B team coach Keith Perez praised his charges, for whom Cassie Esposito was on the mark again, scoring twice, while Paige Osborne made sure of the three points in a 3-2 result against Astoria.
“I’m very proud of the ladies for coming together and playing hard to bring us our first victory of the season,” said Perez. “We look forward to building on this positive result.”
There was even more joy in second game of the day at St. Michael’s, when the Smoking Aces were no match for the relentless pressure of the Rocks.
A Georgia Frost hat trick was supplemented by two goals each from Jarielle Uter and Chloe Wheeler, while Sinéad Hennessy grabbed one of her own.
“A solid performance from the ladies today,” was the understated reaction of coach Paddy Geraghty. “We created plenty of chances and scored some great goals.
“I’m satisfied with where we are at this stage of the season, but we have to improve if we want to challenge the top teams,” he added.
Meanwhile, the night before at the same venue brought a pair of 2-0 wins over NYAC for the first team and the reserves.
Kwesi Mills-Odoi scored once again, his second-half goal finishing off a move that involved Jamie Clarke’s great surging run and Alejandro Fritz’s deft assist.
A late penalty from Ibrahim Diaby made sure of the points, getting the talented midfielder’s account up and running.
Heading into next week’s tricky visit to Cedar Stars Academy, Kevin Grogan expressed a note of caution over the mounting injury list.
“One-hundred-and-eighty minutes, no goals conceded, three goals scored,” he observed. “These are decent stats, but it’s one game at a time. Injury management is key now as we suffered a lot of injuries. Lots of ice baths this week!”
The reserves also scored twice in the second half to record their first competitive victory of the season after last week’s forfeit win over Zum.
A rare goal from veteran defender Chris Burns settled the Rocks nerves from a set piece while Sean O’Neill finished brilliantly with a low drive past the NYAC keeper after a counter attack sent him clear.
“We’re still getting used to each other and we were missing a couple of key players,” said coach John Riordan. “So I couldn’t be happier with the win. It will be an even stiffer test next Sunday, so we’ll just have to try and carry the momentum on.”
Elsewhere, the Shamrocks Over 30s have now gone 30 games without losing after they won Sunday morning’s league game 3-0 at home to Brooklyn Gunners.
Johnny McGeeney opened the scoring while Sean Riley marked his first game of the season with a double.
“I’m very happy with what was a good performance,” said coach Paddy McCarry. “It’s another three points on the board along with a clean sheet, and to go 30 games unbeaten is quite an achievement for any team.
“It was great to see Eugene Reynolds back and Pa Ryan looks like an excellent keeper,” he added. We were missing four starters so it’s a very pleasing result.”
The Legends lost 5-2 away to Manhattan Kickers, Robbie O’Connor and Karol Hughes leading a second-half fight back with a goal each, but it was too little, too late.
“It was another tough day as we only had 11 against a very good Manhattan Kickers team,” said assistant coach Eoin Sweeney. “A definite improvement in squad commitment is needed if we are to be successful this season. We move on to next week’s game taking the positives from today.”
In the final game of the day, Rocks 1960 lost 3-0 away to Williamsburg in their Metro 1 clash.