Short on defenders, Nikle Guzijan, whose wife Leia gave birth to a baby boy the next morning, was happy to help ensure a shutout before the arrival of his son Maverik.
Thanks to goals from James Whyte (two), John McAleenan (two), James Hudson, Darren Coleman and Jeff Greenspan, Dan Meola's men advanced to the next round of the D'Arpino Cup with their sixth win in a row.
"Great all-around team performance," said captain Coleman. "The football we have been playing lately has been excellent.”
Meanwhile, late Sunday evening, the first team moved on to the semifinals of the Manning Cup thanks to a hard fought 2-0 win over the Greek Americans at Met Oval.
Captain Zachary Gosse scored a superb early opener, connecting with a volley from a perfect Dylan McCabe corner.
After a very entertaining first half, the Greeks dug in but the Shamrocks held firm, and after brilliant work from Kwesi Mills-Odoi on the left wing, his deflected shot rebounded off the post to Travis Blair who finished calmly to secure the victory with ten minutes to go.
"The Greeks dominated large portions of the game, but our work ethic and resilience were excellent,” said Kevin Grogan. “All eyes are on our big league game against NYAC next Saturday."
Shamrocks Green are also through to the last four of the women's State Cup thanks to a hard fought 2-1 victory over an impressive Rovers side at St. Michael's.
Caroline Carter opened the scoring with a close range finish, but Rovers drew level midway through the first half. Georgia Frost then struck back before halftime to set up a tense second half that saw Paddy Geraghty's charges ultimately survive.
“We had a strong performance considering we were missing so many," said Geraghty. "It puts us in the State Cup semifinals in the spring, so it’ll be one we’ll look forward to.”
Unfortunately, Shamrocks White's cup run is over after a heartbreaking defeat to Celtic Aces in Brooklyn. Leading 1-0 going into injury time thanks to a Brandi Daniels goal, Celtic dramatically leveled and set up the dreaded penalty shootout, which the Shamrocks lost 6-5.
"It felt like we suffered two losses," said Keith Perez. "To give up an equalizer in the 91st minute was very tough. Then to lose in penalty kicks was another tough blow."
That was one of three games which ended in a shootout on Sunday. Shamrocks 1960 tied NYC Afghanistan 1-1 in regular time (Hughie McGowan scoring for 1960), and coach Rob O'Neill saved the day stopping one of the four penalties he faced. His players, meanwhile, were flawless en route to a 5-3 result.
The Over 30s were not so fortunate in their game against Baisley. Mike Dineen scored a second-half breakthrough, but their ten-men opponents never gave up and equalized with ten minutes to go, setting up the shootout which Baisley won 5-4.
“We’re disappointed with the result,” said Sean McMullan. “We had chances to finish the game out.”