Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill


Athea Utd B 5 Glantine B 2.

Scorers: Steven McEnery (2,1 pen), Morgan O’Connor, Jason Quille, Paddy Horgan

After a somewhat sluggish start to this game the B’s eventually got things going against Glantine B and pulled away in the final quarter though there were one or two scares along the way. Glantine opened the scoring but we were soon level when Steven McEnery converted from the spot but by half time the visitors had regained the lead. The second half was a different Athea and we deservedly levelled when Paddy Horgan’s free kick was spilled by the keeper and Morgan O’Connor was on hand to slam home the rebound. Soon after we hit the front when the ball fell invitingly for Jason Quille from a corner and he guided the ball into the far corner. Glantine should have equalized ten minutes later when a long ball wasn’t dealt with and it took a brilliant save from Mickey Hayes to keep us in front. Two goals in the closing minutes from Navan, after a super ball from Pa Kiely and then McEnery with his second of the day gave us a good win in the end but theres a few things to work on before the next game.

Team: Mickey Hayes, John Geoghegan, Conor McGrath, Pa Kiely, Jason Quille, Kieran Dalton Eoin Nash, Paddy Horgan, Gary Carroll, Steven McEnery, Bobby Barrett.

Sub used: Morgan O’Connor.


Kildimo Utd 0 Athea Utd 1.

Scorer: John Cotter (pen)

The A’s progressed to the semi finals of the league cup after a hard earned one nil win away to Kildimo Utd last Sunday morning. We haven’t won at this venue for a number of seasons and so this will come as a welcome win thanks to John Cotters eighty fifth minute penalty awarded for a handball in the box. In the semi final Athea will be away to Abbeyfeale Utd B or Glantine A. The A’s next game is away to Old Mill in the league on Friday evening, kick off is 6.45pm.

Team: Timmy Enright, Matthew Tierney, Tom Collins, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Jamie Collins, Joe Vaughan, Conor Mullane, Padraig Horgan, Kevin O’Keeffe, John Cotter. Sub: Ger Collins.

U/10 Cup

Shountrade 4 Athea Utd 0/

The tens were away to division one side Shountrade last Saturday afternoon in the second round of the cup but on the day the homeside proved that bit too strong on the day. The players tried hard but never really got going with only a few efforts from John Sexton being the sum total of our efforts.

Team: Cathal O’Brien, Joseph Dalton, Ryan O’Connell, Micheál Dalton, Andy Ahern, Jason Dillon, David O’Sullivan, John Sexton, David O’Connor, Shane Ambrose, Micah O’Connell, Jack O’ Connor.

U/14 Cup

Abbeyfeale Utd  A  8 Athea Utd  4.

Scorers: Pa O’Connor (3), Peter O’Connor

The fourteens season came to an end last Thursday night when we travelled to play Abbeyfeale Utd in the second round of the cup with the homeside proving too strong on the night. They led three one at the break with the Athea goal coming from Pa O’Connor while in the second half Pa O’Connor completed a hat trick with Peter O’Connor completing our scoring. Overall though Abbeyfeale proved the stronger side.

Team: Kieran Hartnet, Tommy Quaid, William Sexton, Jack Denihan, James Ryan, Peter O’Connor, Padraic Walsh, Brian O’Connor, Pa O’Connor, Phillip Daly, Ronan Hayes.

Subs: Jason Dalton, Sean Ryan, Tony McAuliffe, JJ Sheehy.

U/12 Division 1

Ballingarry 6  Athea Utd 1.

Scorer: JJ Sheehy

The twelves were away to champions elect Ballingarry last Friday night and needing a win to win they league the homeside achieved this with a six one win, the sole Athea goal scored by JJ Sheehy.

Team: Timothy Tierney, Andy Ahern, Ronan Hayes, Cillian Liston, Padraig O’Sullivan, Jack Vaughan, William Sexton, JJ Sheehy, Donnacha McEnery, John Sexton, William McEnery,

Subs: Jack Gleeson, Micheal Dalton, Gerry Barrett.

U/8 Division 1

Broadford Utd A  7 Athea Utd A 2.

The U/8 s played their penultimate game of the season away to Broadford Utd A last Thursday evening and on the night it was the league leaders that took the points on offer.

Team: Alex McEndowney, Evan Wallace, Danny Brady, Michael Tierney, Gavin Ambrose. Back Row: Mary Jo Leddy, Eoin Sheahan, Thomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Brandon Finucane, Sarah O’ Connor.


U/8 Division 4

St Ita’s B  3  Athea Utd B 7.

Scorers: Andrew O’Riordan (4), Jack Hunt (2), Eoin O’Shea

The U/8 Bs were away to St Itas B last Wednesday night and had a good win over the homeside with Andrew O’Riordan, Jack Hunt and Eoin O’Shea providing the goals for Athea. Their next game is away to Newcastle West an this takes place tonight at 7pm.

Team: TJ Hunt, Conor Mullane, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Padraic Enright, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Jack Hunt, DJ O’Connor, Michael Walsh, Shane Scanlon, Aidan Curry.

U/16 Division 1

Athea Utd  2 NCW Rovers 3.

Scorers: Jamie Sheehan, Maurice Hayes

The sixteens completed their league fixtures with a home defeat against Newcastle West Rovers last Thursday night though in truth this game was there for the winning but defensive lapses cost us after we came from behind twice to equalize. At half time we were a goal down but we should have being ahead early on with Dylan Griffin having a great chance with only the keeper to beat but he blazed over. Early in the second half we were level when a cross from Maurice Hayes picked out Jamie Sheehan on the edge of the box and he fired right footed across the keeper and inside the left post. Within five minutes we were behind again after an own goal but we rallied again and equalized a second time after a great move which began down the right with Ryan Carroll and he delivered a pacey cross which Dylan Griffin dummied and this allowed Maurice Hayes to cut past two defenders before planting the ball past the keeper. Now was the time to push on but we fell behind again to a shot from distance that crept inside the post and whether we could come back was the question. Again Athea took the game to the visitors with Griffin, Hayes and sub Kevin Murphy keeping Rovers on the back foot but the visitors held on to take the points.

Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dan Mullane, Gary Vaughan, Jamie Sheehan, Mark O’Connor, Michael Mullane, Maurice Hayes, Ryan Carroll, Jason Flaherty, Dylan Griffin, Sub: Kevin Murphy.

U/8 – U/10 Friendly v Listowel Celtic

A mixture of Athea U/8’s and U/10’s played Listowel Celtic in a friendly at The Vales last Wednesday night. This was a very exciting game as both side were very evenly matched and scoring chances were hard to come by. Our defenders were on top from the very start with Gavin Ambrose, Brandon Finucane and David O’ Connor dealing with all Listowels attacks. Our midfield battled hard as David O’ Sullivan, Jack O’ Connor and Michael Tierney were in flying form. Alex McEndowney and Sarah O’ Connor kept the visitors busy as they threatened their goal with a couple of great chances. The first break through came when sub Shane Dalton tore the Listowel defence apart and scored a great goal just before half time. In the second half, we were put under fierce pressure but our midfield and defence stood up to everything. We got our second goal as Shane Dalton found the net again. Then just before the end Listowel got a goal, but we held on and this young team got the win they deserved beating Listowel Celtic 2-1.

Team: Brandon Finucane, David O’Connor, Gavin Ambrose, David O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Michael Tierney, Sarah O’Connor, Alex McEndowney, Shane Dalton.


Wednesday, April 20th

U/8 Bs away to Newcastle West B at 7pm

Thursday, April 21st

U/11s away to Abbeyfeale Utd in the cup at 7pm

U/16s home to Bally Rovers in the cup at 6.35pm

Friday, April 22nd

Junior As away to Old Mill at 6.45pm

Junior Bs home to Newcastle West Rvs B in League Cup at 6.30pm.

Saturday, April 23rd

U/10s away to Ballingarry at 11.30am

Monday, April 25th

U/8 Bs away to Feenagh at 11.30am

(Provisional Fixture) U/16s away to Newcastle West Rovers in cup at 11.30am.

Thursday, April 28th

U/8 As home to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 7pm


All players check with respective managers for confirmation of training times.


The lottery results held on Monday, April 18th at Donie’s Bar are as follows –

Jackpot was €6900. Numbers drawn were 1, 18, 27,29. No Jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to Kitt Quinn, Gortnagross. Kim O’Grady c/o Brown Joes. Mary Collins c/o JP’s. Sean Batt, Athea. Connie c/o The Gables. Sellers Agatha, Ita McMahon.

New jackpot will be €7000 on Monday, April 25th at White’s Bar.

Cousins Sarah O' Connor and Evan Wallace pictured at Athea United U-8's match against Broadford

Coiste na nÓg


U-12s Croke Park Visit:
We are delighted to announce that our U-12 football team have been chosen to play in Croke Park on Wednesday the 27th of April. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our young footballers. A bus will leave the village at 7:45am. We will be playing 3 teams, Beale, St. Patrick’s and Cappawhite. This will be a great day out for our players, coaches, family members and supporters. We wish them all well on their big day out. If anyone wishes to travel and support the team, there are still a few seats left. Please contact John Hunt or Jacqueline O’ Connor.

U-6’s, U-8’s & U-10’s: There will be no training for the U-6’s, U-8’s & U10’s this Friday evening 22nd of April. Training will resume again Friday 29th of April from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

Monday 25th of April:
U-16’s: Athea U-16’s are away to Shamrock Gaels on Monday evening 25th of April at 7pm. A bus will be leaving the village at 5:30pm.

Thursday 28th of April:
U-12’s: Athea U-12’s are at home to Newcastle West B on Thursday 28th of April at 6:45pm. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.

Sunday 1st of May:
U-8’s: Athea U-8’s have their first Blitz in Abbeyfeale on Sunday 1st of May at 10:30am. Cars will be leaving the village at 10:00am.

Club Jackets:
Orders are now being taken for Athea Coiste na nÓg club jackets for both adults and children. The jackets are maroon and navy with the newly designed club crest on them. They adult jacket cost €27 each. If you would like to order one please contact Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091 for more details.

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be bag packing to raise funds for the club on Friday and Saturday the 29th & 30th of April at Twohigs Supervalu in Abbeyfeale. We are looking for parents/volunteers who have some spare time and are interested in helping out on either day to please contact John Hunt on 087-9692105 or Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091 as soon as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Club Draw

Draw promoters will be calling to households, in the next few weeks, selling tickets for this years draw. The club draw is a vital source of income for the club. As in previous years your generosity will be greatly  appreciated.


West Minor

Feale Rangers 8-15 Deel Rangers 0-06.

Noel Barry’s minors continued their impressive start to the season with a comprehensive victory over the Castlemahon, Cappagh, Granagh/Ballingarry combination. Athea players involved, Johnathan Fitz, Mark Horgan, Mark O`Connor, Michael Mullane, Denis Greaney, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin O`Mahony, Kevin Murphy, Ryan Carroll, Maurice Hayes, Liam O`Brien, Dylan Griffin.

West Intermediate Replay

Athea 1-10 Fr Casey’s 1-08

Team:Timmy Enright, Michael Ahern, Tom Collins, Matthew Tierney, Mike Reidy (0 01) Martin Chawke (0 01) Brian Ahern, Ger Collins (001) Conor Mullane, Jamie Collins, John Cotter( 0 03) Padraig Reidy, Kevin O`Keeffe(0 01) Pat Ahern (0 01) Ger Ahern (102). Subs: Neilus Hunt, Brian McKenna, Conor McGrath, Morgan O`Connor, Jason Quille, Sean Ahern.

County League

Mungret 0-09 Athea 0-08


County League

Athea v Mountcollins, in Athea Saturday April 23rd at 7 15.


A club meeting will be held in the dressing rooms Thursday 21st at 8 30


Golf Society

Ned Mahony accepting first prize from Captain

The weather was glorious for our first visit to Castletroy Golf Club on Saturday last. Conditions were perfect for golf and Ned Mahony took full advantage, winning the competition with a fantastic 44 points. Maurice Cuddigan took the honours in Cat. B and young Megan Carroll, on her first outing with the society, came first against all the men in Cat. C.  Congratulations to all the winners and all who took part.

Our next outing is to Dundrum on May 14th. It will also double as our weekend away and our Hon. Sec. Michael O’Connor would like to hear from anyone who wants to stay in the hotel for the Saturday night a.s.a.p. as numbers have to be confirmed. Members and guests can go along on the Saturday as usual if they so wish. More details later


Megan Carroll accepting first prize in category C from Captain