Two goals from Ger Shivnan and a great strike by Eddie Gilmartin earned a 3-2 result over in-form Eintracht. Those goals had the home side 3-1 ahead by the half and they battled to hold on throughout the second half.
It fell to newly signed goalkeeper Ruairi O’Neill to produce the late heroics when he saved a penalty with ten minutes to go to preserve the three points.
“Tremendous result by our lads,” said assistant manager Eoin Sweeney. “We knew this win was coming because we’ve deserved more from our previous games. It’s great for the confidence and we’ll try to kick on from here now.”
Meanwhile, the Shamrocks first team was unluckily denied a third win in a row, held scoreless by Polonia on Sunday afternoon at Randall’s Island in what was a key Division 1 clash for Kevin Grogan’s men.
It was a hard fought point and even though Polonia were reduced to nine men in the dying minutes, the weakened Rocks couldn’t find a way to snatch victory.
“Extremely frustrating game,” said coach Kevin Grogan. “We didn’t play football in the way we should be playing. We missed a few players through illness so we were forced to change our system. Ultimately though we got a point and at times we could have lost the game. A point is a point. Back to work this Tuesday in training.”
The reserves won by the slimmest of margins in the curtain raiser thanks to a first-half Paul McDaid goal which arrived 20 minutes into the game after he was set up by a Brendan Lane-Darren Coleman one-two.
Stevie Doyle’s under strength line-up held on throughout a hard fought second half and deservedly clinched all three points.
“We did not play well at all,” said Doyle. “The players know we have to improve and we’ll try and bring a better performance to next weekend’s game against Westechester.”
The Over 30s enjoyed a 6-2 win over Nieuw Amsterdam on Sunday evening to move top of the league. Paddy Geraghty scored his first goal since returning to the Rocks, opening the scoring after 20 minutes.
Top scorer Tayfun Gokmen scored a hat trick in the space of ten minutes before the break, bringing his season’s tally to six. Second-half goals from Tomas Maher and Andy Horan rounded off Paddy McCarry’s return to the sideline in emphatic fashion.
“Great to be back and a fantastic win,” said McCarry. “We played some good football and we’ll just have to keep pressing on now.”
Shamrocks 1960 were held to a 2-2 draw at home by AO Brooklyn. Ciaran Moloney scored twice in the first half, but Brooklyn battled back in after the break to take a point away from the game.
“We did well in the first half, but we fell asleep after half-time and that’s a pity,” said Andy Connolly. “We’re still top of the league, so we’ll just pick it up again at training this week and go from there.”
Earlier on Sunday at Randalls Island, there was a 2-1 win for the women’s team over Astoria, their third win in a row. First-half goals from Sinead Hennessy and Anastasia Hagan decided the game early, but Astoria rallied late to narrow the margin after a terrible injury was suffered by club legend Teresa Brink.
“A great result considering we had some injuries and played on a very small field which didn’t suit us,” said coach Paddy Geraghty. “We wish Teresa a speedy recovery and hope to have her back at practice soon because it’s her favorite thing in the world.”