Athea Utd. AFC

by Pat Mulvihill

Division 1 League Cup Final

Athea Utd 2 Ballingarry 3 (after extra time)

Scorers: Gerard Collins, Michael Reidy


We contested the division one league cup final against Ballingarry last Sunday afternoon at a blustery Clounreask but it was our opponents that came out on top after extra time. We were missing a couple of players through injury. The first chance came from a Ballingarry free kick taken by their keeper that went just over the bar. We responded and had a chance through skipper Padraig Horgan as he was inches away from meeting a cross from Kevin O’Keeffe an we came closer soon after when another O’Keeffe cross saw Joe Vaughan tee up Darren Murphy whose effort was cleared off the line. The opening goal came on twenty five minutes when Timmy Enright had initially made a great save the rebound broke to a Ballingarry player to score from the edge of the penalty area. Great play by Murphy almost created a rapid equalizer when he slipped the ball into O’Keeffe but he was denied by the outstretched leg of the keeper at the near post. Murphy and O’Keeffe twice more linked up well to create chances while a Vaughan shot was put behind for a corner by the keeper but at the interval we trailed one nil.

The second half saw plenty effort but we didn’t create a whole pile and neither did Ballingarry and it was around the halfway point of the second half that the half came to life when Gerard Collins powered home the equalizer low inside the right post when a cross by O’Keeffe was only cleared as far as the edge of the box. Not long though we fell behind again when not dealing with a set piece and the Ballingarry player headed a corner to the net. We had a chance of a quick response when Murphy chipped the keeper and the ball broke to O’Keeffe and the midfielders strike looked to be going wide until Murphy got on to it to force a save from the keeper. With the clock running down we pushed forward again and got a last gasp equalizer when Michael Reidy took a free-kick from the right that somehow ended in the Ballingarry net.

On so to extra time and in the first half we had a great chance when sub Tomas Quinn headed narrowly wide after a Vaughan free-kick was knocked down by Atheas man of the match Tom Collins. However with three minutes left in extra time disaster came when a free kick was headed to the net to give Ballingarry the lead for the third time and try as we did to summon a third equalizer it wasn’t to be.

Team: Tim Enright, Michael Reidy, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Tom Collins, Padraig Horgan, Joe Vaughan, Gerard Collins, Conor Mullane, Kevin O’Keeffe, Darren Murphy. Subs used Tomas Quinn. Also Matthew Tierney.



At the moment we are in the process of making arrangements for our annual awards night and we should have definite news on this for next edition. Watch this space for further details.



The time has come again to make plans for the 2011 Summer Soccer Schools which ill again be sponsored by An Post and will be known as An Post Summer Soccer Schools 2011. This years programme will run nationwide from July 4th to August 25th at venues the length and breath of the Republic of Ireland.

The Athea Utd camp will again be held at The Vales and will run from Monday July 25th to Friday July 29th

To book your place log on to or call 1890 653 653. The co-ordinator for the Athea Utd camp again is Pat Mulvihill and he can be contacted on (087)7934417 and Pat will be only be too happy to give you any information or advice on the summer soccer school programme.



The results of our lottery draw for Monday, May 30th at The Top of the Town are as follows –

Jackpot was €7500. Numbers drawn were 2, 12, 19, 27.

No Jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to PJ Meehan c/o Pat Hayes. Catherine & Peter, Hillside Drive. Sharon Murphy, Ballylongford. D & D c/o Doreen. Francie O’Connor c/o Doreen.

Sellers Batt’s Bar, Paudie Reidy.

New Jackpot will be €7600 on Monday, June 6th at Donie’s.


Athea Coiste na nÓg


Sunday 29th of May:

U-8 Blitz in Foynes:
We travelled to Foynes on Sunday evening last to play our second blitz of the season. We had 15 players making up two teams playing a total of five matches against teams from St. Senan’s and Askeaton/Ballysteen. There was great excitement on the sidelines as all the parents who had travelled from Athea were cheering on all the boys and girls. Both teams did extremely well and the skill level for our U8’s was very high once again as could be seen on the field. Players: Eoin O’ Shea, Daire O’ Shea, Brandon Finucane, Kelly Murphy, Adam Byrne, Paraic Enright, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Andrew O’ Riordan, Nicole Carroll, Josh Mulally, Conor Mullane, Shane Scanlon, Callum Buckley & Pierce O’ Brien. Coaching will continue on Friday evening at Páirc na nGael at 6:30pm.

The club would like to thank St. Senan’s who hosted the Blitz and for providing all the boys and girls with treats afterwards. A special thanks to all the parents who travelled on the night.

Monday 30th of May:

Athea 3-7  Crecora 1-4.
Athea Under 13’s secured their third win of the league with a convincing win over Crecora in Páirc na nGael on Monday evening last. Crecora opened the scoring with a point, but Athea soon came into action with a point from James Ryan and a goal for JJ Sheehy. Ronan Hayes got Athea’s second point before Crecora pulled another point back.  Just before half James Ryan got another goal for Athea as we lead 2-4 to 0-3 at the break. In the second half we started well with points coming from William Sexton, James Ryan & Ronan Hayes. Crecora then came back into the game with a goal and a point but Athea’s third goal fro JJ Sheehy put the result beyond doubt and James Ryan got the last point of the game as Athea ran out easy winners on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-4. Another great team performance which all players should be proud of.

Team: Timothy Tierney, Conor Fitzgerald, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Donnacha McEnery, William Sexton, James Ryan, T.J Doherty, JJ Sheehy, Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Michéal Ambrose, Liam McAuliffe, Jack Vaughan, William McEnery, Brian Sheahan, Jack Gleeson, Mark McAuliffe, Jamie O’ Brien, Cillian Liston, David Sheahan & Jerry Barrett.


U-6’s, U-8’s & U-10’s: Training continues for the U-6’s,U-8’s & U-10’s this Friday evening 3rd of June from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

U-14’s: Training for the U-14’s continues Tuesday evening the 7th of June at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.


Wednesday 1st of June:

U-12’s: Athea U-12’s are away to St. Kierans on this evening Wednesday 1st of June at 6:45pm. Cars will be leaving the village at 5:45pm.

Friday 10th of June:

U-10’s: Athea U-10’s have a Blitz in Newcastle West on Friday evening the 10th of June. Time to be confirmed.

GAA Vhi Cúl Camp:

Once again this year the Cúl Camp will be taking place in Páirc na nGael 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. You can now book on line at or contact Jacqueline for more information.

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.

Coiste na nÓg on line:

You can now view all our notes, fixtures, results and pictures of Athea Coiste na nÓg on the Athea GAA website. Just go and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information on the Club.

Athea GAA Club Draw:
8 Draws in Total
€11,200 prize money
Tickets €80 or €10 per draw
Prize Money:
1st prize €400
2nd prize €250
3rd prize €150
4th prize €150
5th prize €150
6th prize €150
There is a special prize for fully paid up members of €800. Promoter prize €50 each month. Club Members are calling door to door selling the tickets. You support would be greatly appreciated.


Athea GAA

West Intermediate Final

Castlemahon 1 08 Athea 1 04

Castlemahon ran out deserving winners in a poor scrappy final played in Rathkeale. The highlight of the first half was a great individual goal scored by Jamie Collins. We had good performances from Denis Greaney, Mike Ahern, Martin Chawke, Ger Collins, Brian McKenna and man of the match Tom Collins. Team: Timmy Enright, Mike Ahern, Tom Collins, Denis Greaney, Mike Reidy, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Conor Mullane, Ger Collins, Sean Ahern, Gerard Ahern, Jamie Collins, Kevin O`Keeffe, Pa Ahern, Brian Ahern. Subs: Tomas Mullane, Brian McKenna, Pa Kiely, Conor McGrath, Jason Quille, Michael Matthews, Emmet White.


Athea Fishing Club

Last Saturday was our first competition of the year which was in Ballyhass Lake which was for U-10, U-12 and U-16. We had a total of 24 children and they caught a total of 46 fish. After that we headed back to Brown Joe’s for food and refreshments and to present the trophies. Thanks to Tommy and family for their help and thanks to Leo Geoghegan for the food and also to Paudie for the bus hire for the day and to everyone who sponsored the Cups and Trophies

Our U-10’s was the Drury’s Cup and Trophies -1st – Shauna Sweeney, 2nd – Jamie O’ Mahony, 3rd – Molly Pepper Carr.  Our U-12’s was the Billy Histon Plaque and Trophies- 1st Chloe O’ Connor. 2nd – Erin Mulvihill. 3rd– Ciara Sheehan. Our U-16’s for Tossie Carroll Cup and Trophies  – 1st– Shane Mulvihill. 2nd Peter O’ Connor. 3rd – Katie O’ Connor.

Thanks to everyone who came along on the day and also the helpers. Watch this space for the next competition