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Soccer Roundup Beal Bocht now 2nd in Bronx women’s league

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

An Beal Bocht pushed themselves into second place behind Fiona’s in the Bronx Irish Soccer League table with a vital 1-0 over the Southbend.

In a characteristically tight game, An Beal Bocht had the greater share of possession but found it tough to crack Alison Lineen’s goal.

Jeanine Rynne had the best chance of the first half for the winners, but her shot was smothered by the onrushing Lineen.

Meanwhile, Anne Murray and Kathy McKenna were dangerous on the break for the Southbend, but Pauline Boylan maintained her composure in goal.

The breakthrough for An Beal Bocht occurred midway through the second half when Mary Tuohey latched on to a long ball, flicked past Lineen at the top of the area and slid the ball in where Monica Eduoardo got the final touch to score, barely depriving Lineen, whose was a fingertip away, of a miraculous save.

Despite an onslaught of pressure from the Southbend, no more scores were forthcoming and An Beal Bocht squeaked by.

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Lansdowne draws

Lansdowne B and The Parlour Moms battled to a 1-1 draw. Melanie Schmidt put the Manhattan women 1-0 minutes into the game and they will rue the missed chances that they had to extend their lead as the Lansdowne came back to equalize with a Bernie Boyle goal. However, a share of the spoils was a fair reflection of a competitive match.

Lansdowne A had victory in sight with a 3-2 lead on the Starting Gate and time running out, but a late Pauline Dillon goal deprived them of a victory. This was a nailbiting match where the score was tied at 2-2 with five minutes left and a flurry of goals left the score at 3-3.

The Lansdowne had opened the scoring through a cracker of a goal from Fiona Ward who later added their third in a superb personal performance.

Norma McCarthy walked on the field and got the Harps first equalizer and their second was a penalty scored by Hillary Potkewitz.


The next top last series of games sees Harps vs. O’Malley’s and Lansdowne B vs. An Beal Bocht at 11:30 a.m., while at 1 p.m. Gilligan’s play the Southbend and Fiona’s take on the Parlour Moms.

Barnabas advance

St. Barnabas advanced to the third round of the Dr. Manning Cup on Sunday at SUNY Purchase, courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Yonkers Unity.

Barely 2 minutes had elapsed when Chris Gonzalez broke free and outpaced a flatfooted Yonkers defense, his shot from a difficult angle was struck with precision and hit the net via the inside of the post. This early goal did much to settle an already confident Barnabas side and the remainder of the first half saw St. Barnabas go close on several occasions to extending their lead.

It was not until the 65th minute that Barnabas asserted their dominance. David Fitzgerald received an Anto McKeon pass inside the 18-yard box and calmly rounded the goalkeeper before slotting the ball home from close range.

So comfortable on the ball were St. Barnabas that with eight minutes remaining, sweeper Paul Edwards got forward and scored his first goal after three seasons with St. Barnabas, to make it 3-0.

Best for Barnabas were Jim Keady, Anto McKeon and David Fitzgerald.

St. Barnabas reserves continued the from which sees them top of the Division 1 reserve table with a 5-1 blowout of Banatul at the Metropolitan Oval.

Rhett Mitchell opened the tally after just 12 minutes, Jonathan Daly added a second goal in the 27th minute latching onto a Chris Cassidy pass and blasting home from 10 yards out.

The ever speedy Tim Yates won a Chris Cassidy pass and blasted home from 10 yards out. Yates won a penalty for St. Barnabas in the 33rd minute and Harry Zep converted with ease.

St. Barnabas came out again after the break with more goals in mind. After 54 minutes, Tim Yates again skipped past two Banatul defenders and sidefooted in from 6 yards.

Rhett Mitchell got St. Barnabas fifth in the 76th minute, his dipping volley catching the unfortunate Banatul keeper off his line.

Banatul got a consolation goal with a minute left via the penalty spot.

With six wins out of seven league games played thus far Barnabas reserves are averaging almost four goals per game. Best for Barnabas were Chris Cassidy, Sean Doyle and Tommy Vuks.

Barnabas third top Genclik

St. Barnabas third team were the victims in a 2-1 defeat to Sunnyside Genclik at SUNY Purchase. The Saints started the game off strong when in the opening minutes they were unlucky not to take the lead.

A Tadgh O’Callaghan cross was met by the head of John Nolan only to see his effort crash off the crossbar.

Barnabas again saw another teasing goal scoring opportunity just out of their reach when a scramble in front of Sunnyside’s goal was put wide.

Vinny Norton came close when he got onto the end of a cross only to see his sliding shot go into the side netting. However, Barnabas became susceptible to the counterattack and were punished with about 15 minutes left in the half.

Despite been down 1-0, the Saints continued to attack in the second half and were rewarded when Vinny Norton calmly controlled a cross and volleyed into the top of the net to level the score.

Sunnyside, however, took the result when they scored with about 10 minutes remaining.

Other strong performers for the saints were Paul Curtis, Tadgh Donegan, and John Egan.

St. Barnabas will be holding their annual presentation night on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Rory Dolans. For information, call Tadgh O’Callaghan at (914) 237-5782 or Kevin Rice at (914) 776-5521.

Irish Rovers F.C.

The Rovers first team produced their best performance of the season, beating Carle Place, 2-0, to go top of the Long Island League.

Rovers dominated and goalkeeper Damien Doherty did not have a single save to make. After the poor display last week coach Niall Archibold rang the changes and in came Alex Byrne, Pierce Coyle and Kevin Daly. Daly looked classy as sweeper and Byrne was everywhere, aided by another excellent newcomer, Steven McDonald. Veterans Paul McGlynn and Liam Flanagan were outstanding, and it took the Rovers just 7 minutes to open the Carle Place defense, Jake Nicholls shooting through the keeper’s legs.

Five minutes later, goal machine Tony O’Donnel sent the home fans wild with a spectacular diving header to double the lead, and a rout looked on the cards.

However, the game dropped off in the second half and, although substitute Mark Hopper came close, the scoreline stayed the same.

Rovers Reserves triumph

A goal down, the Rovers Reserves battled hard and, with Jack Lain dominating the midfield, clawed back to defeat Carle Place, 2-1.

Niall Coogan rounded the keeper to tie the score just before half time, and with Brian Bain looking sharp the Rovers opened up Carle Place on several occasions.

Tricky winger Dean Gibson did everything but score, and Paul Kehoe also came close before Brian Green settled the game with a good run and finish.

Willie Dempsey and Dave Quigley were excellent at the back, but it still took a superb save from Mick Carby to keep the Rovers ahead.

John Browne broke the record for the quickest sending off in Rovers history when he was ejected after only 35 seconds on the field, but the Rovers held on and are now clear on top of the league.

Emeralds win

The Emeralds won their first-ever New Jersey State Cup game on Sunday, beating New Brunswick, 4-1, at Buccalah Park in New Brunswick.

The first half was as expected, with the home team trying to stamp their authority on the game, and it was the Caribs of New Brunswick who scored first after 35 minutes.

The Emeralds never put their heads down and tied the game up at 1-1 just before halftime through Jeff Hurm. This, the first of four Emeralds goals, came from a corner kick taken by John Gallagher, who sent in a low drive where Jeff and Charles Anastos were waiting.

The second half was to be a different story. After a few words from the coach, the Emeralds came out for the second half and took control of the game.

The Emeralds second goal was the best of the game and it was straight to the point. Keeper Bill McQuillen kicked the ball down field where Frank Heavey headed the ball on to John Dillon, where he in turn played the ball on to Hurm to let leash a cracker of a shot from just inside of the box into the top of the right hand side of the goal to the Emeralds out in front.

With the score now at 2-1, the Emeralds started to play some nice football between defense and the midfield, McQuillen in goal and forwards Hurm and Dillon, the Emeralds were full of confidence.

The Emeralds scored two more goals late in the second half to put this game out of the reach. John Gallagher crossed in from the left side after a nice one two with Dillon to find Heavey on the edge of the box who hit the ball in to the bottom corner of the net. Heavey’s second goal, and the Emeralds fourth, came when after nice passing throughout the team. Dillon passed on to Hurm who slipped the ball through the defense, where Heavey slotted the ball passed the keeper..

The team, managed by John Dillon, comprises Bill McQuillen, David Fasola, Michael O’Connor, Michael Mahony, Finbar Mackle, Bobby Soehl, Charles Anastos, Lochlann McEvoy, John Gallagher, Jeff Hurm and John Dillon. Subs.: Frank Heavey and Richard Cudden.

Shamrock’s seconds win

The Shamrock Second string maintained the push toward another title with a convincing 4-1 victory over Gotschee at Downing Stadium.

Highlight of the win was a Niall Swan hat trick in a Shamrock dominated first half.

Keith Hynes put the issue beyond doubt with a deft flick over the advancing goalie.

A late Gotschee goal was mere consolation and so another three points for the Rocks, who had stars in Paudie Moloney, Eugene Smyth and Swan.

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