Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 2 (Saturday, October 4th)

Kilcolman Rvs (0) 1  Athea Utd (1) 1 Paric Enright

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Gavin Ambrose, Brandon Finucane, Daire O’Shea, Michael Tierney, Paric Enright, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea, Pierse O’Brien, TJ Hunt, Dermot Pierse. Sub used Fergal Pierse. Also Shane Scanlon, Cillian O’Connor, Jack Vaughan, Shauna Sweeney, Fionn O’Connell, Gearoid O’Sullivan

Referee: Jim Molyneaux.

U15 Cup (Saturday, October 4th)

Athea Utd (0) 0  NCW (3) 5

Team: Cathal O’Brien, Seamus Leahy, Michael Dalton, Ryan O’Connell, Joseph Dalton, David O’Connor, Shane Dalton, Micah O’Connell, Andy Ahern, John Sexton, Dylan Swift. Subs Jack O’Connor, Luke Gleeson.

Referee: Ger O’Connor

REIDY CUP (Sunday, October 5th)

Abbeyfeale Utd B (3) 5  Athea Utd B (0) 1 Colm Hassett

Team: Ger Collins, Roger ryan, Mike reidy, Joe O’Connor, Jason Dalton, Peter O’Connor, Mark Horgan, Mike Twomey, Colm Hassett, Steven McEnery, Neilo Keane. Subs Dan McMahon, Eoin Horgan.

Referee: Colm Dalton.

PREMIER DIVISION (Sunday, October 5th)

Rathkeale A (1) 3  Athea Utd A (0) 0

Team: Ger Collins, Conor Mullane, Jamie Collins, Padraig Reidy, Tom Collins, Mark O’Connor, Maurice Hayes, Gerard Ahern, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Murphy, John Cotter.
Referee Ger O’Connor.


Saturday, October 11th

U-10s home to Glantine at 1pm

U-14s home to Pallaskenry at 11am

Sunday, October 12th

Junior As home to Ballingarry A at 11.30am
Junior Bs away to Ballysteen at 2.30pm


U-10 training on Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U-12 training on Tuesdays 6.15pm to 7.30pm.

U-14 training on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm

U-16 training on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Junior training Tuesdays at 8.30pm. Fridays at 7pm/


A Basic Awareness Child Welfare workshop is being held in Killeaney FC his month. Any adult involved in any way with underage soccer has to have this course done. This is a mandatory FAI Course. All underage coaches and any other people interested in doing this course, please contact Tim O’Riordan (087)6966812


Athea Utd will be hopefully starting an U8 Academy in the next number of weeks. Anyone interested in coaching in U8s soccer please contact club secretary Denis Murphy (087)2069900 or any committee member.


Athea Utd are again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season. After the first week of fixtures we had 33 fallers and after last weekend (Week 2) a further 34 went by the wayside and so of the original 206 entries 139 remain standing in the competition.

Collins Bar are sponsoring our first of this seasons Last Man Standing Competitions with €300 going to the winner and the club thanks them for their sponsorship. We also have a €50 sellers prize to the person that sells the winning line.


There will be a Halloween Fancy Dress Party for Athea Utd at Brown Joe’s Bar on Sunday, October 26th. It promises to be a great night with proceeds on the night going to the club. There will be a BBQ and plenty of spot prizes on the night also while music will be by the brilliant Tim Somers. Its fair to say then that everyone will be on a winner. Get yer thinking caps on and think of what costumes to wear, the Fancy Dress Party is less than three weeks away to get cracking with the costumes everybody.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 6th at The Top of the Town are as follows –
Jackpot was €15900. Numbers drawn 1, 2, 16, 25. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Nora Dinneen, Ardagh. Emer Madigan, Rathkeale. Aoife Kinsella, Limerick. Ellen Slemon, Listowel. Paddy Enright, TempleAthea.
Sellers Mike Buckley & Margaret Dalton.
New jackpot will be €16,000 at Donies’ on Monday, October 13th.  Tickets €2 each or three for €5

Athea GAA

Meet and Chat Night:

The club are planning to compile a Club History Book in the coming months to preserve the memories down through the years before they fade. The Old Photos already collected will be used in the book combined with articles spanning right through the years. Anyone interested in contributing articles or stories for consideration is invited to a “Meet and Chat” night at the Clubhouse on Friday evening October 17th 2014 at 8:30pm.



Our minors, who are amalgamated with Mountcollins experienced the highs and lows of Championship football over the past week when on Wednesday night last they put in a huge effort to beat St. Marys/Sean Finns in the semi-final of the West Minor A Championship and then on Saturday lost out to Adare in the Final.

West Minor A Football Semi-Final:

Athea 4-04    St. Marys/Sean Finns 1-12:

We travelled to Mick Neville Park on Wednesday evening last to take on the favorites St.Marys/Sean Finns in the semi-final of the West Minor A football Championship. It was a perfect evening for football and a large crowd of supporters were well entertained until the final whistle. St. Marys/Sean Finns opened the scoring with a point but James Ryan soon had us level when he scored a super point. Padraic Walsh kicked us into the lead when he tapped over a free. The opposition scored a point of their own but a great goal by Jason Kelly after good work by James Ryan gave us a three point advantage. Jack Denihan who was playing in front of the full back line had an outstanding game and was the launch pad from many of Athea/Mountcollins Rangers attacks. A point for St. Marys/Sean Finns was cancelled out when James Ryan raised the white flag after great work by Gavin O’ Reilly. We conceded three points on the trot just before the break to leave the half time score Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 1-03 St. Marys/Sean Finns 0-06. It was all to play for in the second half, but it was the opposition who were first on the scoreboard with a point. A high ball into the square by Conor Moroney deceived the goalkeeper and ended up in the net to give us a two point lead. A brilliant save by Kieran Harnett kept the opposition at bay and soon after a surging run by the very impressive Cian Larkin ended with Conor Moroney scoring his second goal of the night. Brian O’ Connor split the posts with a well taken point and we looked home and dry but St. Marys/Sean Finns came back into the game and scored five unanswered points to leave just one between the teams. Kieran Harnett made several fine saves in this half with Diarmuid Flanagan, Timmy Finnegan and Daniel Brosnahan in the full back line all playing outstanding. The opposition finally got their break through as they scored a goal to go two points up and all looked lost as the final whistle approached. The Athea/Mountcollins combination did not give up and threw everything into attack. A twenty one yard free ended up been cleared but when Cian Larkin sent in a high lobbing ball into the square our corner back Timmy Finnegan fielded it, was fouled in the box and we were awarded a penalty. James Ryan converted the resulting penalty to give us a one point lead but it was not over yet. A brilliant save by Kieran Harnett denied St. Marys/Sean Finns a certain goal. From the kick out the final whistle went and the Athea/Mountcollins Rangers minor football team had reached the West Minor A Final against all the odds on a score line of Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 4-04 St. Marys/Sean Finns 1-12. Team: Kieran Harnett, Daniel Brosnahan, Diarmuid Flanagan, Timmy Finnegan, Tommy Quaid, William Mullane (Capt.), Cian Larkin, Gavin O’Reilly, Mikie O’Mahony, Jack Denihan, Conor Moroney, Padraic Walsh, James Ryan, Padraig Collins, Brian O’Connor, Johnny Stack, Jason Kelly, Jason Dalton, Denny Buckley, Paul O’Mahony & John Lenihan.

West Minor A Football Final:

Athea 2-06    Adare 1-12:

Foynes was the venue as Athea and Mountcollins Minors travelled together by bus to contest this year’s West Minor A football final. Just before the throw in a minutes silence was observed for the late Dick Fitzgerald of the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare who passed away recently. A close game was expected and that’s the way it turned out to be as there was never more than a kick of a ball between the teams. Adare opened the scoring with a point but we soon equalized when James Ryan tapped over a free. Adare went ahead again with another point but we took the lead shortly afterwards when James Ryan blocked down an attempted clearance by the Adare goalkeeper and the ball ended up in the net. The opposition raised the white flag again but then we suffered a major blow when the talented James Ryan had to come off injured midway through the half. Adare scored a goal and a point to go three ahead and looked like opening a gap before half time but a super point by Padraic Walsh after great work by Cian Larkin closed the gap. Just before half time Padraic Walsh exchanged points with Adare to leave the half time score Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 1-03 Adare 1-05. In the second half Adare opened the scoring again with a point, but a free from Padraic Walsh brought the gap back to two points. A great move involving Mikie O’Mahony and Gavin O’ Reilly set up Brian O’ Connor who made no mistake firing the ball to the back of the Adare net to give us a one point lead. Kieran Harnett made a couple of fantastic saves at this stage but three unanswered points from Adare gave them a two point advantage going into the final stages of the match. A Padraic Walsh free reduced the lead but Adare scored a free of their own to restore their two point advantage. Padraic Walsh’s free taking was impeccable all through the match and once again he raised the white flag from thirty yards out. Adare score another two points with minutes remaining to stay three ahead. One final effort by the Athea/Mountcollins combination went agonizingly just wide of the post deep into injury time and when Seanie Harnett blew the final whistle the score line read Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 2-06 Adare 1-12. This was a gallant effort by this young team and it was a great achievement for both Athea and Mountcollins clubs that our minors have reached the West Minor A Final four years in a row. A big thank you to their coaches David O’ Connor, Donal Gleeson and Denis Greaney for looking after them all year, to Brigid Cahill for the physio and to Jacqueline O’Connor for organizing hot food, tea and light refreshments at the clubhouse in Athea afterwards. Team: Kieran Harnett, Daniel Brosnahan, Diarmuid Flanagan, Timmy Finnegan, Tommy Quaid, William Mullane (Capt.), Cian Larkin, Gavin O’Reilly, Mikie O’Mahony, Jack Denihan, Conor Moroney, Padraic Walsh, James Ryan, Padraig Collins, Brian O’Connor, Johnny Stack, Jason Kelly, Keith Murphy, Jason Dalton, Denny Buckley, Paul O’Mahony & John Lenihan.

Fixtures for October;

Friday October 24: U21:

Our U21 combination of Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play St. Johns in the first round of the premier championship on Friday night October 24. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Friday October 31: U21:

Our U21 combination of Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play the Black & Whites in the second round of the premier championship on Friday night October 24. Time and venue to be confirmed.

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.


The Club would like to offer it deepest sympathy to the Leach and O’Keeffe family on the recent passing of Michael (Mick) Leach. May he rest in peace.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Athea U8s travelled to Mick Neville Park recently and played three matches against Adare, Newcastle West and St. Senans. Athea boys and girls played very well in all three games, they passed and kicked some great scores.

They played as a team and their football skills are improving with every game. So well done to all it was a good blitz. Panel; Brid Hunt, Evan Curry, Aoife Sheahan, Callum Buckley, Jack Sexton, Tomás Ahern, Ailísa Ahern, Fionn Histon, James Hunt, Aisling Donavan, Jamie Collins & Niamh Ambrose.

Matches: Tuesday September 30: U10:

Our U10s played their final blitz of the year when they travelled to Mick Neville Park on Tuesday evening last. All the boys that togged out did extremely well on the night. They had a busy year and showed great improvement as the year went by. Team: James Broderick, Calum Gleeson, Daire O’Shea, Evan Curry, Fergal Pierse, Callum Buckley, James Lee, Conor Mullane, Gearoid O’Sullivan & Gavin Mulvihill.

Friday October 2: School Team:

The national school team played Broadford N.S. in the final league match on Friday last. After two wins we were brought back to earth in this game, losing by the crazy score line 12-6 to 8-3. Best for Athea were the outstanding Eoin Sheahan and Michael Tierney who scored four goals. We are still into the semi-final, but have no fixture yet. Team: Colin Broderick, Gavin Ambrose, Brandon Finucane, Eoin Sheahan, Pierce O’Brien, Michael Tierney, Andrew O’Riordan, Luke Gleeson, Eoin O’Shea, T.J. Hunt, Daire O’Shea, Danny Brady, Thomas McEnery, Aidan Curry, Jack Hunt, Dermot Pierse, Pauric Enright & Adam Byrne.
Sunday October 5:U12:

The U12 footballers played Gerald Griffins on Sunday last in Athea in an excellent game that swung from end to end, with the players making light work of the windy conditions. The teams were very evenly matched with the lead changing hands on several occasions. We led in the closing stages but a last minute goal gave Gerald Griffins the victory 3-6 to 2-7. Team: Evan Wallace, Gavin Ambrose, Danny Brady, Dermot Pierse, Eoin Sheahan, Thomas McEnery, Alex McEldowney, Jack Hunt, Luke Gleeson, Sarah O’Connor, Andrew O’Riordan, Pauric Enright and T.J. Hunt.

Parish League:

Weather pending our U10 parish league will take place this Friday evening in Páirc na nGael. Players to be at the field for 6pm. All players must have gumshields.