Over 30s clinch division title for Shamrocks
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The Shamrocks Over 30s clinched the East Division and top seed in the upcoming playoffs after Sunday’s 2-0 win over NY Dinamo at Randall’s Island.

Another stunning strike from Danny Parkin was the highlight of the game, while top scorer Sean Riley was on the mark yet again, netting his 10th league goal of the season.

“We’re delighted with the achievement,” said coach Paddy McCarry. “But we have to push on now and be ready for the battle ahead.”

The Firsts and Reserves didn’t manage to enjoy their Sunday morning quite as much, with both teams losing crucial league ties at Polonia in McCarren Park.

The first team lost 3-2 to league leaders Polonia and are now four points adrift with a game in hand.

Polonia got ahead after 10 minutes following some awful defending by the Rocks. Polonia was up 2-0 after 20 minutes, as Polonia’s left winger kept the ball in neatly at the dead ball line and skipped by two Rocks defenders and finished neatly from six yards out.

Rocks got one back before half-time from Nikle Guzijan with a bullet of a header from a Rocks corner.

In the second half, Mohamed Fofana bagged his 17th goal of the season. On 60 minutes, some neat play down the left wing by Michael McCreevy allowed him to feed Sean Doran who swung a cross in which was finished neatly by Fofana from close range.

With two minutes left on the clock, Polonia got a free kick. They swung it into the box and got a lucky flick on, which was finished from close range.

“Heartbreaking,” said Wrafter afterwards, “but we have three important games to go starting with Iberia on Thursday night. We can still have a say in the destination of this league and we’ll press on.”

The Rocks stay second, however, after the Ukrainians were surprisingly beaten 3-0 by Doxa.

Stevie Doyle’s reserves may have ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 result, but still fully control their own destiny.

The Rocks outplayed Polonia in the first half and took the lead not long into the second half after Paul McDaid steamed through from midfield to finish a low shot to the back of the net.

But Polonia never gave up and made the most of their only two opportunities - scoring a free kick from the edge of the box before an impressive goal sealed the win.

Next week’s home game against NYPD is now a season-defining game with the winners surely in the driving seat for the league.

Kickoff at St. Michaels will be at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. kickoff for the first team.

Meanwhile, the Shamrocks women - missing several starters - battled well in a 3-0 defeat to Astoria.

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