Athea Utd

by Pat Mulvihill


We held our Annual Awards Night last Friday night, June 8th at The Top of the Town, Athea and which is the social highlight of the year. The 2011/12 season from a schoolboy perspective wasn’t as successful as previous seasons with only our U14s coming close when finishing runners up in Division 2. Our success on the pitch was confined to the U/19s who won the Desmond U19 Shield while our Junior B’s won the Division 4  league title in only their second season.

The following are the Athea Utd players of the year for 2012
U/10 Daire O’Shea.
U/11 David O’Connor.
U/12 Shane Dalton
U/14 Sean Ryan.
U/16 James Ryan.
U/17 Peter O’Connor
U/18 Kevin Murphy
U/19 Aaron O’Connor
Junior As Tom Collins.
Junior Bs Raymond Brouder

The club would like to thank all those who attended on the night, especially the players parents and families who made it another great success. Well done to all our players who played with pride in the jersey throughout the past season.
Thanks to Desmond League Referee Colm Dalton for attending on the night and making some of the presentations.
Thanks also to DJ Pat O’Donnell who provided the disco/music on the night. Pat is also a Desmond League Referee and he also awarded some of the
Thanks also to Betty, Johnny and staff at The Top of the Town for hosting our awards night and who provided the fantastic food as well as being most helpful throughout.
Congrats to all our award winners on the night but for those who didn’t remember next season is only around the corner and it could well be you this time next year.
Roll on 2013.

Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting on this coming Saturday, June 16th  in The Memorial Hall at 8.30pm and all are welcome. The club would like to hear from any persons out there who would like to get involved with the club as new members are always especially welcome.

The time has come again to start thinking of what to do for the summer even though it sounds like a long way off. Again this year Athea Utd will be one of the hundreds of venues throughout the country that will be hosting a FAI Summer Soccer School which this year will be sponsored by eFlow An Post and will be known as the eFlow Summer Soccer Schools 2012. This years programme will run nationwide from July 2nd to August 31st.

The Athea Utd camp will again be held at The Vales and will run from Monday July 23rd to Friday July 27th so keep these days looking free for the eFlow Summer Soccer School at The Vales. The camps are open to boys and girls from 6 to 14 years of age and the camp will run daily from 10.30am to 3pm.

Child protection is paramount and at The Eflow Summer Soccer School at The Vales, and like all camps nationwide all coaches will be FAI accredited and all will be Garda Vetted.

All participants at the camp will receive a full Umbro kit as well as a backpack and football as well as a certificate of participation.

Bookings are now being taken at or or by phone on 1890 653653.
Bookings taken before June 15th will be €89 and after June 15th bookings will be €99.

There is also a family discount and you can get €10 for a second child,
€20 for a third, €30 for a fourth and €40 for a fifth.

The venue co-ordinator for the eFlow camp at The Vales is Pat Mulvihill and if you have any questions contact Pat on 0877934417



Jackpot   €4,000      No Winner

Nos. Drawn:  5,  23,  24,  25.

Lucky Dips

Nora Fitzmaurice, Moyvane

Tommy Greaney, Glin Rd.

C. Moroney, Shanagolden

Josephine Ward, Carrigkerry

Eileen O’Sullivan, Glasha

Seller’s Prizes: Tom O’Connor & Tom O’Grady

New Jackpot will be €4,100 on  Monday, June 18th.  at  Brown Joe’s



The Desmond Schoolboys lost 2-0 to Sligo on Monday 11th. William Sexton and James Ryan were playing and Sean Ryan came on as a sub.

On Tuesday they played West Cork and won 3-2. William Sexton scored the first goal. Sean Ryan and William Sexton played the full game.

More details in next week’s issue.


Athea Coiste na nÓg

Upcoming Fixtures for the month of June:

Wednesday 13th of June:

Athea U14’s are away to St. Mary’s/Sean Finns on this Wednesday evening 13th of June at 7:30pm. Cars leaving the village at 6:30pm.

Thursday 14th of June:

Athea U12’s are away to Mountcollins on Thursday evening 14th of June at 6:15pm. Cars leaving the village at 5:45pm.

Saturday 16th of June:

Athea U10’s have a blitz in St. Kieran’s on Saturday morning 16th of June time to be confirmed.


Monday 25th of June:

Athea U16’s are away to Shamrock Gaels on Monday evening 25th of June at 7:30pm. A bus will be leaving the village at 6pm.

Wednesday 27th of June:

Athea U14’s are at home to St. Kierans on Wednesday evening 27th of June at 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 7pm.

Thursday 28th of June:

Athea U12’s are at home to Knockaderry on Thursday evening 28th of June at 6:45pm. Players to be at the field for 6:15pm.

Friday 29th of June:

Athea U8’s have a blitz away to Monagea on Friday evening 29th of June at 6:30pm. Cars leaving the village at 5:45pm.



There will be no training for the U16’s until after the exams are over.

U14’s Tuesday 19th of June:

Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday 19th of June at 6:45pm in Páirc na nGael.


There will be no training for the U12’s this week 

U6’s, U8s & U10’s Friday 15th of June:
Training for U6’s, U8’s & U10’s continues this Friday evening 15th of June from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.


 Athea Ladies Football

Athea U12 Girls:

Athea U12 girls travelled the long journey to Pallaskenry on Friday evening last to take on Killulta Gaels in the final game of the league. Playing into the wind in the first half and despite having a lot of early possession we found scores hard to come by as we wasted a lot of chances with some wayward shooting. Killulta Gaels came more into the game as the half went on but Michelle Curtin in goals made two fantastic saves to keep the home team scoreless. Our half backs of Emer Lenihan and Nicole Fitzgerald stepped up to the mark and were quick to break down any attacks on the Athea goal. The breakthrough came when Aibhilín Murphy latched on to a long ball a scored a brilliant point. Our forwards were busy as Ciana Murphy, Rachel Greaney and Niamh McDonagh helped by Noelle Curtin in midfield were attacking at every opportunity. Just before half time Aibhilín scored two great goals to leave us 7 points up at the break. With the wind at our backs in the second half, we started playing much better football, Michelle Curtin who was now at mid-field was first to score in the second half with a point. Her sister Aoife added a further point shortly afterwards. Claire Carmody who was outstanding at mid-field covering all areas of the pitch scored a fantastic long range point. Aibhilín popped up once again to score her third goal of the game. Our back line of Sarah O’ Connor, Grace Ryan and Sinead Hunt dealt with everything that came their way. Maura Broderick who was introduced at half time was also busy in the forwards.The very impressive Aoife Curtin scored another point and she finished the scoring when she found the back of the net twice before the final whistle. Over all this was a great team performance and great credit is due to all the girls for the huge effort they put in on the night and we are now looking forward to our semi-final on Friday evening. Team: Michelle Curtin, Sarah O’ Connor, Grace Ryan, Sinead Hunt, Nicole Fitzgerald, Emer Lenihan, Claire Carmody, Noelle Curtin, Ciana Murphy, Aoife Curtin, Rachel Greaney, Niamh McDonagh, Aibhilín Murphy & Maura Broderick.