Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill



Athea Utd 2 Ferry Rangers 0.

Scorers: Darren Murphy (pen), Pa Ahern

Having lost out in last season’s Reidy Cup Final against Glantine and the Desmond Cup Final against Rathkeale our juniors made amends with a thoroughly deserved victory over Ferry Rangers last Friday night in Clounreask. We dominated from the off and in truth should have won by more but having said this we are delighted to at last get our hands on a trophy at junior level.

On a lovely night for football and on a quality surface we took the game to Ferry with Kevin O’Keeffe having an early chance before we took the lead with a Darren Murphy penalty, the spot kick being awarded after Jamie Collins was brought down in the area. The Ferry keeper remained busy and he did very well to tip a chip from O’Keeffe away for a corner. John Cotter came on for the injured Padraig Reidy and this necessitated a few positional switches but in an overall context this didn’t hinder the side as we continued to dominate matters. With about five minutes to half time we doubled our lead when Pa Ahern, having received the ball on the edge of the area powered an unstoppable screamer into the top left corner.

We continued to be the better team in the second half apart from a mini spell for Ferry it was in this period they had their best chance only for their substitute to head against the crossbar after Tomas Quinn had punched away a cross. We had chances to extend the lead through Jamie Collins, John Cotter and a Martin Chawke header before that Ferry miss while it took a quality tackle to deny Darren Murphy a second goal. Full time Athea 2 Ferry 0.

After the game skipper Padraig Horgan was presented with the Reidy Cup by League Chairman Mike Hanley while Padraig was also the recipient of the man of the match trophy for his excellent display at right back and this was presented to him by Frank Neligan, PRO of the Desmond League.

Team: Tomas Quinn, Padraig Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Tom Collins, Martin Chawke, Padraig Horgan (capt), Joe Vaughan, Pa Ahern, Jamie Collins, Kevin O’Keeffe, Darren Murphy. Subs used: John Cotter, Conor Mullane and Timmy Enright. Also Mike Reidy, Ger Collins and Brian Ahern.

U/10 Division 2

Kildimo Utd 0 Athea Utd 2.

Scorers: Ryan O’Connell, John Sexton (pen)

The under tens bounced back from a few bad results to record an impressive two nil win away to second in the table Kildimo Utd last Saturday afternoon. In our first home game in the league we defeated Kildimo four one and since then the opposition have remained unbeaten so from that point of view last Saturdays result was a very good one. It was scoreless at half time but Athea struck decisively on two occasions in the second half, firstly when Ryan O’Connell broke the deadlock and when John Sexton scored from the penalty spot after a defender had handled the ball in the area. So overall a good team performance with all the team playing well. Next up is a cup game when we will play Shannonside at The Vales next Tuesday evening at 7pm.

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


Wednesday, March 30th

U/8 Bs home to Shannonside B at 7pm.

Thursday, March 31st

U/8 As away to Newcastle West A at 7pm.

U/14s home to Kildimo Utd at 6.50pm.

Saturday, April 2nd

U/8 As home to Adare Utd in the cup at 11.30am.

U/8 Bs away to Askeaton in the cup at B 3.15pm.

U/12s away to Adare Utd at 12.30pm. Bus leaving at 11am.

Sunday, April 3rd

Junior As away to Ballingarry at 11.30am.

Junior Bs away to Shannonside B at 11.30am.

Tuesday, April 5th

U/10s home to Shannonside in the cup at 7pm


Thursday, April 7th

U/8 Division 4

U/8 Bs home to Mountcollins at 7pm



U/8 As on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm in the hall.

U/8 Bs on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm in the hall.

U/10s on Wednesdays on Astro Pitch at 7pm.

U/12s on Thursdays 6pm to 7.30pm.

U/14s on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm.

U/16s on Wednesdays 5.30pm to 7pm.


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


The lottery results held on Monday, March 28th at The Gables are as follows –

Jackpot was €6,600. Numbers drawn were 1, 23, 27, 28.

No Jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips:

Timmy O’Sullivan, Kostal

Mary O’Mahony, Coole West

Mgt. Barrett, Church Rd.

John Fealey, The Village

Johanna O’Connor, c/o Doreen

Seller’s Prizes: Ita McMahon & Doreen Cahill

New jackpot will be €6,700 on Monday, April 4th at JP’s.


Ladies Desmond League Table

Division One

Pl                        Pts


Kilcolman Rovers            13                            39

Murroe                                13                              36

Adare Utd                           13                             18

Glin Rovers                         13                             14

Askeaton                              14                             14

Creeves Celtic                     14                            13

Broadford                             14                            11

Killeaney                               14 8



Kilcolman Rovers v Murroe in Murroe

Sunday 3rd April 11.30 KO.

If Kilcolman gets a draw they win the League title. If Kilcolman are beaten a League play-off is required.

The other game of importance is Adare v Glin Rovers.


Athea G.A.A.


Minors v Drom/Broadford

Friday April 1st in Athea at 6 45.

Intermediate v Fr Casey’s

Saturday April 2nd in Abbeyfeale at 4pm.

Junior B v Mountcollins

April 8th in Athea.

West Senior Championship

We lost heavily to Fr Casey’s in the first round of the West Senior Championship, last Sunday evening in Tournafulla. We started brightly but failed to get enough scores on the board. With the County Championship only a month away there is plenty of room for improvement.

Team v Fr Casey’s: Timmy Enright, Mike Ahern, Tom Collins, Matthew Tierney, Mike Reidy, Martin Chawke, Paul Collins, Conor Mullane, Padraig Reidy, Kevin O`Keeffe, John Cotter, Morgan O`Connor, Jamie Collins, Tomas Mullane, Pat Ahern.

Subs all used: Conor McGrath, Ger Collins, Brian Ahern, Brian McKenna, Jason Quille.

Athea Coiste na nÓg


Monday 4th of April:

U-12’s: Training for the U-12’s is on Monday evening 4th of April from 6pm to 7pm at Páirc na nGael (High field). All players are asked to be at the field for 6:50pm.


Monday 4th of April:
U-16’s: Athea are at home to Mountcollins on Monday the 4th of April at 6:45pm. All players are asked to be at Páirc na nGael (High Field) for 6:20pm.

Wednesday 6th of April:
U-13’s: Athea are at home to Cappagh on Wednesday the 6th of April at 7pm. All players are asked to be at Páirc na nGael (High Field) for 6:30pm.

GAA Vhi Cúl Camp:

Once again this year the Cúl Camp will be taking place in Páirc na nGael (The High Field) from Monday 11th of July to Friday 15th of July. Cúl Camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 13 with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays. More details to follow in the next few weeks.

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.


Any child that still has not registered can still do so by contacting Jacqueline O’ Connor 086-0670091 or John Hunt 087- 9692105.


Man Utd Supporters Club

Due to cancellations we now have 2 more seats on our trip to Old Trafford on Easter weekend to see United take on Everton. If interested please contact Pat McSweeney for details as soon as possible.

Cost of trip is €340 all in and includes 3 nights Bed & Breakfast, flights, match day ticket, bus transfers to and from Manchester Airport and to and from Old Trafford. Also tour of Grounds and Museum on Easter Sunday.

Hurry up! This promises to be the tour of all tours.

Best Wishes

Our Chairman, Joe McGrath, looks like he is going to be out for the remainder of the season. He has just undergone major knee surgery and all within the club wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be fighting fit for the 2011/12 season.

Pat McSweeney