Athea United Soccer


Maurice Hayes, one of our clubs top players at underage level last Saturday put pen to paper with League of Ireland side Wexford Youths. Since making his debut at under tens Maurice has improved with every passing season and is one of the finest midfielders the club has produced. Maurice achieved success at U-10s, U-15s, U-17s and U-19s as well as success with our Senior B’s when they won the league for the first time last season. The club are delighted that Maurice has signed with League of Ireland side Wexford Youths having recently come to the attention of their coaching staff. Having clearly impressed at recent trials as well as playing over seventy minutes of a recent challenge game against Park FC  (Dublin AUL) in which he also scored in a 5-0 win Maurice met with Wexford Youths supremo Mick Wallace before signing for their U-19s.
Wexford Youths will compete in the League of Ireland U-19 Southern Section along with Limerick FC, Longford Town, Galway Utd, Mervue Utd and Athlone Town. The first game for Maurice will see Wexford Utd play away to Limerick FC on September 2nd
So congrats again Maurice and the very best of luck in the season ahead with Wexford Youths from all here at Athea Utd AFC

This coming Sunday, August 26th Athea Utd will hold another  registration day for the signing/registration for all its underage teams, namely U/8s, U/10s, U/12s and U14s. The signing/registration will take place from 12 noon to 1pm at the clubhouse at The Vales. New players are especially welcome.

This Wednesday evening there will be registration for the youths team at 6.30pm and this will be followed by a training session as we get ready for the coming season. The first youths match will be at home to Broadford Utd this Saturday at 2.30pm. New players are especially welcome.

There is no change to the cost of club membership with the membership from the 2011-12 season being applied to the upcoming 2012-13 season
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
Youths €35 per player.
UNDERAGE FAMILY DISCOUNT – There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.
For example a family with an U/8 player and an U/10 player the membership will be €30 while a family with an U/12 player and an U/16 the membership will be €40.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – In line with club policy no player(s) will be allowed play for Athea Utd in the schoolboy league or junior league until they have their membership paid. All managers are to collect the respective membership and to implement this club policy.

Friday, August 24th
Junior As away to Old Mill at 6.30pm
Saturday, August 25th
Youths at home to Broadford Utd at 2.30pm
Sunday, August 26th
Junior As at home to Kilcornan at 2.30pm

U/10s on Thursdays 6 to 7.15pm
U/14s on Monday 6 to 7pm.
Youths on Wednesday (this evening) at 6.30pm.
U/12s will commence training on this night week, Wednesday, August 29th from 7 to 8pm.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, August 20th at The Gables are as follows:
Jackpot was €5000. Numbers drawn 3, 12, 21, 29. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to Bill & Bridget Mulvihill, Upper Athea. John Sullivan, Ardagh. Jack Harrold, Ardagh. Eibhlin McGrath, Listowel. Jacqueline Nolan, Loughill.
Sellers Declan Barrett & Pat Hayes.
New jackpot will be €5100 on Monday, August 27th at JP’s.

Athea GAA

Denis Greaney Captain of Feale Rangers with the West Minor A Cup


West Champions

The Athea/Mountcollins combination are west minor champions again after a spirited win over Daithi Broudairs (Drom/Broadford and Feenagh Kilmeedy). This final was played in Foynes last Sunday evening. We started slowly but a strong finish to the first half saw us lead by one point at the break.

The second half proved to be a very tight affair and the sides were level with five minutes to go, a late scoring burst  saw us seal the West A title for the second year in a row. Jonathan Fitzgerald kept another clean sheet in goal and made a vital save at a crucial stage in the second half. The full back line of Dylan Griffin, Jamie Linehan and Thomas Sexton were excellent especially in the second half. Garry Vaughan attacked and defended with style in the half-back line, alongside him captain Denis Greaney gave a man of the match display in the centre. On the other wing Shane Mulvihill did an excellent marking job on the opposition’s danger man.

The Mountcollins duo of Stephen Cahill and Matthew Broudair (1 01) gave us a good platform in midfield. In the half forward line Kevin Murphy (0 03) used his speed and skill to torment the opposition throughout the game. Kevin Mahony and Ryan Carroll won a huge amount of ball and were involved in a number of scores. The full forward line of Jamie O’Brien (0 02), Maurice Hayes ( 0 03) and Jamie Sheehan (0 01) were excellent targets and kicked the points that won us the game. We won 1 10 to 0 08.

The subs included Jason Daly-Flaherty, Dan and William Mullane, Eoin Horgan , Pauric Walsh, Sonny Sheehan.

All are under age next year and will play a vital part in the upcoming 12 a side semi final. We were without county minor Mark O’Connor, hopefully he will be back for the county semi-final.

County Intermediate Championship:

 Claughan 3 08 Athea 1 06.

Team: T Enright, P Collins, T Collins, D Greaney, P Reidy, M Reidy, M O’Connor, M Chawke, G Collins, G Ahern, J Collins, S McGrath, K O’Mahony, B McKenna, T Greaney. Subs used: P Ahern, M Tierney, J Cotter, J Vaughan.


West Minor 12-a-Side semi-final

Athea v Cappagh/ Kilcornan on Saturday, August, 25th in Tournafulla at 7pm.

Intermediate Championship

Athea v Gerald Griffin’s on Saturday, September 1st in Foynes at 7pm.

Athea Coiste na nÓg


U12’s: Our U12’s got off to a poor start as St. Senan’s raced into a four point lead, but Athea soon got into their stride with a great goal by Jason Dillon, this brought us back into the game. St. Senan’s responded quickly with a goal of their own before Shane Dalton kicked two great points to leave us just two points behind at the break. In the second half Athea were much improved and a point from John Sexton left just one point between the teams. Athea then rattled St. Senan’s when Shane Ambrose scored a long range goal, this was quickly followed by a second goal by John Sexton. St. Senan’s came back into it scoring a couple of points, two further points from John Sexton insured Athea’s victory at the final whistle on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-8. Team: Cathal O’Brien, David O’Connor, Michéal Dalton, Jamie O’Mahony, David O’ Sullivan, John Sexton, Shane Dalton, Shane Ambrose, Jack O’ Connor, David Sheahan, Jason Dillon, Sean Sheehan & Donnacha Clancy.

Upcoming Fixtures for the month of August:

Friday 31st of August:

U8’s Athea U8s have a Blitz in Mick Neville Park on Friday the 31st of August. Time to be confirmed.

Thursday 23rd of August:

U12’s Athea U12s are at home to Knockaderry this Thursday evening the 23rd of August in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 6:15pm.



U12’s There is no training for U12s this week.

U6’s, U8’s & U10’s Friday 24th of August:

Training for U6’s, U8’s & U10’s continues this Friday evening 24th of August from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael.

U14’s Tuesday 28th of August:

Training for U14’s continues next Tuesday evening 28th of August from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players to be at the field for 6:40pm.


If there is any child that still wants to register they can still do so. The cost of registration is €25 for one child and €40 for a family of 2 or more. A refund amount of €10 will be offered to parent(s) who help out the club with fundraising during the year. For any child who will be registering with the club for the first time it will cost €15.

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 and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.

Well done:

Well done to the Feale Rangers minor team on winning the West final in Foynes last week.

Athea Golf Society

It was a beautiful day on Saturday for our competition at Charleville Golf Club but there had been a downpour during the night which left the course fairly wet underfoot. The golf however was not affected with some very high scores recorded. The winners were:
Cat. A: Sean Healy Cat. B:Iarla O’Mahony Cat.C: Cian Liston

Best Gross:  Thomas Sexton Nearest the Pin: Stephen Reidy
Longest Drive: Declan White

Our next outing will be our Captains Prize in Newcastle West on Sat. Sept. 19th. More details later.