Paddy Cook turned this game into his personal playground, netting 4 goals for VEC with the finesse of a seasoned pro, leaving his manager and spectators in awe and our opponents Brookview Utd. scratching their heads in disbelief. His performance was a symphony of skill, a masterpiece on the pitch that will be talked about for a few years hours. (btw 1 of those 4 goals was an o.g. which he claimed). Jerry, Frankie, Mano & Howler were the other scorers in this 8-0 league win!
VEC 2nds recorded their 6th win on the trot against Rathmines Roosters in Terenure to stay top of Division 2. Although we had the opposition under pressure for most of the game, it took us 65 minutes to take the lead, when Richie Rye was in the right place to poke the ball into the net following a Conor Callaghan corner kick. Frankie Nolan made the result safe when he beat the offside to score our second in the 90th minute, and ensure the 3 points. It finished 2-0. More pics. here
With our home pitch unplayable, VEC FC moved this Premier Division fixture against Shelbourne AFC to Marlay Park Astro. Unfortunately, the move back-fired, as we succumbed 1-2 to our first league defeat of the season.
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