Top scorer Sean Riley scored 20 minutes into the first half before a second half own goal sealed the victory prior to the concession of a late Barnstonworth penalty.
Second placed Dinamo’s draw late Sunday night leaves the Rocks needing just a draw to seal first and a top seed in the playoffs. Dinamo will be the opponents next Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Shamrocks Reserves title hopes received a setback after a 3-2 loss at Iberia on Saturday night.
Stevie Doyle’s charges were 2-0 up at half time through goals from Cathal Monaghan and Paul McDaid but a spirited Iberia fightback was the undoing of the Rocks.
A league tie being played out at the same time saw NYPD Reserves gain ground on the Shamrocks after a 3-2 win at Japan, narrowing the gap to three points.
Meanwhile the reserves’ next opponents Polonia were 2-1 winners at the Ukrainians making this Sunday’s game at McCarren Park all the more vital ahead of the May 3rd showdown at home to NYPD.
The first team did not play due to floodlight failure and drop out of top spot after Polonia won 3-1 making their 10 a.m. clash on Sunday morning at McCarren Park the game of the week in Division 2.
Meanwhile, Shamrocks Women drew 2-2 in East River Park, unlucky not to secure the victory.