VEC Weather the Storm!

On a bitterly cold day in Brickfields on Saturday, Dan Smyth showed great bravery and sure handling throughout, and kept another ‘clean sheet’ – this time against Rialto FC in this Premier Division match, after it was switched from the VEC grounds.

The only goal of the game came from a beautiful 60th minute volley from striker Aidan Hyland, who latched on to a perfect Antoine Daubigny cross – securing the 3 points for VEC against a battling Rialto side.

Unbelievable Jeff!

This was Jefferson De Castro’s shot hitting the back of the net in the 9th minute, drawing VEC level after the referee had bizarrely awarded AGP a penalty in the 3rd minute, which they converted. The visitors then went ahead again 2 minutes later. But that man Jefferson, who was having a magnificent game down the VEC right, equalized again for VEC in the 40th minute with a thunderous left foot shot and then 4 minutes later Jim McGauran put us in the lead for the first time in the match. Unfortunately, with the award of another penalty to AGP early in the second half, they made it 3-3 and both teams finished with a premier division point apiece! More pics.

Joey Scores Again!

Joey Byrne with his beautiful bride Cara on their wedding day last Saturday. Congratulations to you both from all at VEC FC.

Having joined the club in 2004, VEC stalwart Joey has since played over 400 games for VEC FC and in October 2017 surpassed Noel Ryan’s long standing Club goal-scoring record of 198 , and currently sits atop of the Club’s all-time leader board with 243 goals.

Knocked out on Penalties!

This was a great goal from Aidan Hyland after just 10 minutes against Fairview Celtic in the Challenge Cup match in the Dublin Port Stadium on Saturday. However, shortly after half-time VEC lost centre-back Neal Breslin for a ‘last man’ tackle, compounded by the home team equalizing, and then going ahead in the 78th minute. Their lead was short-lived, as Aidan scored his second goal a minute later and brought the game to extra-time. Joey Byrne then scored for VEC before Fairview equalized once again, bringing the game to a penalty shoot-out, where we missed one, and they scored their 5, knocking us out of the Cup!

It was not a good day for VEC, as our 2nds were knocked out of the MMI Cup by Stedfast Utd.

Robbie’s Final Journey!

It is with deep regret that we announce that former club member, mentor and friend Robbie Ebbs sadly passed away this week. He was such a colourful guy and always good company. He was inspirational and brought the best out in everyone, no more so than when he impressively managed VEC teams for five seasons in the 90’s.

VEC Football Club extends sincere condolences to his wife Anne and to his family and friends on their sad loss. May he rest in peace. Read his VEC ‘Bio’

VEC Travel to Lourdes!

With the VEC grounds declared unplayable, this Division 2 game was switched to  Stannaway Park, where Gildas Oliver (seen here) scored the opening goal in the 37th minute. Lourdes Celtic equalized just 5 minutes into the 2nd half, although whether the ball actually crossed the goal-line after re-bounding off the post, is debatable! In any event, the introduction of Frankie Nolan and Liam Marshall on the hour mark, resulted in the former crossing for the latter to score a deserved winning goal for VEC FC 2nds in the 80th minute. More pics. here

Bewildering!

We thought that we had taken the lead in the 40th minute, only for the officials to bizarrely rule this ‘goal’ offside. The sun may have been in the assistant’s eyes, but surely the referee (perfectly positioned) could see that this was a legitimate goal! To compound matters, Malahide Utd. scored in the 65th minute to win 1-0.

With no match scheduled next weekend, we will re-group on 5th November.

VEC Exit FAI Junior Cup

Although leading 2-1 after 55 minutes with goals from Jay Hester and Tom Wrynne, VEC conceded four goals from Verona FC’s four chances thereafter and sadly exited the FAI Junior Cup at the Round 2 stage in Terenure.

We wish Verona FC every success as they progress to the next round.