The women’s team are now on a six-game winning streak going into November after Sunday’s 4-1 win over title rivals NYC United at New Utrecht.
The club’s joint top scorer, Sinead Hennessy, was on the mark once again, bringing her total to eight for the season. Jackie Pounder added a pair of goals while Jarielle Uter scored her first of the season to clinch the three points for the in-form Rocks.
“We had a passing game that was unstoppable yesterday,” said delighted co-player/manager Tricia Reed. “October has been a beautiful month for us, and the hard work from the ladies and coaches has brought the success it deserves.”
Hennessy now shares the title of club’s leading scorer with Tayfun Gokmen, whose two goals on Sunday - one in each half - helped the Shamrocks Over 30s grind out a 3-2 win over a good Greek Americans outfit.
Gokmen’s goals were all about pace and precision, scoring from the edge of the box both times, while Shawn Baron scrambled home the second just before half-time in what was a deserved win that extends the lead at the top to three points ahead of next Sunday’s crucial clash against Guyana Veterans.
“They made it very difficult for us,” said coach Paddy McCarry. “So I’m relieved to get the win and finish October with a 100 percent record. That keeps us clear at the top, but there are plenty hard games to come.”
Meanwhile, in Division 1 of the Cosmopolitan Soccer league, Santiago Rigby scored once again as the Shamrocks dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with CPR Whites at St Michaels on Sunday.
CPR were down to ten men after 30 minutes, their center back handed a straight red for a professional foul.
But the Rocks could not capitalize and went a goal behind with 20 minutes to go, a 20-yard free kick outfoxing keeper Franck Tsasse.
The Rocks rallied, however, and drew level with 15 minutes to go after a great move involving several Rocks players and a Chris Burns assist which freed up Rigby to fire home low.
“Our concentration levels could have been better today,” said coach Kevin Grogan. “That led to too many mistakes on the ball which made it an extremely frustrating game.
“We got a point though and it will count when all is said and done,” he added. “We need to regroup now and work hard this week in training. The biggest game of the season for us is next Sunday.”
In the curtain raiser, Stevie Doyle’s reserves got back to winning ways with an excellent 3-1 victory.
Darren Coleman opened the scoring early with a superb low volley that arrowed home just inside the right hand post. A moment of magic from Paul McDaid made it 2-1 midway through the second half after CPR had leveled just after half-time.
McDaid’s overhead volley from the right went over the hapless keeper and into the far corner, a goal of the season contender.
McDaid made sure of the points with a late tap-in, delighting coach Doyle who himself played like a young fellow in the center of the park.
“I’m delighted with the result,” said the Dubliner. “We had three new players starting today and they all acquitted themselves extremely well. They were a decent side but we were well on top by the end.”
Meanwhile, Shamrocks 1960 were beaten 2-0 by New York Utd in a Metro 2 clash in Brooklyn.
“Conditions were tough and they frustrated our efforts,” said coach Andy Connolly. “It’s a setback, but we’ll work hard this week and try to get things back on track.”
Elsewhere, the Legends were beaten 2-0 by Manhattan Celtic at Randalls Island in the Over-36 Division.
“Another strong performance, but we came up short,” said Emmett Harvey. “Credit to Manhattan Celtic, they took their chances. I would single out Conal Molloy for man of the match.”