A goal just before half-time gave the home side a deserved lead and the Rocks pressed hard for an equalizer in the second half. But it wasn’t to be as the Greeks held out and sealed the three points late on.
“The Greeks were a totally different team to the one we played in the first game back in September,” said coach Kevin Grogan.
“They were what I would call ‘the real Greeks’” he added. “They passed and moved better then any team in the league I’ve seen this year. Now we move on quickly and regroup. Every point is now an absolute dogfight. If everyone makes themselves available for every game we will do okay.”
Meanwhile, the Rocks reserves moved up to second after recording an excellent 4-2 win in the opener thanks to goals from Mo Fofana, Darren Coleman (2) and Paul McDaid.
The Greeks were a goal to the good after 15 minutes, but Mo Fofana equalized almost 10 minutes later after his strike partner Darren Coleman set him up with a headed cross.
Coleman got himself on the scoresheet with two brilliant goals in quick succession early in the second half before Paul McDaid rounded out the scoring on the hour mark. The Greeks were reduced to ten men when their goalkeeper was sent off, but they pulled it back to 4-2 with a late goal.
“Very good performance,” said coach Stevie Doyle. “We played some great football and we deserved to win the way we did.”
Sunday began with a good 4-1 win for the Over 30s, a game which was played in tough conditions. Johnny McGeeney scored twice while Tayfun Gokmen and Andy Horan also chipped in with well taken strikes.
“It wasn’t easy to play in that weather, so we had to make the most of those chances,” said assistant coach Sean McMullan. “But the lads took control after half-time and deserved to see it out.”
With CPR Old Boys losing 1-0 to Manhattan Celtic Legends, the Rocks’ lead at the top is now extended to seven points, although second-placed CPR Grays have a game in hand. The Rocks will face CPR Grays in what could turn out to be a league deciding showdown on Sunday, April 17.
Shamrocks 1960 also extended their lead in Metro 2 East when their hard fought 1-0 win over NYC Afghanistan helped them move seven points clear of Gotham City who held 2-2 by Metro City Fury.
Dylan Wallace’s brilliant first half goal ended up deciding it, a great shot from outside the box after good combination play on the left flank by Mick McAnea and Craig Glynn.
“That Afghanistan team was a lot more impressive than we were expecting,” admitted assistant coach Neil Mannion. “They don’t deserve to be at the bottom of the table and that makes the three points all the more valuable. We have to bring that guile to the remaining five games and ensure we avoid any slip-ups.”
There was a tough 3-2 loss at SC Gjoa for the Shamrocks Legends in the second game of the day. Karol Hughes and Donal “Ducky” Kelly were on the scoresheet for Emmet Harvey’s men.
“In very tough conditions, we dominated most of the game against Gjoa,” said Harvey. “But after we went 1-0 up, we should have killed off the game. We had several opportunities to score more goals but didn’t take our chances and Gjoa did.
“If we cut out individual mistakes and play to our potential we will climb up the table,” he added
Teresa Ferraro scored a hat trick for the Shamrocks women as they won by another big margin, downing Phoenix 8-0 in the opener at St. Michael’s on Sunday afternoon.
Ferraro opened the scoring with a 30-yard effort and Jackie Pounder made it 2-0 after a superb Paige Osborne assist. Player-coach Tricia Reed made the most of a Jarielle Uter cross before Uter slotted home from the edge of the box to make it 4-0.
Ferraro completed her hat trick by half-time to make it 6-0 while Uter and Pounder both scored goals in the second half. Utero pounced on a mistake at the back to make it 7-0 while Pounder scored with a header from a Colleen Cavanagh corner.