We have been drawn at home to meet them in the 1st Round of this season’s Challenge Cup. Meanwhile, VEC FC 2nds face a daunting but challenging task as they will travel to meet the Premier Division champions Malahide Utd.
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.
The V.E.C. football club was founded in April 1974 by members of the administrative staff working in the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee. In June 1974 the Club applied to the United Churches Football League of Ireland and was immediately accepted for the top division. We have remained in the top division of the league every single year since. A remarkable and unique achievement! Here are the divisions for the 2023-20224 season:
V.E.C. Football Club is embarking on our 50th season playing in the top (Premier) Division in the UCFL. We would particularly welcome new players, so if you believe that you have the ability and are ready for a fresh challenge with a long established and successful club, DM us on FB or just join us in pre-season training in the ETB (VEC) Sportsgrounds in Terenure every Tuesday at 6.45pm.
Congratulations to former VEC player and manager Kevin O’Hanlon who married former Dublin football star Dr. Noelle Healy in a lavish summer wedding in the capital over the June bank holiday weekend. As reported on Independent.ie, “the footballer’s new husband looked suave, swapping a basic tux for a grey jacket and navy trousers”. See full article. More about Kev here.
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.