Athea United Soccer


Athea Utd     (2) 3   Daire O’Shea, Callum Buckley, Gearoid O’Sullivan           

St Itas          (0) 1             

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, James Lee, Gearoid O’Sullivan, James Broderick, Daire O’Shea, Evan Curry, Fergal Pierce, Michael Walsh, Callum Buckley, Cillian O’Connor, Calum Gleeson, Dylan Steward, James Hunt, Ciaran Hunt        


Newcastle West A   (3) 4              

Athea Utd                (0) 1           Shane Dalton           

Team: Cathal O’Brien, Seamus Leahy, Shane Ambrose, Micheal Dalton, Joseph Dalton, David O’Connor, Shane Dalton, David O’Sullivan, Ryan O’Connell, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell. Subs used Jason Dillon, Jack O’Connor & Dylan Swift. Referee Sean Hartnett



Athea Utd A             (2) 2  Kevin O’Keeffe, Maurice Hayes

Abbeyfeale Utd A    (0) 2

Team: Mark O’Connor, Ryan Carroll, Mathew Tierney, Joe Vaughan, Padraig Reidy, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Conor Mullane, Kevin O’Keeffe, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Mike McCarthy. Subs used Shane Mulvihill, Mike McCarthy, John Cotter. Referee Ger O’Connor.


Athea Utd B       (2) 2  Mark Horgan, Eoghan Nash  

Kilcornan           (0) 3  

Team: Tom Murphy, John Geoghegan, Sean McGrath, Padraig Horgan, Jason Quille, Colm Hassett, Raymond Brouder, Eoghan Nash, Mark Horgan, Steven McEnery, Sonny Sheehan, Subs used Gary Carroll, Beanie

Referee Pat O’Donnell.


The club wishes a bon voyage to three of our junior players, Chris Hayes, Darren Murphy and Jason Quille who are heading off to Canada next week. We wish them a safe trip and the very best of luck in achieving their aims in a new country.


The club would like to say well done to brothers Sean and James Ryan who have been called up for the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme for the coming 2013-14 season. Sean who starred for the Kennedy Cup last June will be on the U15 Emerging Talent Programme while James will be on the U16 Emerging Talent Programme. Both attended numerous assessments in the off season over the summer and all at Athea Utd are delighted that they have progressed to the FAI’s Programme where they will receive intensive top class coaching over the coming season. Well done boys.


The club are once again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season and at the moment committee members and players have cards available with lines just €5. Prize money for the first Last Man Standing Competition €300 and it is being sponsored by The Top of the Town and the club would like to thank Betty and Johnny for the sponsorship. There is also a sellers prize of €50 for the person that sells the winning line.

The first series of matches for selection take place on the weekend of September 28th/29th/30th. If possible can all people that have Last Man Standing cards could they return them by this weekend.

Athea Utd AFC are pleased to announce its continuation with Adrenalin Sports for the coming season and that all Discount Cards from last season are valid for the coming 2013-14 season. Any players that doesn’t have the Discount Cards can get them from Pa Walsh.
The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, September 16th at The Top of the Town are as follows –
Jackpot was €10500. Numbers drawn 8, 11, 15, 21. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Angela McEnery, Hillside Drive. Agatha Barrett, Markievicz Park. S Hickey, Listowel. Patrick Langan, Glasha. J & T Curley, Ardagh. .
Sellers Sean Batt & Pat Mulvihill.
New jackpot will be €10,600 on Monday September 23rd at Donie’s.

Athea GAA

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:


Friday September 13:


Our U6’s played their very first match of the year last Friday evening against Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Páirc na nGael. For many of the twenty one boys and girls that togged out it was their first time putting on the maroon and white jersey of Athea. As the ball travelled up and down the field the children ran tirelessly throughout the whole match trying to get onto the ball. After the final whistle went both teams got well deserved treats for dishing up a very entertaining match for all the parents and grandparents that had travelled to see the stars of the future play. Panel: Jamie, Collins, Jack Sexton, Josh Woulfe, Courtney Hunt, Molly Hunt, Alex Quinn, Ella Ahern, Tomás Ahern, Sean Twomey, Adam Somers, Jamie Mahony, Eric Barrett, Fionn Histon, Amy Steward, Emma Scanlon, Stephanie Ambrose, Tony Ahern, Jamie Flynn, Jim Ahern & Tom Collins.


Our  U8’s played Feohanagh/Castlemahon on Friday evening last in a closely contested match. Páirc na nGael was particularly busy that night as there were also matches for our U6’s and U10’s. The team is improving with every match and the benefit of regular training and practise are starting to show. The match was refereed by our own Roger Ryan who officiated a very sporting contest between two evenly matched sides. Team: Callum Buckley, James Lee, Michael Walsh, Bríd Hunt, Ciarán Hunt, Evan Curry, Calum Gleeson, Ailísa Ahern, KatieByrne, Niamh Ambrose, James Hunt, Tomás Ahern, Jim Ahern, Ellen Smith, Dylan Steward, Cillian O’Connor and Clodagh Scanlon.


The under 10’s had Feohanagh

Castlemahon and Knockaderry as visitors to Athea on Friday last for a blitz. We had our largest panel since the start of the summer, so we divided into two teams whic

h we called Athea/Dublin and Athea/Mayo. In the first round of the blitz Athea/Dublin played Feohanagh/Castlemahon while Athea/Mayo played a very strong Knockaderry. In the second round we switched places and Dublin played Knockaderry while Mayo played Feohanagh/Castlemahon. In all the games we had loads of possession, Andrew O’ Riordan was like Aidan O’Shea of Mayo with his display of fielding in midfield. Some of our efforts at scoring wasn’t great with us shooting for points from too far out and going for goals in crowded goal mouths when easy points were there for the taking. Overall they were two very exciting games with end to end football which the large crowd enjoyed. Pierce O’Brien played one of his best ever games having showed great improvement over the summer months. Paraic Enright is another player who has come on great this year as has Gavin Ambrose. Michael Tierney, Eoin O’Shea and Brandon Finucane continue to impress in every game they play. After the games all players got treats and the parents got tea and coffee and food in the Club House. There will be no under ten training this week but we may have a match at home on Monday night next September 23rd. Panel: Gearóid O’Sullivan, Daire O’Shea, Tara Histon, Brandon Finucane, Andrew O’Riordan, Shonagh O’Mahony, Meadhbh Donovan, Eoin O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Molly Pepper Carr,

Gavin Mulvihill, Paraic Enright, Fergal Pierse, TJ Hunt, Dermot Pierse, Amy Ryan, Shauna Sweeney, Adam Byrne, Michael Tierney, Sarah Scanlon, Molly Ahern, Conor Mullane & Gavin Ambrose.

The Club would like to thank Roger Ryan, Denis Greaney, Mark O’ onnor, Kevin O’Keeffe and David O’Connor who refereed our matches and we would also like to thank all those who helped out in any way.

Saturday September 14:


Athea U12’s had a most enjoyable day out last Saturday as they took part in the final day blitz which was held in Mick Neville Park. Although we were well beaten by Monaleen, we put up a great performance against Ballylanders. We had plenty of the skills of football displayed through out the two matches with the block down a key feature of our play. All our boys and girls got live 95 FM t-shirts and for their great efforts on the day, they were all treated to an ice cream cone in Rathkeale. Under twelve football is now finished for the year but we may have a return match against Finuge next week. Many thanks to all the boys, girls and their parents for making the great effort to travel to all their matches through out the year. Team: Evan Wallace, Alex McEldowney, Grace Ryan, David O’Connor, Thomas McEnery, Claire Carmody, Danny Brady, Jack O’Connor, Sarah O’Connor, Eoin Sheahan, Aidan Curry, Sean Sheehan, Jack Hunt, Luke Gleeson & Laura Dalton.

Monday September 16:

U14 Shield Semi Final:

Athea 12–5   Shamrock Gaels 1–4

It was goals galore in Páirc na nGael on Monday evening last as a classy team performance by our under fourteens saw them ease into the shield county final. In a match totally dominated by our young boys it was John Sexton who scored the first of our twelve goals after he gathered a Sean Ryan free at the edge of the box and he made no mistake sticking it into the corner of the net. Soon after Liam McAuliffe rose the white flag with a well taken point. We then went on a goal scoring spree with Andy Ahern scoring two and one each for Sean Ryan and Micheál Ambrose. Our backs had very little to do but what ever came their way, they were more than capable of dealing with it. Two points for Sean Ryan and a goal for Liam McAuliffe left us well ahead as we approached half time. Shamrock Gaels did stage a mini revival as they scored three points just before the break. The second half was no different with our mid-field pairing of Sean Ryan and Micheál Ambrose combining well for Sean to score a goal. Brian Sheahan was next on the score sheet as he rose the green flag and Shane Dalton followed this with a great point. Further goals from Brian Sheahan, Alan Kelly and a super long range effort from David O’Sullivan deceived everyone and ended up in the back of the net. Brian Sheahan finished our scoring with a well taken point. With minutes remaining Shamrock Gaels scored a goal to leave the final score Athea 12-5, Shamrock Gaels 1-4. We now look forward in great anticipation to the County final which will be played in the coming weeks and hopefully a repeat performance will see us victorious. Team:  Timothy Tierney, Jack Vaughan, Shane Ambrose, Mark McAuliffe, Micheál Dalton, Cillian Liston, Daniel McEldowney, Sean Ryan, Micheál Ambrose, Shane Dalton, Alan Kelly, Liam McAuliffe, Andy Ahern, Brian Sheahan, John Sexton, Joseph Dalton, Cathal O’Brien, Jack Gleeson, David Sheahan & David O’Sullivan.


Coiste na nÓg on line:

You can now view all our notes, results, fixtures 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.


Athea Coiste na nÓg will be running a “Guess the Score” fundraiser for this year’s All-Ireland Football final, Dublin V Mayo. All support would be greatly appreciated.

All Ireland Football Final:

We would like to wish Ciana Murphy the very best of luck as she will be taking part in the mini sevens half time interval match at the All Ireland Final in Croke Park next Sunday. Ciana was part of the Athea National school girls team that won the I.N.T.O mini sevens County final in UL last May.

Milford Hospice:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding a table quiz in aid of Milford hospice on October 11th in The Top of the Town Bar in Athea at 9.30pm. All monies raised on the night will go to Milford hospice. This is a very worthy cause and your support would be greatly appreciated.