In less than three seasons and with two more trophies still to play for, Paddy and Tricia Geraghty have steered an incredible group of players to an achievement unimaginable two years ago.
Captain Teresa Ferraro broke the deadlock with 20 minutes to go with a superb shot from 35 yards, sparking wild celebrations after the game.
“I’m very happy for the ladies who put in so much hard work since preseason in July,” said Coach Geraghty. “It wasn’t our best performance, but a quality goal from Teresa Ferraro was the difference. We’ll try and make it a league and cup double next week.”
There are still two league games left and there are also the dual ambitions of a pair of cup finals, the Division A Cup next Sunday and the State Cup on Sunday June 4, both showdowns with Rovers.
“I want to congratulate Paddy and Tricia and all the players for everything they have done for the Shamrocks,” said club president Sean McMullan. “I want to thank Teresa Brink and Erin Cullen who worked hard to get the team going, and also to Keith Perez who did a great job coaching the B team this season.”
Scoreless at half-time, Geraghty fired his talented team up and sent them out for a second half which they dominated. Fuel put up stern resistance until Ferraro’s moment of magic settled it.
“The progress we’ve made since coming up from Division B is something to be proud of,” the goal-scoring captain said. “We’ve worked extremely hard and it’s nice to be able to celebrate what we’ve accomplished.
“We still have two more cup finals in the next few weeks,” she added, “and we are focused on continuing our efforts and helping the club secure two more trophies.”
This first Sunday in May saw a total of two trophies added to the Shamrocks cabinet after four goals from Johnny McGeeney inspired a 7-1 win for the Over 30s at Lansdowne.
The league holders advance to the playoffs as Eastern Conference champions, and will enjoy top seeding in the final four.
Dominick McCartan opened the scoring for this visitors, while Tayfun Gokmen added a pair of goals to his season’s tally.
“Johnny McGeeney was man of the match,” said Paddy McCarry. “When he plays like that, he is unstoppable. The best striker in the Over 30s Division in my opinion.
“We knew we had a chance if results went our way,” he continued. “They went out and made sure we got those three points.”
In the final game of the day, a first half goal decided the Division 1 showdown in favor of playoff-chasing Greek Americans who ground out a scrappy game against the Rocks at the Met Oval in Maspeth.
And it could have been 2-0 to the Greeks just before the half had they not missed a penalty on the stroke of halftime.
“It was great to get our new signing Calvin Moyes involved, and also to give reserves player Darren Coleman his debut in the first team,” said Kevin Grogan. “Everything now is in preparation for the semifinals.”
Earlier, a depleted reserves team was forced into eight changes for their league game against the Greeks, and they were beaten 2-0 by the top-two side.
“Very positive performance,” said John Riordan. “We had 11 available players and they each gave it everything for 90 minutes. We’ll be ready come playoff time, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, the Legends won their sixth league game in a row, a 3-0 result at Eintracht, which extended their playoff hopes to next weekend’s final round of games.
John Riordan had the Legends a goal up after 30 minutes, when he seized on a Karol Hughes assist. Then Hughes himself made it 2-0 halfway through the second after a great ball across by Brian Wolohan.
Emmett Harvey rounded out the scoring with a brilliant right-footed strike close to full time. Joe Connolly in goals was rarely troubled throughout the game, as a magnificent defensive display nullified any threat.
“Six wins in a row and with great momentum, we can look forward to next weekend,” said assistant coach Eoin Sweeney.
At St. Michael’s, Dave Harvey scored a superb free kick from 26 yards to tie the Metro 1 game against Iliria midway through the first half, earning a 1-1 result for Rocks 1960.
“Ruairi Lavery once again was a rock at the back,” said Neil Mannion. “Both sides had chances to win late in the second half, but a draw was probably a fair result in the end.”
Brandi Daniels and Shannon Hopkins scored two each in an impressive 4-0 win for Shamrocks B against United B.
“We put together a dominant performance,” said coach Keith Perez. “With some new additions and formation changes, the ladies came together to out work the other team.”