Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3 (Wed, September 9th)
Mountcollins (0) 2   Athea Utd      (5) 7   Evan Curry (3), James Broderick (2),  Rory O’Mahony, Fergal Pierse.

We had our first away game last Wednesday night against Mountcollins and after the performance against Askeaton we were looking for more of the same. We had a great first half and led five nil at the break with Evin Curry scoring a hat trick while we also had goals from James Broderick and Rory O’Mahony. All the players got plenty playing time an in the long run this will benefit the players. In the second half we had a goal from Fergal Pierse while James got his second of the game before Mountcollins then scored two goals near the end. Athea played some nice soccer and this bodes well for the season ahead.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Shauna Sweeney, Calum Gleeson, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Michael Walsh, James Lee, Daire O’Shea, Callum Buckley, Evan Curry, James Broderick, Fergal Pierse, Rory O’Mahony. Referee: Eoin Barrett

U12 Division 3 (Mon, September 14th)
Athea Utd   (2) 4   Daire O’Shea (2), Evin Curry, Killian O’Connor.
          AK Utd B   (0) 0

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

Division 1 (Sun, September 13th)
Athea Utd   (2) 4    Padraig Reidy, Darren Murphy (pen) Ger Collins, Dylan Griffin.   Abbeyfeale Utd B (2)

Last Sunday the juniors were at home to Abbeyfeale Utd B in an afternoon kick off at The Vales and we were eager to maintain our unbeaten home record. It looked like we were on our way to achieving this when we were awarded a penalty after only six minutes but Gerard Ahern shot wide of the left post. Six minutes later we were behind when a high looping cross from the right was headed to the net at the back post. Another six minutes later the away side doubled their lead when their left winger came in from the left and pulled the ball back for their midfielder to place the ball inside the right post. So instead of being a goal up we were two down. On the half hour mark we were back in the game when an Ahern free kick was headed to the net by centre half Padraig Reidy and it was game on again. Having said this Abbeyfeale were very attack minded and good defending from our defence was vital especially in the very wet weather conditions. Three minutes from half time we had the chance to pull level when we were awarded another penalty when Kevin Murphy was fouled just inside the area and on this occasion brother Darren took the spot kick and put us level and this is how it stood at half time.

The second half was very open and this suited us as we played much better in the second forty five minutes. A lot of our good play in the second half came down the left flank with Kevin Murphy giving the full back plenty to think about and was linking very well with Dylan Griffin and Darren while Ger Collins was getting through a hugh amount of work in the middle of the park and was winning most of the aerial duels. Abbeyfeale were still in the game and like the first half we had to battle hard in defence where Shane Mulvihill, the two Reidys Padraig and Mike as well as Mathew Tierney were getting limbs on the line. With fifteen minutes to go we had a great chance to go in front when Griffin was played through by Murphy but the keeper made a great save. Five minutes later we did et in front when an Ahern free kick near the left touchline was met by Collins and his powerful header found the top right corner.  Abbeyfeale pressed for the equalized but couldn’t breach the Athea defence. In the last minute Griffin did get on the scoreboard when he reacted quickest when the keeper could only parry Mulvihills well struck free kick. Full time 4-2.

Team: John Cotter, Michael Reidy, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill,   Steven McEnery, Gerard Ahern, Ger Collins, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Sub Peter O’Connor.  Referee: John Roche.

U16 Division 2 (Sat, September 12th)
Pallaskenry (1) 1        Athea Utd   (2) 2      Jason Dillon (2)

After the home loss to Broadford Utd our sixteens were on the road last Saturday morning with an away game with Pallaskenry. We fell behind on fifteen minutes but rallied with two goals from Jason Dillon to lead at half time. The second half we had to battle to preserve our advantage and  a hard working performance ensured we came home with the three points against a well organised home side.

Team: David O’Sullivan, Joseph Dalton, David O’Connor, Michael Dalton, Seamus Leahy, Andy Ahern, Ryan O’Connell, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell, Jason Dillon, Cathal O’Brien, Dylan Swift, Jack O’Connor, Cathal Brosnan, TJ McAuliffe, Liam Henderson, Mark Cregan
Referee: Liam O’Connor.


Saturday, September 19th –

U10s away to Kilcolman Rvs at 2pm.

U14s home to Kildimo Utd at 11.30am

Sunday, September 20th –

Juniors away to Askeaton in Munster Junior at 10.30am.

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 has commenced but from this Saturday onwards training will be in The Hall and will be from 11.30am to 12.30pm. We will have a registration day in a few weeks with registration for each player €20. The U8s will be managed my Mike Flynn and James O’Mahony and for players to play U8s they have to be born on or after January 1st 2008.


The following are the training times and these will remain in effect until further notice –

U8s on Saturdays 11.30am to 12.30pm in The Hall.

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


Athea Utd are again running the very popular Last Man Standing Competition for the coming season. Currently we are distributing the LMS cards for the first series of games which begins on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday October 3rd/4th. LMS cards are available from any junior player or any of the committee.

The Top of the Town 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.

The opening Last Man Standing fixtures are as follows –

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Aston Villa v Stoke City

Bournemouth v Watford

Man City v Newcastle Utd

Norwich City v Leicester City

Sunderland v West Ham Utd

Chelsea v Southampton

Everton v Liverpool

Arsenal v Man Utd

Swansea v Tottenham

The very best of luck to everybody taking in the competition.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 14th at Peadar’s Bar, Ardagh are as follows –
Jackpot was €20,700. Numbers drawn  3, 14, 18, 19.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Mattie Histon, Athea. Helen Brown, Athea. Con Lynch, Moyvane. Addi Dillon, Ardagh. Paudie Mullane, Knocknagorna.

Sellers Declan Barrett & Agatha
New Jackpot €20,800 at The Top of the Town on Monday, September 21st.

Athea G.A.A.


Sunday September 20:

West Minor A Football Semi-final:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Gael na Sionna in the West Minor A football semi-final this Sunday morning September 20 in Quaid Park (Coolyroe) at 12 noon. 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.

Matches:Under 16s:

Athea 1-06  Bruff 0-05
Our under 16s travelled to Templeglantine on a wet Sunday morning last to take on Bruff in the County shield semi-final. Before the throw in there was a minutes silence for the late Mary Liston of Coole West, who passed away during the week. The wet slippery conditions made it difficult for both teams to play football and scores were hard to come by and it was Sean Ryan who got the first score of the game after ten minutes, when he scored a great free from a difficult angle. Bruff threatened a few times, but our backs were well on top with Alan Kelly having a brilliant game at full back. Sean Ryan increased our lead when he scored a forty five, but shortly after Bruff got their first score of the game when they scored a point. Micheál Ambrose scored a great point after great work by Liam McAuliffe and Sean Ryan got his third point of the day to give us a four point lead. The opposition finished the half the stronger and scored two points to leave the half time score Athea 0-04, Bruff 0-03. It was all to play for in the second half, but it was Bruff who came out fighting and levelled matters with a well taken point after five minutes. They took the lead ten minutes later when they raised the white flag and looked like pulling away. With a place in a county final at stake our boys upped it a gear and were rewarded when Liam McAuliffe scored a great goal after great work by Micheál Ambrose. Andy Ahern tapped over from close range to increase our lead and Sean Ryan capped of a fine performance when he scored a great point with his left foot after a surging run up the middle. Bruff tried hard to come back into the game, but super defending by Jack Gleeson and Mark McAuliffe kept them at bay.  Time ran out and it is our boys heading into the county final with the full time score reading Athea 1-06, Bruff 0-05. The Final will be in October, date, time and venue to be confirmed. We would like to thank Templeglantine GAA Club for the use of their pitch and facilities. Team: David O’Sullivan, Jack Gleeson, Alan Kelly, Mark McAuliffe, Liam McAuliffe, Shane Ambrose, Micheál Dalton, Sean Ryan, Micheál Ambrose, John Sexton, Andy Ahern, Jack Vaughan, Jack O’Connor, Jason Dillon, David O’Connor. Subs: TJ White & Brian Sheahan.


Saturday September 19: U10:

Our U10s have a football blitz this Saturday morning September 19 in Mick Neville Park. Cars leaving the village at 9.45am. All players must have gum shields.

Wednesday September 30: U13:

Athea U13s will play St.Senans away on Wednesday evening September 30. Cars leaving the village at 5.15pm. All players must have gum shields. 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.


The Club would like to offer its deepest sympathy to the Liston Family, Coole West on the recent passing of Mary Liston. May she rest in peace.