Emmet Macken headed home from a free-kick with two miunutes left to help the Shamrock seconds clinch their league title, 2-1, over Manhattan Kickers Sunday at McCarron Park.
It was a frustrating first 45 minutes as Shamrocks camped in the opposition half of the field to no avail. Efforts from Eoin Sweeney and Austin Welsh were saved before John Guildea had three efforts cleared off the line in a moment of mayhem in the Kickers’ box. Brendan Reilly turned to celebrate as he seemed to have slotted home, but the ball stuck in one of the many pools of mud.
The introduction of Terry Lawless in midfield saw the Rocks press even harder, but the frustration continued as efforts from Lawless, Reilly and Guildea were saved by the excellent Manhattan keeper. Then the opposition broke away and scored and with 10 minutes remaining. But the never-say-die attitude of the ’98 Rocks again came to the fore and was rewarded when Terry Lawless equalized with a dipping drive. The Shamrocks continued to press and were rewarded by Mackin’s header.
With a week of regular league matches left it’s all to play for with five teams chasing four playoff places. Fiona’s secured their lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over a numerically disadvantaged An Beal Bocht. Mags Ryan opened the scoring when she returned a kick out all the way to the net. Failure to clear the lines in a timely fashion enabled Erin Tracy to nip in for the second before the break. Despite having much of the second half possession, Fiona’s were unable to increase their tally.
The Parlour Moms put themselves in contention for a semifinal spot when they disposed of the Southbend, 2-0. Melanie Schmidt knocked in the opener in the first 20 minutes into the game after good initial work from Regina Neijman. The Southbend were unable to respond to the challenge with Mara Kaplan shutting down their dangerwoman, Petrona Kemp.
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Karen Rice sealed the points for the Moms with a well taken goal near the final whistle.
Gilligan’s vs. Lansdowne B was abandoned due to lightning.
Next week’s matches are crucial to the Starting Gate Harps and Parlour Moms with the latter currently ahead by a point. The Harps have their work cut out at 10 a.m. when they face Lansdowne B while an Beal Bocht play Gilligan’s. At 11:30 a.m. Lansdowne A must contend with the Parlour Moms.
Results from the mens division: Lansdowne A 5, Temple Bar 1; Quays A 7, Scruffys 3; Quay’s B 2, Three Counties 5; Lansdowne B 2, Aqueduct 1; Breffni 2, Golden Goose 0; Flynn’s Inn 1, Fiona’s B 1; Fiona’s A 6, Curley’s 3.