Athea Utd Soccer

FAI Youths Cup

Abbeyfeale Utd   (0) 0

Athea Utd            (0) 1     Maurice Hayes (pen) 28 mins


Our youths advanced to the fourth round of the FAI Youths Cup with a deserved win away to Abbeyfeale Utd last Saturday afternoon. There was only one goal in this game and that came on twenty eight minutes when Maurice Hayes confidently converted from the penalty spot after winger Liam O’Connor was taken down inside the penalty area. By the time we opened the scoring we could have being further ahead as Michael Woods was very unlucky not to see his fine effort come back off the post while the same player also hit the crossbar just before half time with the ball bouncing down on the line but the referee deemed that the ball wasn’t over the line. Athea continued to play the better football with Shane Mulvihill, Mark O’Connor and Maurice Hayes controlling midfield while the back four of Gary Vaughan, Aaron O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan and Rici Hanley were giving little away while anything that came his way keeper Daniel Daly dealt with it assuredly. Up front Michael Woods, Dylan Griffin and Ian Murphy until the latter got injured kept the home defence busy.

The second half saw Abbeyfeale attack more but all the Athea players really got stuck in and defended very well with Jamie and Shane now coming into their own while Daniel made two good saves. It was a case of putting bodies on the line and all the Athea players did so. With about ten minutes left we went very close to make it two nil when a great break by Liam O’Connor took him clear of the Abbeyfeale defence before picking out Sonny Sheahan who was very unlucky to see his effort come back off the woodwork. The homeside then had a player sent off as Athea finished the game strongly to deservedly advance to round four.

Team: Daniel Daly, Gary Vaughan, Aaron O’Connor, Jamie Sheehan, Rici Hanley, Maurice Hayes, Mark O’Connor, Shane Mulvihill, Dylan Griffin, Ian Murphy, Michael Woods.

Subs Liam O’Connor and Sonny Sheahan.

Referee: Sean Hartnett.


U/16 Division 2

Broadford Utd   (2) 5

Athea Utd        (2) 4     Pa O’Connor (2), Brian O’Connor (2)

Team: James Ryan, William Sexton, William Mullane, Sean Ryan, Ronan Hayes, Pa O’Connor, Brian O’Connor, Peter O’Connor, Philip Daly, JJ Sheehy, Padraic Walsh.

Sub used Jack Denihan. Also Jason Dalton, Tony McAuliffe.

Referee: John Roche.



Saturday, December 17th

U/11s away to St Itas in the cup at 11.30am.

U/14s home to Kilcornan at 11.30am.

Sunday, December 18th

Juniors As home to Carrig Celtic 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.


Athea Utd 7 A Side Soccer Tournament

Athea Utd will be running a 7 A Side Soccer Tournament on the Astroturf Pitch at The Vales on St Stephens Day. Funds raised will go to Bothar and Athea Utd Schoolboys. Each team must contain at least one player over 40 and must contain at least one girl. Players must be from the parish or be playing with the Athea Utd Youth squad or with the Junior A or B squads. Players interested in taking part should give their names and an entry fee of €10 a.s.a.p to either Kevin O’Keeffe (087)7636568, Steven McEnery (086)8952293 or John Hunt (087)9692105. The latest time for entry is this coming Sunday, December 18th at 7p.m. as teams are being drawn that night. The Ahern Brothers Cup and Trophies for the winners and runners up will be presented after the tournament at The Top of The Town.

The trophies for the winners and runners up are being sponsored by The Top of The Town and we greatly appreciate this sponsorship.

Teams will be printed in next weeks papers along with match start times and competition rules.



Just a quick word to say thanks to all those who supported the Athea Utd Schoolboys Fun Table Quiz last Friday night at The Top of the Town We had six tables taking part and their knowledge was once again tested by quizmaster Johnny. Thanks also to all those who gave spot prizes on the night. We hope to have our next quiz sometime in the new year so brush up on the knowledge over the holiday season.



The results of our lottery draw for Monday, December 12th at The Gables are as follows –

Jackpot was €6100. Numbers drawn 3, 24, 25, 27. No jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips to Pat Scanlon c/o Kostal. Rebecca O’Connor c/o Ita McMahon. Ciara O’Connor, Knockbrack. Vera Roche, Kilmeedy. Ciara McMahon, Dirreen.

Sellers Agatha & Paudie Reidy.

New jackpot will be €6200 on Monday, December 19th at JP’s.