Members of the Shamrocks Women's team outside the Courtyard Ale House in Sunnyside after winning the Women's Metropolitan Soccer League Division B championship. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Teresa Ferraro, Olivia Nadon, Jackie Pounder, Christina Beck, Paige Osborne, Amber Waery, Donna Lydon, Sharee Goodson, (front row) Coleen Cavanagh, Alexis Lilly, Sinead Hennessy, Erin Cullen, Kailey Walsh and Becky Torres. (Photo: John Riordan)
Tom Manz scored the opening goal for the Shamrocks in their 5-3 defeat. (Photo: Dennis Schneider)
Joe Connolly scored the third goal for the Shamrocks on Sunday in their 5-3 defeat. (Photo: Dennis Schneider)
For the first time since Pete McLean’s dream team of the 1980s, a women’s team representing the New York Shamrock Soccer Club brought a trophy back to Queens, sparking joyous celebrations at the Courtyard.
A 9-0 victory over NYC United B in New Utrecht on Sunday was their 12th league win in a row, securing the title and promotion to the top division of women’s soccer in New York.
Paddy Geraghty and Tricia Reed led their charges to yet another dominant performance in what is just the second season of this team, and they can now look forward to their League Cup final on Sunday, May 22, at Pier 40. Kick-off is at 9 p.m.
Last weekend’s goalscorer Becky Torres was on target again and there was an even spread of goals from teammates: Amber Waery, Sharee Goodson, Coleen Kavanagh (two), Christina Beck, Jackie Pounder, Jarielle Uter and Teresa Ferraro.
“I’m very proud of our team,” said Geraghty. “To win 12 league games in a row is a real achievement. We have a chance to win the double on May 22, so we’ll focus on that now.”
Club president Sean McMullan congratulated the coaches and players on behalf of the Shamrocks.
“They have come a long way since the idea was first put forward by Teresa Brink,” said McMullan. “The work put in by Paddy and Tricia has been incredible and I want to pay tribute as well to Erin Cullen and captain Sinead Hennessy. All the players who have pulled on the jersey over the last two seasons have contributed to this success and we are very proud as a club.”
Meanwhile at St. Michael’s, the first team performed well against a talented Everton Westchester Eagles outfit in a back-and-forth battle that ended in a 5-3 reverse.
Tom Manz had the Rocks ahead early after a brilliant assist from Alejandro Fritz, but the Eagles replied in kind soon after. Chuong Tran edged the home side in front again only for the visitors to take a 3-2 lead into the half, a Laurie Child own goal and a penalty handing the Eagles the advantage.
Introduced as a sub in the second half, Joe Connolly made an immediate impact, seizing on a loose ball to tap home and level the game, but the 3-3 scoreline was short lived, Zach Gosse’s unfortunate own goal lobbing over Franck Tsasse.
With time running out, the Rocks pressed, but we’re caught on the counter by a good finish from an Eagles opponent.
Polonia’s 1-1 draw with Manhattan Celtic puts them three points behind the Shamrocks, meaning their May 15th showdown becomes all the more critical.
“Another day in the history of the Shamrocks,” remarked Kevin Grogan after the game. “As Alex Ferguson famously said, ‘it’s squeaky bum time now.’
“But today should be about the great success of the women’s team,” he added. “They have lifted the whole club with what they have achieved.”
The reserves battled back from 3-0 down to tie 4-4 in a dramatic curtain raiser. Dan Meola, Sean Doran (penalty), Brendan Lane and Marc Vilson secured an important point for the Rocks ahead of a bye week.
Earlier in the day, a 9-0 win for the Over 30s against Manhattan Kickers at Randall’s Island moved Paddy McCarry’s men a step closer to retaining the league.
Sean Riley returned to action with a hat trick and there was a goal each for John Crowley, Tayfun Gokmen, Alex Berne, Peter Hatzer and Domnick McCartan as well as a Kickers own goal.
“Very happy with the performance,” said McCarry. “We were patient in the first half and eventually we took our chances. We go to Hoboken next weekend full of confidence. We’e aiming to wrap it up there and then focus on the State Cup.”
Shamrocks 1960 are now well within reach of promotion to Metro 1 after their 4-1 win against SC Eintracht, also at Randall’s Island.
Michael Kumarsen scored twice while man-of-the-match Cathal Monaghan and Ruairi Lavery also netted.
“It was very important to set things right after last week’s defeat,” said coach Andy Connolly. “We have a weekend off now and in two weeks we’ll be aiming to lift the divisional trophy.”