Athea GAA

West Final

The U21 12-a side West Final has been re-fixed for this Friday evening 7th Dec at 7pm in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.

The match was called off last weekend due to a bereavement in the Granagh-Ballingarry Club.

Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated by the players, management and club.

Club Draw [Nr. 7]

Prize      Value     Ticket Nr.             Name

1st           € 500      221         Liam Óg Reidy, Upper Athea

2nd         € 250      133         Mary & Ned Riordan, Clash

3rd          € 150      34           Margaret Scanlon, Glenagragra

4th          € 150      104         Conor Mullane [jnr], Knocknagorna

5th          € 150      107         Liam & Birdie Collins, Knocknagorna

Spot Prize                              Coillte Teo, c/o Gerard Collins

Old Photographs
The Club are currently collecting old photographs, match programmes, match reports etc. If anyone has any of these items from any decade we would appreciate if you would contact a club member. We will make a copy and return the originals. It is hoped to display the items in the meeting room. For more details please contact Denis Collins 087-2957387. Lal Browne 087-2725404 or John Hunt 087-7875378.

Athea United Soccer

Division 1 League Cup 1st Round (December 2nd)

Askeaton (1) 1
Athea Utd A (2) 3 Ger Collins (3)

The As progressed to the quarter finals of the league cup after coming from behind after an early Askeaton goal to win three one. The homeside opened the scoring with a cracking header but two goals from captain Ger Collins had us ahead by half time. We bossed the second half and when the skipper added a third for his hat trick our progression to the last eight was secured.

Team: Pa Ahern, Ryan Carroll, Padraig Reidy, Joe Vaughan, Jamie Collins, Kevin O’Keeffe, Conor Mullane, Ger Collins, Gerard Ahern, Darren Murphy, John Cotter. Sub Padraig Horgan

Referee Sean Hartnett.

Division 3 (December 2nd)

Athea Utd B (1) 3 Jason Quille, Mike McCarthy, Shane Mulvihill

Knockaderry (0) 0

The Bs made it a double success for our junior sides when overcoming visitors Knockaderry on a three nil score line at The Vales on Sunday afternoon. Despite the score line the game was much closer as it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that we got some much needed breathing space. We took the lead on thirty two minutes when Mike McCarthy crossed superbly for Jason Quille to head us in front and that’s how things were at half time. The second half was as close as the first with Knockaderry having some good possession but our defence were working well apart from two occasions when balls across the box caused us some concern but in general we coped well. With ten minutes left we got breathing space when a quick counter attack saw Mike McCarthy get the ball just inside the visitors half wide on the left and took the ball to the penalty area from where he chipped the ball brilliantly over the advancing keeper. Two minutes later it was three nil with a fine goal when Mark Horgan got the ball on the left before playing a diagonal pass to the inrushing Shane Mulvihill who, without breaking stride fired the ball low past them keeper and into the bottom left corner. Eoghan Nash came very close to a fourth only for the Knockaderry keeper having being alert enough to get to the ball first at the edge of the area. Overall a good result that sees us open up a five point gap but still a long, long way go yet.

Team: Donal Woulfe, Tom Greaney, Jason Quille, Mathew Tierney, Sean McGrath, Shane Mulvihill, Pa Kiely, Mark Horgan, Mike McCarthy, Raymond Brouder, Steven McEnery.

Sub used Eoghan Nash, Timmy Enright, Brian Murphy.

Referee Donie Wallace.


Saturday, December 8th

U11s home to Askeaton in the cup at 2.30pm.

U14s away to Bally Rovers in the cup at 11am


U/8s on Wednesdays in the hall 6 to 7pm

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 eleven last Monday night and as a result of the weekends games and last week’s midweek’s games we had no new fallers. Consequently we still have three left in contention who have a chance of winning our last man standing competition sponsored by Leo Geoghegan of Gale Foods, Athea and again we thank Leo for the generous sponsorship. The coming weekend fixtures are as follows-

FA Premier League Weekend Fixtures are as follows

Arsenal v West Brom (Sat @ 3pm)

Aston Villa v Stoke (Sat @ 3pm)

Southampton v Reading (Sat @ 3pm)

Sunderland v Chelsea (Sat @ 3pm)

Swansea v Norwich (Sat @ 3pm)

Wigan v QPR (Sat @ 3pm)

Man City v Man Utd (Sun @ 1.30pm)

Everton v Tottenham (Sun @ 3pm)

West Ham v Liverpool (Sun @ 4pm)

Fulham v Newcastle (Mon @ 8pm)


The next Last Man Standing Competition will be getting underway in the very near future and we hope to have the tickets available this weekend.


Following the very successful tournament held last Christmas Athea Utd are organizing a 7 a side tournament on the Astro Turf at The Vales on  St Stephen’s Day. First game at 11.30a.m sharp. Funds raised will go towards The Great Ormond St Childrens Hospital/Josh O’Mahony Fund and Athea Utd Schoolboys.

The tournament is open to players with an Athea connection from 17 years upwards and the teams will be a mixture of current players, ex players, over 35s and ladies. Last year we had 80 players taking part between the quarter finals, semi finals and final.

Because people have been slow to get their names in (along with their €10) we have pushed the FINAL date for entries back to next Friday, December 7th. People cannot just show up on the day as we want to keep team numbers set to make for better games. So let anyone who might be interested know BEFORE Friday, December 7th

All interested should give their names and €10 entry fee to Kevin O’Keeffe, Tim O’Riordan, Pa Walsh or John Hunt by this Friday night when the teams will be picked.


No late entries will be accepted.

Trophies for the winners and runners up, player of the tournament, best goal, best save and worst miss are being generously sponsored by The Top of The Town, Athea.

To jog the memory last year’s winning team was Gerard Ahern, Matthew Tierney, Jason Quille, Mark Horgan, Mick O’Connor, Roger Ryan, Ian Murphy and Donal Pierce.


Athea Utd Schoolboys will be holding a Fun Table Quiz at The Top of the Town on Friday, December 21st commencing at 9.30pm. Once again there will be numerous spot prizes on the night. More details to follow very shortly so just keep Friday, December 21st free in your diary.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, December 3rd at The Top of the Town are as follows –

Jackpot was €6500. Numbers drawn 6, 8, 17, 28.No jackpot winner.
€50 lucky dip to Kealan O’Connor, Ardagh.

€30 lucky dips to the following – The Murphy Family, Dirreen. John Kelly, Athea. Julie Dunworth, Templeglantine. Ann Carey, Listowel. Agatha Barrett, Athea.
Sellers Agatha & Doreen.
New jackpot will be €6600 on Monday, December 10th at Donie’s Bar


From now until Christmas we will be giving out a €50 lucky dip each week, this is in addition to the usual weekly lucky dips.