legends at Bush Terminal Park, their first league defeat of the season.

“We were beaten by the better team,” said player-coach John Riordan.

“We matched them for 60, 65 minutes and it was an enjoyable game to play. But once they got their first goal, we lost our shape and 3-0 was probably not a fair reflection.”

The Shamrocks Over 30s lost 3-1 to Greek Americans in spite of a Stephen Suarez goal set up by Jeff Farrell. The CSL Metro 2 South game between Shamrocks 1960 and FC Sandzak which was due to be played at Con Edison on Sunday morning was postponed due to weather but Robbie O’Neill’s men will remain top going into the eighth week of league play.

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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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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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!”

Record goal haul delivers six cup first round victories for the Rocks

  • Shoot out win for Reserves
  • Kaba hat trick inspires first team
  • Shamrocks White record first victory
  • 1960s, Over 30s and Green also advance

STATE CUP RESULTS - 2018_19Six Shamrocks teams advanced to the second round of their State Cups after an impressive weekend which delivered 43 goals for the club and a dramatic penalty shoot out victory.

The closing game of the weekend was the most thrilling with Dan Meola’s reserves pulling out that shoot out success against CPR White in the D’Arpino Cup at Randall’s Island on Sunday evening.

Having tied 1-1, the 4-2 outcome from spot kicks served as retribution for June’s league semi-final penalties loss against the same opponents.

Andrew Scott had opened the scoring after connecting with a Nikle Guzijan cross and then the penalties were subsequently dispatched with confidence by Darren Coleman, James Whyte, John McAleenan, and Brendan Lane.

“This game was a fight from start to finish,” admitted Meola.

“We knew the quality they had in attack and did well to limit them. Our penalty takers weren’t phased. Special mention to goalkeeper Brian Bush as well. We look forward to the next round of the State Cup. This is a competition the lads and myself would really love to win, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.”

At the same venue, Abou Kaba’s hat trick helped the first team record a lopsided 10-2 result over Long Island’s NY Polet in the Dr Manning Cup

For once, it was the first team playing opening act for the reserves and the game was almost over as a contest after five minutes when the Rocks surged into a rapid 3-0 lead thanks to Barna Mako’s first ever goal for the club followed by a Kaba double.

Kurt Cameron scored the next two and Kaba teed up Kwesi Mills-Odoi for the sixth before Kaba rounded out his hat trick. Travis Blair scored the eighth and Joey Zorbo rounded it out with a brace (both assisted by Dan Giorgi) to make it 10-2.

“Good to win,” said Kevin Grogan. “Everyone got minutes. Back to focusing on the league campaign now.”

It was all about hat tricks for Shamrocks Green who advanced to round two of the Ann Rapaglia Cup off the back of a 9-2 victory over Manhattan Kickers at East 6th St on Sunday afternoon.

Jo Belluardo, Elly McGuffog and Mikaela Howell each tallied three strikes in a confidence building game for Paddy Geraghty’s unbeaten charges.

“We had a solid win with another game where our fitness told in the end,” said Geraghty.

“We’ll get back to work on Tuesday and get ready for a massive game next week.”

Meanwhile at St Michaels, Shamrocks White delivered their first win of the season in fine style as they raced to a 14-0 victory over a depleted Harps.

There were four goals from Colleen Cavanagh and Christine Perrella, a hat trick for Lillian Barreto, two for Patty Kweicinski and one for Kim Stagg.

“We put up a lot of goals against our short handed opponents,” said coach Keith Perez. “What’s important is that we really used this game to improve on fundamentals and communication that should prepare us for the remaining challenges of this season.”

On Saturday night, Shamrocks 1960 survived an early second half scare to knock newcomers Laberia out of the Strumpf Cup for Metro 1 and 2 teams at Randalls Island.

Stephen Carlin, Joey Flynn, Ryan Redmond, Amar David and Conor Doherty were all on target for Robbie O’Neill’s men as they recorded a 5-2 victory after having let Laberia back into it after half-time with their Metro 2 rivals leveling it at 2-2.

“Happy to get the win and move on to the next round,” said O’Neill. “We had an awful start to the second half but the boys kept the heads and battled back to dominate the remainder of the game.”

The Over 30s came from behind to win 4-1 away to Oceanside United thanks to goals from Seán Riley, Gene Small (2) and Mark Finn.

And the depleted Shamrocks Legends lost 1-0 at Gjoa in Brooklyn to fall at the first hurdle in the Vargas Cup.

“In some ways this was our most impressive display of the season,” said John Riordan. “We had no subs and the players gave it everything they had. We played better football and had better chances and we were out on their feet at the end of it. That sort of team spirit will really stand to us when we get back to league action in two weeks.”

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


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.”