Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill

Reidy Cup Q/F

Athea Utd A        (2) 3      Darren Murphy (2), Gerard Ahern

Carrig Celtic A    (2) 2


Our As remain on course for a third successive Reidy Cup final appearance after they progressed to the semi finals thanks to a deserved three two win at home to Carrig Celtic last Sunday afternoon. Carrig opened the scoring but we struck back positively and levelled through Darren Murphy and then going ahead with a Gerard Ahern goal. Before half time the visitors levelled but we secured our semi final place when Murphy got his second of the game. In the semi final we will be away to Rockhill Rvs or Rathkeale B or Bally Rovers.

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

Referee: Mike Houlihan.


Youths Division 1

Ferry Rangers   (0) 0

Athea Utd       (3) 7      Ian Murphy, Rici Hanley, Dylan Griffin, Maurice Hayes, Kevin Murphy, Liam O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan


The youths got back to league action on Saturday afternoon with a league game away to Ferry Rangers and they did so in style with a seven nil win. We were three up at the break through Rici Hanley, Dylan Griffin and top scorer Ian Murphy and added four more after the break from Maurice Hayes, Kevin Murphy, Jamie Sheehan and Liam O’Connor, the latter scoring his first goal in the blue and white.

Team: Kevin Murphy, Sonny Sheehan, Shane Mulvihill, Jamie Sheehan, Gary Vaughan, Liam O’Connor, Rici Hanley, Maurice Hayes, Michael Woods, Dylan Griffin, Ian Murphy. Subs: Michael Woods, Dan Mullane and Jason O’Flaherty.

Referee: Paul O’Brien.


U/10 Division 2

Glin Rovers  (2) 4

Athea Utd    (0) 1    Andrew O’Riordan


The tens played their last game before the winter break away to Glin Rovers last Saturday afternoon and were quite unlucky to lose by three goals as the homeside scored two late goals in each half. For the first fifteen minutes of the first half Athea were the better team with Gavin Ambrose on the right wing causing all sorts of trouble for the Glin defence. Our defence were playing well too with full backs Danny Brady and Brandon Finucane giving nothing away while Tomas McEnery was equally effective. In midfield Andrew O’Riordan and Eoin O’Shea were working well together alongside Gavin while up front we had Alex McEndowney and Aidan Curry. Like I said we were playing well but late in the half Glin got in for two soft goals and up until then they never looked like scoring.

We introduced Paric Enright and Michael Tierney at half time and that second half followed the same pattern of the first with plenty endeavour and energy from the Athea players while Evan Wallace in goals made a number of very good saves. We also introduced Luke Gleeson, Jack Hunt, DJ O’Connor, Daire O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien and Eoin Sheahan only for Glin to add two more late goals. A good move involving Michael Tierney and Daire O’Shea created a chance for Andrew O’Riordan who shot just over but Andrew wasn’t to be denied and scored our only goal after good play by Eoin Sheahan and Paric Enright.

The tens now take a break as the tens league now closes for the winter and the tens will resume games on Saturday, February 4th.

Team: Evan Wallace, Danny Brady, Brandon Finucane, Tomas McEnery, Gavin Ambrose, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea, Alex McEndowney, Aidan Curry, Paric Enright, Michael Tierney, Luke Gleeson, Jack Hunt, DJ O’Connor, Daire O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Eoin Sheahan.




Saturday, November 26th

U/12s home to Feenagh in the cup at 11.30am.

U/16s home to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 2pm.

Sunday, November 27th

Junior As away to Old Mill at 11.30am.

Junior Bs home to St Itas B 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.



Congratulations to junior player Michael Reidy and his wife Áine on the recent birth of their first child, a baby boy, health and happiness to all concerned from all here at Athea Utd.



The results of our lottery draw for Monday, November 21st at Donie’s are as follows –

Jackpot was €5800. Numbers drawn 2,  10, 16, 23. No jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to  John Geoghegan, Ardagh. Pat Mulvihill, Athea. Aidan Barrett c/o Kostal. Madeline Herbert, Ballyhahill. Jim Mulvihill, Upper Athea.

Sellers Declan Barrett & Ita McMahon.

New jackpot will be €5900 on Monday, November 28th at Brown Joe’s.


Athea Utd U-10 team before their league game against Glin Rovers last Saturday afternoon.


Athea G.A.A.

Draw Results

Prize    Ticket Nr.         Name

€ 400       30      Liz O’ Sullivan, Churchtown

€ 250    255       Fionn & Ronan O’ Connell, Knocknasna

€ 150    268       Donal De Barra, Athea

€ 150         6       Kathleen Mullane, Templeathea

€ 150    322       Bridie Ann Shine, Gortnagross

€ 150    316       Stephanie Ambrose, Gortnagross

Promoters Prize: € 50 – Denis Collins


West U 21 A Final

Sean Finns/Rathkeale 2 13   Feale Rangers 3 08.

Rangers season ended in disappointment as they lost the U21 A final for the second year in a row. We led at half time 2 04 to 0 09 thanks to the midfield dominance of Conor Mullane and Tom McCarthy. We had a few opportunities at the start of the second half to extend our lead but our failure to do so was to prove costly at the finish. Rathkeale were marginally the better side and their quick forwards proved a handful.  Credit must go to Rangers coach Pa Ahern who got his side to the final undefeated. Best on the day were: Mark O’Connor, Denis Greaney, Conor Mullane, Eoin O’Sullivan, Tom McCarthy and Pa Delee.

Team: Batt Dillane, William Finnegan, Stephen Cahill, Brian J O`Connell,  Denis Greaney, Timmy Begley, Eoin O`Sullivan, Conor Mullane (capt), Tom McCarthy, Jason Quille, Eoin Moroney, Pa Delee, James Broudair, Anthony Hartnett, Darren Murphy.

Subs: Mark O`Connor, Ryan Carroll, Matthew Broudair.


The club would like to offer its congratulations and best wishes to Michael and Áine Reidy on the birth of their first child, Liam Óg.