Athea Utd.

by Pat Mulvihill

Athea Utd (3) 6   Tomas McEnery (4), Andrew O’Riordan (2)   Pallaskenry  (0) 6

Our second game of the season was at home to Pallaskenry last Saturday morning. We met them last season at U10s and they won division three so we knew it was going to be a tough game.
We got off to a bright start, when after ten minutes there was great link play between Eoin O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan and Pierce O’Brien with his lightening pace to set up Thomas McEnery to score. Our second goal came shortly after that, when great passing and moving around the midfield with Gavin Ambrose and Eoin O’Shea who set up Thomas McEnery for his second.
Our back line where having a sturdy game in the backs with Alex McEldowney and Michael Tierney in central defence and Brandon Finucane and Eoin Sheahan letting nothing pass them along the flanks. Eoin Sheahan made a great run with pace from his own half and was unlucky not to get onto the score sheet. Thomas McEnery struck again for his hat-trick with a great individual goal, to out muscle the centre back and bury the ball into the back of the net.
We were in complete control of the first half, with our midfield players linking well between our backs and forwards. Paric Enright was playing great one twos with Eoin O’Shea and Andrew O’Riordan was closing down anything coming down the right hand side of midfield, and Gavin Ambrose was running the show in-front of the back four putting in great tackles. Evan Wallace was playing his usual solid game in goals.
In the second half Pallaskenry didn’t give up without a fight and shortly pulled a goal back. Pallaskenry were coming back into the game and scored a second goal to make it three two. Thomas McEnery latched onto a through ball from Eoin O’Shea to score his fourth of the game, our two to Athea. Eoin O’Shea also set up Andrew O’Riordan who rounded the keeper for his first goal of the game and a five three lead. Pallaskenry scored their third before Andrew O’Riordan stretched our lead to make it six three but Pallaskenry never gave up and kept going and were rewarded with another goal. We were giving away too much possession and losing focus as Pallas clawed their way back to 6-5 and in the final minute they got in for the equaliser.
Overall the boys played great soccer in the first half and lost there way in the second, but it is early days yet and the signs are very encouraging for the season. Well done to all the boys and keep up the hard work.
TEAM: Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, Alex McEldowney, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea, Gavin Ambrose, Paric Enright, Pierce O’Brien, Thomas McEnery, TJ Hunt, Jack Hunt, Shane Scanlon, Luke Gleeson.
Referee Pat O’Donnell.

Ballingarry B   (2) 2
Athea Utd B    (0) 1       Mark Horgan
Team: Tom Murphy, John Geoghegan, Gary Vaughan, Michael Reidy, Sean McGrath, Raymond Brouder, Mike Twomey, Mark Horgan, Sonny Sheehan, Colm Hassett, Steven McEnery. Subs Padraig Horgan, Pa Chawke and Emmet White.
Referee Liam O’Connor.

U10 DIVISON 4 (September 28th)
Athea Utd   (1) 1  Daire O’Shea
Glin Rvs     (0) 0
The tens picked up win number two of the season with a narrow but just about deserved one nil win at home to Glin Rovers last Saturday afternoon. The only goal of the game came midway through the opening half when a well struck effort from Daire O’Shea flew over the Glin keeper. The second half we had to defend more but we did this very well to move onto six points on the league table and a share of top spot. There is a long way to go yet so continue with the training and we should be right up there at the end of the season.
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, Donacadh Barrett.

U14 DIVISON 2  (September 28th)
Athea Utd   (0) 0
Glin Rvs     (2) 3
Glin were also the opposition in the fourteens game on Saturday and they still are our bogey side as the visitors emerged three nil winners. We played well only in patches while for the most part we were under pressure. Best were Seamus Leahy and Michael Dalton who played brilliantly in defence, Cathal O’Brien made good saves as well while Shane Dalton was as usual very busy but the Glin defence were keeping a very close eye on him. A long way to go in this league yet with eight teams in the division meaning there will be plenty games for us to improve on and start picking up points.
Team: Cathal O’Brien, David O’Connor, Shane Ambrose, Michael Dalton, Seamus Leahy, Ryan O’Connell, David O’Sullivan, Shane Dalton, Micah O’Connell, John Sexton, Jack O’Connor. Subs used Andy Ahern, Joseph Dalton.
Referee Jim Molyneaux.

REIDY CUP 1st ROUND   (September 29th)
Athea Utd B       (0) 3  Tom Murphy, Raymond Brouder,                                                             Mark Horgan
Creeves A          (0) 0
The Bs finally broke their duck last Sunday morning with a win at home to Creeves Celtic A in the first round of the Reidy Cup. Creeves were very under strength with only ten players for the whole game but nevertheless we will take any win at the moment. We dominated possession not surprisingly but we had to wait until the second half before we broke the deadlock when Tom Murphy scored at the near post following a Gary Vaughan cross from the left. An audacious second from Raymond Brouder eased the nerves before Mark Horgan put the result beyond doubt.
Team: Gary Carroll, John Geoghegan, Gary Vaughan, Michael Reidy, Sean McGrath, Colm Hassett, Raymond Brouder, Mark Horgan, Pa Chawke, Steven McEnery, Sonny Sheehan,
Subs Tom Murphy and Emmet White.
Referee Pat O’Donnell.

MUNSTER JUNIOR CUP (September 29th)
Shannonside A    (1) 4
Athea Utd A         (0) 0
A poor display by the As in a cup we had a chance in reaching the open draw stages. Down a goal and then a player down it was always going to be an uphill task and this was borne out as the homeside added three more goals.
Team: Mark O’Connor, Ryan Carroll, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Mathew Tierney, Shane Mulvihill, Joe Vaughan, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Subs used Conor Mullane, John Cotter, Martin Chawke.
Referee Pat O’Connor.

Saturday, October 12th
U14s away to Adare Utd at 11.30am.
Sunday, October 13th
FAI Junior Cup Athea Utd home to Avenue Utd (Ennis) at 2pm

The training times for our underage teams are listed below and all players should contact their respective managers with any queries regarding times etc

U-8s /U10s on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
U-12s on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
U-14s on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
U-16s on Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Junior Bs on Tuesdays at 7.30pm and Fridays from 7pm to 8.15pm
Junior As on Fridays at 8.15pm

The club congratulates Ryan Carroll who has been selected for the Desmond Junior Leagues Oscar Traynor Squad. They were in action last Saturday in Galway where Ryan started at right back but on the day Galway won three two. Desmonds have two more games, home to Limerick District and away to Clare. Ryan follows in the footsteps of Tomas Quaid and Joe Vaughan who have also represented the local junior league. Incidentally a number of the Clare squad will be at The Vales next Sunday when they will be playing for Avenue Utd against Athea Utd in the FAI Junior Cup. This will be our second time playing Avenue Utd in the FAI Junior having lost to them 2-0 in the 1995/96 season.

The club are once again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season. Last weekend saw the competition enter week two and again we had a few more fallers as Tottenham were shocked at home by West Ham. Week three this weekend and we wait to see if there will be more shocks. 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.

Athea Utd this week installed a clothes bank at our grounds at The
Vales and which accept clothes as well as other items. The clothes
bank will benefit The Street Children of Calcutta as well as providing
a very useful service for the people of the parish and its environs.
The clothes bank can accept the following items – (1) Clothes. (2)
Sheets. (3) (Blankets. (4) Towels. (5) Shoes. (6) Curtains
Mondays 10am to 3pm. Wednesdays 10am to 3pm. Fridays 10am to 3pm.
Monday – Friday nights from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Saturday and Sundays 10am to 2am.

Alternatively if persons want to avail of the Clothes Bank but the
above hours are not suitable they may leave any items with any of the
club committee.

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 club extends its sympathy to the family of Mai Mullane, TempleAthea, Athea who passed away recently. May She Rest In Peace.

The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, October 7th at Batts Bar are as follows –
Jackpot was €10800. Numbers drawn 3, 4, 5, 22. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Peggie Cleary, Tempe Athea. Eddie Barrett, Athea. Joan Manaher, Athea. Ita Vaughan, Temple Athea. Una Kelly c/o Paudie Reidy.
Sellers Agatha & Paudie Reidy.
New jackpot will be €10900 on Monday, October 14th at JP’s.


Athea G.A.A.

Our Club Draw took place in Brown Joes bar on Saturday evening last and once again thanks to everyone who supported our draw again this year. The following are the winners of Saturday evenings draw:

€500 Kathleen Cotter, Cratloe West, Abbeyfeale.

€250 George O’ Connor, Lower Athea, Athea.

€150 Molly, Ella & Hazel Ahern, Garrygloss, Athea.

€150 Aine Reidy, The Village, Athea.

€150 Henry Moran, Knocknagorna, Athea..

€150 Denis O’ Donoghue, Keale, Athea


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


The Club would like to offer it’s sincere sympathy to the Mullane family of Templeathea on the recent passing of Mai  Mullane. May she rest in peace

Athea Coiste na nÓg


Saturday October 5:

U14 Shield Final:

Athea U14’s were crowned County Shield final champions as they defeated Ballybricken/Bohermore in the final in Mick Neville Park last Saturday. Having beaten Shamrock Gaels easily in the semi-final, hopes were high that we could go one step further this year and from the throw in you could see how determined our boys were to succeed. It was not long before we were on the scoreboard as Alan Kelly rose the white flag after great work by Sean Ryan at midfield. Alan scored his second point of the day, this time it was Shane Dalton who was the provider. Ballybricken/Bohermore threatened up front but our full back line of Jack Vaughan, Shane Ambrose and Mark McAuliffe were well up for it and did not give an inch. Our half forward line were causing all sorts of problems and it was Liam McAuliffe who set up Sean Ryan who burst through the middle to score a fine goal. The opposition responded well with a point of their own but Athea hit back when Liam McAuliffeset up Shane Dalton for a great point. A second point for Ballybricken/Bohermore was soon followed by a long ball into our square but it was well dealt with by Timothy Tierney in goals and who’s kick outs were vital as he found an Athea player almost every time. The opposition were coming more into the game at this stage, but we dealt them a severe blow when Liam McAuliffe laid on the perfect pass for Shane Dalton who made no mistake finishing the ball to the back of the net. Ballybricken/Bohermore scored their third and final point of the half before a wonderful point with the outside of the right foot by Shane Dalton and Alan Kelly’s third point left Athea with an eight point lead at half time. In the second half, with the wind at our backs there was only going to be one outcome as Ballybricken/Bohermore found it hard to cope withAthea’s power and skill. Micheál Ambrose was a power house at midfield through out the whole match. The ball seldom passed our half back line thanks to the determination of Cillian Liston, Micheál Dalton and Daniel McEldowney. Sean Ryan got our first score of the half with a well taken point from way out on the wing. Liam McAuliffe followed this up with a well taken goal. Our boys now started playing in long balls and it was the turn of our full forward line to show what they could do and they did not disappoint. John Sexton and Andy Ahern were a constant threat to their corner backs, while Brian Sheahan was in top form scoring the first of his three goals at this stage. Soon after Alan Kelly tacked over his fourth point of the match. A long ball in by Sean Ryan rebounded off the crossbar and it was Brian Sheahan who was quickest to react and scored his second goal. Shane Dalton was next on the score sheet with a point and a free in by Alan Kelly was fumbled by the goal keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Brian Sheahan chipped the keeper to score a point and shortly afterwards scored his third goal of the match. Cathal O’ Brien, Jack Gleeson, David O’ Sullivan, Joseph Dalton and David Sheahan all played their part as they were introduced through out the match. There was great cheers and delight from all the Athea supporters who had travelled to the match as the final whistle went and the maroon and white had a won out on a scoreline of Athea 7-09, Ballybricken/Bohermore 1-03. Great credit is due to the coaches Tom Collins, Morgan O’ Connor and Denis Sheahan who had this young team in tip top form for the final. Alan Kelly accepted the Shield on behalf of the Athea team and well deserved treats and hot food was enjoyed by all on the way home in the Club house. 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 Sheehan, David O’ Sullivan, Jack O’ Connor, David O’ Connor & Jamie O’ Mahony.

Friday October 4:    U6:

Athea U6’s played their third game of the year as they travelled to Coolyroe to play Feohanagh/Castlemahon. It was an enjoyable night as the boys and girls gave it their all, showing their parents and coaches how much they have improved through out the year. Many thanks to Feohanagh/Castlemahon for providing light refreshments on the night. Team: Josh Woulfe, Jack Sexton, Jamie Collins, Fionn Histon,Tomás Ahern, Eric Barrett, Courtney Hunt, Molly Hunt, Jamie O’ Mahony and Amy Steward.


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 goto and click on the ” Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.

Fixtures for October:

Saturday October 12:

Athea U10’s will take part in a Blitz on Saturday morning October 12. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Sunday October 13:


Athea U13’s have a match away to Shamrock Gaels this Sunday Morning October 13 at 11.30am. A bus will be leaving the village at 10.15am.

Friday October 18:


Athea U8’s will take part a Blitz on Friday October 18. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Sunday October 20:

U15 County Final:

Athea U15’s will play St.Mary/Sean Finns in the County final on Sunday October 20 in Claughaun at 2pm. Cars will leave the village at 12.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday October 21:


Athea U13’s have a match at home to Blackrock on Monday evening October 21 at 6.30pm. Players to be at the field for 6pm


Sunday October 13: U 6:

Training for U6’s will continue this Sunday morning October 13 from 12.15pm to 1.15pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields.

U8: Training for U8’s will continue this Sunday morning October 13 from 12.15pm to 1.15pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields

U10: Training for U10’s will continue this Sunday morning October 13 from 12.15pm to 1.15pm in Páirc na nGael. All players need to wear gum shields

Tuesday October 15: U 13:

Training for U13’s continues next Tuesday evening October 15 at 6pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields

U15: Training for U15’s continues next Tuesday evening October 15 at 6pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Milford Hospice:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be holding a table quiz in aid of Milford hospice this Friday night October 11 at The Top of the town bar in Athea at 9.30pm. Quiz master on the night will be John Hunt. All monies raised on the night will go to Milford hospice. This is a very worthy cause and your support would be greatly appreciated

Well Done:

Well done to our U14 team and their coaches Tom Collins, Morgan O’ Connor and Denis Sheahan on winning the Shield final in Mick Neville Park on Saturday last.