U/12 Division 2

Bally Rovers  (1) 1

Athea Utd     (2) 6      Shane Dalton (3), John Sexton (2), Micah O’Connell


The twelves went to the top of the table after a well deserved win away to Bally Rovers last Saturday afternoon. After a tentative start we took over and we created a number of chances before Shane Dalton put us ahead when he drilled the ball low into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area. We kept pushing forward as our midfield quartet of Andy Ahern, Jack O’Connor, Jason Dillon and John Sexton were completely on top at this stage and we got some good crosses into the box but werent adding to our goal lead. Against the run of play Bally equalized when their left winger went past three Athea defenders before firing to the net. However our response was positive and a great run by John Sexton was capped off with a deadly finish to the roof of the net.

The start of the second half saw Bally search for another equalizer and they nearly got it from a free kick but Cathal O’Brien was equal to it and made a great save. After this we took over and Shane Dalton went on to complete his hat trick, John Sexton got his second with Micah O’Connell completing the goal scoring to send us to the top of the table. An accomplished display by Athea overall and we eagerly look forward to the next game.

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


Division 4 League

NCW Rovers B  (0) 1

Athea Utd B   (3) 3     Steven McEnery (pen), Ian Murphy, Mike Twomey


The Bs were away to Newcastle West Rovers last Sunday morning and despite the testing underfoot conditions came away with a very solid three one win with all the Athea goals coming in the first half. Steven McEnery put us ahead from the penalty spot after the impressive Ian Murphy was brought down in the area. Murphy, currently top scorer for the youths got on the score sheet to extend the lead before Mike Twomey got our third before the interval. Rovers did get one back in the second half but there was no doubt that Athea were deserving winners and they stay second in the table, just a point behind leaders Kilcornan.

Team: Donal Woulfe, John Geoghegan, Tom Greaney, Pa Kiely, Jason Quille, Raymond Brouder, Morgan O’Connor, Eoghan Nash, Mike Twomey, Ian Murphy, Steven McEnery. Subs Mark O’Connor, Kieran Dalton, Bobby Barrett.

Referee: John Roche.


U/16 Division 2

Shannonside  (0) 1

Athea Utd    (1) 1    Brian O’Connor


The sixteens picked up their first point since the opening day win at home to Ballingarry after they drew one all away to Shannonside last Saturday afternoon. Athea led at half time thanks to a quality goal from Brian O’Connor and we looked to be heading for the three points only for the homeside to summon up a late goal.

Team: James Ryan, Joey Kelly, William Sexton, Padraic Walsh, Sean Ryan, JJ Sheehy, Brian O’Connor, Peter O’Connor, Ronan Hayes, Pa O’Connor, Jason Dalton. Subs Tony McAuliffe and Shane Dalton. Referee: Paul O’Brien.


U/19 League Cup

Athea Utd      (2) 4       Dylan Griffin (3), Michael Woods

Creeves Cel    (0) 0


We kept the pressure on the leaders with a fully merited four nil win at home to Creeves Celtic last Saturday morning. We were two ahead at the short whistle with goals from Michael Woods and Dylan Griffin and in the second half we pulled further ahead with Griffin going on to complete his hat trick.

Team: Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Murphy, Aaron O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan, Gary Vaughan, Ryan Carroll, Rici Hanley, Maurice Hayes, Dylan Griffin, Michael Woods, Mark Horgan. Subs Liam O’Connor, Ian Murphy, Mark O’Connor.

Referee: Pat O’Donnell.


Division 1 League

Glantine      (0) 1

Athea Utd A   (0) 0


The As suffered a rare defeat in the league when going down to a second half penalty away to Glantine last Sunday afternoon. In truth however we had plenty chances to have taken the points as we had the ball taken off the line three times while their keeper made three top class saves, the best of these from a bullet header from Tom Collins and a left footed drive from Kevin O’Keeffe. The first half wasn’t the best but still we created more opportunities but even then the home keeper was having one of those days and at the break it remained scoreless. Midway through the second half we were rocked when the homeside were awarded a soft penalty with an Athea defender being adjudged to have handled in the box with keeper Noel Healy very unlucky not to have saved it. We piled forward and Padraig Horgan had a chance after a good break down the left before we too were awarded a penalty for handball and in this instance it was more clear cut but unfortunately Darren Murphys effort skimmed the butt of the post with the keeper gone the wrong way. After this came sustained Athea pressure but we just couldn’t get the equalizer as the Glantine goals le a charmed life

Team: Noel Healy, Ryan Carroll, Sean McGrath, Martin Chawke, Tom Collins, Padraig Horgan, Ger Ahern, Kevin O’Keeffe, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Cillian O’Connor. Subs Mike Reidy, John Cotter, Padraig Reidy.

Referee: Pat King.




Saturday, November 19th

U/10s away to Glin Rovers at 12.30pm. (pitch at back of The Lanterns)

Youths away to Ferry Rangers at 2.30pm. Bus leaving at 1.15pm.

Sunday, November 20th

Junior As home to Carrig Celtic in Reidy Cup at 2pm.


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, November 15th at White’s Bar are as follows –

Jackpot was €5700. Numbers drawn 5, 16, 24, 29. No jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to Tomas, William & John, Athea. Liz McSweeney, Glin. Bibi Gleeson, Upper Athea. Nora Gould, Kilmorna. Gerry Brouder, Gale View, Athea.

Sellers: Top of the Town & Mike McMahon.

New jackpot will be €5800 on Monday, November 21st at Donie’s.


Coiste na nÓg

Wednesday 9th of November:                                                        U16 County Final:


Athea 1-9     Naomh Brid  3-7


A large crowd of Athea supporters descended upon Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale last Wednesday night as our U16’s took on Naomh Brid in the 13 aside County Final. In a very tense and exciting match it was Naomh Brid that took the lead with a point. Shortly afterwards Padraic Walsh opened Athea’s account with a great point. We got our second point when after a great pass from Jamie O’Brien, James Ryan tapped the ball over the bar. Dylan Griffin who was playing his first game following an injury did brilliantly as he dispossessed a Naomh Brid midfielder and then laid on a great pass to Padraic Walsh who stuck it in the back of the net to put us 4 points up. Naomh Brid then settled and scored 3 unanswered points, before a period when both sides were guilty of some wayward shooting. During this time Kieran Harnett in goals did very well when he caught a high ball into the square and was able to avert the danger to the delight of the Athea support. We finished the half the strongest when Gary Vaughan, Thomas Sexton & James Ryan all scored great points to leave the half time score 1-5 to 0-4. At the start of the second half, some great defending by William Mullane kept Naomh Brid at bay, but shortly afterwards they scored a point and following some slack defending by our backs, Naomh Brid got in for a goal which left the scores level. Then Athea suffered a double blow when Jamie O’Brien who was having an excellent game came off injured and his replacement William Sexton was also forced off after 5 minutes due to an injury. Despite this Athea took control again, when 2 points from Dylan Griffin and another from William Mullane left us 3 points up. Naomh Brid then came back and scored 1-2. Another great point from Gary Vaughan left us 1 point behind with time almost up. Then as we went all out for an equalizer our attack broke down and Naomh Brid caught us on the break and scored a goal to win by 4 points. The final score was Athea 1-9, Naomh Brid 3-7. Overall this was a fantastic performance from the team as they did the maroon and white of Athea proud and they can hold their heads up high as another year comes to a close. We would like to say well done to their coaches Michael Reidy, Martin Chawke & Padraig Reidy on getting the team so well prepared for the final and a job well done over the past nine months. We would like to thank everyone who travelled to support Athea as always it is greatly appreciated. Panel: Kieran Harnett, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Roger Carmody, James Ryan, Peter O’Connor, Dan Mullane, Gary Vaughan, William Mullane, Jason O’Flaherty, Jason Dalton, Dylan Griffin, Thomas Sexton, William Sexton, Jack Denihan, Padraic Walsh, Jamie O’Brien & Joey Kelly.


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 www.atheagaa.com and click on the “Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.


Athea GAA


Our next draw takes place this Saturday Night at The Gables.



West U21 A final

Feale Rangers v St Mary’s/Rathkeale

Saturday 19th November in Feenagh at 2 30. This should be a close encounter. St Mary’s are backboned by ten players who recently won the county junior championship. Rangers will include four Mountcollins players who played key roles in their recent intermediate success. The team is captained by Conor Mullane at midfield. Other Athea players involved include Denis Greaney, Mark O’Connor, Jason Quille, Darren Murphy, Ryan Carroll and Emmet White. Chris Hayes is unavailable due to injury.


Well done to Denis Greaney and Ryan Carroll who represented the Limerick Vocational Schools team in the Munster Championship.


Athea Gun Club


Athea Gun Club held their Long Tail competition at The Top of The Town on November 1st.  It was the biggest turn-out yet. The winner of The Bill Mulvihill Cup for 1st place was Declan Ambrose. The Gerry Mullane Trophy for 2nd  place (the longest trophy in the club) went to Christopher McCarthy. 3rd went to Noel Ambrose. Big Thanks to Bill Mulvihill for the Cup and Gerry Mullane for his trophy thanks also to Johnny and Betty for the use of their premises and the food, to Tim Summers for the music and everyone involved.

Athea Gun Club will have a fund-raising Dance at the Top of the Town on the 30th December. Tickets will be out soon. Your support would be appreciated.

J. Brouder