December Cup action with Jay Mwamba!

By Jay Mwamba

December Cup action with Jay Mwamba!

From Jay Mwamba
Dec. 5, 2018


Third time proved to be the proverbial charm for Cedar Stars Academy and boss Austin Friel against his old side Lansdowne Yonkers.  Cedar prevailed 3-0 on penalties Tuesday night to snap a two-match losing streak in cup action against the Irishmen and bag the USASA National Amateur Cup NY final at James L. Fleming Field.  

The result followed back-to-back defeats over the previous six days to Lansdowne in the Eastern NY Fricker Cup [2-1] at Tibbetts Brook Park and in the Manning Cup [2-0] at Fleming Field.

 Chris Katona’s late blast [80th] pegged back Jack Doherty’s early strike [15th] for Lansdowne to force a 1-1 draw in regulation.

Friel then celebrated his first silverware with Cedar Stars thanks to goalie Rashid’s heroics, saving four straight penalties in the 3-0 shoot-out victory.  Friel had hoisted the same trophy two seasons ago with Lansdowne.

The result ended Lansdowne’s 15-match winning streak.


Days earlier, Lansdowne had denied Friel & Co. the NY Fricker title with a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Tibbetts Brook.

Daniel Cordeiro [25th] shot Cedar ahead. 

But at half time, Lansdowne’s brain trust, Sean and Jim Kelly [no relation], made adjustments that would pay off. A higher press and quicker ball movement put Cedar on the back foot on resumption.

Harri Hawkins volleyed in Oshane Jenkins’ cross [55th] from 10 yards before Jenkins smashed it the winner five minutes from time.

 “When these two rivals meet they never fail to disappoint and [this time] was no different,” said Bhoys president William McGrory.

 It was Lansdowne’s second Eastern NY Fricker title in two years. They went on to win the national cup then.

Last Sunday, Lansdowne and Cedar clashed again in the Manning Cup, a statewide competition that the Bhoys have won the last two seasons. They triumphed 2-0 at Fleming Field to book a cup final date with Pancyprian Freedoms, who topped the Shamrocks by the same score line.

Lansdowne made six changes to the side that beat Cedar in the Fricker final.

Michael Holzer was the driving force in the engine room, with Carlos Bonilla and Rory Head both getting their first starts.  Daryl Kavanagh was once again outstanding in the hole and after several runs, Doherty broke the deadlock, outpacing his marker and shooting low into the bottom right.

In the second half, Doherty sped into the box again only to be fouled. Ovan Oakley converted the penalty [65th].   

Lansdowne withstood a bit of late pressure before running off comfortable winners.

The Bhoys defeated the Shamrocks 3-0 in the 2017 Manning final and retained the trophy with a 1-0 decision over New York Greek Americans last June.

In Pancyprian, Lansdowne face the winners of five Manning Cups between 2006 and 2012.

Lukas Ostermann and Adam Himeno scored for the Greek-Cypriots in their 2-0 decision over the Shamrocks at St. John’s University, in the other semi-final.

"It was a good effort by our players," said coach Kevin Grogan. "I can’t knock their dedication to the cause.”


Holders New York Athletic Club ‘B’ bowed out 2-1 to Shamrocks’ reserves on James Hudson’s last minute strike in the quarterfinals.

NYAC’s Andre Wilkinson had earlier canceled out Joey Aronovsky’s opener for the Shamrocks after latching onto a through ball.

The Irishmen advance to the semi-finals where they face Pancyprian ‘B,’ who saw off Real Ole’s second unit 4-1.


Ten-man Williamsburg International’s defense of the Flamhaft Cup also ended when they dropped a 2-1 decision to the EDSL’s AC Tumi in the Round of 16.

“Our top scorer John Kaddo was sent off in the 30th minute as he lost his cool after a few unpunished tackles from the opposition,” said Charles von Rosenberg. “Even playing a man down we made a good run.”

Gerald van den Berg scored an 'Olympic Goal,' direct from a corner kick to bring the Doylies within one. But Williamsburg’s late push to equalize was unsuccessful.


The CSL will still have five teams in the Flamhaft Cup quarterfinals with new boys Real Ole leading the charge. The rookie side mauled Germania of the EDSL 5-0 with Isaac Hildago netting a hat trick.

Ethan Eustace and Fernando Cortez also struck to seal a date with Stal Mielec in the last eight.  


Kendon Anderson, a former Jamaican Under-20 international, hit a hat trick as Sporting SC held off the LISFL’s Leros 3-2 to reach the Flamhaft quarterfinals.

Sporting led 3-1 at one point but Leros kept fighting and drew within a goal. “They just ran out of time and we scored just enough to get the win,” said boss Ed Romero.

Max Mansfield [23rd], Gabriel Aguilar [35th] and Felipe Saavedra [55th] had the assists on the now 24 year-old Anderson’s trey.

Sporting SC play the NY Ukrainians-Forest Park winner in the last eight, after the Long Islanders squeaked past NY Polonia Gwardia in a penalty shootout 6-5. Regulation had ended both teams tied at 3.


Former CSL side BW Gottschee, now playing in the LISFL, thrashed Junior FC 5-1 to book a place in the quarterfinals.

Yianni Amvrosiatos, Christian Paredes, captain Brandon Silva [two] and fullback Doug Cambridge [pen.] tallied.

On how he got the ball away from teammate Jose Lacayo to take the penalty, Cambridge answered: "we played rock, paper, scissors for it and I threw rock and he scissors!" 



James Breen [70th] stabbed home the only goal of the match to lift Lansdowne’s metro side 1-0 past LISFL’s Asteras in a Round of 16 tussle.

The goal followed successive efforts from Richie Hartnett and Liam Butler off a corner.

“After losing two players to early injuries, we managed to somehow claw our way to victory,” said coach Gene O’Driscoll.

He had kudos for Adam Fleming, his regular center back, who kept a clean sheet in goals.

Lansdowne play NYC Metro Stars in the last eight in the spring.

In a delayed Round of 32 tie, CSL newcomers FZ Sandzak routed Arrata 7-0.

Mesih Cekic, Mirza Hot, Eldin Mackic [two] and hat trick Ammar Todic connected against the LISFL envoys.  Next up in the Round of 16 are Beyond FC Metro.


Joining Sandzak in the Round of 16 are Mola SC, who dispatched SSCD 5-3, thanks to Pablo Martinez [two], Kevin Brown, Kenneth Lopez and Peter Vavalle.


Mr. Dennehy’s Andres Sole had his go-ahead goal canceled out by Baisley in a 1-1 draw that ultimately ended in a 6-5 penalty loss.

Sole was on target again for Dennehy’s in the shoot-out, as were Dave Sandifer, Oleg Khodorkovskiy, Terrence McGovern and Jonathan Williamson.


The CSL’s Central Park Rangers Orange fell 5-1 at Glen Cove.


Doxa Legends outlasted Barnstonworth Rovers Old Boys 5-4 on penalties to claim a quarterfinal berth.

Dany Martinez, Denny Samaniego and Ramon Bonilla connected for the Greeks who came from 3-1 down to tie 3-all in regulation. Prolific veteran Ron Baskin [two] and Andy Bay were the Barnstonworth marksmen.

In the shoot-out, Martinez, Erjon Kodra, Bonilla, Guillermo Tovar and Alberto Paez converted for Doxa, while Stavros Zomopoulos, Baskin, Aldo Morales and Colin McLear converted for Old Boys.

“We were 3-1 up well into the second half -- we really should have finished the game off but some crucial errors let them back into it,” rued Dave Sheeran.


Five-time New Jersey State Cup winners Hoboken FC, who last lifted the trophy in 2012, blew out Oakland Strikers 5-1 at Ramapo College in Rahway to qualify for the quarterfinals. 

Kevin Halliday [18th, 20th, 65th, 82nd] banged in four goals with Teddy Sisco [49th] the other scorer.


Here’s an unprecedented treat for the CSL family!

Mark Saturday, June 22, 2019 on your calendar. That’s when a Manchester United Legends XI visits New York City for a historic fundraiser with a NY Shamrocks Legends select squad at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

The once-in-a-lifetime event will double as the annual Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game.

In the curtain raiser, a League of Ireland Legends selection clashes with the Shamrocks Over-30s. The double header will be followed by a banquet in Queens, an evening of end of season awards, and entertainment for club members and supporters.

Shamrocks technical director Kevin Grogan, club president Teresa Brink and the chairperson of the annual
Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game, Paddy Geraghty, at the Courtyard Ale House,
sponsor of the Shamrocks Soccer Club. 

“We are very proud to welcome former Manchester United players to take part in the Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game next summer,” said Rocks president Teresa Brink. “It should be a really historic day.”

She noted that Walsh was a big Manchester United fan so it will be a huge honor for the club to put on this event in his memory. “We are all looking forward to the day and we are very much committed to making it an occasion to remember," added Brink.

Paddy Geraghty, who has steered the 2019 Robbie Walsh Memorial Exhibition Game Committee, paid tribute to everyone who had worked with him to make the event a possibility.

"Our current crop of Shamrocks Legends will welcome some former Legends back to pull on the jersey one more time," he said.

"They’ll have the opportunity to play against their heroes and in some cases, join them as guest players for Manchester United. We will announce full details in the coming months including the Manchester United Legends team, ticket information, sponsorship opportunities, and special events that will run all weekend,” said Geraghty.  

He thanked Colin Telford and Tony Browne at Legends XI for making the event possible; Manhattan College for the use of Gaelic Park, and the Shamrocks Committee for its hard work behind the scenes.

Kevin Grogan, the Shamrocks first team coach and technical director who began his professional career at Manchester United in the mid-1990s, is also eagerly looking forward to the historic event.

"Obviously Manchester United has a spot in my heart from my playing days," he said. "It's a club with an amazing history and it's fitting they are coming over to play the NY Shamrocks who also have an amazing history. Two great clubs playing in a great city."


Robbie Walsh was a former Shamrocks stalwart who, as captain, led the Rocks to back-to-back CSL League Cup victories, and, as coach, helped keep them together in hard times. Walsh, a County Kildare native, died in Queens in Nov. 2016. He was 44.












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