Shamrocks Women blank Kickers
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The NYMWSL Division A leading Shamrocks Women’s team solidified their table-topping form with a big 6-0 win over Manhattan Kickers at East River Park on Sunday.

Top scorer Chloe Wheeler chipped in with a brace of goals, while the other four arrived courtesy of Jo Belluardo, Jackie Pounder, Caroline Carter and Sharon Odofin.

Coach Paddy Geraghty praised the Rocks women, who went into the game depleted and missing some key players.

“We needed a bit more composure on the ball and we would have created better chances,” he said. “But we’re five points clear at the top now and we have a great chance to push on from here.”

Meanwhile, in Division B Keith Perez’s charges were too strong for Manhattan Kickers/Scala/Phoenix, hammering home 11 goals without reply.

Anastasia Hagan, Sara Gomez and Denise Wilson each scored twice at St. Michael’s, and the impressive haul was bolstered by Cassey Esposito, Carly Beyar, Emily Iwamoto and Paige Osborne.

“I’m really proud of the players,” said Perez. “We want to keep the pressure on Beyond and then hopefully things keep going our way.”

Earlier in Travers Island, a very impressive NYAC first team set out their stall in their bid to avoid the drop to Division 2 by coming from behind to beat Shamrocks 2-1.

Kwesi Mills-Odoi had the Rocks ahead just before half, but NYAC leveled soon after the break. The winner was scored with 20 minutes to go.

Lansdowne’s win over Zum Schneider pushed the champions five points clear at the summit with an extra game played.

“The honeymoon period is over now,” said Kevin Grogan. “We were average at best today. Three players tried to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, but others seemed too laid back about the whole situation.

“Maybe some players are believing the hype,” he added.

Reserves captain Paul McDaid and Joey Aronovsky had the Rocks reserves ahead 2-0 at halftime in the curtain raiser, but the hosts rallied well to grab a share of the spoils.

“They did well in the second half to make it uncomfortable for us, and a draw was a fair result overall,” said John Riordan. “It keeps us a point behind them and once we get rid of some unforced errors from our game, we’ll be in good shape,”

Elsewhere, the Shamrocks Legends fired six past CPR Legends to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Over 37s Division.

Goals from Riordan and Eoghan McParland gave the home side a deserved 2-0 lead at halftime, and then Emmett Harvey’s men kicked on thanks to strikes from Colin Lee, Marcus Nascimento, Ducky Kelly and another from Riordan.

“We had a very strong squad to choose from,” said Harvey. “The return of Brian O’Connor and the addition of David Symington and Marcus has really strengthened our squad.”

In Metro 1, Shamrocks 1960 lost 3-1 against Gotham Argo. Dave Harvey had the consolation goal.

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