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].
However, a ‘screamer’ from captain Joey Byrne on 62 minutes levelled matters once again as the game ended at 2 apiece.
A man-of-the- match performance from midfielder Mick Kinsella inspired VEC to a 2-2 draw against League Champions Malahide Utd. in our final league match of the season in Terenure on Monday. In truth, this was a game we had the winnings of, only for the visitors to equalize in the 90+5th minute from a corner kick. Up to then, we had dominated – going 2-1 up with 2 excellent Joey Byrne goals after Malahide had opened the scoring in the 5th minute. The performance from all the players and the chances created merited a better outcome – but it was not to be!
Discounting huge wins in Cup competitions over the years, this win by a massive 8 goals over Rialto FC in the League, matched the 8-0 win over Whitechurch FC in September 2016 which was a VEC’s highest win margin in the Premier Division in over 20 years. This was Tom Wrynne’s first goal in the 38th minute, who then went on to complete his hat-trick with further goals in the 40th and 68th minutes. Incidentally, Joey Byrne, who was also on the scoresheet yesterday, had scored 4 goals in that match in Whitechurch over 5 years ago.
Meanwhile, alongside in the Premier Division Shield game, Oisín Kinsella scored two superb goals in VEC’s 3-3 draw against Rialto FC. More here.
In his first start in nearly 3 months, Aidan Hyland returned to action for VEC in the Premier Division match against AGP FC in Terenure on Wednesday evening and then just 2 minutes into the 2nd half, scored VEC’s first goal of the game and significantly, Aidan’s 200th goal for the Club. Oisín Kinsella added to VEC’s tally 3 minutes later with his first goal of the season, as VEC went on to record a comfortable 2-0 win. Report and photos.
This was Séamus Staunton’s second – and VEC’s fourth – goal in Malahide Castle as VEC recorded a resounding 4-1 victory over Atletico Malahide. James McGauran had opened the scoring after just 9 minutes and Jeff De Castro made it two in the 26th minute to make it 2-0 to VEC at half time. The home team pulled one back in the 58th minute, but five minutes later, Séamus scored his first and then got his second on the stroke of full time. More pics.
Colm McSharry was on the scoresheet again as VEC had a good win away to Beech Park FC. Our other goalscorers were Alonso Houlihan and Ronan Murphy, as we strengthened our position in the Division 2 table with a 3-1 win.
An intriguing league match away to leaders Fairview Celtic on Saturday next awaits!
This goal from Pat Meghen in the final 5 minutes was VEC’s only consolation on the day that Premier Division leaders Malahide Utd. came to Terenure and scored from two breakaways in the first half, followed by a lovely strike in the 76th minute, to seal all three league points.
In Division 2, VEC 2nds were awarded all three points, as their opposition were unable to field a team on the day.
This great save by Richie Hannify in the dying minutes ensured that VEC came away from Albert College with a share of the spoils in the Premier Division match against Shelbourne AFC. There were two volleyed goals – firstly by the home team in the 35th minute and then by VEC through Séamus Staunton 30 minutes later, as the match finished 1-1.
Meanwhile 2 goals in the final 5 minutes gave VEC 2nds a dramatic 3-2 win against Stedfast Utd. in Division 2 in Terenure on the same day. Conor Daly’s penalty put VEC in the lead, only for the opposition to score 2 in the 2nd half, before the dramatic late goals from Colm McSharry and Alonso Houlihan secured a great win for VEC.