Athea United Soccer

U16 DIVISON 2 (Saturday, November 2nd)
Athea Utd      (1) 4    Adam Riordan, William Sexton (2), James Ryan       Ballingarry     (1) 3   

The 16s bounced back from the defeat away to Creeves with a nail-biting win at home to Ballingarry last Saturday morning.  Adam Riordan opened the scoring but by the interval the visitors were on level terms and early in the second half Ballingarry went ahead.  However we fought back and two William Sexton goals had us back in front before we had a played sent off. The visitors made the most of their numerical advantage to equalize again but in the final few minutes James Ryan popped up to get a dramatic winner and see us go second in the table.

TEAMJJ Sheehy, William McEnery, Sean Ryan, Ronal Hayes, Cillian Liston, Jack Vaughan, James Ryan, Adam Riordan, Liam McAuliffe, Padraig O’Sullivan, William Sexton. Subs used Michael Dalton and Donnacha McEnery.

Referee Pat O’Donnell

U12 DIVISON 3 (Saturday, November 2nd)
Kildimo Utd   (3) 6
Athea Utd       (1) 5   Tomas McEnery (2), Evan Wallace, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea

Goals were the order of the day for the 12s last weekend in their game away to Kildimo Utd with our boys scoring five goals. Normally five goals away from home would win the bulk of matches but not in this case as we lost six five. We went one down bit soon levelled with a fine goal from striker Tomas McEnery only for Kildimo to score twice more before half time. Into the second half and we began very well with Evan Wallace and Tomas McEnery brought us level with two goals in as many minutes. Twice more Kildimo took the lead and twice more we equalized, the first with an Andrew O’Riordan free kick and then through Eoin O’Shea, the latter coming in the final minute of normal time. It was looking good for a draw until the Kildimo midfielder ran through our defence to get the winner in stoppage time. Lots of goals but in truth our defending was poor and we could have conceded more over the course of the hour while our passing, especially in midfield will have to improve.

Team: Jack Hunt, Eoin Sheahan, Evan Wallace, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Andrew O’Riordan, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Tomas McEnery, Daire O’Shea. Sub used Dermot Pierse.

Referee Tom Fitzpatrick.

U12 DIVISON 3 (Monday, October 28th)
Athea Utd        (1) 1         Andrew O’Riordan
Mountcollins   (0) 3   

Team: Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane, Michael Tierney, Jack Hunt, Andrew O’Riordan, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’Shea, TJ Hunt, Shane Scanlon, Pierce O’Brien, Luke Gleeson, Daire O’Shea.

Referee Pat O’Donnell.

PREMIER DIVISION (Sunday, November 3rd)
Glin Rovers    (1) 1
Athea Utd       (1) 4   own goal, Ryan Carroll (2), Kevin O’Keeffe   

A big win for the As in terms of league position as we at last broke our premier duck with our first win of the season away to in fairness was a very weakened Glin Rovers side. Poor defending allowed them in for a well finished goal which should have been prevented. A last gasp tackle prevented John Cotter from getting the equalizer after the keeper had done well to save a well struck effort from Maurice Hayes. Three minutes from half time we were level with an own goal following a Gerard Ahern free kick. Midway through the second half a Ryan Carroll shot through a crowded goal mouth found the net before Kevin O’Keeffe extended our lead with ten minutes left. That should have been his second goal of the game and only he will know how he missed a glorious chance prior to this after a great run into the box and a dribble past the keeper and a defender. With time almost up Carroll got his second to give us a much needed three points over a weakened Glin side. A bigger test awaits us next Sunday morning when league leaders Broadford Utd visit The Vales having already won their six league games so far.

TEAMMark O’Connor, Ryan Carroll, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Kevin Murphy, Gerard Ahern, Maurice Hayes, Jamie Collins, Kevin O’Keeffe, John Cotter. Subs used Cillian O’Connor, Shane Mulvihill.

Referee Tony Fitzmaurice.

DIVISION 2 (Sunday, November 3rd)
Ferry Rangers v Athea Utd B off (pitch unplayable)



Saturday, November 9th      

U14s home to Ballingarry at 2.30pm.

Sunday, November 10th    

Junior As home to Broadford Utd at 11.30am.

Junior Bs away to Ferry Rangers at 2.30pm.
The results of our weekly lottery draw held on Monday, November 4th at Whites Bar are as follows
Jackpot was €11,200. Numbers drawn 5, 7, 11, 19. No jackpot winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Lillian Fitzgerald, Athea. Nancy Daly, Ardagh. Pa Kiely, Knockagorna. Tracy & Michelle Mulvihill, Upper Athea. Marian Mulcahy, Abbeyfeale.
Sellers Margaret Dalton & Declan Barrett
New Jackpot will be €11,300 on Monday, November 11th at Brown Joe’s

Athea GAA


Friday November 1:

Feale Rangers(Athea/Mountcollins) 1-08, Oola 0-06

Feale Rangers (Athea/Mountcollins) U21s got their first win of the campaign thanks to a hard fought win over a very physical Oola side on Friday night last. On a cold night in Martinstown it was Pa Delee who opened the scoring with a well taken point. Despite this good start, we failed to score for the next twenty minutes and in the meantime Oola had scored three points to lead by two. A super point by Kevin Mahony after a surging run up the middle by Mark O’ Connor seem to lift the team and two further points from the boot of James Brouder left us a point ahead at the break. We started the second half in fine fashion as Conor Moroney and James Brouder both raised white flags. The most crucial score of the game came when a long ball into the Oola goal mouth broke inside and Matthew Brouder fisted the ball to the net to give us a six point lead. Kevin Mahony got his second point shortly after this, but then we took our foot of the pedal a let the opposition back into the game. Oola scored three unanswered points to close the gap but the very impressive Conor Moroney sealed the win with a great point with minutes remaining to leave the final score Feale Rangers 1-08, Oola 0-6. Best on the night were Mark O’Connor, Conor Moroney and Kevin Mahony. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Jamie Lenihan, Mark O’Connor, Dylan Griffin, Cian O’Sullivan, Denis Greaney, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Mahony, Stephen Cahill, Ryan Carroll, Pa Delee, Kevin Murphy, Matthew Brouder, James Brouder, Maurice Hayes, Conor Moroney, Liam O’Brien, William Finnegan, Sean Casey, Diarmuid Glesson, & Emmet White.

Friday November 8:

U21 Feale Rangers(Athea/Mountcollins):

Feale Rangers will play Na Piarsaigh this Friday night November 8 in Mick Neville Park at 8.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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:

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Saturday November 2:

U13 County Final:

Athea U13s travelled to Mick Neville Park on Saturday afternoon last to play Blackrock in the county final and hopes were high that we would be bringing home our third county title this year. In the first half, we failed to capitalise on playing with a gale force wind as we only managed to score one point thanks to Andy Ahern. We had most of the possession in the first fifteen minutes of the half but we could not convert it into scores. We had a few good scoring opportunities that we would have tapped over with our eyes shut on a normal day but the wind was playing havoc and we could not hit the target. The opposition however managed to score a goal and a point to leave us three points down at the break and a mountain to climb in the second half. We feared the worst for our boys as many a team would have giving up in the same situation. But this young team had other ideas, led by Captain David O’Sullivan; they got stuck in from the throw in. It was not long before we were back on level terms, when John Sexton blasted the ball to the net after a great pass from David O’Connor. Blackrock went ahead again when they scored two points of their own, but John Sexton fired us into the lead when he scored a fine individual goal. Our defence came under pressure again, but Daniel McEldowney was having a terrific game and he continuously broke down their attacks. Shane Ambrose who also had a fine game extended our lead with a super point. Shortly after, a John Sexton shot was well saved by the opposition’s keeper but Jack O’Connor was quickest to the rebound and he rifled the ball to the back of the net. Blackrock responded with a goal to leave just two points between the teams and it was backs to the wall stuff for the last few minutes. With thirty seconds left on the clock, our hearts were broke when Blackrock managed to score a goal in a packed goal mouth. We tried our best for an equaliser but time ran out and the final score was Athea 3-02, Blackrock 3-03. Great credit is due to this team after a brilliant second half performance against all the odds and on the way home all the boys were treated to hot food at the clubhouse in Páirc na nGael. There were also light refreshments for the parents who made the trip on the day. Many thanks to Derek Byrne, Denis Greaney and John Hunt for helping out in Mick Neville Park. Team: Cathal O’Brien, Joseph Dalton, Micheál Dalton, David O’Sullivan, Shane Ambrose, Daniel McEldowney, Seamus Leahy, Andy Ahern, David O’Connor, John Sexton, David Sheahan, Jason Dillon, Jack O’Connor, Jamie O’Mahony & Alex McEldowney.

Parish League:

Sunday November 3:


Our U6s had two teams in this year’s Parish League and we called them the “Tigers” and the “Lions”. Both teams played extremely well on the day with a large crowd of supporters cheering them on from the side-line. In a very close match you could see the massive improvement from all the players since they began training last April. It was the tigers who won out by a couple of points at the final whistle and Jamie Collins accepted the Shield on behalf of his team. All the boys and girls, parents and grandparents got well deserved treats in the clubhouse afterwards. Our U6s are now finished and the coaches would like to thank all those who helped out in any way throughout the year. Tigers: Jamie Collins, Ella Ahern, Fionn Histon, Eric Barrett & Amy Steward. Lions: Jack Sexton, Molly Hunt, Tomás Ahern & Jamie Flynn.


The weather proved favourable on Sunday to hold the U8 Parish League for what was the end of season finale for our U8s after a long season. James Lee for Kerry and Calum Gleeson for Cork captained the two sides that competed for the Jackie and Nora Mullane Cup in an exciting match. Calum Gleeson lined out in the forwards with Niamh Ambrose and they proved a handful for James Lee and Ailísa Ahern as they accumulated scores in the first half for Cork. Evan Curry battled hard in midfield against Callum Buckley to gain possession while James Broderick and Bríd Hunt marshalled the defence against James Hunt and Ciarán Hunt. Dylan Steward was the Cork goalkeeper in the first half with Rory Cleary minding the sticks for Kerry. Switches were made at half time to both sides leading to successes for both sides. Callum Buckley moved into the forward line for Kerry and proved a threat each time he gained possession and narrowed the margin. Calum Gleeson moved into the backs and steadied the ship and counter attacked through James Broderick in midfield who supplied Bríd Hunt with good ball which Bríd promptly converted. Niamh Ambrose was unlucky not to have notched up a few scores but tried very hard and was just a little unlucky. Dylan Steward moved to the forward line the second half and took two great scores to stretch Corks lead to take them over the line. The Kerry team played their hearts out in the second half, but just could not overturn the lead built up by Cork in the first half. Sean O’ Shea presented the Cup to the winning captain Calum Gleeson and both sides were presented with medals. Mike Buckley the U8 Team Manager thanked both sets of players for their efforts throughout the year and reminded the players of the importance of regularly attending training to pick up the skills which he said were evident in the match today. A great afternoon was had by all who were hosted to refreshments afterwards in the Clubhouse. Cork Team: Calum Gleeson (Captain), Evan Curry, Bríd Hunt, Dylan Steward, James Broderick, Niamh Ambrose. Kerry Team: James Lee (Captain), Callum Buckley, James Hunt, Ailísa Ahern, Ciarán Hunt & Rory Cleary.


The under 10 footballers finished their season last Sunday with the parish league finals played in good conditions in Páirc na nGael. We had four teams, Dublin captained by Gavin Ambrose, Limerick (Brandon Finucane) Clare (Pierce O’ Brien) and Mayo (T.J.Hunt). They played a round robin of six 12 minute games with the top two teams, Dublin and Limerick then playing the final. After a rip roaring contest in front of a vociferous crowd Limerick came out on top. Afterwards the winning captain Brandon Finucane was presented with the perpetual shield and all the players received medals. Teams: Limerick: Brandon Finucane, Andrew O’Riordan, Molly Ahern, Shonagh Mahony & Denise Carmody. Dublin: Gavin Ambrose, Daire O’Shea, Molly Pepper Carr, Dermot Pierse. Clare: Pierce O’Brien, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, FergalPierse, Gavin Mulvihill. Mayo: T.J. Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor and Tara Histon.

Parents and kids were treated to tea, coffee, juice and food of all sorts afterwards in the clubhouse. Thanks to all those who helped to supply and serve the refreshments.