It was back to league action in Lucan on Wednesday for VEC after exiting both UCFL cups on penalties in the previous week.
Just 15 minutes into the game, Oisin Kinsella’s excellent cross flew into the net off a defender to set VEC on the way to a 2-1 league win over Beech Park FC. Pat Meghen added a second 5 minutes later but then in the 55th minute, the home team pulled one back after VEC failed to clear their lines, but VEC held out for the 3 points to keep the pressure up on Premier Division leaders South William Street Celtic.
Joey Byrne stole in at the far post in the 48th minute to score the opening goal for VEC against Dunshaughlin in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Unfortunately the lead didn’t last long as the home team equalised with a breakaway goal just 5 minutes later! Finishing at 1-1, the game went to extra time, but without any further goals. In the resulting penalty shoot-out, Dunshaughlin advanced to the semi-final on a 4-3 score.
VEC bowed out of the Richard Knight Cup disappointingly at the Last-16 stage in Terenure on Wednesday, after failing to take numerous chances to score, including a penalty miss in the 35th minute after Conall O’Shaughnessy had been bundled over in the box. So, with no goals after 90 minutes, extra-time was needed!
Close efforts can be seen from Joey Byrne and James McGauran in the first half, followed by unsuccessful efforts from Seamus Staunton & Jack Nolan in the second half.
Extra time also failed to produce any goals, so the dreaded penalty shoot-out decided the outcome with Beech Park FC advancing to the quarter-final on a 4-2 score.
Jordan Howard may have ‘put the icing on the cake’ with this goal on the 90th minute, but it was Oisin Kinsella with two lovely goals in the 30th and 58th minutes who set VEC on their way to a well-deserved 3-0 win over Coolock Village in our first Premier Division match in over four months in Terenure … thus keeping the pressure on South William Street Celtic at the top of the table.
After being two goals behind after 40 minutes, two goals a-piece from Seamus Staunton and James McGauran secured an eventual 4-4 draw for VEC in the friendly against LSL side CYM Beechwood on Tuesday.
Another good workout in preparation for the return to league action at the weekend!
Oisin Kinsella (not in picture) scores VEC’s first goal direct from a corner kick, as VEC went on to beat St. James Gate in a friendly – and the first match back after 4 months – as part of our preparation for the return to league action next Saturday.