Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill


Athea Utd         (0) 0
NCW Rovers B (0) 0

(AET) Athea won 4-2 on pens.

Last Monday evening at The Vales saw the second instalment of the league cup semi final against NCW Rovers B and this one too was deadlocked after ninety minutes. Thankfully there was enough daylight for us to see the net bulge four times in a nervous penalty shoot out with Steven McEnery, Tomas Mullane, Sean McGrath and Paddy Horgan our scorers while Mickey Hayes gave us breathing space when he brilliantly saved Rovers third spot kick.  Despite no goals scored in open play we did come close on a few occasions with Steven McEnery and Paddy Horgan both hitting the post while the Rovers keeper denied Horgan late on but the striker probably should have scored himself. For their part Rovers also hit the crossbar while Mickey Hayes had one or two saves to make but in general our defence was fairly solid. We now look forward to the Bs playing a cup final in their debut season and a win in this would cap off a great season for them in which they finished a very creditable third. Best for Athea were Sean McGrath, Gary Carroll and Morgan O’Connor who did Trojan work in midfield.
Team: Mickey Hayes, John Geoghegan, Conor McGrath, Sean McGrath, Jason Quille, Pa Kiely, Morgan O’Connor, Paddy Horgan, Gary Carroll, Steven McEnery, Eoin Nash.
Sub used: Kieran Dalton, Tomas Mullane.

Referee: Pat King.

Athea Utd         (0) 2     Steven McEnery, Jason Quille
NCW Rovers B (1) 2
Team: Mickey Hayes, John Geoghegan, Conor McGrath, Sean McGrath, Jason Quille, Pa Kiely, Morgan O’Connor, Paddy Horgan, Gary Carroll, Steven McEnery, Bobby Barrett.
Sub used William Cronin, Kieran Dalton, Tomas Mullane.

Referee: Pat King.

Old Mill    (0) 1
Athea Utd  (0) 1                  Conor Mullane

This was a tale of two penalties for the homeside but luckily for us they only converted one and this gave us a chance to get back into it. The homeside got an early chance to go ahead when they were awarded a spot kick for hand ball but didn’t take it but on the second occasion, again for a handball they found the net. Athea rallied afterwards and midfielder Conor Mullane ensured what would be a share of the spoils with a classy header to the roof of the net.
Team: Timmy Enright, Padraig Horgan, Tom Collins, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Kevin O’Keefe, Jamie Collins, Joe Vaughan, Conor Mullane, Darren Murphy, John Cotter. Sub Mathew Tierney.

U/10 Division 2
Ballingarry (0) 1
Athea Utd   (0) 1   Andy Ahern.
The under tens completed their league campaign withy a one all draw away to Ballingarry last Saturday morning and in so doing went our outside chance of getting to the shield final. Like the sides meeting in Athea earlier in the season when the Ballingarry keeper was man of the match it looked at times that we were going to be in for a repeat as the home keeper was very solid between the posts. It was scoreless at the break despite there being chances for both sides, the best of ours coming to Jack O’Connor and John Sexton while Shane Dalton was very impressive and got over some very good crosses.
We started the second half well

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

U/8 Division 4
NCW B          (1) 3
Athea Utd B   (1) 2       Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea

Team: Conor Mullane, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Padraic Enright, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Andrew O’Riordan, Michael Walsh, Amy Ryan, Shane Scanlon, Aidan Curry.

U/11 Cup
Abbeyfeale Utd (2) 3
Athea Utd          (0) 2   Shane Dalton, Sean Ryan (pen)

Team: Timothy Tierney, Sean Ryan, Micah O’Connell, Jack Vaughan, Cillian Liston, John Sexton, Michael Dalton, Liam McAuliffe, Ryan O’Connell, Andy Ahern, Shane Dalton


Thursday, April 28th
U/8 As home to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 7pm
Saturday, April 30th
U/8 Bs home to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 2.30pm
Monday, May 2nd
U/12s home to Newcastle West A at 11.30am
U/17s away to Bally Rovers in cup semi final at 2.30pm
Friday, May 6th
Division 4 League Cup Final v Carrig Celtic B in Clounreask. (Time tbc)


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


The lottery results held on Monday, April 25th at Donie’s Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €7,000. Numbers drawn were 2, 9, 19, 27.

No Jackpot winner.
Lucky Dips to J & T Curley, Ardagh. Breda Culhane, Glin. Agatha, Athea. Bridie Brouder, Gale View, Athea. Stephanie Muckell, Ardagh.

Sellers: Brown Joe’s, Doreen.
New jackpot will be €7,100 on Monday, May 2nd at Brown Joe’s.

Pat McSweeney, Colm Cleary, Oisin Cleary and Denis Lane who travelled to Old Trafford for the Easter weekend trip with the Knockdown, Athea Branch of the Manchester Utd. Supporters Club.

Athea G.A.A.


County Intermediate Championship Round 1

Athea V Mungret,  Friday 29th May in Askeaton at 7 15.


County League

Athea 1 05 Mountcollins 0 08.

Team: Timmy Enright, Michael Ahern, Tom Collins, Matthew Tierney, Brian Ahern, Martin Chawke, Mike Reidy, Conor Mullane, Tomas Mullane, Morgan O`Connor, Pat Ahern, Padraig Reidy, Kevin O`Keeffe, Jamie Collins (1 00 ) Gerard Ahern. Subs: John Cotter, Sean McGrath, Conor McGrath, Brian McKenna Ger Collins Jason Quille Mark O`Connor, Neilus Hunt, Sean Ahern.

Club Draw

Promoters are presently calling to households selling tickets for this year’s draw. The draw is a vital source of income for the club and as in previous years your support will greatly be appreciated.


Coiste na nÓg

Monday April 25th:

Athea 3-14  Shamrock Gaels 1-04
Athea travelled to Athlacca on Monday evening last to take on Shamrock Gaels in the second round of the league. Athea dominated the first 5 minutes and a soft point by James Ryan got us off the mark. After 15 minutes Dylan Griffin set up a lovely point for Gary Vaughan keeping Athea 2 points ahead of the home team. Shamrock Gaels followed with a succession of nice passes which led to their first point. A foul in the Athea box led to a Shamrock Gaels free which was quickly won back by the Athea boys. After a hard tackle James Ryan set Dylan Griffin up for his third point. An attempt at goal by James Ryan was blocked and set up Athea with a 45 metre kick. Dylan Griffin received a nice pass from James Ryan and you could see him thinking about going for a goal and deciding on a classic point straight over the bar. Gary Vaughan scored an excellent point from the sideline, a senior player would be proud of. Jack Denihan made his mark with a point towards the middle of the first half. We had Peter O’ Connor playing well in the forwards, James Ryan and Dylan Griffin played tag team and scored two points between them in as many minutes. Then out of no where a great goal from James Ryan had Athea well ahead. Dylan Griffin and Gary Vaughan kept the momentum going by scoring one point each again. After a few minutes of attack from Shamrock Gaels, Roger Carmody scored a point keeping Athea trucking forward.

In the second half, Thomas Sexton stood tall and scored his first point. Early into the second half Shamrock Gaels looked liked they were coming back into the game, but with Jonathan Fitzgerald and Dan Mullane in top form in defence, they kept their forwards at bay. Then a great point by Dylan Griffin kept us ahead. 3 minutes into the second half Gary Vaughan kept Dylan Griffin company by scoring another point. No.11 for Shamrock Gaels brought some pride back by scoring a well deserved point which was followed up by a fast goal for the home team. Dylan Griffin wouldn’t let Shamrock Gaels feel the joy of their goal for long and powered the ball into the back of the net. William Sexton came on 10 minutes into the second half in place of James Ryan and got hold of the ball within his first minute on the pitch. Soon after Joey Kelly made a run for goal and scored Athea’s 3rd goal. Shamrock Gaels followed it up with a point. Roger Carmody ran his socks off and went for every high ball that was kicked down the field. Shamrock Gaels tried to keep there momentum up at two minutes to go and scored another point. But with Kieran Harnett in goals, William Mullane and Jason O’ Flaherty in defense, Athea ran out easy winners on the night on what proved to be a great team performance.

Team: Kieran Harnett, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Dan Mullane, William Mullane, Thomas Sexton, Jason O’ Flaherty, Roger Carmody, Gary Vaughan, Dylan Griffin, Peter O’ Connor, Jack Denihan, James Ryan, Joey Kelly & William Sexton.


U-6’s, U-8’s & U-10’s:

Training will resume again for the U-6’s, U-8’s & U10’s this Friday 29th of April from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

U-16’s: There will be training for U-16’s this Thursday evening 28th of April from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc na nGael.


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 this Friday and Saturday the 29th & 30th of April at Twohigs Supervalu in Abbeyfeale. We are still 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


Athea Motorcycle Road Race 2011

Athea Changes Date, but all else stays as is……..

Athea Road Race Club are pleased to announce that the road races will go ahead this year from Friday 22nd to Sunday July 24th with the kind permission of Faugheen RRC.

Although the date has changed all other matters remain as is, with the Prize Fund topping the €20k as always committed by the Athea RRC. After cancellation of the event in 2010 due to financial circumstances, the club and its members have worked tirelessly over the past twelve months fundraising and making grant applications to the various bodies. In the past twelve months there has been two fashion shows, rock nights, poker runs, bag packing to name but a few of the various fundraising drives completed to make sure Athea Road Races 2011 happens.

At the start of the year, the club restructured its committee and have been meeting on a regular basis to ensure the occurrence of the races. The circuit is currently being resurfaced and plans are under way to further ensure all health and safety factors are being held to the highest standard for the event. We will be holding a marshal training day in the coming weeks in Athea, anyone interested please contact the club by phone or email at [email protected] or contact Joe Whelan at (087)  9873496.

On the Friday night of the event, the club will hold an RSA road safety awareness programme with the help of Cian Driscoll and Rodger Byrne. Also on the night the club will have a demonstration of an Electric Motorbike by Go Eco, along with live music open air. On Saturday night after the practice sessions, the band “Equipped” will perform in the back bar of The Gables. Equipped are known by all in the racing world as Ciaran Donnelly, is a member. On the Sunday afternoon after the Races an AC/DC tribute band will perform open air weather permitting for all.  Over the weekend there will also be stunt displays and amusements in the village.

The club look forward to welcoming old and new friends back to the village in July for what’s promised to be a packed weekend of cracking racing and great entertainment. The club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by change of date as it was outside of their power, it will however revert to their original dates at the end of June from 2012.

Hope to see you all there! Keep ‘er lit!