Athea United Soccer


Athea Utd (2) 5    Ronan Hayes, William Sexton (3), James Ryan

Newcastle West Rvs (0) 2

The 16s got their season off to a good start with a comfortable win at home to Newcastle West Rovers at The Vales last Thursday night. We were on top from the off and took an early lead when Ronan Hayes drilled a free kick to the bottom left corner from twenty five yards before William Sexton doubled our advantage when he beat the full back for pace and drilled the ball low across the keeper and inside the right hand post. Our dominance continued after the break with Sexton completing his hat trick while James Ryan scored a fine goal with a curling left footed effort to the roof of the net. We had more chances but didn’t take them with Rovers scoring twice late on albeit with us having made a number of changes. Next game is tomorrow night away to Ballingarry,

Team: Timothy Tierney, Michael Ambrose, Cillian Liston, Sean Ryan, Ronan Hayes, Liam McAuliffe, JJ Sheehy, James Ryan, Shane Dalton, Andy Ahern, William Sexton. Subs used Padraig O’Sullivan, William McEnery, John Sexton.

Referee Tony Fitzmaurice



Athea Utd A (1) 2   Kevin O’Keeffe (2)

Carrig Cel A (0) 2

The first game back in the premier division saw us play neighbours Carrig Celtic last Wednesday night at The Vales in a game brought forward from the Friday night. Both sides hit the woodwork early on before Kevin O’Keeffe put us ahead after Kevin Murphy had flicked on a Gerard Ahern corner and we held this lead to the break. Inside two minutes of the restart Carrig were level when we conceded a very soft goal and the visitors again hit the woodwork before a great strike put them ahead with five minutes left. It looked an opening day los before a corner broke to O’Keeffe in the area and he back heeled the ball to the net for a deserved share of the spoils.

Team: Mike Keogh, Ryan Carroll, Tom Collins, Padraig Reidy, Martin Chawke, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Kevin O’Keeffe, Kevin Murphy, Mike McCarthy, Darren Murphy. Subs used Jamie Collins, John Cotter.

Referee Tony Fitzmaurice


Rockhill Rvs (2) 2  

Athea Utd A (1) 2   Kevin Murphy, Ryan Carroll

Team: Mike Keogh, Ryan Carroll, Martin Chawke, Joe Vaughan, Mathew Tierney, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Kevin O’Keeffe, Jamie Collins, Kevin Murphy, Mike McCarthy, Subs used Darren Murphy, John Cotter, Shane Mulvihill.

Referee Liam O’Connor


Feenagh A    (2) 4  

Athea Utd B (0) 0

Life in division two began with an away game against Feenagh last Friday night and here the hosts recorded a flattering four nil win. Disaster came inside a minute when a corner wasn’t dealt with and their centre half finished all too easily. It nearly got worse when Feenagh were awarded a penalty but their payer blazed the ball well wide. We settled down after this but were undone when a ball over the top saw their left winger fire the ball low to the bottom corner. We should have got one back soon after when a great cross from Mike McCarthy across the goal just eluded Steven McEnery while Padraig Horgan also went close from a Jason Quille free kick. The second half we dominated possession and again had chances but really didn’t test the keeper enough. To rub salt into the wound Feenagh scored two late on from counter attacks and a four nil loss looks bad but it was far from it. The age old adage still rings through, gotta take your chances and on this occasion we didn’t but there is a long season to go yet.

Team: Tom Murphy, John Geoghegan, Jason Quille, Sean McGrath, Padraig Horgan, Eoghan Nash, Pa Chawke, Gary Carroll, Gary Vaughan, Mike McCarthy, Steven McEnery. Subs used Colm Hassett, Chris Hayes, Beanie.

Referee Colm Dalton


Athea Utd B   (0) 0  

Granagh Utd  (2) 4  

Team: Tom Murphy, John Geoghegan, Jason Quille, Sean McGrath, Padraig Horgan, Chris Hayes, Eoghan Nash, Mark Horgan, Pa Chawke, Gary Vaughan, Steven McEnery. Subs used Mike McCarthy, Ray Brouder, Beanie.

Referee Pat King

Thursday, August 29th

U16s away to Ballingarry at 6.50pm. Bus leaving at 5.30pm.

Sunday, September 1st  

Junior As home to Rathkeale at 11.30am

Junior Bs away to Adare Utd at 2.30pm. Leaving at 1pm.

Thursday, September 5th

U16s home to Abbeyfeale Utd A at 6.30pm


U10 Division 4 – Athea Utd, Glantine, Glin Rvs, Killeaney, Mountcollins, St Itas

U12 Division 3 – Athea Utd, Breska Rvs, Feenagh, Ferry Rngs, Kildimo Utd, Mountcollins, Pallaskenry

U14 Division 2 – Adare Utd, Askeaton, Athea Utd, Ballingarry, Glin Rvs, Newcastle West A

U16 Division 2 – Abbeyfeale Utd A, Athea Utd, Ballingarry, Creeves Cel, Glin Rvs,

Newcastle West Rvs
The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, August 26th at Brown Joe’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €10,200. Numbers drawn 5, 14, 15, 25. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Jim O’Connor, Kilcolman. Sorcha O’Connor, Ardagh. Caroline Chawke, TempleAthea. Agatha Barrett, Markievicz Park, Athea. Miss Daisy c/o Rose.
Sellers Steven McEnery & Top of the Town.
New Jackpot will be €10,300 on Monday September 2nd at Batt’s Bar.

Athea GAA

Club Draw:

Tickets are still available for our club draw and can be got from our draw promoters, a big thank you to everyone who has generously supported our draw again this year.


Saturday August 24:


Athea 0–13 Mungret/St. Pauls 1–17

Athea Intermediates travelled to Askeaton to take on Mungret/St. Pauls in their fourth Championship match of the year. On a misty evening it was Athea who got off to the better start thanks to two great points from Ger Ahern. Then Mungret/St. Pauls came more into the game scoring 1-05 without reply and it would have been more only for a fine save by Jonathan Fitzgerald in goals. Our boys came back into the game again when Ger Ahern scored two more points, another fine save by Jonathan was picked up by Paul Collins who made a surging run down the field and laid it off to Pa Ahern who made no mistake tapping it over the bar. Two more frees for Ger Ahern and another point from Pa Ahern meant we had a slender one point lead approaching half time. The opposition rose two white flags just before the break to leave the half time score Athea 0-9, Mungret/St. Pauls 1-7. We were first on the score board in the second half when Pa Ahern scored from distance to level the match. We exchanged a couple of points with Mungret, thanks once again to the boot of Ger Ahern, but we were no match for them in the last fifteen minutes of the match as they out scored us six points to one to leave the final score Athea 0-13, Mungret/St.Pauls 1-17. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Michael Reidy, Padraig Reidy, Shane Tierney, Martin Chawke, Paul Collins, Raymond Brouder, Tom Collins, Jamie Collins, Conor Mullane, Pa Ahern, Denis Greaney, Kevin Murphy, Ger Ahern, Mark O’Connor, Kevin O’Keeffe, Neilus Hunt, Kevin Mahony, Dylan Griffin, Matthew Tierney, Darren Murphy, Gary Vaughan, John Cotter & Brian McKenna.

Minor Football Fixture:

Feale Rangers v Deel Rangers at Knockaderry this Friday 30th August 6.45pm

Club Draw:

Our next Club Draw takes place this Saturday evening 31st August at Sean Batt’s Bar.

Old Photographs:

The Club are still looking for any old photographs or match programmes from anyone that has them in the parish. Contact John Hunt or Lal Browne.


Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Monday August 19:


Athea 6-7 Kildimo/Pallaskenry 5-10

Our U16’s played their last match of the league when Kildimo/Pallaskenry visited Páirc na nGael on Monday evening last. This was another fine performance against one of the best teams in the league. This high scoring game ended in a draw with the brilliant James Ryan scoring an unbelievable five goals and three points on the night. Others to score on the night were Brian O’Connor, Padraic Walsh and Sean Ryan. There is great credit due to this team and their coaches as the results went against them at the beginning of the year, but they kept at it, found their form and played some fantastic football in their last few matches, most notably a great win over a very strong Adare side in Athea a few weeks ago. We would like to wish all the best to the boys that are moving on to minors next year and hopefully they will keep up the football for many years to come. Team: Lorcan McAuliffe, Conor Fitzgerald, Jason Dalton, Killian O’Donoghue, Jason Kelly, Tommy Quaid, Paul Mahony, Padraic Walsh, Brian O’Connor, JJ Sheehy, Jack Denihan, William Sexton, James Ryan, Tony McAuliffe, Sean Ryan, Jack Vaughan & Padraig O’Sullivan.

Wednesday August 21:


Athea U12’s played a very exciting and enjoyable game against Knockaderry on Wednesday evening last in Páirc na nGael. With Claire Carmody and Seamus Leahy winning the mid-field battle, we were able to put Knockaderry under pressure early on. We were rewarded when John Sexton blasted a free kick to the roof of the net. Sarah O’Connor was next to score when she scored a great point after great work by Jack O’Connor. Jack was also involved in our second goal when he passed the ball to the on running Eoin Sheahan whose shot rebounded off the crossbar and first to the break was Claire Carmody who riffled it to the back of the net. Colin Broderick and Jason Dillon were busy in the half forward line keeping their half backs on their toes. Seamus Leahy who had a terrific game kicked a wonderful point from way out the field to leave us eight points up midway through the half. The visitors came back into the game and started putting our backs under pressure, but Ciara O’Shea, Alex McEldowney and Thomas McEnery were in fine form and constantly broke down their attacks. Evan Wallace made a couple of great saves in goals as Knockaderry could on manage two points in this half. The opponents came back well in the second half and drew level with ten minutes remaining. Luke Gleeson now in goals always found an Athea jersey with his accurate kick outs. Jack Hunt was menacing in the forwards, David O’Connor was coming into his own in the half back line as we steadied the ship and got back into the game. John Sexton burst through their defence and scored a great goal. Shortly afterwards a Seamus Leahy free kick was well fielded by Jack O’Connor who scored a great goal from an impossible angle. Knockaderry responded with a goal of their own and with time almost up they were awarded a close in free and a chance to level the match. Athea lined the goals and it was an out stretched leg from Seamus Leahy that saved the day and John Sexton made sure of the win with a well taken point. The final score was Athea 4-3, Knockaderry 2-5. Team: Evan Wallace, Ciara O’Shea, Thomas McEnery, Alex McEldowney, John Sexton, David O’Connor, Seamus Leahy, Claire Carmody, Jason Dillon, Eoin Sheahan, Sarah O’Connor, Colin Broderick, Jack O’Connor, Jack Hunt, Luke Gleeson & Sean Sheehan.

Saturday August 24:


Our U10’s were celebrating on Saturday evening last after winning the shield final in the Billy Kirwan tournament in Foynes. Our first match was against the hosts St. Senans and we had a right ding dong battle with them. Our boys worked very hard as a team. Their hand passing, kicking, fielding and tackling has been improving all year and could be seen with this fine performance against a strong St. Senans side. We led at half time by a goal. The pace of our forwards Pierce O’Brien, Eoin O’Shea and Daire O’Shea kept their defenders busy. Our backs of Gavin Ambrose and Gearoid O’Sullivan held their own through out the match. Michael Tierney and Pauric Enright cover ever blade of grass on the field playing from mid-field. Amongst the scorers were Daire O’Shea, Eoin O’Shea, Michael Tierney and Pauric Enright. With five minutes to go in the second half the scores were level, but a late goal and a point for St. Senans meant we would now play Glin in the shield final. The rain was pelting down but it was better Athea got as they completely dominated this match from start to finish. Once again the team work was outstanding and the quality of the score taking was excellent. Gearoid O’Sullivan, Gavin Ambrose and TJ Hunt added their names to the score sheet and after the final whistle went Michael Tierney received the cup from Sinead Roche to the cheers of the Athea supporters. Great credit is due to the coaches whose hard work throughout the year paid off as this young team scored an amazing twelve goals and seventeen points in slippery wet conditions over the two matches. Many thanks to St. Senans for hosting the tournament and for the refreshments and treats afterwards. Team: TJ Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Daire O’Shea, Michael Tierney, Gavin Ambrose, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Pierce O’Brien & Pauric Enright.