Athea United Soccer

U10 Division 3 (October 13th)

Athea Utd (2) 7 Paric Enright (2), Andrew O’Riordan (2),

Michael Tierney, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea

Kilcolman B (0) 0 

Team: Daire O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Paric Enright, Eoin O’Shea, TJ Hunt, Shane Scanlon, Andrew O’Riordan, Pierce O’Brien, Amy Ryan, Gavin Mulvihill, Dermot Pierse.

U14 Division 1 (October 13th)

Athea Utd (0) 0

Glin Rovers (1) 3 

Team: Timothy Tierney, David O’Sullivan, Andy Ahern, Mark McAuliffe, Michael Dalton, Liam McAuliffe, Michael Ambrose, Shane Dalton, Joseph Dalton, John Sexton, Daniel McEldowney
Sub Jerry Barrett and Cathal O’Brien
Referee Pat O’Donnell

Division 1 League (October 14th)

Athea Utd (0) 0 St Itas (1) 3 

Team: Pa Ahern, Ryan Carroll, Mathew Tierney, Tom Collins, Martin Chawke, Ger Collins, Joe Vaughan, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Kevin O’Keeffe, Cillian O’Connor.

Sub used Colm Hassett.

Referee Pat O’Donnell

NB: No fixtures for Athea Utd teams this weekend.


U/10s on Thursdays 6 to 7.15pm

U/14s on Mondays 6 to 7pm.

U/12s on Wednesdays 7 to 8pm.

Junior As & Bs Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm

(All players confirm with relevant managers)


Athea Utd AFC in conjunction with Adrenalin Sport are pleased to announce details of some news that will be of interest to all the players in the club. Currently we are distributing Discount Cards from Adrenalin Sports to all our players. The Discount Cards allows you to a 15% reduction off all regular stock at any of its outlets in Abbeyfeale (Main Street) or in Newcastle West (Upper Maiden Street or Lower Maiden Street). In addition the Discount Card allows you a 10% reduction on any sale stock in either outlets. So we would urge players that are looking to at purchasing any sports attire to support the local Adrenalin Sports outlets.


We completed week four of our last man standing competition on last Sunday evening week and again we had a few fallers with a good few being on Liverpool to beat Stoke. This leaves us with approximately 100 entrants still in with a chance of winning the prize money. With last weekend free due to the International Games we are now into week five and we wait and see will there be many still standing after the coming weekend. Most people are on Liverpool to win at home to Reading but that far from certain. After this we have over 25 on Man Utd at home to Stoke so it should be an interesting week five. Week four updates have been emailed out as per usual and you can see who is in and who is out.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 15th at The Top of the Town are as follows

Jackpot was €5800. Numbers drawn 3, 4, 11, 23. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to Caroline Moroney, Shanagolden. Olive Keane, Moyvane. Pat Kennelly, Knockanure. Kathleen Griffin, Brookfield House, Athea. Jerry Brouder, Gale View, Athea.
Sellers Agatha & Pat Buckley.
New jackpot will be €5900 on Monday, October 22nd at Donie’s Bar.



Children’s Officer Course

Saturday, October 20th in the Radisson Hotel from 10am to 5:30pm .

Admission is free of charge but persons attending MUST have 3 hour Basic Awareness course completed

Places are limited so booking is essential – limited number of places available.


Fetac Level 5

Friday, October 19th (5-8.30pm), Saturday, October 20th (9am-5pm) and Sunday, October 21st (9am-5pm) in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick. Cost of course €120 pp.

Register online at

Places are limited so booking is essential


Basic Awareness Course

Wednesday, October 24th in The Woodlands Hotel Adare.

Time 7-10pm. Cost of course is €15 pp.

Places are limited so booking is essential

For more information on any upcoming events please see our website

Alternatively persons can contact the office on (061)496463


Athea Coiste na nÓg



Athea 3-10 (19) to St. Marys/ Sean Finns 5-8 (23)  

Our U14s travelled to Mick Neville Park recently to take on Rathkeale in the County Shield Final. On the back of a tough encounter against Knockainey in the semi final our boys were keen to replicate their performance. We were well accustomed to Rathkeale and their style of play as we had played them twice this year, drawing with them on the first occasion and narrowly losing out on the second. We used this as a motivation factor and hoped that our third battle would prove more fruitful for the Galesiders.

The first half began dramatically with Rathkeale opening the scoring with a goal from the throw in. Athea didn’t waste time in responding with two consecutive points from William Sexton. Both teams were at each others heals but loose marking allowed for a very high scoring open game. Our wing back line of Cillian Liston, James Ryan and TJ Doherty were under immense pressure as they battled against a very physical Rathkeale wing forward line. Time after time this trio disposed the opposition and created scores for our forwards. Micheál Ambrose delivered a long ball in to the heart of the oppositions defence which they failed to deal with and the ever harrowing Brian Sheahan pounced to bury the ball in to the back of the net. The next few minutes of the game mirrored the opening of the game with another Rathkeale goal followed by two William Sexton points. At this stage of the game Rathkeale began to open up our defence and blitzed Athea with two goals. This gave the St. Mary’s boys a commanding lead. This called into question our teams character, Shane Dalton answered the call winning our kick outs and evading two tackles to deliver the ball to JJ Sheehy who popped the ball between the posts. This spurned us on with Sean Ryan rising highest to field the resulting kick out. With a neat hand passing move between Ryan and Donnacha McEnery the ball ended up with Brian Sheahan who put it over the bar. At half time the scoreline read Athea 1-7  Rathkeale 4-4, eight scores a piece.

During halftime our lads knew their performance was not up to scratch and that we would have to dig deep to claim the County shield, and as the ball was thrown in that’s just what we did, with Ambrose leaping above his marker to catch the ball. In the opening period of the second half Athea were a new animal, sticking tighter to their markers and laying the ball off early. This type of play disrupted the opposition’s quality of delivery. Our backs were now finding their feet with the McAuliffe cousins at right and left corner back respectively denying their man of possession. Our dominance was rewarded with scores with an Alan Kelly rocket hitting the net and a spectacular William Sexton point. We were now laying siege to the Rathkeale goal and were dreadfully unlucky with a Brian Sheahan rasper hitting the post, and an excellent save by the Rathkeale keeper denying James Ryan. Rathkeale were now struggling to get out of their own half. Micheál Dalton and William McEnery were introduced and made an immediate impact with Dalton dispossessing his marker and passing it to McEnery who played it on to the on coming William Sexton who hammered the ball past the keeper. Rathkeale were in bad need of scores and were awarded two harsh frees which they slotted over the bar. With only minutes remaining we began committing more men forward in the attack with Conor Fitzgerald surging from full back with the ball and Ronan Hayes now operating at corner forward. This resulted in yet another William Sexton point. With our emphasis shifted to attack we were left a little vulnerable at the back and after a devastating ricochet off the crossbar from a Sexton shot the ball landed in Rathkeale hands and a long ball was delivered into our square where Rathkeale struck a cruel blow to Athea hearts and rifled the ball to the Athea net. Unfortunately the result didn’t go our way but as the saying goes “goals win games” and it was never truer than today. Well done to all the lads for a very exciting game. Team: Ronan Hayes, Liam McAuliffe, Conor Fitzgerald, Mark McAuliffe, TJ Doherty, James Ryan, Cillian Liston, Micheál  Ambrose, Sean Ryan, JJ Sheehy, Alan Kelly, Shane Dalton, Donnacha McEnery, William Sexton, Brian Sheahan, Padraig O’Sullivan, Jack Gleeson, William McEnery, Micheál Dalton & Andy Ahern.


On Friday 5th October the U8’s travelled to Coolyroe to play in a tournament for the Nigel Bucke Memorial cup. We played Feohanagh/Castlemahon in a closely contested game on a pitch which had suffered from the week’s rain.  Nevertheless the team played well and went ahead with a goal from Daire O’ Shea in the first half. Points were hard to come by for both sides. Castlemahon just edged us out of making the final with a late goal in the second half.  As only three teams participated as we didn’t get to play a second match. The tournament was eventually won by Knockaderry in a close game played in fading light conditions. The event was well supported and the host club provided all with welcome after match refreshments before the medal and cup presentation.

Team: Callum Buckley, Callum Gleeson, Evan Curry, Gearóid O’Sullivan, Daire O’Shea, Gavin Mulvihill, Conor Mullane, James Lee & James Broderick.


U6’s & U8’s  Friday 19th October:

Training for U6’s & U8’s will continue indoors this week in the Con Colbert Community Hall on Friday evening 19th of October. U6’s will be on from 6pm to 7pm and U8’s will be from 7pm to 8pm.

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.

Fundraising Calendar:

This year the club will be producing a new 12 page calendar to help raise funds for the club. We are still looking for sponsorship to help produce the calendar. If anyone or business is interested in sponsoring a page it will cost just €30, please contact John Hunt on 087-9692105 or Jacqueline on 086-0670091 for further details.

 Athea Golf Society

Athea Golf Society had its final outing of the year in Ballybunion last Saturday. Despite a “dodgy” forecast the sun shone out and the wind didn’t interfere with play. It all made for a most enjoyable day’s golfing. The winners of the hampers in the 3 ball scramble were:
1st.  Martin Doyle, Paul Stack and Ned Mahony,  2nd: Terry Hayman, Mike Flynn and Donie Moynihan.  Noel Barry was nearest the pin and Kevin White won the longest drive (well over 300 yards). The prize-giving took place at the Top of the Town on Saturday night where Tommy White, on his last official duty as Captain, made the presentations. He thanked all those who sponsored outings during the year and the members of the committee who had worked so hard for the club. He wished our secretary Michael O’Connor, who is in hospital at the moment, a speedy recovery and hoped it wouldn’t be long before he is back on the fairways again. It was a good night for the White family as Tommy’s son Declan won the Golfer of the Year trophy. Unfortunately Declan couldn’t be with us due to his work in the Middle East so his mother Nora accepted the trophy on his behalf. Good luck to the 20 members of the society who are off to Portugal on Thursday for a weekend’s golfing and craic. Here’s hoping they all come back!

2nd Prize winners Terry Hayman & Mike Flynn receiving their prizes from captain Tommy White
(Missing from photo is Donie Moynihan)

Nora White accepting the Golfer of the Year Trophy on behalf of her son Declan