Athea United Soccer


The 2014/15 Desmond League season commenced last Sunday with both our As and Bs in action. The As were away to defending league champions Broadford Utd A and despite been without a number of regulars put in a decent display but it was the homeside that won two nil. In their first game the Bs picked up an opening day point after a two all draw away to Glantine. Peter O’Connor put them ahead with a cool finish before goals either side of half time saw Glantine ahead. Athea persisted and a great through ball from Mike Twomey to Steven McEnery saw the striker fouled with Peter O’Connor coolly slotting home the resultant penalty.

PREMIER DIVISION (Sunday, August 17th)

Broadford Utd A (2) 2    Athea Utd A (1) 1

Team: Timmy Enright, Jamie Collins, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Padraic Walsh, Dylan Griffin, Kevin O’Keeffe, Shane Mulvihill, Mike Reidy, Steven McEnery, Cillian O’Connor. Subs John Cotter, Dan McMahon Referee: John Roche

DIVISION 3 (Sunday, August 17th)

Glantine B (1) 2  Athea Utd B (1) 2 Peter O’Connor (2, 1 pen)

Team: Kieran Harnett, Jason Dalton, Gary Vaughan, Jonathan Mulvihill, Mike Reidy, Peter O’Connor, Cillian O’Connor, Ger Collins, Mike Twomey, Mark Horgan, Steven McEnery. Subs used Brian Murphy, Colm Hassett, Neilo Keane. Also Tomas Murphy, Eoin Horgan, Dan McMahon, Tony Missorici. Referee: Colm Dalton


Sunday, August 24th –

Junior As home to Newcastle West @ 11.30am

Junior Bs home to Kildimo Utd B @ 2.30pm

Tuesday, August 26th –

U-16s away to Ferry Rangers @ 6.45pm

Friday, August 29th –

Junior As home to Abbeyfeale Utd A @ 6.45pm

Tuesday, September 2nd

U-16s home Glantine Ferry Rangers @ 6.30pm


There is no change to the cost of club registration from the 2013-14 season so the fees for the upcoming 2014-14 season are as follows
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
There will again be a family discount for families of underage players and for each additional child this will be €10 extra.
For example a family with an U/8 player and an U/10 player the registration will be €30 while a family with an U/16 player and an U/12 the registration will be €40.


In line with club policy no player(s) will be allowed play for Athea Utd in the schoolboy league or junior league until they have their registration paid. All managers are to collect the respective registration and to implement this club policy.

Would all Junior A and Junior B players please take note of the registration fees for the coming 2014-15 season.
For the junior players that didn’t sell lottery tickets or the Last Man Standing Cards last season the registration will be €60.


As part of the Athea Parish Festival Athea Utd ran a soccer tournament at The Vales last Saturday with ourselves, Glin Rovers and Killeaney U-10s competing. With Glin bringing eighteen players we decided to have a fourth team which was made up of players from the three teams.

Cup semi finals – Athea Utd 4 Glin Rovers 1. Killeaney 2 Utd Combination 0.

Shield Final Utd Combination 2 Glin Rovers 1.

Cup final Killeaney 3 Athea Utd 1.

The day was a brilliant success and a great day was had by all. After the games were played all the players were given treats which went down very well while there was refreshments for all the parents and supporters present.

THANKS – Athea Utd would like to thank Glin and Killeaney for accepting the invitation to take part in the tournament as part of the Athea Parish Festival.


U-12 training on Tuesdays 6pm to 7.30pm.

U-16 training on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U-14 training on Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm


Mondays 10am to 3pm. Wednesdays 10am to 3pm. Fridays 10am to 3pm.
Monday – Friday nights from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Saturdays from 10am to 2am.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday August 18th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €15,200. Numbers drawn 14, 21, 25, 27. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Kathleen Mullane, Glin Road, Athea. Ellen Quille, Athea. Nora Cronin, Ardagh. Mags Mahoney, Ballyhahill. Lillian Fitzgerald, Park, Athea.

Sellers Batt’s Bar & Agatha.
New jackpot will be €15,300 on Monday, August 25th at The Top of The Town.

Tickets €2 each or three for €5

Athea GAA

Athea Gaa Parish Festival Tournament:

Páirc na nGael is the place to be this Sunday at 2pm where present and past footballers combine to take part in a Football tournament as part of the Athea parish Festival. Four teams have been selected and will battle it out to see who will be crowned champions. Details of the four teams are printed in this week’s Newsletter and will be displayed in the Village. All players are asked to be at the field for 1.45pm. Semifinals start at 2pm sharp and the Final is at 2.30pm. Prizes and BBQ afterwards at Paul Collins’ Bar.

Club Draw 2014:

Our third club draw will be held at Batt’s Bar this Saturday night. Tickets can still be bought for our draw. This year’s total prize money is €11,800. This is a great way of supporting our club and if anyone still wants to buy a ticket please contact anyone of our committee members or Jacqueline on 086-0670091.

Fixtures for August:

Thursday August 21:

Intermediate Football championship:

Our Intermediates will play their final game of the championship against Hospital/Herbertstown this Thursday evening August 21 in Ballingarry at 6.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.


Limerick GAA Draw 2014:

Anyone wishing to join the Limerick Development Draw for this year can do so by contacting any of our ticket sellers or Áine on 087-6954029.


Mouth Guards:

It is mandatory for Insurance purposes for all players from U6’s up to senior level to wear mouth guards at training and matches. Mouth guards can be purchased from Collins’ shop.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Saturday August 16:


Our U10s travelled to Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale on Saturday last to take part in a Regional Blitz. Once again our team did extremely well on the day and is improving with every match they play.


Friday August 22:


There is U6 football training this Friday evening August 22 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.


There is U8 football training this Friday evening August 22 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.


There is U10 football training this Friday evening August 22 at 6.30pm in Páirc na nGael. All players must have gum shields.

Well Done:

Well done to James Ryan, Shane Ambrose and Micheál Dalton who all played with County teams at the weekend. James Ryan played with the U16s in Portarlington where Limerick won one game and lost one. Shane Ambrose and Micháel Dalton played with the U14s in Ferbane where Limerick won against Carlow and Leitrim and lost to Offaly.

Fixtures for August:

Monday August 25:

U16 Shield semifinal:

Athea U16s will play Kilteely/Dromkeen in the Shield semi-final in Páirc na nGael on Monday August 25 at 7pm. Players to be at the field for 6.20pm. All Players must have gumshields. All Support greatly appreciated.

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.


Well done to the Limerick Minor Hurlers who have qualified for this years All Ireland Final after beating Galway in Croke Park on Sunday last.