Rocks topple league power
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The Shamrocks goalscorers that helped clinch a 5-2 win over Pancyprians. From left to right are Kwesi Mills-Odoi, Jamie Clarke, Damian Lopez and Alejandro Fritz. (Photo: John Riordan)
The Shamrocks goalscorers that helped clinch a 5-2 win over Pancyprians. From left to right are Kwesi Mills-Odoi, Jamie Clarke, Damian Lopez and Alejandro Fritz. (Photo: John Riordan)
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Shamrocks midfielder Giuseppe Barone celebrates the win with his fans from the women's team, Chloe Wheeler, Kailey Walsh, Christina Beck and Alexis Lily. (Photo: John Riordan)
Shamrocks midfielder Giuseppe Barone celebrates the win with his fans from the women's team, Chloe Wheeler, Kailey Walsh, Christina Beck and Alexis Lily. (Photo: John Riordan)
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Shamrocks Reserves captain Paul McDaid scored twice in the 13-2 victory over Pancyprian. (Photo: Dennis Schneidler)
Shamrocks Reserves captain Paul McDaid scored twice in the 13-2 victory over Pancyprian. (Photo: Dennis Schneidler)
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Shamrocks forward Andrew Scott scored twice in the 13-2 victory. (Photo: Dennis Schneidler)
Shamrocks forward Andrew Scott scored twice in the 13-2 victory. (Photo: Dennis Schneidler)
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The Shamrocks Women B team beat NYC United B, 3-1, at Bushwick Inlet Park on Sunday morning.(Photo: John Riordan)
The Shamrocks Women B team beat NYC United B, 3-1, at Bushwick Inlet Park on Sunday morning.(Photo: John Riordan)
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Another Jamie Clarke double drove the Shamrocks to victory at St. Michael's on Saturday night, helping to seal a memorable 5-2 demolition of Pancyprians on what was a brilliant weekend for the club.

Clarke and Kwesi Mills-Odoi both moved on to four goals each for the season in a game which saw the attacking philosophy of Kevin Grogan find another gear and blow the perennial Cosmopolitan Soccer League giants away.

It keeps the league leaders five points clear of champions Lansdowne, who have two games in hand, while the Freedoms slipped to fourth in the table, eight points adrift of the Rocks.

After the home side conceded an extremely soft early goal inside the opening minute, they took the game to their illustrious opponents and were eventually rewarded with a Damian Lopez header, set up brilliantly by a Mills-Odoi cross from the right.

Clarke made it 2-1 with a composed finish and then a superbly curled Mills-Odoi shot from the left to the far corner proved to be a fitting way to extend the lead.

Incredibly, it was 4-1 by halftime, Alejandro Fritz's deflected drive deceiving the beleaguered Pancyprians shot stopper.

The visitors reconfigured after the break and just short of the hour mark, they earned a penalty which was cooly dispatched to narrow the lead to two goals.

However, the Rocks found their stride again and Clarke's second of the evening was the result of a great build-up which broke the Pancyprians resolve once and for all.

Grogan was naturally happy that his message sat well with his players: "I sent a Walt Disney quote to them before the game: ''Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again'.

"I felt we scored five amazing goals and entertained the crowd and did our job so well,” he said.

Joe Connolly's first half hat trick set the tone for a dramatically lopsided reserves win which saw John Riordan's men fire a record 13 goals past their opponents ahead of the two sides clashing once again in the State Cup next Sunday at St. Michael's.

Connolly opened the scoring early before a fortuitous aown goal made it 2-0. By half-time it was 6-0 with the frustrated visitors also reduced to ten men.

Top scorer Alex Wasilewski moved on to nine goals for the season with a skillful left-footed shot around the keeper, Connolly scored his second and third and finally George Lara finished off a great move to open his account with the assist from Darren Coleman.

With several half-time changes, the Rocks endured a shaky start to the second half conceding two quick goals, including a penalty, but they soon gathered themselves and when Coleman made it 7-2, the floodgates opened.

Andrew Scott flicked the ball home expertly at the front post, Coleman scored again, Brendan Lane's cameo up front yielded a goal for him and there was also time for a brace for Paul McDaid, which was split by a second Scott goal.

"It got a little out of control, but as one of the players said afterwards, we can only beat what's in front of us," said Riordan.

"I'm glad they're enjoying their football and also staying disciplined against teams who are lacking in that department,” he added. “We have them again next week, so we will have to be on our toes in case of any backlash."

Sunday kickstarted with a vital 2-0 Irish Derby win over Manhattan Celtic Legends that sent Paddy Mc Carry's Over 30s to the top East, three points ahead of their title rivals.

It was a reversal of last month's tough loss in the away game, redressing the balance at the top of the table where second place Celtic have a game in hand.

Johnny McGeeney scored twice, the second a “goal of the season” contender which resulted from a mazy run and a stunning curled finish from 25 yards to the top corner.

"This was a great team performance against an excellent Manhattan Celtic side," said coach Paddy McCarry. "The boys had to work extremely hard for their victory today. Both goals were fantastic from Johnny, the second being one of the best I have ever seen in person."

Elsewhere, there were two very hard defeats at St. Michael's for the Shamrocks Legends and Shamrocks 1960.

In spite of a goal each from Dave Harvey and Paul McDaid in the first half for Rocks 1960, Gotham Argo rallied from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and leapfrog the home side to fourth in the table.

"That was a tough loss to take," admitted assistant coach Neil Mannion. "To lose the lead in that fashion is very unlike us. We've made life difficult for ourselves now, but we'll regroup and look to finish on a strong note before the winter break."

And it was a courageous loss for the Legends who conceded late and succumbed 1-0 to league champions Cosmoz, a team which has now won 24 games in a row.

"That was a brilliant and battling performance from the men in green, but we just came up short," said coach Emmett Harvey. "It's probably one of our best games in Legends history. It's a defeat that we can be really proud of.”

Meanwhile, in Metro Women's League Division B, Keith Perez's charges were great value for their 3-1 win over NYC United B.

Goals from Cassie Esposito, Carly Johnson and Emily 'Edge' Iwamoto made the difference for Rocks, allowing them to stay in contention with the leaders ahead of next weekend's State Cup game.

The Division A Cup game against CPR White was postponed.

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