VEC FC 2nds v Sandford St. Mary’s
VEC battled back from 2 down to score through Alonso Houlihan … and then with all 11 players up for a corner in stoppage time, the ball was bundled over the line for a deserved ‘equaliser’ … except the referee was in a poor position to see the ‘goal’ and waved play on. The visitors immediately hit a shot from the half-way line and the ball entered the unguarded net as he blew the final whistle under controversial circumstances! A disappointing end to a very good game.
VEC FC v Rialto FC
Tom’s 2nd and 3rd goals. Séamus Staunton had opened the scoring in the 25th minute only for the visitors to equalize within a minute. But Jeff De Castro restored our lead 5 minutes later and we never looked back! Virtually from the 2nd half tip off, Joey Byrne made it 5-1, with Rob Newe adding a 6th 20 minutes later, before substitutes Antoine Daubigny and Luis Morales wrapped it up in the 75th and 80th minutes respectively, making it an incredible 9-1 home win!
VEC FC 2nds v Fairview Celtic
The score belies the effort put in by the team, as up to the 70th minute, this was a great contest against the runaway Division 2 league leaders, with Colm scoring VEC’s goal. Unfortunately, when Fairview then scored two quick-fire goals, we never recovered and they ran away comfortable winners.
VEC FC v Coolock Village FC
This was Jay Hester’s 2nd goal and VEC’s 4th as we picked up 3 points in the Premier Division. Séamus Staunton had opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, only for Coolock to equalize on the half-hour mark. Then there were 3 goals in the next 12 minutes as Jordan Howard scored a magnificent goal on the half-volley from 25 yds., followed by a dubious penalty scored by the visitors, before Jay scored his first goal to put us 3-2 up at half-time. His 2nd with just 5 minutes remaining sealed the win for VEC.
VEC FC v Atletico Malahide
VEC FC 2nds v Lourdes Celtic
VEC FC v Rialto FC
Oisín Kinsella (left in pic.) opens the scoring in the 43rd minute to give VEC a 1-0 lead going into the break. However, the visitors equalised just 4 minutes after the re-start before Neill Love restored our lead on the hour mark with a fine header from Oisín’s lovely corner. The lead only lasted 10 minutes when Rialto scored their 2nd. But then, that man Oisín once again restored our lead with a blistering shot after a scorching run. Unfortunately, the visitors had the last say, when awarded and scoring a fortuitous penalty with just 5 minutes remaining.
VEC FC 2nds v Rathmines Roosters
VEC FC v Shelbourne AFC
Joey Byrne opened the scoring with a superb left foot shot to the roof of the net in the 13th minute, only for Shelbourne to equalise 22 minutes later. 10 minutes into the 2nd half, Oisín Kinsella put VEC ahead again with this free kick which completely deceived the goalkeeper, only for Shelbourne to again equalise – again 22 minutes later!