Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill


Athea Utd     (0) 2 Cillian O’Connor (2)
Carrig Cel       (3) 3

Last Thursday night our Junior As played their last game of the season when we faced neighbours Carrig Celtic in the Division 1 League Cup Final in Knockdown. We got off to a poor start when poor defending allowed Carrig in for a very soft goal and by half  time we were three down and it all to do. We were very unlucky when Joe Weirs right footed free kick from the left edge of the area was just inches past the far post. Apart from this chance it was in truth probably our worst forty five minutes of soccer we had played all season and in the second half we upped the tempo and had Carrig on the back foot in the third quarter. We were very lucky to pull a goal back early in the second half when the keeper made a brilliant foot save to deny Darren Murphy. We continued to press the opposition and got a deserved goal when Cillian O’Connor found the net from a corner. The game was end to end now with Athea pressing forward and Carrig playing on the break but super defending by Padraig Reidy and Tom Collins kept us in the game though we were lucky when Carrig hit the bar. It should have three two when excellent play by Darren Murphy skinned two defenders on the right only to see a Carrig defender take the ball off the line. In the closing stages we made it three two when Cillian O’Connor drilled the ball low to the bottom right corner but this was too little too late.

Team: Pa Ahern, Ryan Carroll, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Cillian O’Connor, Joe Vaughan , Ger Collins Joe Weir, John Cotter, Darren Murphy
Subs: Conor Mullane, Michael Reidy, Gavin Dillon.
Referee: Paul O’Brien. Referee Assistants:Ger O’Connor. Tony Fitzmaurice.

Athea Utd will hold its Annual Awards Night on this Friday night, June 8th at The Top of the Town. This in the social highlight of the year and is always a night to remember for the many teams and players who wore the blue and white with pride during the past season.  Proceedings get underway at 9.30pm sharp so see ye all there.

Next Monday, June 11th sees the 2012 Kennedy Cup get underway in UL. For the first time Athea Utd will have three players on the Limerick Desmond Schoolboys League Squad namely James Ryan, William Sexton and Sean Ryan and its also a first for the league to have brothers on the same squad. The club wishes all three the very best of luck and hopefully they and the league will have good Kennedy Cup. They play one game on Monday evening and complete the group stages with two games on Tuesday and the positioning in their group will dictate their remaining fixtures as the competition reaches the knockout stages. Below are the opening fixtures and we hope to see some big support for the three Athea Utd boys in UL next week.

June 11th Limerick Desmond v Sligo/Leitrim at 7pm
June 12th Limerick Desmond v West Cork at 10.30am
June 12th Limerick Desmond v Waterford at 5pm

Athea Utd will hold its Annual General Meeting on 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. More details nearer the time.

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

The very best of luck to everyone doing the Junior and Leaving Cert exams.

The results of our lottery draw for Monday, June 4th at Donie’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €3900. Numbers drawn:

3, 6, 20, 24. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to Padraig Reidy, Upper Athea. Agatha Barrett, Athea. Patie O’Sullivan, Lower Athea. Betty Gaire, Duagh. Ned O’Keeffe, Gortnagross.
Sellers White’s Bar & Denis Murphy.
New jackpot will be €4000 on Monday, June 11th at White’s Bar.


Athea Coiste na nÓg

Athea U12's who played Glin at home on Thursday evening last



Tuesday 29th of May:

Our U14’s travelled to the city to take on Old Christians in the next round of the league on Tuesday last. In an evenly contested first half we found ourselves just one point down at half time. The second half was a different story as the home team put on a powerful display and ran easy winners at the final whistle. Team: Conor Fitzgerald, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Michéal Ambrose, Mark McAuliffe, TJ Doherty, Sean Ryan, Micheál Dalton, James Ryan, JJ Sheehy, Timothy Tierney, William Sexton, Shane Dalton, William McEnery, Ronan Hayes, Brian Sheahan, Jack Gleeson, Donnacha McEnery & Jack Vaughan.


Thursday 31st of May:

Our U12’s played their third match of the year in Páirc na nGael on Thursday evening last against a strong Glin side. In the first half Glin were dominant and we found scores hard to come by and it showed at half time as we were well behind. In the second half, we were much improved coming more into the game in all areas of the field, we had great scores coming from David Sheahan (1-1) and Andy Ahern (0-1). Even though we lost to Glin things look good for the rest of the year as the U12 league starts on June 14th.

Team: David O’ Sullivan, David O’ Connor, Micheál Dalton, Joseph Dalton, Claire Carmody, Shane Ambrose, John Sexton, Jason Dillon, Shane Dalton, Andy Ahern, Jack O’ Connor, Sean Barrett, David Sheahan, Jamie O’ Mahony, Sean Sheahan, Daniel McEldowney & Jack McCarthy.


Upcoming Fixtures for the month of June:


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

Friday 15th of June:
Athea U10’s have a blitz in St.Kierans on Friday evening 15th of June at 6:30pm. Cars leaving the village at 5:45pm.

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.

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.


U12’s Wednesday 6th of June:

Training continues this Wednesday evening 6th of June for our U12’s from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc na nGael. Players are asked to be at the field for 6:55pm.

U6’s,U8’s & U10’s Thursday 7th of June:
Training for U6’s, U8’s & U10’s is on this Thursday evening 7th of June for this week only from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. Training will be back to Friday evening next week.


Athea G.A.A.

Club Draw Results [1st] held at the Top of Town Sunday 3rd June 

Prize      Value                     Ticket Nr.                             Name

Special Draw for Fully Paid Up € 1000  No: 352          Jack Higgins, Ballingarry,

Co. Limerick

1st           € 500                      141                         Kit Liston, Knockfinnisk

2nd         € 250                      62                           John Walsh, Glenagragra

3rd          € 150                      421                         Paddy Scanlon, Knocknagorna

4th          € 150                      251                         Grainne Mannix, Gortnagross

5th          € 150                      242                         Robbie & Ryan Woulfe, Cratloe West



The Club wish to express their sympathy to the family of the late Mary Dalton of Dalcon House, Upper Athea, in particular to daughter Marian and brothers Paddy & Jim Dalton of Dirreen. May she rest in peace.



Intermediate League  Rnd 5

Athea 1-06 Glin 1-12

We remain currently at the top of the league with 3 games remaining, Bruff, Gerald Griffins and Feohanagh-Castlemahon



 Intermediate Championship Rd 2 against Bruree is fixed for Sunday 24th June in Newcastlewest at 7.45pm


Limerick V Clare MFC

There are Adult Club Group Tickets available at a discounted rate of just €10 / person. This rate is based on the Club Purchasing a Minimum of 20 Tickets. Normal Price is € 0.

For students/OAP’s, there is a concession of €5 at specified stile at entry on the normal Stand Ticket of €20. This means the group ticket is the best value. Please contact the Club Secretary no later than this Thursday if you wish to avail of the discounted ticket. Mobile: 087-2202625

Juvenile up to U16’s are free.