Ryan McKinley saved three penalties and scored one of his own in sudden death to set up the 6-5 victory.
Substitute Dylan Wallace had given the Rocks the lead in normal time, but the hosts quickly leveled from the penalty spot to make it 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Neil Mannion, Dave Harvey, Dylan Wallace, Joe Flynn, Ryan McKinley and Anthony Carabotta were all on target, as the Rocks came back from an early 2-0 deficit to deservedly advance to April 9’s last eight showdown.
“The lads showed tremendous grit in horrendous playing conditions,” said assistant coach Neil Mannion. “To get through in such a dramatic fashion makes it all the sweeter, but we deserved that bit of luck on the balance of play.”
Celtic outgun Legends
The Legends were unlucky to exit the Over 30s League Cup in a 4-1 loss against Manhattan Celtic Legends on March 12.
Emmett Harvey’s men were 3-0 down before they had the chance to get going, but proceeded to take the game to their Over 30s opponents.
Ney de Oliveria’s brilliant strike late in the first deservedly narrowed the gap to 3-1, but in spite of dominating the second half, Celtic’s goalkeeper saved several chances and a late fourth put an unfair slant on the result.
“The way each of my players battled and played shows that we will give any team a game on the day,” said Harvey. “I’m very happy with the way we played in the second half and now we can look forward to returning to league action in two weeks.”
Wheeler leads Women
Meanwhile, league-leading Shamrocks Women secured a 3-1 victory at home to NY Magic Reserves thanks to goals from Chloe Wheeler, Teresa Ferraro and new signing Carly Beyer.
“We had a solid win this week against an improved Magic team,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “While our composure needs a few games to come back, our fitness was the key. It’s a good start to the spring and a tough game like that will stand to us as we go forward.”
It was a vital 2-1 win for Shamrocks Women B in the curtain-raiser against league leaders Beyond, who were reeled back to a two-point advantage at the summit of Division B.
Top scorer Cassie Esposito put the Rocks on their way with a superb effort that saw her burst past three defenders before hammering the ball home. Denise Wilson followed up with a strike early in the second half before Beyond struck back late in the game.
“This was a well-earned victory over the leaders,” said coach Keith Perez. “The ladies played excellently in every position on the field and the hard work and dedication over the winter showed in both returning and newly added players.”