Gildas Gains VEC a Share of the Spoils!

No. 6 Gildas Oliver receives the congratulations  of his team-mates after equalising for VEC with a brilliant strike in the 75th minute against visitors Clondalkin Celtic, who had opened the scoring in the 28th minute in this Division 2A league match in Terenure.

There were no further goals resulting in the points being shared in what was probably a fair 1-1 draw.  More pics.

Byrne Scores 5 as VEC Progress in Cup

Hapless Newlane FC 2nds from Division 3C found VEC’s all-time top goal-scorer Joey Byrne in top form as he scored 5 goals as VEC coasted into the 3rd round of the Challenge Cup in Collinstown Park. The final outcome was 7-0 with Seamus Staunton and James McGauran also getting on the scoresheet.

The first four goals were scored by Joey in a 16-minute spell in the first half.  He could easily have added to his tally of 233 goals for VEC, save for tremendous goalkeeping (excuse the pun) from the home team no. 1 Stephen Barry.

More pics. here.

VEC Exit LFA Junior Cup

This goal from Joey Byrne (9) after just 10 minutes set VEC on the way  against Elm Mount FC in Parnells Astro. The home team pulled one back after 27 minutes leaving this 2nd round LFA Junior Cup match all square at half-time. Then with VEC suffering two unfortunate injuries shortly after, Elm Mount scored two quick goals in the 55th and 60th minutes, before Pat Meghen’s excellent penalty three minutes later made it 3-2. Pics here.

Despite constant pressure from there on, VEC failed to find the net, as the opposition closed out the game to advance to the next round.

‘Cakewalk’ for the Conors and VEC 2nds!

VEC’s three Conors: Conor O’Neill, Conor Daly and Conor Callaghan each scored as VEC 2nds pulled off a comprehensive 7-2 victory over Dublin Postal FC in Round 1 of UCFL’s Challenge Cup in Terenure on Saturday.

This is not to overlook a wonderful hat-trick from the club’s leading goalscorer Paddy Cook (pic.). VEC’s other goal came from Colm McSharry.

Next is an away trip to either Swords Manor 2nds or Tamh-Leacht FC who have yet to play their round 1 match.

VEC go Top of Premier Division

A great left wing cross from Joey Byrne (not in pic.) just eluded Tom Wrynne (10) and the inrushing James McGauran (7) and whizzed past the post after 23 minutes in this match against Harding IF on the Ringsend Astro, before Tom’s pile-driver from 25 yards flew into the top right hand corner of the net to give VEC the lead just 2 minutes before the break.

Chances thereafter by both teams were few and far between with defenses dominating, so this goal decided the outcome giving VEC all three Premier Division points with the 1-0 scoreline. See more pics at Results

Friday Night Thriller in Lucan

Conall O’Shaughnessy about to head in VEC’s last gasp equalizer at the end of extra time which brought our FAI Junior Cup game against Leinster Senior League outfit Booth Road Celtic to a dreaded penalty shoot-out on the SDFL’s Astro.

VEC had opened the scoring with Neill Love’s first goal for VEC in just the 2nd minute and an exquisite second followed from Jordan Howard in the 27th minute before the home team pulled one back in stoppage time in the first half. They then levelled the game 6 minutes into the second half and it remained 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Extra time followed and Booth Road took a fortuitous lead in the first period when the ball was deflected by a VEC defender into his own goal. But the equalizer brought it to 3-3 and penalties where VEC unfortunately missed two, resulting in the home team advancing on a 4-1 shoot-out score.

VEC Advance in LFA Junior Cup

With just 12 minutes left on the clock away to Ayrfield Utd. on Saturday, VEC were staring at an early exit from the LFA Junior Cup; that is until Joey Byrne (9) popped up with his 2nd goal on the day (click on pic.) and then Seamus Staunton heading in a powerful header with just 7 minutes remaining, to give VEC a deserved 3-2 win over the Leinster Senior League outfit.

The home team had opened the scoring with a well taken breakaway goal in the 17th minute and held onto that lead until the 53rd minute when Joey scored his first goal. VEC fell behind for a second time some 15 minutes later, before the second comeback in the 78th minute. We move on to the next round!

3 Wins out of 3!

This James McGauran 30-minute strike ensured that VEC took all 3 points against Glasnaion FC in Johnstown Park in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Despite creating plenty of chances, VEC couldn’t add another goal and held out for a 1-0 win to make it 3 wins out of 3. See more pics here!