Athea GAA

Pitch Development:

Work has begun this week on our pitch and we are all looking forward to a top class football field next year.


Friday September 11:

West Minor A Football Semi-final:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Shannon Gaels in the West Minor A football semi-final this Friday evening September 11 in Abbeyfeale at 6.15pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday September 15:

County Minor 13 aside Football:

Athea will play Galtee Gaels in the semi-final of the County 13 aside Football Championship this Sunday September 13. Time and venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday September 15:

County Intermediate Football Championship Round 5:

Athea will play Oola in the final round of the County Intermediate Football Championship on Tuesday September 15 in Croagh at 6.30pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Guess the score:

Athea Coiste na nÓg will be running a “Guess the score” competition for this year’s All Ireland football final between Kerry and Dublin. Lines are €2 each and the winner receives €100. All proceeds go towards underage coaching in the club.


Under 16s:
The under 16s travelled to Coolyroe on Saturday morning last to take on Deel Rangers in a playoff to see who would get into the cup semi-final or the shield semi-final. The home side opened the scoring with two early points, but we were soon ahead when Liam McAuliffe converted a penalty. Deel rangers hit back with two points of their own and then we conceded two soft goals midway through the half. Points from David O’ Connor and Liam McAuliffe closed the gap, but the home side scored two more before the break to leave the half time score Athea 1-03, Deel Rangers 2-08. We were much improved in the second half and three pointed frees from the boot of Liam McAuliffe brought us back into the game. Deel Rangers scored two goals in quick succession to leave us with a mountain to climb. Our young team did not give up and only for three top class saves from the Deel Rangers goal keeper, Adam Flanagan we would have been back in contention in this match. We had further points from David O’ Connor, Sean Ryan and John Sexton and the final score read Athea 1-11, Deel Rangers 4-09. Best for Athea were Liam McAuliffe, Sean Ryan and Micheál Ambrose. We will now play Bruff in the shield semi-final this week. Time and venue to be confirmed. Team: David O’ Sullivan, Jack Gleeson, Shane Ambrose, Mark McAuliffe, Cillian Liston, Micheál Ambrose, Micheál Dalton, Sean Ryan, Alan Kelly, John Sexton, Andy Ahern, Jack Vaughan, Liam McAuliffe, Brian Sheahan, David O’ Connor. Subs: TJ White & Jack O’ Connor.


Saturday September 5:

U16 Shield Semi-final:

Athea will play Bruff this week in the Shield semi-final. Time and venue to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Underage Training:

A text will be sent out to all age groups during the week with regard to training as the development of our field has begun.

Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3 (Thur, September 3rd) 
Athea Utd   (0) 2    Daire O’Shea (pen), Callum Buckley

Askeaton    (1) 2   

Our under twelves played their first game of the season last Thursday evening at The Vales with Askeaton our opponents. This season the twelves games are nine a side and it took us awhile to adapt to this but once we did we played our full part in an exciting contest that ended two goals apiece. Askeaton started well but met a hard working Athea defence and behind them we had a very reliable keeper in Gavin Mulvihill and he made two good saves in the first half. At the other end the Askeaton keeper was busy too and made one good save to deny James Broderick as the striker chased onto a through ball. Shauna Sweeney then shot just over the bar following a Daire O’Shea corner on the left. But it was Askeaton that went in at the break a goal ahead.

The second half was dominated for the most part by Athea with Calum Gleeson, Gearoid O’Sullivan and Michael Walsh playing well in defence while Daire and Fergal Pierse were dominating midfield and ably supported by Killian O’Connor, Evin Curry and Callum Buckley. We had some good chances but the Askeaton keeper denied us on a few occasions. Eventually the pressure paid off and a handball saw us awarded a penalty which Daire converted. It was game on again. But within two minutes Askeaton were back in front with a penalty of their own but to their credit the Athea players kept pushing forward and went so very close when Daire struck the angle of bar and post. With time pushing on we kept going forward and won a free outside the area which Callum took and it ended in the net somehow. Shortly afterwards the referee sounded the final whistle and Athea had gotten the draw the richly deserved and it could have been a win had it not been for some fine goalkeeping by the Askeaton custodian.

Well done to all the players and we look forward to more of the same tonight when we play away to Mountcollins in our second game in the league.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Shauna Sweeney, Calum Gleeson, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Michael Walsh, James Lee, Daire O’Shea, Killian O’Connor, Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, James Broderick, Fergal Pierse, Rory O’Mahony, Donnchadh Barrett

Referee: Jim Molyneaux. 

Division 1 (Sun, September 6th) 
Rockhill Rvs (0) 0

Athea Utd      (3) 3  Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Steven McEnery

Last Sunday the juniors were away to Rockhill Rovers in our fourth game of the league and we returned home with the three points on offer with a three nil win over a very under strength home side. Our goal scorers were Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy and Steven McEnery.

Team: Gary Carroll, Padraig Horgan, Michael Reidy, Shane Mulvihill,  Jamie Collins, Steven McEnery, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin, Kevin Murphy.
Referee: Pat O’Connor

U16 Division 2 (Tue, September 1st) 
Athea Utd          (1) 2            Jason Dillon, John Sexton

Broadford Utd   (2) 5   

Team: Michael Dalton, Joseph Dalton, Seamus Leahy, David O’Connor, Ryan O’Connell, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell, Andy Ahern, Jason Dillon, Shane Dalton, Dylan Swift. Subs David O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Cathal O’Brien.
Referee: Jim Molyneaux. 

U14 Division 3 (Sat, September 5th) 
Kilcolman Rvs B  4

Athea Utd       5   Thomas McEnery, Eoin O’Shea, Pierse O’Brien, Michael Tierney, David McEnery

Referee: Jim Molyneaux.


Wednesday, September 9th –

U12s away to Mountcollins at 6.40pm.

Saturday, September 12th –

U12s home to AK Utd B at 3.45pm

U16s away to Pallaskenry at 11.30am. Leaving at 10.15am.

Sunday, September 13th –

Juniors home to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 2.30pm.

There is no change to the cost of club registration from the 2014-15 season so the fees for the upcoming 2015-16 season are as follows
U/8s, U/10s & U/12s €20 per player.
U/14s €25 per player.
U/16s €30 per player.
Youths €35 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, a family with an U/16 player and an U/12 the registration will be €40 while a family with a youths player and an U/14 player will be €45

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.


Training for the U8s will commence this Saturday morning on the astro pitch at The Vales at 11am. The U8s will be managed my Mike Flynn and James O’Mahony and the club would like to thank them for taking over the management duties with the U8s.

For players to play U8s they have to be born on or after January 1st 2008.

Registration is €20


Following on from our managers meeting last Wednesday night the following are the training times and these will remain in effect until further notice –

U8s Saturdays at 11am on the Astro Pitch.

U10s on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

U12s on Wednesdays  7pm to 8.15pm

U14s on Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm

U16s on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm.

Youths on Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8pm

Juniors on Fridays at 7.30pm


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 7th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €20,600. Numbers drawn 13, 25, 26, 29. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Sheila Hickey, Listowel. Angela McEnery, Hillside Drive. Ita Bourke, Newcastle West. John McEnery, Moyvane. Tom O’Keeffe, Upper Athea.

Sellers Agatha & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €20,700 at Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh on Monday, September 14th.