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 .
The FAI is advising all affiliates that only essential personnel should attend all training sessions and match fixtures. Essential personnel include players, coaches, match officials and club officials and volunteers. Parents, guardians and spectators are asked to attend only if essential circumstances exist. Those attending a training session or match fixture must strictly observe 2 metres social distancing at all times and all players, coaches, match officials and volunteers should practise safe personal hygiene in light of the current COVID-19 situation and the ongoing impact of the Omicron variant on Irish society. Changing rooms and shower facilities will not be available until further notice.
The UCFL’s Pre-Season Tournament kicks off for VEC on Saturday 12th June 2021 with a home game against Shelbourne AFC, while VEC 2nds first game will be away to Roc Celtic on ‘the Lawns’ in Ballyfermot on Wednesday 16th June 2021. Further details under Fixtures.
VEC FC will play 7 games up to 24th July and VEC FC 2nds will play 8 games up to 28th July.
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.