Shamrocks kick off 2015 campaign
Mar 18, 2015 | 10941 views | 0 0 comments | 388 388 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A blustery day greeted the start of spring soccer as the Woodside's Shamrocks men enjoyed two wins in cup competition, with the women's team benefiting from a forfeited game.

The first team secured their place in the second round of the CSL League Cup via a penalty shoot out against Hoboken Reserves on Randall's Island Sunday afternoon.

Hoboken Reserves took the lead after 30 mins through a penalty after Shamrocks left back Chris Burns was ruled to have fouled Hoboken's striker in the box.

Joey Aronovsky equalized for the Rocks after 40 minutes, displaying fine chest control to take down a ball from Pierre-Alexandre Meloty-Kapella and finished neatly on the second attempt.

Shamrocks goalkeeper James “Scouse” Wright was the hero of the penalty shootout with two fine saves as Rocks outscored Hoboken 3-1.

The penalty shootout scorers were Mohamed Fofana, Pierre-Alexandre Meloty-Kapella and Shane Moore.

Meanwhile, earlier Sunday, a 3-0 victory saw Stevie Doyle's reserves advance in the Saunders Cup against CPR Legends at Randall's Island.

Paul McDaid opened the scoring with a close range tap-in after Glen Wrafter's excellent free kick could only be parried by the goalkeeper.

Captain Ryan McKinley set up Braden Ruddy excellently for the second before midfielder Colum McComish finished the scoring with a sublime chip over the opposing keeper.

On Sunday evening, the Over 30s were knocked out of the Saunders Cup after a 4-2 defeat to Manhattan Celtic.

Tayfun Gokmen (55 minutes) and Pablo Graham (57 minutes) had Paddy McCarry's men 2-1 up, but the home side rallied to advance.

Phoenix were a no show against the Shamrocks women's team, who will now have to wait until next Saturday's Irish American Soccer Hall of Fame Day in Gaelic Park.

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