Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill



U/19 League Cup

Ferry Rngs     (0) 0

Athea Utd      (2) 4   Dylan Griffin, Maurice Hayes (2, 1 pen), Ryan Carroll


The U/19s won their third game in the league cup with a deserved four nil win away to Ferry Rangers last Saturday afternoon and indeed the homeside were flattered by the scoreline. We played some neat soccer throughout and were full value for our two nil interval lead with the goals coming from Dylan Griffin and Maurice Hayes. The trend continued after the break and we increased our advantage with a Ryan Carroll goal before Maurice Hayes completed our scoring when he converted from the penalty spot after Dylan Griffin was fouled in the area.

Team: Paul Kennedy, Gary Vaughan, Mark O’Connor, Aaron O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan, Ryan Carroll, Maurice Hayes, Mark Horgan, Dylan Griffin, Ian Murphy, Kevin Murphy.

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

Referee: Donie Wallace.


U/12 Division 2

Granagh Utd   (2) 3

Athea Utd     (1) 4      Shane Dalton, John, Sexton, Jack O’Connor, Micah O’Connell


Last Saturday our U/12s were away to league leaders Granagh Utd and after an early scare we responded to put in a great display which was to give us a well deserved win. The homeside started well and were two up inside the opening ten minutes but after this we settled down and were back in it when top scorer Shane Dalton found the net just before half time.

The second half saw some great soccer being played by Athea and it wasn’t long before we were back in it in a big way when John Sexton had us level when his effort found its intended target. Within three minutes things got better when we went ahead for the first time thanks to Jack O’Connors first of the season after the Granagh keeper didn’t deal with a shot from Shane Dalton. Things got better a couple of minutes later when a a free kick from John Sexton came to Ryan O’Connell and he composed himself before passing to his brother Micah to fire to the net and extend the Athea lead with his second goal of the season. In the last minute the homeside made it four three but there was no denying the Athea side a very good win and this puts us second in the table.

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

Referee: Eoin Barrett.


Division 1 League

Athea Utd A   (0) 3     Gerard Ahern, Cillian O’Connor, Jamie Collins

St Ita’s A     (0) 0


The As good form in the league continued at The Vales last Sunday when we dispatched the challenge of visitors St Ita’s by three goals to nil. We were on top for long spells in the first half but at the break it remained scoreless. We kept our heads and eventually broke the deadlock with ten minutes left when Gerard Ahern put us ahead with his first of the season and this was quickly followed by a second from Cillian O’Connor. We put the issue beyond all doubt in the last minute when Jamie Collins got our third of the game which was also his first of the season.

Next Sunday we have a break from the league and instead we will continue our defence of the Reidy Cup when we host Granagh Utd, who you may remember knocked us out of the Munster Junior last season.

Team: Noel Healy, Ryan Carroll, Martin Chawke, Tom Collins, Sean McGrath, Mike Reidy, Conor Mullane, Joe Vaughan, Padraig Horgan, Kevin O’Keeffe, Cillian O’Connor. Subs Gerard Ahern, Jamie Collins, Maurice Hayes.

Referee: Mike Houlihan.


Division 4 League

Kilcornan B   (3) 6

Athea Utd  B  (3) 4   William Cronin, Kevin Murphy, Steven McEnery, Mike Twomey


The top of the table clash away to Kilcornan B was an exciting contest that the homeside just about prevailed in after a ten goal feast. It was three all at the break with the Athea goals scored by William Cronin, Kevin Murphy and Steven McEnery while Mike Twomey scored in the second half.

Team: John Geoghegan, Morgan O’Connor, Tom Greaney, Pa Kiely, Raymond Brouder, Kevin Murphy, Eoghan Nash, Mike Twomey, Kieran Dalton, Steven McEnery, William Cronin. Sub Dan McMahon.

Referee: Pat King.




Saturday, October 22nd

U/10s home to Shountrade at 12.30pm.

Youths away to Abbeyfeale Utd at 2.30pm.

Sunday, October 23rd

Junior As home to Granagh Utd 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.




The results of our lottery draw for Monday, October 17th at The Gables are as follows –   Jackpot was €5300. Numbers drawn were 2, 6, 27, 28. No jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to Tom Quinn, The Gables. Paddy Madden c/o Kostal. Kevin O’Keeffe, Athea. B O’Connor, Templeglantine. Kate & Con O’Donnell, Ardagh.

Sellers Agatha & Ita McMahon.

New Jackpot will be €5400 on next Monday night, October 24th at JP’s.


Coiste ne nÓg

Athea U-8s who played in Coolyroe recently




Friday 14th of October:

Our U-8’s took part in the Feohanagh/Castlemahon football tournament which took place in Coolyroe on Friday evening last. We played Knockaderry in our first match and after a slow start we got to get to grips with the opposition with Gavin Ambrose and TJ Hunt working very hard all over the field. Brandon Finucane played very well in goals with Daire O’Shea in the forwards tormenting their backs every time he got the ball. We had Paraic Enright, Gearóid O’Sullivan, Conor Mullane and Adam Byrne challenging for every ball that came their way.

At the final whistle, we emerged as winners and went on to face Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the final. Once again, we were slow to start and soon found ourselves a few scores down, but our young footballers did not let us down as they took the game to the home team, displaying great determination and courage as they were first to every ball in the second half. Eoin O’Shea who was outstanding in both games led the way as he was dominant in the backs, backed up by Pierce O’Brien and Josh Mulally who never gave an inch. Michael Tierney and Andrew O’Riordan were also very impressive as they put the home defence under pressure with Shane Scanlon and Rory O’Mahony also very busy in this half. But despite the whole team playing out of their skins and scoring some fantastic points, we just lost out by a couple of scores in the finish. Great credit is due to all the team and their coaches as they did the maroon and white of Athea proud on the night and who all got medals for their valiant efforts on the field. We would like to thank Feohanagh/Castlemahon for inviting us to take part in the tournament and for a fantastic evening where players, parents and spectators were treated to delightful refreshments after the games. Your hospitality was greatly appreciated by all.

Team: Brandon Finucane, TJ Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Gavin Ambrose, Michael Tierney, Paraic Enright, Gearóid O’Sullivan, Conor Mullane, Adam Byrne, Shane Scanlon, Josh Mulally, Andrew O’Riordan, Pierce O’Brien & Rory O’Mahony.



County Semi-final:

Thursday 20th of October.

U-16’s: Our U-16’s take on Monagea in the County Semi-Final on Thursday 20th of October in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 8pm. A bus will be leaving the village at 6:30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.



U6’s,U8’s & U10’s: There is no training for the U6’s, U8’s & U10’s this Friday evening 21st of October.


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:
It was decided that due to the continuing bad weather to postpone our Fun Day until next year.

Bag Packing:
Athea Coiste na nÓg would like to thank Tesco’s Abbeyfeale and all the staff for the opportunity to allow us to raise funds by bag packing in their store on Saturday last. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the fundraiser and we would especially like to thank all those who helped out on the day. It is greatly appreciated by the Club.

 Athea Golf Society

Final outing at Ballybunion.


3 Ball Scramble

1st. Ned Mahony, Paul Stack & Cedric Deveau

2nd. Ciarán Griffin, Philip Leahy & Maurice Cuddigan

Longest Drive: Gary O’Keeffe

Nearest the Pin: Tommy White

Ned Mahony received Golfer of the Year Trophy and the prize was sponsored by Martin O’Reilly.

Captain GerryTuohy with Paul Stack, Cedric Deveau & Ned Mahony winners in Ballybunion

Ned Mahony, player of the year


Captain Gerry Tuohy with Maurice Cuddigan, Ciarán Griffin and Philip Leahy & below with Ned Mahony