Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill



U/12 Division 2

Athea Utd   (3) 3       Shane Dalton (3)

NCW Rovers  (1) 2

Last Saturday morning at The Vales Athea Utd entertained Newcastle West Rovers in an eagerly anticipated league fixture with Athea were seeking to go one better than their opening day draw with Bally Rovers.

Rovers started the brighter and a fine run but great defending by Shane Ambrose cleared any possible danger. Athea responded with a great run of their own when Jason Dillon picked the ball up inside his own half and sped down the left and it took a good tackle by a defender to concede a corner. However the danger still wasn’t over for Rovers as Athea went ahead when Shane Daltons corner went all the way to the net. This rattled Rovers who responded but they didn’t reckon on our centre half Michael Dalton who took the ball off the line. Then they had a free kick Athea keeper Cathal O’Brien gathered the ball with confidence and so relieved the pressure on his defence. At this stage Shane Dalton was starting to ask questions of the Rovers defence and a great piece of skill when, with his back to goal he received a pass from David O’Connor which he flicked over his head and away from his marker and looked to have a clear run on goal only to be fouled by another defender when a goal was definitely a possibility. Shane then scored his second when he received a pass from Micah O’Connell and sped clear and slipped the ball past the advancing keeper. Two minutes later Shane completed his hat trick when he outpaced the visitors back four with a finish similar to his previous strike. Rovers finished the half the stronger and pulled one back to leave it three one at the break.

The second half saw Rovers more in the game and they enjoyed more possession in comparison to the first and for long spells the Athea defence was under pressure but in fairness they were, for the most part able to answer any questions asked of them. Rovers resurgence in this half was due to their midfield but despite this they werent able to breach the Athea rearguard where Michael Dalton was outstanding for the homeside as was keeper Cathal O’Brien while Shane Ambrose and Jack O’Connor were equally effective. John Sexton and Andy Ahern then combined with Ryan O’Connell down the Athea left which resulted in the former taking on the Rovers defence but a defender was able to get in a block at the expense of a corner. Entering the final five minutes the visitors pushed forward in numbers and Athea were forced into last gasp defending an eventually the pressure told when a corner on their left by was guided the ball inside the near post. Athea had more defending to do but they showed determination to hold on for what was a good win but there is a long way to go in what is shaping up to be a close division

Overall a very good display by all the panel but the performance of Michael Dalton at the heart of the defence was outstanding while his namesake Shane was equally effective at the other end of the pitch with a stunning hat trick while Cathal O’Brien in goals gave another composed performance. Well done to all the players involved.

Team: Cathal O’Brien, David O’Connor, Shane Ambrose, Joseph Dalton, Michael Dalton, Micah O’Connell, David O’Sullivan, Jason Dillon, Grace Ryan, Shane Dalton.

Subs used: Andy Ahern, John Sexton, Daniel McEndowney, Seamus Leahy and Jack O’Connor.

Referee: Colm Dalton.


U/19 League Cup

Athea Utd  (2) 4   Ian Murphy (2), Michael Woods, Rici Hanley

Ncw Rovers (2) 2

A strong comeback by Athea saw our U/19s overturn a two nil deficit to win four two at home to Bally Rovers last Saturday afternoon. We gifted Bally a soft first goal and ten minutes later it was two nil despite an initially brilliant save by Paul Kennedy who turned the ball onto the post but only for the rebound to fall kindly for their forward to fire home. We were level at the break with goals from the in form Ian Murphy and Michael Woods and the comeback was complete when Murphy got his second and Rici Hanley getting the insurance goals late in the second half.

Team: Paul Kennedy, Kevin Murphy, Aaron O’Connor, Mark O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan, Mark Horgan, Liam O’Connor, Ryan Carroll, Maurice Hayes, Ian Murphy, Michael Woods. Subs used: Rici Hanley, Gary Vaughan and Jason O’Flaherty.

Referee: Pat King.


Junior Div 1

Athea Utd     (0) 1   Padraig Horgan      Rockhill Rvs  (0) 0

A late, late strike from Padraig Horgan gave our A’s a dramatic win at home to previously unbeaten Rockhill Rovers at The Vales last Sunday afternoon. The only goal coming when Mike Reidy received a short corner and he pulled the ball back to Horgan on the edge of the box and the midfielder side footed it into the bottom corner. We had good chances to put the game away before that but in the end one goal was enough.

Team: Noel Healy, Ryan Carroll, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Sean McGrath, Mike Reidy, Conor Mullane, Joe Vaughan, Darren Murphy, Padraig Horgan, Kevin O’Keeffe.

Subs used: Cillian O’Connor, Maurice Hayes and Martin Chawke.  Referee: Sean Hartnett.


Junior Div 4

Shountrade    (0) 0

Athea Utd  B  (3) 4     Steven McEnery (3), Bobby Barrett

The B’s stay second in the table but close the gap to leaders Kilcornan to just one point after a wholly deserved four nil win away to Shountrade last Sunday afternoon. Steven McEnery opened the scoring when he beat two players on the edge of the box and placed it low past the keeper an soon after player manager Bobby Barrett made it two with a neat finish into the bottom corner after a quality cross from William Cronin. We made it three before the interval when Jason Quille delivered in a good cross from the left for McEnery head home. Our dominance continued after the break and we had chances to extend the lead before McEnery completed his hat trick when sub Kevin Murphy, on his junior debut got ball on half way and skipped past a defender and put a great low cross to the low edge of box for the striker to finish emphatically. Full time 4-0

Team: Mark O’Connor, John Geoghegan, Tom Greaney, Pa Kiely, Raymond Brouder, Jason Quille, Eoghan Nash, Kieran Dalton, William Cronin, Steven McEnery, Bobby Barrett. Subs: Kevin Murphy and Dan McMahon.  Referee: Jim Molyneaux.


U/16 Div 2

Athea Utd       (0) 0  Broadford Utd   (3) 7

Team: Joseph Kelly, Jack Denihan, William Mullane, Padraic Walsh, Killian O’Donoghue,  O’Connor, Ronan Hayes, Tommy Quaid, Brian O’Connor, Peter O’Connor, William Sexton. Subs: Jason Dalton, Sean Ryan and Timothy Tierney.

Referee: Pat King.


Saturday, September 24th

U/14s away to Broadford Utd at 11.30am. Bus going at 10.20am.

Youths home to St Itas in Munster Youths Cup at 2.30pm

Sunday, September 25th

Junior As away to Pallaskenry in Munster Junior Cup at 11.30am

Junior Bs away to Kilcornan in Munster Junior Cup at 2.30pm



U/8s on Saturdays at 11am.

U/10s on Wednesdays 6 to 7pm

U/12s on Thursdays 6 to 7pm

U/14s on Monday 6 to 7pm.

U/16s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm.

Youths on Mondays and Wednesdays 7 to 8.30pm.

Junior As & Bs on Tuesdays and Fridays 7 to 10pm.



U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.

U/14s €25 per player.

U/16s €30 per player.

Youths €35 per player.

Junior As and Bs €50 per player.

For example a family with an U/8 player and an U/10 player the membership will be €30 while a family with an U/12 player and an U/16 the membership will be €40.

UNDERAGE FAMILY DISCOUNT – There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – In line with club policy no player(s) will be allowed play for Athea Utd in the schoolboy league or junior league until they have their insurance paid. All managers are to collect the respective insurance and to implement this club policy.



The club now have gear available, ie socks and shorts for U/8s,U/10s and U/12s and if anyone is looking for socks or shorts they are asked to contact Tim O’Riordan on (087)6966812



The results of our lottery draw for Monday, September 19th at White’s Bar are as follows –   Jackpot was €9100. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 6, 10. One person matched the four numbers drawn and we congratulate Tom O’Flaherty, Dirreen, Athea on winning our Jackpot of €9100.

Promoters Prize won by Jason O’Flaherty.

New jackpot will be €5000 on next Monday night, September 26th at Brown Joe’s Bar.


Athea Coiste na nÓg

Athea U14s who played at the Gaelic Grounds last Friday evening in the County Quarter-final


Friday 16th of September:
County Quarter Final:

Under 14 ‘s:
Athea 3-7, Hospital/Herbertstown 2-6.

Athea U-14’s played a very exciting and thrilling game at the Gaelic Grounds on Friday night last against Hospital/Herbertstown in front of a large crowd of Athea supporters. Athea were quick to settle and the first score of the night was a great goal from William Sexton. Hospital/Herbertstown replied with 2 points which was followed by a point from Ronan Hayes which left us 2 points ahead, but it was to be our last score before half time. During this period the opposition scored 1-3 to leave us 4 points adrift at the break. In the second half we came out all guns blazing and 4 unanswered points including a brace from Brian O’ Connor left the sides level. Our backs led by Jason Dalton and Tommy Quaid were outstanding in this half, backed up by Joey Kelly in goals who did not put a foot wrong all night. Hospital/Herbertstown then went into the lead with a great point. Athea came to life when the lights of the Gaelic Grounds were switched on and Jason Kelly rattled the crossbar which had all the Athea supporters on their feet. Shortly after this Jack Denihan found the back of the net, followed by a goal from Ronan Hayes which left us in the driving seat. Paraic Walsh and Ronan Hayes added a point each to ensure Athea were on the road to victory. Only a late goal from a penalty for Hospital/Herbertstown put a bit of gloss on the scoreline. The final score was Athea 3-7 to Hospital/Herbertstown 2-6. This was a great team performance and we are looking forward to the semi-final in the not too distant future. Panel: Joey Kelly, Brian O’ Connor, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Jason Dalton, Jason Kelly, Ronan Hayes, Paraic Walsh, T.J Doherty, Conor Fitzgerald, Lorcan McAuliffe, Tony McAuliffe, William Sexton, Killian O’ Donoghue, Tommy Quaid, Jack Denihan, William McEnery, Donnacha McEnery, Sean Ryan, Paul Mahony & James Ryan


U6’s,  U8’s

Training for U6’s & U8’s continues this Friday evening 23rd of September at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael.


There is no U-12 football training this week.


Training for the U-14’s is on this evening Wednesday the 21st of September at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.



Thursday 22nd of September:
Athea U12’s are at home to Dromcollogher/Broadford on Thursday 22nd of September at 6:45pm. Players are asked to be at field for 6:15pm. 

Friday 23rd of September:


Athea U-10’s are taking part in the Old Mill football tournament this Friday 23rd of September at 6pm. Cars will leave the village at 5:15pm


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 to and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.


Fun Day Fundraiser:
This year our Fun Day promises to be a great day out for all the family and all proceeds will be going in aid of the Con Colbert Community Hall. The Fun Day will take place in Páirc na nGael this Sunday 25th of September from 2pm to 5pm. There will be many events taking place on the day that will suit all ages including Sponge throwing, Target shooting, Poc Fada, Novelty Races for Children, Dart Throwing, Pegs on the Clothes Line, Penalty Shootout, Crossbar Challenge & Tug of War. There will be a BBQ, Pony Rides, Bouncing Castle & Face Painting along with the many prizes that can be won on the day. There will also be tea and light refreshments available. Tell all your family and friends that Páirc na nGael is the place to be next Sunday 25th of September and that everyone is welcome and your support would be greatly appreciated in making this day a huge success.


Athea G.A.A.

Results of Club Draw

1st prize €400.00 Maura Keane, Cratloe
2nd Prize €250.00 Thomas Brosnan, Upper Athea
3rd Prize €150.00 Margaret O’Sullivan, Lower Athea
4th Prize €150.00 David Morrissey, Stock City, Abbeyfeale
5th Prize €150.00 Jack Kelly, Sugar Hill
6th Prize €150.00 Michael Ahern, Garrygloss
Promoter Prize:  €50.00 Roger Ryan



Athea GAA would like to thank Gerard White of White’s Bar  for his generous Sponsorship recently.


County Intermediate Quarter Final

Athea 0 07 Hospital/ Herbertstown 0 07


This game was played in difficult conditions in the Gaelic Grounds. We trailed by three points at the break but rallied well in the second half and probably should have won. A big improvement is required especially in our forward line if we are to progress to a semi-final meeting with Oola.

Best on the night were Podge Reidy, Brian Ahern, Denis Greaney, Tom Collins, Neilus Hunt, Kevin O`Keeffe and Pa Ahern.

Team and scorers. Timmy Enright, Mike Ahern, Podge Reidy, Paul Collins, Brian Ahern, Martin Chawke, Denis Greaney, Tom Collins (0 01), Neilus Hunt(0 01), Ger Ahern( 0 02), Jamie Collins, Kevin O`Keefe, Brian Mckenna, Pa Ahern (0 03), Darren Murphy. Subs, Tomas Mullane, Morgan O`Connor, Ger Collins, Conor Mullane, Jason Quille, John Cotter.


West U21 Championship

Feale Rangers 2 12 St Kieran’s 0 10


County Intermediate Quarter-final Replay

Athea v Hospital in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, Friday 23 September at

7 45pm.
Minor County Semi-final

Feale Rangers v Oola in Martinstown (Staker Wallace), Tuesday 27 September at 8pm.


Young Athea supporters at the Gaelic Grounds last week

Athea Golf Society

It was wild and windy with the odd shower thrown in for good measure at Castlegregory last Saturday morning. A tough day on an equally tough course for the hardy few who made the journey. Scoring was always going to be low but Michael O’Connor brought in a very good 34 points to win the competition. Young Thomas Sexton continued his winning ways with 2nd place while 3rd and 4th went to Ed and Michael Jnr. O’Connor to make it a cause for celebration in the O’Connor household. Nearest the pin went to Gerry Tuohy and Thomas Sexton had the longest drive. Congratulations to all the prize-winners.

Our next and final outing of the year is to Ballybunion on October 15th. More news on that later but in the meantime we have the annual match with the Shamrock Golf Society in Newcastle West on Sunday October 3rd. As usual members will be contacted by text. Please answer whether you are travelling or not.