Glasnaion FC proved a ‘tough nut to crack’ until Joey Byrne broke through and dinked the keeper in the 70th minute to score the only goal of the game. It could have been more as we had a penalty re-take brilliantly saved by the home keeper in the 27th minute (pics. below).
Once in the lead, we just shut up shop to make sure of the points. Glasnaion were a threat on the break across the 90 minutes, but we secured the 3 points thanks mainly to an excellent defensive performance.
Man-of-the-match Joey Byrne rolled back the years with a brilliant display as VEC literally weathered the dreadful conditions to thump unbeaten Premier Division leaders South William Street Celtic in Terenure.
He set VEC on the way as early as the 6th minute with a great strike, only for the visitors to score from the penalty spot 10 minutes later. However, goals from Oisin Kinsella and Jordan Howard gave VEC a commanding 3-1 lead at the break.
Oisin’s second strike 2 minutes into the second half after some magic play from Joey effectively wrapped up matters as VEC raced into a 4-1 lead. Then Tom Wrynne with two goals in 3 minutes put the icing on the cake for VEC despite a 2nd goal from South William St.
Result: a resounding 6-2 win for VEC. Pic. above: 4 x VEC goalscorers.
Meanwhile in Division 2, a late Karl Reck strike gave VEC 2nds a deserved share of the spoils against Booterstown Utd. in a game that finished 2-2. Andy Stansell – with his first for VEC – scored VEC’s first goal.
All VEC players who took part in the 4th Round FAI Junior Cup tie against Rosemount Mulvey FC should be very proud of their efforts. In very tough conditions of rain and high gusts, VEC battled from start to finish, playing some lovely football under the lights in Pearse Park, Crumlin.
There was really nothing between the teams as Rosemount scored with a great strike frfom Sam Meegan after 30 minutes, only for Conall O’Shaughnessy to equalize for VEC with an equally good strike after 65 minutes. With no further goals for the remainder of the game including extra time, the outcome was decided by a ‘dreaded’ penalty shoot-out where VEC scored 4 from 5 but the opposition scored all 5!
Goals from Jordan Howard, Oisin Kinsella and Joey Byrne in the 10th, 20th and 28th minutes put VEC FC well on the way to all 3 points in their Premier Division clash against previous champions Harding IF FC in Terenure.
The visitors pulled one back in the 40th minute but with no further goals, VEC won comfortably 3-1.
Meanwhile 30 minutes later, VEC FC 2nds beat AGP 2nds 2-0 to move up two places in Division 2. Adam Flynn and Jack McKnight scored the goals while stand-in keeper Manager Sean O’Shea kept the clean sheet! In truth, this 2-0 result could have been more!
It was nice to get two good league wins as we head into the Christmas break.
Pictured after the match in Kildare on a cold night in December are Mick Kinsella, Davy Frewen, Peter O’Brien, Seamus Staunton, Gav Murphy and Conall O’Shaughnessy who all represented the UCFL in this season’s Oscar Traynor Trophy. Ray Jaudzems also played earlier in the competition and once again a VEC FC player was granted the honour of captaining the team … this time it was Gav Murphy.
It took just one goal to decide this LFA Junior Cup 2nd Round tie. Unfortunately for VEC FC, it was the visitors Bangor Greenhills Greenpark FC who struck with the decisive goal from a free-kick just before half-time.
Played in VEC Terenure, the match finished 1-0. Picture shows James McGauran in action.
Meanwhile VEC FC 2nds were knocked out of the MMI Cup in the cruelest of ways, losing 3-5 in a penalty shoot-out to Dynamo Ridgewood FC, after the sides had finished 1-1 after 110 minutes. Garry Curran scored VEC’s goal.