With just one previous goal for VEC back in January 2019, Jack Nolan scored two spectacular goals in the 18th and 78th minutes, helping us on our way to a comprehensive 6-0 win away to Atletico Malahide. Oisin Kinsella had opened the scoring in the 12th minute, with captain Seamus Staunton netting a penalty in the 22nd minute, followed one minute later by a Ryan Brady strike on his debut! Then Jeff de Castro in the 83rd minute, with his first for VEC, curled a beautiful effort into the top right corner to make it 6. Click on pic. to enlarge
While it wasn’t the result we would have liked, it was great to be back playing football again last Saturday, after a gap of 10 months.
Even though we conceded an opportunist goal to Shelbourne AFC 10 minutes into the 2nd half, it seemed only to be a matter of time before we would score, based on our possession, but alas that goal never came despite some good chances. The visitors then scored their second in the dying minutes to take all three points in this UCFL Pre-Season Tournament. We move on!
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.
‘Hope is returning’ said the Taoiseach today (29th April) as the Government announced that “outdoor training for adults can recommence in pods of a maximum of 15 people with effect from 10th May”.
Also that from 7th June, “outdoor sports matches can recommence but with no spectators”. Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres can also reopen for individual training.
So, VEC training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 7.00pm in the ETB (VEC) Sportsgrounds in Terenure – in pods of 15.
Training also on Saturday starting at 10.30am.
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.
See article in the Sun Newspaper here.
[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].
Plan for Living with Covid-19
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.
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”.