The mood was celebratory, but there was also a determination to expand on the season’s success.
Promotion to the first division of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League will be a major challenge for the club, but one that must be embraced after a ten-year absence, pointed out club president Sean Mc Mullan, who was unanimously re-elected for a third successive season.
Outgoing first team coach Glen Wrafter paid tribute to the hard work done all season, beginning with a highly successful Sunnyside Gardens six-aside tournament back in August which was won by the Shamrocks Alumni.
The highlights of the year were of course the first team securing promotion to CSL Division I while the reserves were joint top of their division, missing out on head-to-head but garnering some measure of consolation via their Saunders Cup victory.
The Over 30s won the CSL Division I, Paddy McCarry’s second league title in three seasons.
“Paddy set the blueprint for the club in 2012 with the other teams drawing from his success,” said Wrafter. “To repeat that success three seasons later is a fantastic achievement.”
One of the amazing achievements of the year, however, was the addition of a women’s team whose inaugural season was completed with good results coming towards the end of the season, which should bode well for next season.
Players of the year awards were also handed out to Mo Fofana (first team), Nick Meola (reserves), Alex Berne (Over 30s) and Megan Ware (women’s team).