Having made his International debut for the Turks and Caicos Islands national football team in 2011, VEC FC player Jack McKnight played the full world cup qualifying match at left back against Nicaragua last night. Unfortunately, the team lost 7-0 in this CONCACAF first round Group E qualifier match. Well done Jack!
Update: Jack also played a full game in the next match on 30th March 2021 against Belize, where the Turks and Caicos Islands suffered a 5-0 defeat. Both matches were played in the Dominican Republic due to Covid-19 restrictions.
[Click on team line-up and squad below to enlarge]
Back l to r: Juan Vassallo; Russell White; Shane Reddin; Richie Burke; Brian O’Keeffe; Gildas Oliver; Josh Caffrey; Jack McKnight; Paddy Prizeman. Front: Conor O’Neill; Karl Reck; Mattie Wallace; Garry Curran; Paul Smith; Darragh Kelly; Simon Roche. [Missing/injured: Sean O’Shea; Adam Flynn].
No indoor or outdoor gatherings permitted involving “collective team training” except for professional and elite sports. So unfortunately, for the month of January, we are back to individual training only.
Also, no matches or events are to take place, save for professional and elite sports.
Under the Covid-19 restrictions, “non-contact training in pods of up to 15” is still permitted. We got three Thursday training sessions in before Christmas. Unfortunately, “no matches or other sporting events can take place” yet.
Collective training now unfortunately ceased for 6 weeks! Only individual training within a radius of 5 km of homes permitted!
As of midnight on 21 October, we will be placed on Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Level 5 restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks.
No training or matches should take place, with the exception of (i) professional and elite sports games … which are being permitted to continue behind closed doors and (ii) non-contact training for school-aged children in outdoors pods of 15. All other training activities should be individual only with people permitted to exercise within a radius of 5 km of their home. See FAI Update.
Following the introduction of Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin, the Football Association of Ireland has announced the cessation (from midnight 18th September) of all Adult Amateur and Underage football matches in Dublin. Then on 5th October the Government announced that “no matches or other sporting events should take place” for a further three weeks, which means that the earliest that football can return is Saturday 31st October!
VEC FC Training continues on Thursdays in Whelan Park Kimmage (Larkview) from 9.10pm to 10.10pm until further notice. ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS MUST BE ADHERED TO!
Training [Covid-19 Level 3]
“Outdoors: Non contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
Indoors: Individual training only”.
Matches and events [Covid-19 Level 3]
“No matches or other sporting events should take place, with the exception of professional, elite, inter-county, and senior club championship, which should all take place behind closed doors”.
Another penalty shoot-out was needed to decide the winner as the sides finished level at 2-2 after 90 minutes in the Premier Division Shield Final in Terenure.
VEC had to come from behind on two occasions: Coolock Village opened the scoring in the 40th minute only for Seamus Staunton to equalise from the penalty spot just three minutes later. Then three minutes into the second half they regained their lead until the 64th minute when Ray Jaudzems (in pic.) made it 2-2.
VEC won the penalty shoot-out 5-4 with Richie Hannify brilliantly saving Coolock’s last kick.
Adam Flynn scores VEC’s 5th penalty as VEC knock-out South William Street Celtic 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after both sides finished level at 4-4. [click on image to enlarge].
Coming from 2 goals down after 20 minutes, VEC drew level after 38 minutes in the Premier Division Shield Semi-Final in Terenure. But the visitors restored their 2 goal advantage by the 10th minute of the second half, only for substitute Andy Myler to roll back the years with an exquisite 80th minute free kick and then captain Seamus Staunton to equalise from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of this hectic game to bring this tie to penalties. We now meet Coolock Village in the Shield Final.
Despite around 66% possession, VEC failed to put Harding IF away in the Premier Shield Quarter Final in Terenure, and had to rely on success in the penalty shoot-out (3-1) after the sides had finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Trailing 0-1 after 30 minutes, Seamus Staunton put VEC level with a penalty in the 52nd minute, added to 10 minutes later from a Tom Wrynne deft header, only for the visitors to level matters with 15 minutes remaining.