Collective training now unfortunately ceased for 6 weeks! Only individual training within a radius of 5 km of homes permitted!
The government has decided that, as of midnight on Wednesday 21 October, all of Ireland 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”.
VEC FC play on Saturdays in the CDETB Sportsgrounds Terenure [previously known as the VEC Sportsgrounds] (Templeogue Road, Dublin)
Map / Directions at end of page
Training on Thursdays in Whelan Park Kimmage (Larkview) from 9pm to 10pm until further notice. ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS MUST BE ADHERED TO!
PRIVATE Grounds – Excellent facilities!
NEW TALENTED PLAYERS ALWAYS WELCOME!
VEC FC are always on the look-out for talented new players.
If you are interested, then contact Dave Spring at 087-2234252
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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.
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More photos here.
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.
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Unfortunately it was not to be! In this strange ‘Covid’ season, VEC failed to score (for the first time in a league game) and had to relinquish our Premier Division title to South William Street Celtic.
This fine header from VEC’s Conall O’Shaughnessy [click on image to enlarge] seemed to be destined to hit the back of the net early in the second half and cancel out South William Street Celtic’s 18th minute ‘cracker’ in the top-of-the-table clash in Ringsend Park. Alas, it was cleared off the line and despite some later efforts – including a rasping shot from Seamus Staunton which re-bounded off the crossbar – and with VEC pushing for the critical equaliser, the home team wrapped up the game with their second goal in the 85th minute to win their first and a well-deserved Premier Division title.
In his first competitive game since March, Richie Hannify’s ‘wonder’ save in the 90th minute ensured that VEC gained all 3 points against Castle Celtic in Terenure to move to within three points (with a game in hand) of Premier Division leaders South William Street Celtic.
Pat Meghen – with another priceless goal – had opened the scoring in the 10th minute and VEC should really have put the game out of the visitor’s reach in the first half, but failed to convert a number of chances. This gave Castle hope as they pushed for the equaliser late in the game, but solid defending and that save kept VEC on course to retain the league title.
The only real save that Rob Newe had to make as his defense stood solid against Arthur Griffith Park FC in the Premier Division clash in Terenure on Wednesday.
Three first half goals from Jordan Howard (10 mins.) Seamus Staunton (35 mins.) and an o.g. five minutes later ensured that VEC picked up all 3 points on a 3-0 scoreline with South William Street Celtic firmly in their sights at the top of the table!
Congratulations to Gavin Murphy who collected his €500 first prize from Chairman David Spring after romping home from the other 68 contenders in VEC’s annual Pickawinner fundraising competition. See www.pickawinner.ie