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
VEC player/manager Simon Roche was forced into action in extra time of today’s RK Cup Quarter Final win over Boghall Rovers and scored this towering back-post header just 3 minutes after his deft backheel goal, as VEC completed an excellent comeback, having fallen 2 goals behind to an impressive Boghall side! VEC’s other goalscorers were Gav Murphy, Tom Wrynne, Jack Nolan and Aidan Hyland. It ended 6-3. This followed VEC’s win over the same opposition in the recent quarter-final Challenge Cup match in Bray.
Meanwhile on the adjoining pitch, VEC 2nds also came from behind to surprise high-flying Stedfast Utd. with a thrilling 3-1 win to advance to the semi-final of the MMI Cup. Fionn Riordan, Ronan Corbett and Conor O’Neill were the VEC goalscorers. See Cup Draws & Dates
Unfortunately, this brilliant strike from James McGauran in the 75th minute wasn’t enough for VEC after conceding two set piece goals in the 16th and 40th minutes against Arthur Griffith Park FC in this crucial Premier Division clash in Lucan on Wednesday evening. Despite constant pressure from VEC thereafter, including a rasper of a shot from Pat Meghen that hit the crossbar, there were no further goals!
Following a mazy run through a number of defenders, James McGauran (7) makes it 5-1 for VEC in the 77th minute of this Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Boghall Rovers in Bray.
An Oisin Kinsella corner had completely evaded the home goalkeeper in the 5th minute, followed by Conor Tiernan’s first goal for VEC just 5 minutes later. Neill Love made it 3-0 ten minutes before half-time. Then Pat Meghen scored VEC’s fourth in the 65th minute, and although Boghall pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining, this tie was never in doubt!
Aidan Hyland smashed home a volley after only 30 seconds to set VEC on their way to 3 valuable points in the Premier Division race against Beech Park FC in Lucan on Wednesday evening.
The weather turned biblical on the quarter hour, but when it brightened up, a Ray Jaudzems strike from distance proved too hot to handle and Joey Byrne followed up for a poacher’s goal with just 7 minutes remaining in the first half, giving VEC a 2-0 lead.
The game petered out in the second half, without further impact on the scoreboard, as VEC failed to convert a stream of half chances.
In his first start for VEC in three years after injury, Aidan Hyland (left) slotted home at the back post on the stroke of half time after excellent work from Gav Murphy to score for VEC in the Premier Division in Terenure. The visitors Malahide Utd. had opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with an unstoppable strike, but VEC fought back and equalised with James McGauran finishing off a surging run himself in the 35th minute re-acting to Jeff De Castro’s effort, before Aidan’s winning goal. More pics.