NY Shamrock SC forward James Whyte. NY Shamrocks Images/ Danny Ospina
By Ralph "Onz" Chery | @onz_11
March 16th, 2018
It wasn’t a bad week for NY Shamrock SC after all, the club returned from the break with a 4-1 win over Zum Schneider FC on Sunday, defeated their rival’s reserve team Lansdowne Bhoys 5-4 in a dreadful 12-kick penalty shootout in the League Cup on Wednesday. And the icing on the cake, Shamrocks striker James Whyte won CSL Player of the Week.
Whyte racked a hat trick against Zum Schneider in his side’s 4-1 win on Sunday.
“It’s great to win it [CSL Player of the Week],” the Scot said. “I always do whatever I can to help my team win the game and to be recognized for that is a good feeling.”
James Whyte during a game against Central Park Rangers Whites at St. Michael's Playground. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis
Whyte started his three-goal display with a 55th minute free-kick [VIDEO: Whyte's free-kick vs Zum]. The 26-year-old then netted his second goal shortly after the 65th minute-mark when he side-footed Sean Reilly’s pass to the far corner of the net.
Whyte completed his hat trick in grand fashion as he went around Zum’s keeper before steering a shot in the vacant net. The first-year Shamrocks center forward’s three-goal performance lifted him to second spot in the top scorer’s chart—three goals behind top scorer Christopher Katona.
The Rocks’ victory over ZSFC wasn’t enough to push them up to a playoff spot after Week 11 as the club sits in fifth place, one point below NY Greek American.
Whyte noted how important it is for Shamrocks to win their remaining matches as they’re battling the Greeks for the last playoff position.
“Every game is pivotal for us from now until the end of the season,” the striker said. “We want to give ourselves the best shot of making the playoffs so we will be looking to win every game.”
Whyte is confident he will keep his scoring-form throughout the Rocks’ race to the playoffs.
“I am pleased with my performance [against Zum] and of course the goals but I think there is more to come and I know that I can do more to help my team,” the former Dubai Irish FC player said.
Past player of the week winners
Week 1: Lansdowne Bhoys striker Ovan Oakley-- 2 goals, 1 assist vs Central Park Rangers Whites
Week 2: Cedar Stars Academy striker Paul Nittoli-- 2 goals vs NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Week 3: Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder Idy Watt-- 2 goals vs NY Athletic Club
Week 4: Manhattan Kickers striker Mahamadou "Remi" Diaby-- 2 goals, 1 assist vs NY Greek Americans
Week 5: NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Adam Himeno-- 1 goal, 1 assist vs NY Greek American
Week 6: NY Greek Americans left back Joseph Ruesgen-- 2 assists and a clean sheet vs Zum Schneider F.C 03
Week 7: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 3 goals, 3 assists vs Doxa SC
Week 8: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 2 goals, 2 assists vs Zum Schneider F.C
Week 9: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 6 goals vs Manhattan Kickers
Week 10: Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder James Greco-- 2 goals vs Doxa SC
Midwinter make-up round: NY Greek American midfielder Colin Murphy-- 2 goals vs NY Athletic Club