Well done to Kilbarrack Utd. who took full advantage of a poor VEC performance to advance to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with a 3-2 win.
James McGauran’s 12th minute goal was cancelled out by 2 goals in the next 7 minutes by the home team which they increased to 3 just before half-time after receiving a very soft penalty decision, when most agreed that a free out should have been awardedprior to that.
Oisin Kinsella’s goal from a lovely free kick with 10 minutes left gave VEC some hope but despite serious pressure thereafter, unfortunately the equalizer never materialised.
A somewhat disjointed performance from VEC allowed Dunshaughlin Youths to gain maximum points from this Division 2 clash in Terenure, Their set-pieces were really the difference between the two teams. Their 1st goal was scored on the half hour mark, before VEC equalised 7 minutes after the break through Garry Curran. But goals in the 60th and 65th minute ensured the visitor’s victory long before another 3 goals were scored in time added on to leave the result 2-5 with Conor O’Neill getting VEC’s 2nd goal in the dying moments.
After conceding a goal from a looping header 5 minutes into time added on in the first half, VEC FC returned in the second half to equalize after 11 minutes through Joey Byrne against Clontarf FC in the AUL Complex.
With no further goals, we entered 30 minutes of extra time, yielding no further scores and thus faced a penalty shoot-out – unfortunately losing out by 2 goals to 1.
Joey Byrne’s first goal of the season in the first minute of the second half, ensured that VEC advanced to the next round of the LFA Junior Cup at the expense of Leinster Senior League top outfit Maynooth University Town out in Maynooth. The game finished 0-1.