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.


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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.


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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Courtyard clinches King McCormack Cup at Sunnyside Gardens

The rain didn’t dampen spirits at Sunnyside Gardens on Sunday as the Shamrocks enjoyed the largest player turnout in recent memory for its annual Six-Aside Co-Ed Soccer Tournament.



The Courtyard sponsored first team pictured with the King McCormack Cup (Eoin Sweeney)

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The Bar 43 sponsored Shamrocks 1960 squad with their runner-up medals (Eoin Sweeney)

Eight teams – sponsored by eight different bars and companies – took to the field for a competitive but fun event that paved the way for an exciting season ahead which is now just over two weeks away.

In the final, Zachary Gosse’s Courtyard sponsored first team clinched the King McCormack Cup after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Robbie O’Neill’s fan favorites, the Bar 43 sponsored Shamrocks 1960 squad.

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Aoife, Kieran and Coach Keith pictured by Eoin Sweeney

Although the muddy conditions prevented the traditional kids’ race, the semi-finals provided more than enough entertainment for the resilient onlookers with the GTI Alumni team and The Chelsea Bell Reserves team each succumbing to Bar 43 and The Courtyard respectively.

The other sponsors who helped make the day happen were The Wolfhound, PJ Horgans, Solas Electrical and Mc Guinness’s.

“It was a great day and everyone contributed to help make it a memorable occasion,” said Club President Teresa Brink.

“I am very grateful to everyone who sponsored the teams and to all the players who came along to compete. Congratulations to Zach and his team and well done also to Robbie and Bar 43/Shamrocks 1960 for bringing a lot of fun to the final.

“We love hosting this event at Sunnyside Gardens and I want to thank the committee for all their help and being so welcoming to us. We can now look forward to the new season with great excitement and optimism!”

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Club legends Eltin Colman and Joe Behan pictured by Eoin Sweeney

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Shamrocks Legends top goalscorer Karol Hughes. Picture by Noel Estevez


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


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


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


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

Shamrocks Community – coaching clinic

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The inaugural SHAMROCKS COMMUNITY coaching event took place at St Michael’s on Sunday April 9, welcoming the good people of AHRC NYC.

AHRC NYC is one of the leading organizations which supports people with developmental and intellectual disability in the New York area. Our closest location is their Sunnyside HQ and they sent a group of soccer players to enjoy a coaching seminar under the tutelage of Technical Director Kevin Grogan.

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Coach Grogan’s Shamrocks Community soccer clinic lasted for an hour and constituted light warm-ups, maneuvers, mini games and several other drills.

“The participants enjoyed the soccer clinic very much and expressed that they would love to have more in the future,” said Tashi Choepel, Community Support at AHRC Sunnyside.

“AHRC’s current focus is on integrating our people within the local area and Shamrocks Community offered a great platform to reach this goal.”

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“They really enjoyed the coaching and we loved working with Tashi and his crew!” said Kevin Grogan.

“Any opportunity to engage with our community is very welcome and this first event was a memorable experience for everybody involved. We look forward to future similar events and we are delighted to be associated with AHRC Sunnyside.”

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