Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill

ATHEA UTD U-19s who beat Newcastle West Rovers 3 0 in the League Cup last Saturday afternoon at The Vales

U/19 League Cup

Athea Utd    (0) 3       Daniel Daly (2), Mark Horgan

Ncw Rovers (0) 0

We got our first win in the U/19 League Cup with a deserved three nil win at home to Ncw Rovers last Saturday afternoon. All the goals came in the second half with Daniel Daly getting a brace and Mark Horgan adding a third. In truth we probably should have won by more as we were on top for most of the game and had some other good chances to add to our tally.

Team: Paul Kennedy, Kevin Murphy, David Sheehan, Mark O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan, Maurice Hayes, Daniel Daly, Aaron O’Connor, Ryan Carroll, Mark Horgan, Ian Murphy.

Subs used: Rici Hanley, Michael Woods and Dan Mullane.

Referee: Colm Dalton.


Youths Division 1

Ncw Rovers (0) 1

Athea Utd    (4) 5      Maurice Hayes (pen), Ian Murphy (2), Daniel Daly, Kevin Murphy

The youths were impressive winners away to Ncw Rovers last Wednesday evening with the game over as a contest at half time when we were four goals to the good. Maurice Hayes put us ahead from the penalty spot after the speedy Liam O’Connor was taken out in full flight and this was followed by quick fire goals from the impressive Ian Murphy and another from skipper Daniel Daly to put us in control. Just before the break it was game, set and match when Kevin Murphy squeezed home a beauty inside the near post. Early in the second half the homeside pulled one back but we responded quickly when Ian Murphy got his second of the game. Jonathan Fitzgerald then produced a super full length save while Ryan Carroll hit the bar at the other end as we finished strongly to claim a deserved three points.

Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Kevin Murphy, Jamie Sheehan, Mark O’Connor, David Sheehan, Liam O’Connor, Maurice Hayes, Ryan Carroll, Michael Woods, Ian Murphy, Daniel Daly. Subs used: Gary Vaughan, Jason O’Flaherty and Michael Mullane.

Referee: Pat King.


U/16 Div 2

Ncw Rovers (3) 6

Athea Utd    (1) 4     Ronan Hayes, Sean Ryan, Padraic Walsh, Tony McAuliffe

Team: Joey Kelly, Jack Denihan, William Sexton, Ronan Hayes, William Mullane, Phillip Daly, Peter O’Connor, Brian O’Connor, Padraic Walsh, Sean Ryan, Pa O’Connor. Subs used: Tommy Quaid, Jason Dalton, Tony McAuliffe

Referee: Colm Dalton.


U/16 Div 2

Abbeyfeale Utd B   (2) 7

Athea Utd                (1) 3     Pa O’Connor, William Sexton, own goal

Team: Joey Kelly, Jack Denihan, Killian O’Donoghue, Ronan Hayes, Padraic Walsh, Phillip Daly, Peter O’Connor, Brian O’Connor, Tommy Quaid, Sean Ryan, Pa O’Connor.

Subs used:William Sexton, Jason Dalton, Tony McAuliffe.

Referee: John Roche.


Junior Div 1

Ncw B        (0) 0

Athea Utd  (1) 5   Mike Reidy, Conor Mullane (2), Darren Murphy (2)

Team: Noel Healy, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Tom Collins, Sean McGrath, Padraig Horgan, Gerard Ahern, Conor Mullane, Mike Reidy, Cillian O’Connor, Darren Murphy. Sub: Joe Vaughan.

Referee: Sean Hartnett.


Junior Div 4

St Itas B         (0) 2

Athea Utd  B  (0) 0

Team: Gary Carroll, John Geoghegan, Tom Greaney, Pa Kiely, Jason Quille, William Cronin, Dan McMahon, Mike Twomey, Eoghan Nash, Steven McEnery, Bobby Barrett. Sub: Emmet White.

Referee: Colm Dalton.



Saturday, September 10th

U/10 Division 2

Athea Utd home to Ballingarry at 12.30pm.

U/14 Division 2

Athea Utd away to Adare Utd at 12.30pm. Bus leaving at 11am.

Youths Div 1

Athea Utd home to Rathkeale at 2.30pm.

Sunday, September 11th

Junior Division 1

Athea Utd A v Pallaskenry at 11.30am

Junior Division 4

Athea Utd B v Feenagh B at 2.30pm


Monday, September 12th

U/12 Division 2

Athea Utd home to Bally Rovers at 6.30pm.



The following are the start up dates for the various age groups for the forthcoming 2011-12 season –

The U/10s & U/14’s start on this coming Saturday, September 10th

The U/8s & U/12s start next Monday, September 12th



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 Fridays 6.30pm to 8pm.

Youths on Mondays and Wednesdays 7 to 8.30pm.



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 results of our lottery draw for Monday, September 5th at The Top of the Town are as follows –   Jackpot was €8900. Numbers drawn were 10, 20, 24, 27. No Jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to Eugene Lyons c/o Kostal. Stephanie Foley, NCW. Michelle Browne c/o Kostal. Jim Gould, Kilmorna. Pat Collins, TempleAthea.

Sellers Declan Barrett & Brouders Shop.

New jackpot will be €9000 on Monday, September 12th at Donie’s.


Coiste na nÓg

Under 8’s:

The under 8 footballers travelled to Foynes on Friday night last for a blitz involving St. Senan’s, Gerald Griffins, Glin and Athea. We had 13 players and they all played very well even though it rained heavy at times. We played four matches in total and you could see the players improving all the time. It was great to see some of the players able to kick the ball with their weaker leg when their strong side was blocked.  The games were run off quickly with no waiting around between matches, so well done to St.Senans who hosted the blitz and had treats afterwards for the kids. We will have more matches soon against St.Kieran’s and possibly St. Senan’s. Panel: Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Eoin O’ Shea, Andrew O’ Riordan, Josh Mullally, Pierce O’ Brien, Paraic Enright, T.J. Hunt, Shane Scanlon, Daire O’ Shea, Rory O’ Mahony and Gearóid O’ Sullivan.


U6’s, & U8’s

Training for the U6’s & U8’s continues this Friday evening 9th of September at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael.


Training for the U-14’s continues Tuesday evening the 13th of September at 6:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:20pm.



Thursday 8th of September:
Athea U12’s are away to St. Mary’s Rathkeale on Thursday 8th of September at 6:45pm. Cars leaving the village at 6pm. 

Friday 9th of September:


Athea U10’s have a Blitz in Kileedy on Friday evening 9th of September. Car the leaving the village at 6pm.

County Semi-Final:

Sunday 11th of September:


Athea U13’s are home to Claughaun in the County Semi-final on this Sunday evening 11th of September at 4pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 3:30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


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.



Congratulations to the Feale Rangers Minors (Athea/Mountcollins) on winning the West Limerick Minor A football championship on Sunday night before a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters. The conditions were wet and ball control difficult against tight marking opposition, Cois Sionna Gaels. Rangers were up 0–3 to 0–1 after a low scoring first half, Cois Sionna drew level at 3 points each, but then Rangers got on top through sheer hard work to score the next 6 points to win 0–9 to 0–3. See full match report and team photo in sports pages.


Athea G.A.A.

West Minor A Final

The victorious Feale Rangers Team (Athea & Mountcollins) who won the West U-18 title last Sunday with trainer Noel Barry

Feale Rangers 0 09     Cois Sionna 0 03.

The Athea – Mountcollins amalgamation captured the West u18 title last Sunday evening in Glin. The game was played in atrocious conditions but Rangers were full value for their win. We led three points to one at the break after dominating much of the half. Second half points from Pa Delee, Maurice Hayes, Kevin O’Mahony  and Stephen Cahill saw us run out comfortable winners. Johnathan Fitzgerald was rock solid in goals. Mark Horgan and Mark O’Connor dominated the full back line. Denis Greaney as usual was excellent at centre back. So too was Thomas Sexton who along with the other wing back Stephen Cahill are still u16. Kevin O’Mahony won a huge amount of ball at midfield and kicked a great point. Up front Shane Mulvihill again showed what an intelligent player he is, while Kevin Murphy and Maurice Hayes’ pace and skill were a constant threat to the opposition. Ryan Carroll came off the bench and made a significant contribution.

We now progress to the county semi-final. Well done to Noel Barry who had his side very well prepared. Well done also to selectors Micheál Long and Seamus O’Connell.


Team: J Fitzgerald, M Horgan, M O’Connor, W Finnegan, T Sexton, D Greaney, S Cahill, M Broudair, K O’Mahony, C O’Sullivan, S Mulvihill, P Delee, K Murphy, J O’Mahony, M Hayes. Subs: R Carroll, J O’Sullivan, Michael Mullane, Liam O’Brien. Dylan Murphy and Gary Vaughan were unavailable due to injury.

Captain Pa Delee who received the cup from Johnny Walsh – West Board.

County Intermediate Championship

Athea 1 11 Mountcollins 1 12.

A late goal denied us victory in Abbeyfeale last Friday night. However, we still qualify for the county quarter final thanks to Cappamore beating Gerald Griffin’s. This was a game we really should have won, we led 1 06 to 0 07 at the break, our goal coming from Gerard Ahern.  We dominated the second half but failed to kill off the game and paid the price at the finish. Best for Athea on the night were Michael Ahern, Paul Collins, Denis Greaney, Tom Collins, Kevin O`Keeffe, Pat Ahern and Brian McKenna.

Team: Timmy Enright, Michael Ahern, Padraig Reidy, Paul Collins, Mike Reidy, Martin Chawke (0-01), Denis Greaney, Neilus Hunt (0-1), Tom Collins, Gerard Ahern (1-02), Jamie Collins, Kevin O’Keeffe (0-01), Brian McKenna, Pa Ahern (0-05), Kevin Murphy (0-01). Subs: Conor Mullane, Sean McGrath, Brian Ahern, Jason Quille, John Cotter.

We now play Hospital/Herbertstown in the county quarter final.


Our outing on Saturday last was a great success down in Bleach Lourh.

The ladies would like to say thanks to Jerry Brouder and family for the lovely crystals

1st-Lorraine Mulvihill

2nd-Tricia Sheehan

3rd-Erika Fealy


The men’s competition was for the lovely Denny Mullane Trophies. Thanks to the Mullane family.

1st-Pa Moore

2nd-Timmy Sheehan

3rd-John Fealy


Jerry Brouder got the medal of the day for rowing the boat. We would like to say a big thank you to Dave and staff at Bleach Lough for their great help on the day.

Our Church gate collection will take place this Saturday and Sunday. Your support would be appreciated.

Anne Sheehan


Athea Golf Society

Our next outing is to Castlegregory Golf Club on Saturday, September 17th. Tee times begin at 10am.

There will be a meeting at the Top of the Town on Tuesday 13th at 9pm to make arrangements and the draw for the competition. All members should receive a text message before that date. Please reply, even if you do not intend to travel.