Goals from new signings Brittany Meade, Sinead Hennessy and Jackie Gawne set up the big victory, giving the management team of Erin Cullen, Tricia Reed and Paddy Geraghty a much-needed boost to kickstart their season.
“We expected this performance was coming,” said player/co-manager Tricia Reed. “But it was great to see the new players gel so well with our squad and get a win early in the season. Everyone did really well, and we can now look forward to our game next Sunday against Phoenix. We will keep working hard and we aim to make a big push.”
Meanwhile, on what was a bye week for the firsts and reserves, Shamrocks 1960 made it two wins from two in Metro 2, beating Eintracht 1-0 in a tough tussle that was decided by Dan Meola’s first half goal and some heroic goalkeeping from returning stalwart Robbie O’Neill.
“It was a tough game against a good young team,” said coach Andy Connolly. “Robbie O’Neill’s performance between the posts certainly helped us over the line and these are the sort of wins that will stand to us. The goal was excellent and the defenders did well after that to keep us ahead.”
With almost a half-hour gone, Hughie McGowan showed great composure on the left, finding Meola who then chipped the ball beyond the Eintracht goalkeeper with a sublime half-volley.
The 1960 team will take on NYC Afghanistan FC next Sunday with time and location to be determined.
A battling 2-2 draw for the Rocks Over 30s ensured a point gained after a depleted first 11 made the tough trip to Manhattan Celtic and came from behind twice to take a result back to Queens.
Tayfun Gokmen scored a stunning free for the second week in a row, while Marcos Soto’s second half equalizer was an excellent finish from the right wing, a lob that pinged in off the back post.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys,” said caretaker manager John Riordan. “We were missing some key players, but the lads stepped up and salvaged an excellent point.”
It will be another tough assignment at home next Sunday morning for Paddy McCarry’s men as they face Dinamo (who merged with Westchester) at 8 a.m., a repeat of last season’s league championship decider.
Earlier in the day, the Shamrocks Legends went down 5-1 at home to Cozmoz with Stevie Doyle scoring a first-half consolation tap-in. Banatul SC form next Sunday’s opposition, time and location to be determined.