Athea United Soccer

Munster Jun Cup (Sun, September 20th)
Askeaton      (0) 1      Athea Utd B (4) 4

Darren Murphy, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Murphy (2)

We were away to Askeaton last Sunday morning in the first round of this seasons Munster Junior Cup and came away with a deserved four one win. The previous week we picked up a few injuries against Abbeyfeale Utd B and combined with other players being unavailable we had five changes against Askeaton but still had a strong starting eleven.

We took the game to the home side from the off with the pace of our forwards causing early problems for the home defence. After a few chances we went in front with a rare headed goal by striker Darren Murphy after a pin point diagonal cross from right back Podge Horgan. Indeed the defender was linking up very well with his midfield with a lot of our attacking play coming down the right flank. We forced a number of corners and their keeper too making good saves before our pressure yielded a second goal. Last week Shane Mulvihill saw a free kick parried before we scored from the rebound, this time the keeper got no where near the ball as his free kick from twenty five yards saw the ball nestle inside the left post. We continued to press forward and made it three when Kevin Murphy went down the left before skipping a tackle and played a one two with brother Darren before placing the ball past the keeper. Three minutes from half time it was four nil when an astute cross from the left by Steven McEnery picked out Kevin who controlled the ball before turning a defender and slotting the ball low past the keeper.

The first half trend continued in the second half with Athea on the front foot and a combination of misses and great goalkeeping ensured we didn’t add to our tally. Mulvihill went in goal for the second half and certainly didn’t do much wrong, indeed he even saved an Askeaton penalty on sixty eight minutes. But he was helpless to prevent Askeaton getting on the score board on eighty minutes when a cracking half volley from the right edge of the area whizzed inside the left post. In the intervening time until the final whistle we had more chances, Darren twice being inches away from adding to his tally while he was also denied by a brilliant save from the keeper. Full time 4-1.

Team: Gary Carroll, Podge Horgan, Jamie Collins, Mathew Tierney, Martin Chawke, Steven McEnery, Shane Mulvihill, Ger Collins, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Mark Horgan. Subs William Cronin, Dan McMahon.
Referee: Paul O’Brien.

U14 Division 3 (Sat, September 19th)
Athea Utd     (2) 6       Paric Enright, Eoin O’Shea, Tomas McEnery
, David McEnery (2), Daire O’Shea (pen).

Kildimo Utd  (1) 1

At The Vales last Saturday morning our U14s played their first home game of the campaign and they made it back to back wins with victory over Kildimo Utd. The first half was very even and indeed we had to recover from an early goal to lead two one at half time. Paric Enright it was who fired home the equalizer before we took the lead just before half time when a sliced clearance from a defender broke to Eoin O’Shea and his finish was unerring.

The early stages of the second half were even but gradually we began to get on top and ten minutes into the half Tomas McEnery got on to  through ball before placing the ball wide of the keeper. David McEnery showed great close control to fire home from ten yards before Daire O’Shea converted from the penalty spot after he himself was fouled. Near the end David got his second of the game with an angled finish to the roof of the net. Full time 6-1.

Team: Tomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Michael Tierney, Andrew O’Riordan, Daire O’Shea, Pierce O’Brien, Eoin O’Shea, TJ Hunt, Dermot Pierse, Paric Enright, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane,  Gavin Ambrose, Jack Hunt, David McEnery, Shane Scanlon. Referee: Pat King.


Saturday, September 26th –

U12s away to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 11.30am.

Youths home to Newcastle West Rvs in Munster Youths Cup at 2.30pm


Training for the U8s has commenced and 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 The Top of the Town are as follows –
Jackpot was €20,800. Numbers drawn 6, 9, 12, 32.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Paddy Brosnan, Athea. Gearoid Nelligan, Moyvane. Bernie O’Flynn,  Ardagh. Aeneas Forde, Templeglantine, Pa Walsh, Athea.

Sellers Margaret Dalton & Mike Buckley.
New Jackpot €20,900 at Donie’s Bar on Monday, September 28th.

Athea GAA


Athea 1-06         Oola 2-08

Athea played Oola in the final round of the Intermediate Championship in Mick Neville Park on Tuesday evening last. With both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages, it was positional places that were up for grabs. Oola were quick out of the blocks and were a point up after two minutes of play. Athea settled and two pointed frees from Shane Mulvihill gave us a narrow advantage. The sides were level shortly afterwards when Oola rose the white flag, but a great move involving Pa Chawke and Jamie Collins ended with Patrick Ahern firing to the back of the Oola net. We took our foot of the pedal and Oola dominated the rest of the half scoring a goal and four points to go in at the break four points ahead, Athea 1-02, Oola 1-06. Shane Mulvihill pointed a free at the start of the second half to close the gap, but Oola responded quickly when they scored a goal and a point to go seven points ahead. We tried hard to break down a well-organized Oola defense and three points from the boot of Shane Mulvihill closed the gap to four points, but time ran out and a late point for the opposition left the full time score Athea 1-06, Oola 2-08. We now play St. Senans in the Quarter Final this weekend and we are calling upon all supporters of the Maroon and white to travel to Newcastle West to cheer on our boys. Team: Sean Ahern, Michael Reidy, Denis Greaney, Matthew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Gerard Collins, Shane Mulvihill (0-6), Jonathan Fitzgerald, Pa Chawke, Jamie Collins, Gerard Ahern, Neilus Hunt, Darren Murphy, Patrick Ahern (1-0), Kevin Murphy. Subs: Dylan Griffin, Mark O’Connor, Philip Collins, Pa Kiely, Dan McMahon, Padraic Walsh, Steven McEnery, Eoin McCarthy, Brian Ahern, James Ryan, Raymond Brouder, Tom Collins.

Club Draw:

Our next Club draw will be held in Dick White’s Bar this Saturday night September 26.

Strictly Come Dancing:

Limerick Bord na nÓg are proud to present Strictly Come Dancing on October the 17th in Patrickswell Racecourse. Our very own Jacqueline O’Connor is taking part and her dance partner on the night is Limerick Senior footballer Danny Neville. Her daughter Sarah will also be dancing on what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. MC’s on the night are Brid McNamara PRO Clare Camogie and Liam Ahern of 95FM. Judging are Anthony Daly, Miss Limerick 2015 Nollaig Malone, Siobhan Cronin Walsh, Newcastle West and our own County Vice Chairperson Liam O’Sullivan. There is music and a bar exemption after the show till late. There will be a bus organized on the night for those who wish to support our dancers. Contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 or David on 087-6019317 for further details.


Saturday September 26:

County Intermediate Football Quarter-Final:

Athea will Play St. Senans in the quarter final of the Intermediate football championship this Saturday September 26 in Newcastle West, time to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Guess the score:

The joint winners of the Athea Coiste na nÓg “Guess the score” competition were Mossie Ahern, Garrygloss and Shauna Sweeney, Dirreen. Many thanks to all who supported our fundraiser it is greatly appreciated by the Club.


Friday September 25: U8s:

Our U8s have a football blitz this Friday evening September 19 in Mick Neville Park. Cars leaving the village at 5.30pm. All players must have gum shields.

Monday September 28: U13:

Athea U13s will play Croom away on Wednesday evening September 28. Cars leaving the village at 5pm. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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.