7 months after his last hat-trick, Paddy Cook hit the back of the Kiltalown FC net three times in the first 20 minutes of the Division 2 league match in Jobstown to give VEC FC a commanding 3-0 lead by half-time. Two quick goals after the re-start – with the elements now in their favour – put the home team back in the game, but we held out for another 3 points.
Last Saturday in the ETB (VEC) Sportsgrounds in Terenure against AGP FC in the Premier Division of the UCFL, our own Joey Byrne netted his landmark 250th goal for the Club. What an achievement! What a milestone!
It took the legendry Wayne Rooney 546 games playing for Manchester Utd. to achieve that milestone; whereas Joey has achieved that after playing in just 432 official games for VEC FC, having made his debut on 21st August 2004 against St. Canice’s Utd. in Terenure. Read Joey’s achievements over those 18 seasons here.
In the Premier Division game on the adjoining pitch, VEC 1sts dispatched AGP FC on a scoreline of 3-2 when Oisín Kinsella came up with the goods, firstly after only 10 minutes and then on 68 minutes to finally kill off the visitors’ challenge. AGP had equalized twice on 15 minutes and 55 minutes, but in between Joey Byrne was on hand to guide the ball home just 3 minutes into the 2nd half …. and this was Joey’s 250th goal for the Club. A truly remarkable achievement – details of which are captured in a separate post!
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It all started in Summer 1974, when an application was made by the newly-formed V.E.C. Football Club to the United Churches Football League of Ireland (UCFL) and V.E.C. FC were immediately accepted into the top division. Then on the 7th September 1974, the club played its first official game: it was a Barton Shield match played in Terenure against St. Maelruan’s from Tallaght. Dave Spring wore the no. 11 shirt in that first game!
Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer might be regarded as the greatest super-sub of all time, but VEC’s Alonso Houlihan proved today that he can also be called a super-sub. Playing his first game for VEC’s first team, he scored the insurance goal in the 80th minute, just 10 minutes after entering the fray, to ensure that VEC advanced to the next round of the Challenge Cup! This was after Joey Byrne had opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Right throughout, our defense was rock solid! It finished 2-0 in Terenure. More pics. here
We have been drawn at home to meet them in the 1st Round of this season’s Challenge Cup. Meanwhile, VEC FC 2nds face a daunting but challenging task as they will travel to meet the Premier Division champions Malahide Utd.
VEC 2nds scored 10 goals as they demolished a poor Clondalkin Celtic side in their Division 2 match in Terenure. The goals came from Chris O’Riordan & Richie Rye with 2 a-piece, and one each from Paul Langan, Paddy Cook, Colm Callaghan, Antoine Daubigny and Jerry Clancy. The other was an o.g. It finished 10-0: a record for our second string! [Click on image to enlarge].