Tom Wrynne’s 70th minute goal was enough for VEC to once again see off the challenge of Tallaght Utd. with a 1-0 win in the Richard Knight Cup Final in Frank Cooke Park, thus recording a cup double win, following the previous week’s 1-0 win over the same opposition in the Challenge Cup.
What Kev said …….. *They said …*
Unfortunately, our second team were unable to emulate that cup win, losing 2-0 after conceding two late goals to a strong Coolock Village side in the MMI Cup Final in Home Farm on the same evening, despite a brave effort.
VEC easily dispensed with Lourdes Celtic in the Richard Knight Cup Semi-Final with a 4-0 scoreline on a wet evening in Pearse College. James McGauran opening the scoring in just the 4th minute, with Seamus Staunton adding a second after 25 minutes. Then in the 2nd half, Joey Byrne scored in the 60th minute, before Pat Meghen made it 4-0 just 10 minutes later.
VEC will now meet Tallaght Utd. again next Wednesday 25th May – this time in the Richard Knight Cup Final – in Frank Cooke Park, hoping to emulate the recent 1-0 over the same opposition in the Challenge Cup Final.
On that same evening, VEC 2nds will meet Coolock Village FC in the MMI Cup Final in Home Farm, Whitehall.
This is the moment in the 25th minute when Séamus Staunton scored the only goal of the game, as VEC dispatched Tallaght Utd. to win the Challenge Cup in Home Farm on a 1-0 scoreline. Squad
Captain Séamus Staunton receives the Cup from UCFL Chairman Barney Blood.
Dan Smyth receives the man-of-the-match award.
The only goal of this MMI Cup Semi-Final game came from Colm Callaghan (with an assist from Eoin Sweeney) with just 6 minutes of extra-time remaining, as VEC 2nds overcame a strong Roc Celtic side in Terenure.
It was a massive performance from everyone all over the pitch for VEC, who will now meet Coolock Village FC in the MMI Cup Final on Wednesday, 25th May in Home Farm in Whitehall k.o. 7.30pm. Squad pic.
This follows VEC 1sts reaching the Challenge Cup Final next Saturday. We wish both teams well.
VEC FC will play Tallaght Utd. in the final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday 14th May at 2.00pm in Home Farm Whitehall.
Our last Challenge Cup final was in 2019, with a showdown against Drumcondra AFC in the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock. It was a case of cometh the hour cometh the man, as Aidan Hyland struck no less than 4 killer blows in a mercurial performance, as we triumphed 6-3. Joey Byrne and Séamus Staunton were also on the scoresheet. A deserved man of the match award followed for Hyland as VEC carved the club name into the Challenge Cup trophy for the 8th time!
With manager Simon Roche (captain in our 2011 cup final win) now at the helm and 10 of our 2019 cup winning squad still involved, VEC FC hope to make it 9 Challenge Cup wins out of 12 .
This season’s Challenge Cup final will see the top two in the Premier Division go head to head. VEC FC will meet Tallaght Utd. in the decider in Home Farm on Saturday May 14th at 2.00pm.
Under the lights in Ringsend Park, VEC saw off the challenge of Harding IF FC, on a comprehensive 4-0 scoreline. Tom Wrynne opened the scoring in the 35th minute; Neill Love added a second in the 73rd minute and then Joey Byrne and Aidan Hyland scored one a-piece in the final five minutes, to ‘put the icing on the cake’. Squad picture 1 picture 2