A man-of-the- match performance from midfielder Mick Kinsella inspired VEC to a 2-2 draw against League Champions Malahide Utd. in our final league match of the season in Terenure on Monday. In truth, this was a game we had the winnings of, only for the visitors to equalize in the 90+5th minute from a corner kick. Up to then, we had dominated – going 2-1 up with 2 excellent Joey Byrne goals after Malahide had opened the scoring in the 5th minute. The performance from all the players and the chances created merited a better outcome – but it was not to be!
Discounting huge wins in Cup competitions over the years, this win by a massive 8 goals over Rialto FC in the League, matched the 8-0 win over Whitechurch FC in September 2016 which was a VEC’s highest win margin in the Premier Division in over 20 years. This was Tom Wrynne’s first goal in the 38th minute, who then went on to complete his hat-trick with further goals in the 40th and 68th minutes. Incidentally, Joey Byrne, who was also on the scoresheet yesterday, had scored 4 goals in that match in Whitechurch over 5 years ago.