Ray Jaudzems rocket in the 62nd minute gave VEC the lead in the 2nd round FAI Junior Cup match against Booth Road Celtic. The home team equalized 5 minutes later from a ‘dubious’ penalty award, but VEC battled away and scored a deserved winner in the 90+3rd minute through a Seamus Staunton penalty to advance to the next round.
Mattie Wallace’s attempt (left) was parried by the Harding goalkeeper Timo Meyer in the 57th minute, only for Conall O’Shaughnessy to bury the rebound for the only goal of the game – giving VEC all three Premier Division points against Harding IF in Benildus College. Trojan work was put in by all including Joey Byrne (right) late in the game, ensuring that the home team didn’t get back into it.
In the Premier Division, a depleted VEC FC lost 3-1 to a very energetic AGP team in Lucan. The home team led 2-0 at half time after two breakaway goals on 12 and 34 minutes, but VEC pulled one back in the 67th minute through Juan Vassallo. A mix up in the VEC defense in the 86th minute led to an own goal which scuppered any chance of a possible draw.
In Division 2, an event-filled game saw VEC’s Gary Curran score his 2nd goal in 2 games to open the scoring and put VEC on the front foot with a poachers effort. Then the home side rallied and nabbed a back post equalizer with just 12 mins left. However, Conor O’Neill was introduced for VEC and managed to repeat his late heroics from last weekend by bagging an 87th minute winner for Sean OShea’s men!
A well-worked goal in the 45+2nd minute, finished by Karl Reck brought VEC back into the Division 2 match against Frankfort FC in Terenure, after the visitors had opened the scoring in the 34th minute.
A defensive mix-up in the 70th minute gifted a 2nd goal to the visitors against the run of play. However, VEC battled on to the very end and were rewarded with an equalizer deep into stoppage time, as Russell White smashed the ball home to claim a well deserved point for the home side.
[This was Russell’s second goal for VEC, having scored his first virtually 2 years ago to the day]
The draws/dates for the O’Neills.com Challenge Cup, FAI Junior Cup, LFA Junior Cup & the MMI Cup are below:
|Round 1||VEC 2nds 4-4 Portmarnock AFC aet. VEC won 5-4 on penalties||28th September|
|Round 2||VEC 2nds 6-1 Mid Sutton Sportslink||2nd November|
|Round 2||VEC 1sts v Harding IF 2nds||14th December tbc|
|FAI Junior Cup|
|Round 2||Booth Road Celtic 1-2 VEC FC||28th September|
|Round 3||Kilbarrack Utd. (disqualified) v VEC FC (Re-instated)||19th October|
|Round 4||VEC v Rosemount Mulvey FC||Wed. 18th December|
|Round 5||VEC (or Rosemount Mulvey FC) v Buncrana Hearts FC or Cranford Utd. FC||11th January tbc|
|Round 6||11th January|
|LFA Junior Cup||Scheduled|
|Round 1||Maynooth Uni. Town 0-1 VEC||5 October|
|Round 2||VEC 3-1 Cherry Orchard||16 November|
|Round 3||VEC 0-1 Bangor GG||7 December|
|Round 1||Dynamo Ridgewood 5-3 VEC 2nds (pens.)||7 December|
|Oscar Traynor Trophy||Kilkenny League 3-0 UCFL||Saturday 2nd November 6.30pm|
|Kildare League v UCFL||Wednesday 11th December 9.00pm|
A smash & grab by Sandford St. Mary’s gave them all 3 points in VEC 2nds first league game of the season in Tymon Park.
Garry Curran had given VEC the lead in the 32nd minute, a lead we held on to until 20 minutes from the end, when the home team scored the equalizer and then the winner in the 85th minute. But by this stage, VEC should have been out of sight only to miss three great opportunities to extend our lead and then to be denied on two occasions by inaccurate offside calls by the referee.
After a shaky start in which we conceded a goal in the 7th minute, VEC re-grouped after the break and scored two goals through Ray Jaudzems in the 54th minute and Séamus Staunton in the 80th minute to take all 3 points in the Premier Division game against Castle Celtic in Stannaway Park on Wednesday.
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VEC FC END OF SEASON AWARDS 2018/2019 🏆🏆 Followed ‘Champions v Legends’ game
This was another remarkable season for VEC FC with Manager Kevin O’Hanlon at the helm. What an exceptional effort was put in once again by an incredible bunch of players in an effort to emulate the 2015-2016 season.
We achieved our main start-of-season target by regaining the Premier Division title. We also won our 8th Challenge Cup (out of 11) beating Drumcondra AFC in the final with Aidan Hyland scoring 4 VEC goals. The Trophies are here!
Once again we reached the 7th round (last 16) of the FAI Junior Cup for the 2nd time in three years, unfortunately losing 1-3 to Kilkenny outfit Evergreen FC on 3rd February 2019.
Congratulations to all who picked up awards on the night!
More Photos here
Player’s Player of the Year:
1st Team – Gav Murphy 🏅
2nd Team – Shane Reddin🏅
Club Top Goalscorer (31 goals) – Aidan Hyland🎖
Club Merit Award – Pat Meghen👼
- This evening we have recognized the achievements of a number of players, and I want to say congratulations to everyone. But we’re not finished …. every so often we have a Merit Award. This evening it’s the MVP Award – not the Most Valuable Player but the Most ValuablePerson – someone who puts in the most effort. This player is exceptional in every way. He listens and demonstrates all the core values we expect of the players at VEC – teamwork, discipline, commitment, dedication, patience, understanding … he never complains or moans … he just gets on with it and plays his game. This player started in 50% of our league games last season – but he played in every one! He also played in every one of our 38 games this season – an outstanding achievement! On top of that, he hardly missed a training session – many of which he organised and ran himself. He has scored crucial goals in crucial games over the last 4 years, Leixlip at home and Chapelizod away in the quadruple season, Glebe North & Harding at home last season, among many many others, and let it be known now that without his contribution the club simply would not have achieved what it has achieved, he has been a superstar for this team in his own unique way.
He fully deserves this Special Merit Award … it goes to none other than Pat Meghen!
Citation by Kevin O’Hanlon and David Spring