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5th February 2017 - FAI Junior Cup - 7th Round
Boyle Celtic -v-v VEC FC

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VEC's magnificent run in the FAI Junior Cup sadly came to an end in Roscommon on Sunday.
An intercepted pass out of defence in the 7th minute gave the home team an opportunity to move the ball quickly to Niall Brennan, whose deflected shot evaded Richie Hannify in the VEC goal.

It was not until the 40th minute that VEC had the best chance of equalising when an incisive through ball saw Joey Byrne's low shot parried by goalkeeper Kyle Suffin only to the feet of Aidan Hyland: however, the ball came off Aidan's shin and flew just over the bar.

Chances were few and far between for both sides thereafter although VEC enjoyed more possession in the second half. Chances then came about for both teams in the final 10 minutes. With VEC throwing caution to the wind in search of the equaliser, two breakaways from Boyle saw both one-and-one chances sent inches wide of the far post. Then VEC had the clearest chance to score when in the 87th minute, a great cross from the right from Anthony Dunne saw Pat Meghen mis-cue his header at the far post. This was followed 4 minutes later when Gavin Murphy crossed from the left only for Suffin to tip the ball over from Conall O'Shaughnessy's textbook header.

And that was VEC's last chance as from the resulting corner, another Boyle breakaway in the 94th minute resulted in a penalty which Luka Reddy tucked away for the last kick of the game. It was harsh on VEC losing 2-0 after a typical hard-fought cup tie, as the players and management believed that on another day, they could have advanced to the quarter final in this prestigious cup competition.
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14/01/2017: VEC reach FAI Junior Cup last 16

UCFL Premier Division champions VEC FC have reached the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup following a fully deserved 2-0 win over Buttevant FC I the VEC Sportsgrounds in Terenure on Saturday.

Two first half goals from Seamus Staunton gave them a lead which they never relinquished. VEC had looked threatening on a number of occasions before Staunton’s first approaching the half-hour mark. From a free kick he bent the ball low around the defensive wall and into the bottom corner.

Buttevant went close to equalising 3 minutes later when centre half Teddy O’Shea rose to head a corner just wide. But VEC went further ahead on 37 minutes, with Joey Byrne turning sharply in the box before laying the ball off to Staunton, who calmly slotted his second goal of the game.

There were to be no further goals as VEC defended their lead fairly comfortably, though there were a number of incidents which might have seen additional scores. VEC were relieved when centre half Neil Breslin managed to turn the ball over his own bar on 58 minutes and then Anthony Dunne cleared another Buttevant effort off the line from the resultant corner.

However, VEC finished the game strongly, with Aidan Hyland shooting just wide and then just missing again with a lob during the last 10 minutes.


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VEC FC -v- Liffey Celtic

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