Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill

U/12 Division 2

Glin Rvs      (2) 4

Athea Utd    (0) 3     Shane Dalton (2), John Sexton (pen)


Our twelve’s were away to Glin Rovers last Saturday afternoon for our third game in the league and after a very close and exciting match it was the homeside who prevailed by the odd goal in seven. Glin took an early two nil lead but in fairness to the Athea side they came back strongly and had Glin under pressure but a combination of some good goalkeeping and I suppose not so good finishing meant that we went in at the break two down. Early in the second half we were back in it when Shane Dalton struck a sweet free kick that found the top corner to leave it two one. Like in the first half Glin struck again for two quick fire goals that seemed to have them in control but again Athea refused to yield and it was four two when John Sexton converted a penalty before Shane Dalton quickly made it four three with roughly seven or eight minutes left. Athea piled forward in search of the equalizer but try as we did we just could not find that elusive fourth goal. Overall we at least deserved a draw but it wasn’t to be despite all the players doing well at various stages of the match.


Team: Cathal O’Brien, David O’Connor, Andy Ahern, Michael Dalton, David O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Ryan O’Connell, Shane Dalton, Seamus Leahy, Grace Ryan, Micah O’Connell. Subs: John Sexton, Daniel McEldowney, Shane Ambrose, Joseph Dalton.

Referee: Pat King.


Division 1 League

Adare Utd    (0) 0

Athea Utd    (0) 2     Cillian O’Connor, Padraig Horgan


After the blip in the Munster Junior the previous week where we did everything but score it was back to the league on Sunday with a potentially tricky assignment away to Adare Utd. This has always being a tough venue to come away from and if you get one point or three they will be hard earned. As it turned out this was a thoroughly deserved win by Athea an could have being two up before Cillian O’Connor put us ahead with his first of the season for the As with a good finish from twenty yards after being set up by right back Ryan Carroll. O’Connor then turned provider for Padraig Horgan to seal a fourth league win in a row and all without conceding any goals at the other end.


Team: Noel Healy, Ryan Carroll, Martin Chawke, Tom Collins, Sean McGrath, Ger Collins, Darren Murphy, Padraig Horgan, Conor Mullane, Kevin O’Keeffe, John Cotter.

Sub used: Cillian O’Connor, Gerard Ahern, Padraig Reidy.

Referee: Paul O’Brien.


Hogan Cup

Athea Utd  B  (0) 2

Kilcornan A   (2) 3       Bobby Barrett, Mark O’Connor


We were at home to Ballingarry B last Sunday afternoon in the opening round of the Hogan Cup and after a close contest the visitors just pipped us for a place in the second round. We were two down at the break despite playing some decent football at times and would have being closer only for some bad luck in front of goals. Into the second half and we soon reduced the gap when a shot by Kevin Murphy went through a crowded penalty area and was turned in by player manager Bobby Barrett. We then looked for the equalizer but it was the visitors that scored next to give them a bit of breathing space. We didn’t give up and we struck goal of the game soon after when from a corner the ball was headed out only as far as Mark O’Connor who met the ball on the volley with his left foot and it screamed into the top left corner. His first junior goal for the club and a likely contender for goal of the season. We couldn’t summons a third goal and so exit the Hogan Cup but are in cup action again next Sunday with the long trip to play Rockhill Rovers in the Reidy Cup with a 2.30pm kick off.


Team: Garry Carroll, Mark O’Connor, John Geoghegan, Tom Greaney, Jason Quille, Ray Brouder, Kieran Dalton, Eoghan Nash, William Cronin, Steven McEnery, Bobby Barrett

Subs: Kevin Murphy, Maurice Hayes, Dan McMahon.

Referee: Donie Wallace.


U/15 National Cup

Athea Utd      (1) 1   William Sexton

Moneypoint   (2) 4


Team: Joey Kelly, Padraic Walsh, Ronan Hayes, Brian O’Connor, William Sexton, Sean Ryan, James Ryan, Tommy Quaid, Pa O’Connor, Jack Denihan, Tony McAuliffe.

Subs: Jason Dalton, JJ Sheehy.

Referee: Pat King.


U/19 League Cup

Broadford Utd    (1) 2

Athea Utd           (1) 2     Ian Murphy, Maurice Hayes (pen)


Team: Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Murphy, Mark O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan, David Sheehan, Rici Hanley, Aaron O’Connor, Ryan Carroll, Maurice Hayes, Ian Murphy, Mark Horgan.

Sub used: Liam O’Connor, Michael Woods.

Referee: Jim Molyneaux.




Saturday, October 8th

U/10s away to Bally Rovers at 12.30pm.

U/14s home to Granagh Utd at 11.30am.

U/17s home to Killarney Celtic in FAI Cup at 2.30pm.


Sunday, October 9th

Junior As home to Pallaskenry B in Reidy Cup at 11.30am

Junior Bs away to Rockhill Rovers in Reidy Cup at 2.30pm




U/8s on Saturdays at 12 noon.

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 results of our lottery draw for Monday, October 3rd at Brown Joe’s are as follows –   Jackpot was €5100. Numbers drawn were 2, 7, 11, 22.

No Jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to Sonny & Jet, Hillside Drive. Mike McCarthy, Listowel. Nora Hennessy c/o Doreen. Richard O’Mahony c/o Kostal. D Carroll c/o Kostal.

Sellers Ita McMahon & Paudie Reidy.

New Jackpot will be €5200 on next Monday night, October 10th


Athea Coiste ns nÓg

by Jacqueline O’Connor

Athea U10s who played Rathkeale recently



Athea U-14’s played a challenge match against our near neighbours Glin on Monday evening last in preparation for their county semi-final which is coming up shortly. They came away with a victory in a high scoring game which will be of great benefit to the whole team.

Friday 30th of September:
Under 10’s:

Athea under 10’s took to the field in Páirc na nGael on Friday evening last against a very strong Rathkeale side. Even though we were under pressure for most of the match all the boys and girls did their best playing in all different positions as the game went on. Their skill level has much  improved as the year has gone by with the soloing, catching, kicking, tackling and block down a joy to watch on the night. Team: Jack O’Connor, David O’Connor, Sarah O’Connor, Ciara O’Shea, Eoin O’Shea, Luke Gleeson, Jack Hunt, Thomas McEnery, Colin Broderick, Alex McEldowney, Aidan Curry, Danny Brady, Sean Barrett, Eoin Sheahan, Grace Ryan, Rhys Kiely, Evan Wallace, Katie O’Flaherty & Alan Wallace.



County Quarter Final:


Athea U16’s are away to Castletown/Ballyagran on Saturday 8th of October at 12 noon. A bus will leave the village at 10:15am.


Athea U10’s have a Blitz this weekend. Time and venue to be confirmed.


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:
Once again our Fun day in aid of the Con Colbert Community Hall had to be cancelled so hopefully it will be third time lucky this Sunday 9th of October in Páirc na nGael 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 9th of October and that everyone is welcome and your support would be greatly appreciated in making this day a huge success.


Bag Packing
The Club will be bag packing on the weekend of the 14th & 15th of October in Tesco’s Abbeyfeale. If there is anyone willing to help out on any of these days please contact Jacqueline or John Hunt for more information.

Athea G.A.A.

County Minor A Semi-final

Feale Rangers 1 10 Oola 2 09.
After a very successful year the minors exited the championship last Tuesday night under lights in Martinstown. We made a bright start and led five points to no score after fifteen minutes. We dominated in most areas of the field but only added two more points before half time. The decisive score of the game came just before half time when Oola struck for a goal. This meant that they trailed by just two points at the break, 0 07 to 1 02, despite playing against a very strong gale. Oola dominated the second half but Rangers still had a number of chances to at least get a draw. The loss to injury of Stephen Cahill, Dylan Griffin and Cian O’Sullivan were keenly felt. Oola now play Bruff in the final.
Best for Rangers on the night were Denis Greaney, Shane Mulvihill, Johnathan Fitzgerald and Ryan Carroll. Team: J Fitzgerald, M Horgan, M O`Connor, W Finnegan, T Sexton, D Greaney, S Mulvihill, M Broudair, K O`Mahony, K Murphy, P Delee, R Carroll, M Hayes, J O`Sullivan, J O`Brien. Subs: M Mullane , L O`Brien, D Collins.


U21 Feale Rangers v Ballysteen in Glin, Sunday 8th October at 5pm.


Athea Golf Society

Our next and final outing of the year is to Ballybunion on Saturday, October 15th. with tee times starting at 10.00am. There will be a meeting at the Top of the Town on Tuesday 11th at 9pm to make arrangements. As the format is 3 ball scramble it is vital that all names are with the Hon sec. before the meeting so please return text messages.

Congratulations to the team who halved the match with the Shamrock Society last Sunday in Newcastle West. The draw means Athea Society retain the trophy for another year.