Knocked out on Penalties!

This was a great goal from Aidan Hyland after just 10 minutes against Fairview Celtic in the Challenge Cup match in the Dublin Port Stadium on Saturday. However, shortly after half-time VEC lost centre-back Neal Breslin for a ‘last man’ tackle, compounded by the home team equalizing, and then going ahead in the 78th minute. Their lead was short-lived, as Aidan scored his second goal a minute later and brought the game to extra-time. Joey Byrne then scored for VEC before Fairview equalized once again, bringing the game to a penalty shoot-out, where we missed one, and they scored their 5, knocking us out of the Cup!

It was not a good day for VEC, as our 2nds were knocked out of the MMI Cup by Stedfast Utd.

Robbie’s Final Journey!

It is with deep regret that we announce that former club member, mentor and friend Robbie Ebbs sadly passed away this week. He was such a colourful guy and always good company. He was inspirational and brought the best out in everyone, no more so than when he impressively managed VEC teams for five seasons in the 90’s.

VEC Football Club extends sincere condolences to his wife Anne and to his family and friends on their sad loss. May he rest in peace. Read his VEC ‘Bio’

VEC Travel to Lourdes!

With the VEC grounds declared unplayable, this Division 2 game was switched to  Stannaway Park, where Gildas Oliver (seen here) scored the opening goal in the 37th minute. Lourdes Celtic equalized just 5 minutes into the 2nd half, although whether the ball actually crossed the goal-line after re-bounding off the post, is debatable! In any event, the introduction of Frankie Nolan and Liam Marshall on the hour mark, resulted in the former crossing for the latter to score a deserved winning goal for VEC FC 2nds in the 80th minute. More pics. here


We thought that we had taken the lead in the 40th minute, only for the officials to bizarrely rule this ‘goal’ offside. The sun may have been in the assistant’s eyes, but surely the referee (perfectly positioned) could see that this was a legitimate goal! To compound matters, Malahide Utd. scored in the 65th minute to win 1-0.

With no match scheduled next weekend, we will re-group on 5th November.

VEC Exit FAI Junior Cup

Although leading 2-1 after 55 minutes with goals from Jay Hester and Tom Wrynne, VEC conceded four goals from Verona FC’s four chances thereafter and sadly exited the FAI Junior Cup at the Round 2 stage in Terenure.

We wish Verona FC every success as they progress to the next round.

11 Goals! 2 Clean Sheets!

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.

7 of the Best!

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.

VEC Players-of-the-Year

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.

Also with his award is the other joint top goalscorer, Colm McSharry.

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!