Athea United Soccer


Athea Utd      (0) 1    Kevin O’Keeffe

Avenue Utd   (2) 3

It was FAI Junior Cup action at The Vales last Sunday as we competed in the blue riband competition of Irish soccer for the first time in over a decade when we welcomed Clare Premier League Champions Avenue Utd to our excellently laid out grounds at The Vales. Played before a good sized crowd we began well and came very close inside the opening minute when in form striker Kevin O’Keeffe saw his shot strike the Avenue crossbar. Within three minutes the Clare side were ahead when their midfielder struck a cracker from the right edge of the box which nestled inside the left-hand post. The opposition were passing the ball well and it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes of the first half did we start to get on the ball more and it was in this timeframe when we had our next chance when left sided midfielder Kevin Murphy saw his shot just deflected wide for a corner. Then two minutes from half time controversy. The ball clearly having gone out of play on the Avenue side of the pitch but their linesman kept the flag down and they went up the pitch before eventually scoring their second goal.

The second half saw Avenue continue to dominate in the possession stakes and they could have extended their lead on a few occasions. The best of these coming when they hit the side netting after a long clearance from their keeper after he initially gathered the ball under severe pressure from Tom Collins following a Gerard Ahern free kick. With nineteen minutes left we were back in the game when O’Keeffe deservedly got on the score sheet for his work rate alone, Joe Vaughan began it when he picked out Gerard Ahern and he played a through ball for O’Keeffe who rounded the keeper Healey before coolly slotting home from an acute angle. We were back in it now, despite our limited possession but six minutes later they added a third after a quickly taken free kick.

Team: Mike Kehoe, Ryan Carroll, Matthew Tierney, Tom Collins, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Joe Vaughan, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Maurice Hayes, Kevin O’Keeffe. Subs used Dylan Griffin and Mike McCarthy.

Referee: Ger O’Connor.

Adare Utd   (2) 5
Athea Utd   (2) 2                  Shane Dalton (2)

TEAMCathal O Brien, Jason Dillon, Shane Ambrose, Micheal Dalton, Seamus Leahy, David O Connor John Sexton, David O Sullivan, Andy Ahern, Jack O Connor, Shane Dalton, Ryan O Connell, Joseph Dalton, Micah O Connell, Dylan Swift

Referee Liam O’Connor.



The club are once again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season. Last weekend there was no Premier League games due to the International Games so the competition resumes this coming weekend. Keep watching this space or our face book page. Prize money for the first Last Man Standing Competition is €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 results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, October 14th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €10,900. Numbers drawn 6, 17, 18, 30. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – .Anna Flynn, c/o Kevin O’Keefe. Kathleen Griffin, Brookfield House. Athea. Jim Sheehy, TempleAthea. Angela McEnery, Hillside Drive, Athea. Pat Lyons, Lisselton, Co. Kerry.
Sellers Agatha & Doreen Cahill.
New jackpot will be €11,000 on Monday, October 21st at The Top of the Town.

Athea GAA


Our annual A.G.M. will take place on Friday night October 25 at 9.15pm in the Clubhouse in Páirc na nGael. All new members welcome.


Friday October 25:

U21 Feale Rangers:

Feale Rangers will play Fr. Casey’s in Mick Neville Park on Friday 25 at 8pm.

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:


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.

Milford Hospice:

Athea Coiste na nÓg would like to thank all those who supported our table quiz in aid of Milford Hospice at the Top Of The Town on Friday night last. We would like to thank Johnny and Betty Cotter and all those who donated spot prizes to help make it a very successful and entertaining night out.