VEC Recover from Cup Set Backs

It was back to league action in Lucan on Wednesday for VEC after exiting both UCFL cups on penalties in the previous week.

Just 15 minutes into the game, Oisin Kinsella’s excellent cross flew into the net off a defender to set VEC on the way to a 2-1 league win over Beech Park FC. Pat Meghen added a second 5 minutes later but then in the 55th minute, the home team pulled one back after VEC failed to clear their lines, but VEC held out for the 3 points to keep the pressure up on Premier Division leaders South William Street Celtic.

VEC Exit Challenge Cup

Joey Byrne stole in at the far post in the 48th minute to score the opening goal for VEC against Dunshaughlin in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Unfortunately the lead didn’t last long as the home team equalised with a breakaway goal just 5 minutes later! Finishing at 1-1, the game went to extra time, but without any further goals. In the resulting penalty shoot-out, Dunshaughlin advanced to the semi-final on a 4-3 score.

VEC Fail to Take Chances

     

VEC bowed out of the Richard Knight Cup disappointingly at the Last-16 stage in Terenure on Wednesday, after failing to take numerous chances to score, including a penalty miss in the 35th minute after Conall O’Shaughnessy had been bundled over in the box. So, with no goals after 90 minutes, extra-time was needed!

Close efforts can be seen from Joey Byrne and James McGauran in the first half, followed by unsuccessful efforts from Seamus Staunton & Jack Nolan in the second half.

   

Extra time also failed to produce any goals, so the dreaded penalty shoot-out decided the outcome with Beech Park FC advancing to the quarter-final on a 4-2 score.

VEC Keep up Pressure!

Jordan Howard may have ‘put the icing on the cake’ with this goal on the 90th minute, but it was Oisin Kinsella with two lovely goals in the 30th and 58th minutes who set VEC on their way to a well-deserved 3-0 win over Coolock Village in our first Premier Division match in over four months in Terenure … thus keeping the pressure on South William Street Celtic at the top of the table.

Mayo Men to the Rescue!

After being two goals behind after 40 minutes, two goals a-piece from Seamus Staunton and James McGauran secured an eventual 4-4 draw for VEC in the friendly against LSL side CYM Beechwood on Tuesday.

Another good workout in preparation for the return to league action at the weekend!

Football Returns to Action on 18th July

Competitive matches re-commence on Saturday July 18th. See Upcoming Fixtures.

The Football Association of Ireland has approved a new Safer Return to Football Pathway which includes the following measures:

Football can return to playing friendly games from Saturday July 11th. We are playing St. James Gate at 11.30am in VEC.

Leagues who have had applications to extend their 2019-2020 season approved [UCFL] can resume League fixtures from July 18th and must have all competitions completed by September 14th

There is also a ‘Safer Return to Play Protocol’ [See FAI guidelines here]

VEC 2nds Results so far + games remaining

PICK-A-WINNER Re-Commences on Friday

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  • VEC’s Pick-A-Winner (PAW) Competition commenced on 7th March 2020 but with the Premier Division Fixtures suspended soon after due to Covid-19, so too PAW had to be put on hold!
  • So it will resume on the weekend of June 19/20/21 with Round 2 and will continue until Round 10 at the end of the season.
  • Of the 69 who entered, 28 have submitted their selections. The remaining 41 players should do so before 12 noon on Friday 19th June. Good luck!

If you have any comments or questions, please contact VEC FC at sec@vecfc.ie or info@pickawinner.ie

Update 8th June: FAI Announce ‘Safer Return To Training’

The Football Association of Ireland has today launched a Safer Return to Training Protocol document for all adult amateur and underage football, ahead of a return to training from Monday, June 15th.

Today’s Protocol publication provides a thorough and comprehensive step-by-step explanation to the Pathway that permits all adult amateur and underage football, to return to training on or after next Monday, June 15th. All clubs must appoint a COVID-19 Compliance Officer and carry out a risk assessment before any return is authorised.

Subject to Government guidelines, no matches – competitive or friendly – are allowed until further notice under the jurisdiction of the FAI.

UCFL Committed to Completing 2019/20 Season

It is encouraging that as of now, “the UCFL remain committed to completing the 2019/20 season, between Aug 28 and Oct 16, with the 2020/21 season to begin shortly after the latter date”.

Although with the FAI’s subsequent Safer Return to Training document (issued on 8th June) hopefully this will allow a resumption of the 2019/20 season in July at the latest, particularly if the FAI follows NPHET’s and the Government’s timeline for a return to football – specifically as “sports team leagues” can resume on 20th July as set out in the Government’s Phase 4 roadmap!

VEC 1sts Results so far + games remaining

VEC 2nds Results so far + games remaining