Rocks take Saunders Cup
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A 2-0 win over Mola secured the Saunders Cup for Stevie Doyle’s Shamrocks men with Daniel Cano and Cathal Monaghan scoring second half goals to kill off a talented Mola outfit.

Mola were the better team in the first half and were unlucky to be scoreless at the break.

The fitness of the Rocks shone through in the second half however, and a great team move from left to right after 60 minutes set up Cano for a brilliant strike high to the roof of the net.

Ten minutes later, Monaghan took possession on the left and sent an excellent right-footed low drive to the near post, giving the keeper no chance.

Mola rallied, but the Rocks were in control until the full-time whistle.

“I’m delighted with the win,” said Doyle. “We didn’t play particularly well to be honest, but the hard work done all season paid off in the second half and we deserved to finish off the season on a high note.”

The Saunders Cup success wraps up a successful season for the Shamrocks soccer club. The first team was promoted to the top division in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, returning to the top flight after a ten-year absence.

The Over 30s were a dominant force on the way to the league title, the second such success in the space of three years for coach Paddy McCarry and his assistant Sean McMullan.

The reserves barely missed out on a league title, finishing level on points with NYPD and only losing out on their head-to-head record against the police. And this past year marked the inaugural season of the women’s team which will go from strength to strength in the fall.
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