While VEC 1sts recorded our third win on the trot in the David Blood Memorial Tournament in Terenure with a resounding 4-0 win over Roc Celtic, VEC 2nds went a step further on the adjoining pitch – thumping 7 goals without reply past a hapless Sandford St. Mary’s side. They now move on to play Beech Park FC on Saturday with a chance of reaching the semi-final, while the 1sts travel to Bray hoping to continue the winning run.
Gav Murphy (3) scores the only goal of the game in the 3rd minute against Harding IF FC on a dreadful pitch in Ringsend Park on Wednesday evening, as VEC ran out 1-0 winners in the David Blood Memorial Tournament.
VEC now have 6 points from the first two games.
Pat Meghen scores VEC’s 7th goal from the penalty spot against Rialto FC in the first match of the Pre-Season Tournament. With the visitors battling hard in the first half, it was only 1-0 at half time after Tom Wrynne had opened the scoring in the 15th minute. However, in a fifteen minute spell soon into the second half, VEC hit the net on five occasions through Joey Byrne, Jay Hester (twice), Antoine Daubigny and Jordan Howard, with Rialto pulling one back, before Pat’s penalty in the 75th minute, making it 7-1 to the home team.
What a season for VEC Captain Séamus Staunton who was voted VEC Player-of-the-Year 2021-2022 by his team-mates. (Pictured here with the Challenge Cup and the Richard Knight Cup). He was also joint top goalscorer for the season. Conor Callaghan was voted VEC 2nds Player-of-the-Year 2021-2022 by his team-mates.
With most events cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, a function was never held to announce the VEC Player-of-the-Year for 2019-2020, so Conall O’Shaughnessy was presented belatedly with his award by VEC FC Chairman David Spring. Congratulations to all … well deserved!
Representing VEC FC at the UCFL Presentation night in Molesworth Street and collecting the Challenge Cup and the Richard Knight Cup were Simon Roche, Joey Byrne, Neill Love, Richie Hannify & Dave Spring.
Also collected on the night were the Premier Division runners-up medals and the MMI Cup runners-up medals.
Tom Wrynne’s 70th minute goal was enough for VEC to once again see off the challenge of Tallaght Utd. with a 1-0 win in the Richard Knight Cup Final in Frank Cooke Park, thus recording a cup double win, following the previous week’s 1-0 win over the same opposition in the Challenge Cup.
What Kev said …….. *They said …*
Unfortunately, our second team were unable to emulate that cup win, losing 2-0 after conceding two late goals to a strong Coolock Village side in the MMI Cup Final in Home Farm on the same evening, despite a brave effort.
VEC easily dispensed with Lourdes Celtic in the Richard Knight Cup Semi-Final with a 4-0 scoreline on a wet evening in Pearse College. James McGauran opening the scoring in just the 4th minute, with Seamus Staunton adding a second after 25 minutes. Then in the 2nd half, Joey Byrne scored in the 60th minute, before Pat Meghen made it 4-0 just 10 minutes later.
VEC will now meet Tallaght Utd. again next Wednesday 25th May – this time in the Richard Knight Cup Final – in Frank Cooke Park, hoping to emulate the recent 1-0 over the same opposition in the Challenge Cup Final.
On that same evening, VEC 2nds will meet Coolock Village FC in the MMI Cup Final in Home Farm, Whitehall.
This is the moment in the 25th minute when Séamus Staunton scored the only goal of the game, as VEC dispatched Tallaght Utd. to win the Challenge Cup in Home Farm on a 1-0 scoreline. Squad
Captain Séamus Staunton receives the Cup from UCFL Chairman Barney Blood.
Dan Smyth receives the man-of-the-match award.
The only goal of this MMI Cup Semi-Final game came from Colm Callaghan (with an assist from Eoin Sweeney) with just 6 minutes of extra-time remaining, as VEC 2nds overcame a strong Roc Celtic side in Terenure.
It was a massive performance from everyone all over the pitch for VEC, who will now meet Coolock Village FC in the MMI Cup Final on Wednesday, 25th May in Home Farm in Whitehall k.o. 7.30pm. Squad pic.
This follows VEC 1sts reaching the Challenge Cup Final next Saturday. We wish both teams well.
Our last Challenge Cup final was in 2019, with a showdown against Drumcondra AFC in the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock. It was a case of cometh the hour cometh the man, as Aidan Hyland struck no less than 4 killer blows in a mercurial performance, as we triumphed 6-3. Joey Byrne and Séamus Staunton were also on the scoresheet. A deserved man of the match award followed for Hyland as VEC carved the club name into the Challenge Cup trophy for the 8th time!
With manager Simon Roche (captain in our 2011 cup final win) now at the helm and 10 of our 2019 cup winning squad still involved, VEC FC hope to make it 9 Challenge Cup wins out of 12 .