VEC Advance to Semi-Final

Following a mazy run through a number of defenders, James McGauran (7) makes it 5-1 for VEC in the 77th minute of this Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Boghall Rovers in Bray.

An Oisin Kinsella corner had completely evaded the home goalkeeper in the 5th minute, followed by Conor Tiernan’s first goal for VEC just 5 minutes later. Neill Love made it 3-0 ten minutes before half-time. Then Pat Meghen scored VEC’s fourth in the 65th minute, and although Boghall pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining, this tie was never in doubt!

A man for all seasons!

Aidan Hyland smashed home a volley after only 30 seconds to set VEC on their way to 3 valuable points in the Premier Division race against Beech Park FC in Lucan on Wednesday evening.

The weather turned biblical on the quarter hour, but when it brightened up, a Ray Jaudzems strike from distance proved too hot to handle and Joey Byrne followed up for a poacher’s goal with just 7 minutes remaining in the first half, giving VEC a 2-0 lead.

The game petered out in the second half, without further impact on the scoreboard, as VEC failed to convert a stream of half chances.

Hyland Returns!

In his first start for VEC in three years after injury, Aidan Hyland (left) slotted home at the back post on the stroke of half time after excellent work from Gav Murphy to score for VEC in the Premier Division in Terenure. The visitors Malahide Utd. had opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with an unstoppable strike, but VEC fought back and equalised with James McGauran finishing off a surging run himself in the 35th minute re-acting to Jeff De Castro’s effort, before Aidan’s winning goal. More pics.

First loss in League this season

VEC suffered the first loss in 14 Premier Division games in the first mid-week fixture of the season.

The visitors Harding IF FC scored the opener just 2 minutes before half-time, and then added a second 15 minutes into the 2nd half, giving VEC a mountain to climb.

However, just 3 minutes later, a Seamus Staunton penalty (see pic.) made it 1-2, and despite a late bombardment on the Harding goal, there were no further goals. More pics.

Quarter Final Cup Draws

VEC have been drawn to play Boghall Rovers from Bray away in the Challenge Cup.

Coincidentally, VEC have been drawn to play Boghall Rovers at home in the Richard Knight Cup.

In the MMI Cup, VEC 2nds have been drawn to play Stedfast Utd. at home.

Staunton Double Secures VEC Win

This glorious effort from Seamus Staunton in the 57th minute sailed into the top corner of the net to secure a 2-1 win for VEC FC in this Challenge Cup match against Beech Park FC in Lucan.

A depleted VEC side were slow off the blocks, allowing the home side to level the game, four minutes after Staunton’s first goal in the 20th minute, but his second goal was a worthy winner, ensuring that VEC go into the quarter-final draw. More pics.

VEC Advance in Knight Cup

This was Tom Wrynne’s goal in the 34th minute to put VEC 2 up in the Richard Knight Cup last 16 match against Harding IF in Terenure, after Rob Newe had opened the scoring in the 4th minute.

The visitors pulled one back 5 minutes into the second half, before Oisin Kinsella’s bullet of a strike in the 75th minute secured a 3-1 win for VEC and a place in the quarter-final draw.

Meanwhile, in probably their best performance of the season, VEC 2nds had a great 5-2 win at home to Dynamo Ridgewood 2nds, to advance to the quarter-final of the MMI Cup.

Flying Start for VEC in Storm Eunice!

VEC FC 2nds got off to a flying start when Paddy Cook shot us into the lead inside five minutes, then Jamie Ryder blasted home a free kick on 10 minutes to double our advantage against Fairview Celtic on the Clontarf Astro in Division 2A.
But that’s as good as it got for VEC FC as the home side knuckled down and were back on level terms on 30 minutes when they were awarded a penalty that Declan Fitzsimons, who bagged himself a hat-trick, slotted home, as Fairview went on to win 5-2.
John Mooney’s photo shows VEC keeper Colin Power watching this shot go wide.

Away draw for VEC FC in Challenge Cup

VEC FC have been drawn to play Beech Park FC in the Challenge Cup last-16 on Saturday, 5th March in St. Catherine’s Park in Lucan.

In the Richard Knight Cup, VEC FC have been drawn at home in the last-16 against the  Harding IF who knocked Dunshaughlin Youths out on penalties.

In the MMI Cup, VEC FC 2nds have been drawn at home in the last-16 to Dynamo Ridgewood 2nds.

Murphy Strikes Again!

Just like the buses, when you’ve waited so long to score, and then score two weeks in a row! This is Gav Murphy scoring a last-gasp goal for VEC in the 89th minute to ensure a 2-2 draw against Ashwood FC in Corkagh Park.  The home team found themselves two goals ahead after 57 minutes, when VEC eventually came to life and Ray Jaudzems pulled one back 10 minutes later. Thereafter we poured pressure on Ashwood resulting in Gav’s equaliser and another few good chances but no further goals in this Premier Division match played in dreadful weather conditions. More pics. here.