VEC Reach Challenge Cup Final

This season’s Challenge Cup final will see the top two in the Premier Division go head to head. VEC FC will meet Tallaght Utd. in the decider in Home Farm on Saturday May 14th at 2.00pm.

Under the lights in Ringsend Park, VEC saw off the challenge of Harding IF FC, on a comprehensive 4-0 scoreline. Tom Wrynne opened the scoring in the 35th minute; Neill Love added a second in the 73rd minute and then Joey Byrne and Aidan Hyland scored one a-piece in the final five minutes, to ‘put the icing on the cake’. Squad picture 1 picture 2

VEC Teams Reach 3 Cup Semi Finals

VEC player/manager Simon Roche was forced into action in extra time of today’s RK Cup Quarter Final win over Boghall Rovers and scored this towering back-post header just 3 minutes after his deft backheel goal, as VEC completed an excellent comeback, having fallen 2 goals behind to an impressive Boghall side! VEC’s other goalscorers were Gav Murphy, Tom Wrynne, Jack Nolan and Aidan Hyland. It ended 6-3. This followed VEC’s win over the same opposition in the recent quarter-final Challenge Cup match in Bray.

Meanwhile on the adjoining pitch, VEC 2nds also came from behind to surprise high-flying Stedfast Utd. with a thrilling 3-1 win to advance to the semi-final of the MMI Cup. Fionn Riordan, Ronan Corbett and Conor O’Neill were the VEC goalscorers.  See Cup Draws & Dates

Gallant Effort Yields No Points

Unfortunately, this brilliant strike from James McGauran in the 75th minute wasn’t enough for VEC after conceding two set piece goals in the 16th and 40th minutes against Arthur Griffith Park FC in this crucial Premier Division clash in Lucan on Wednesday evening. Despite constant pressure from VEC thereafter, including a rasper of a shot from Pat Meghen that hit the crossbar, there were no further goals!

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.