Tuesday 5th June 2018 - Richard Knight Cup Final
Harding 2-1 VEC (aet)
Unfortunately it was not to be for VEC on the night!
It was a very tight game played in the FAI in Abbotstown that was a tough battle and finely balanced the whole way through. Harding went in front after 33 minutes when a cross was whipped into the box and was unluckily turned it into his own net from defender Peter O’Brien under pressure from an opposing player.
Then in the 70th minute, a diagonal ball to the back post was taken on the chest by Joey Byrne: he was bundled over before getting his shot away for a penalty which Anto Dunne stuck sweetly into the top corner to make it 1-1. With no further goals in the 90 minutes, the game went to extra time.
On the stroke of the 11th minute of the first period of extra time, the Harding striker hit a speculative shot from about 30 yards out. Goalkeeper Alan Keane touched it onto the cross bar, but it crossed the line having hit his back. In the second period of extra time VEC pushed forward and Harding sat back soaking up the pressure and playing on the counter: but the equalising goal that VEC needed to bring the game to penalties never really looked like coming at that stage.
It was hard on the players to lose to two own goals but that's football. Congratulations to Harding on their win.
View match here
December 2017: Green Team are Le Tournoi Winners
Blue Team were runners-up; Orange Team were 3rd and Yellow Team were 4th
October 2017: Joey Byrne breaks VEC goalscoring record! Joey Byrne's 2 goals against St. Anthony's Utd. in Harmondstown brought his tally to 199 and surpassed Noel Ryan's long-standing record of 198 goals for VEC . See photos here
... and then on 2nd December against Clontarf Ath. in Baskin Lane, Joey scored his 200th official goal for the Club.
September 2017: After a gap of 3 years, VEC will field 3 teams once again in the UCFL for the coming season: and after a gap of 5 years, Simon Roche (pic.) returns, having previously played 128 games for VEC FC.
July 2017: After another successful season where we retained the UCFL Premier Division Trophy,
Kevin O'Hanlon has been re-appointed by the Club as 1st team manager for the 2017-2018 season with Dave Spring as his assistant. Photo shows the successful managers with the squad on the day that the Premier Division title was clinched.
February 2017: For the first time in the Club's history, we reached the last-16 of the FAI Junior Cup.
Having received a bye in round 1 we beat Inchicore Athletic 3-1, Sacred Heart 2-0, Columbas Rovers 3-1, Clara Town 4-0 and Buttevant AFC 2-0. Unfortunately we lost 2-0 to Boyle Celtic away on 5th February 2017 (photos)
July 2016: Kevin O'Hanlon (left) and Dave Spring (right) have been appointed by the Club as 1st team managers for the 2016-2017 season. Photo shows the successful managers with the 4 Trophies that VEC FC won in the 2015-2016 season.
The Barton Shield (awarded to the winners of the UCFL Premier Division Shield), St. Mark's Cup (awarded to the league winners of the UCFL Premier Division), the UCFL Challenge Cup, and the Richard Knight Cup.
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July 2015: David Spring (left) appointed by the Club as 1st team manager, with Kevin O'Hanlon (right) assisting him.
Fergal 'Stumpy' Nolan will manage the 2nd team, with assistance from Conor MacArtain. Full details here.
July 2014: Paul Hutchinson (left) re-appointed by the Club as 1st team manager.
His assistant will be David Spring.
Dave Carroll will manage the 2nd team, with assistance from John Doyle. Full details here.
September 2012: They say that everyone has a book in them. Well Paul Hutchinson - long-time member of VEC FC sat down and put pen to paper. See The Soccer Hutch.
June 2012: As he enters his 6th season with VEC FC, Michael Keating (left) has been appointed by the Club as 1st team manager. His assistant will be David Spring (right), who has managed the team for the previous 9 years.
Dave Carroll and his assistant John Doyle will continue managing the 2nd team, while Julien Dingle will continue with the 3rd team, with assistance from Daragh Murphy.
Full details here.
22nd August 2012: "Urbana University returns senior goalkeeper Darragh McGinley (formerly of VEC FC), who was 6-5-1 with 86 saves and a 1.80 goals against average in an injury shortened season". UU's Season Preview: "With a healthy McGinley and added depth, UU will be looking for its first winning season since 2006 and with a strong strength of schedule, the Blue Knights will be pushing for a spot in the regional rankings". (See Summer 2011 article below).
29th August 2012: Darragh McGinley has been selected to play in UU's first regular season game on 30th August. He has also been named Captain for the year.
January 2012: Andy Myler Signs for VEC
Andy Myler retired from Bray Wanderers at the end of the 2008 season having scored a total of 133 League of Ireland career goals.
He began his professional career at UCD. He also played for Newry Town, Monaghan United, Athlone Town, Waterford United, Drogheda United and Longford Town, before he was signed by Shamrock Rovers in July 2006, where he scored 20 goals in his two seasons there.
In January 2012, he came out of retirement and signed with VEC FC. He made his debut on 14th January in the UCFL's Premier Division game against Strand Utd. in VEC Terenure.
Summer 2011: Urbana University Announces Signing of VEC's Goalkeeper
Urbana University in Ohio in the USA is a full member of NCAA Division II - Urbana University Head Men's Soccer Coach Nick Roberts has announced 4 international signings , focusing first on the keeper position. The Blue Knights' 2010 starting goalkeepers are not returning in 2011, leaving an immediate need at the position. "This left us with a huge hole to fill in 2011," explained Roberts. "The need to find two quality goalkeepers became our biggest priority. Thankfully, we have just completed signing two outstanding goalkeepers with a multitude of experience and talent.
The first signee is goalkeeper Antons Trifonovs, a 6'2 goalkeeper and a 2-year associate degree graduate from Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio. Trifonovs is a native of Latvia.
In addition, the Blue Knights will add another very talented goalkeeper from Dublin, Ireland. Darragh McGinley, a 6'1 goalkeeper, is a graduate student from the Institute of Art and Design in Dublin. McGinley provides another credible and talented player to the Blue Knights' roster in 2011-12.
"McGinley is an accomplished goalkeeper and a great addition to our University and team," said Roberts. McGinley was signed from VEC FC in Dublin, Ireland.
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