Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3 (Sat, September 26th)
Abbeyfeale Utd B (0) 1

Athea Utd              (0) 2    James Broderick, James Lee

We were away to Abbeyfeale Utd B last Saturday morning in our fourth game of the season and we knew this would be a tough game as we were missing a number of players through illness. However the players that were there worked very hard and overall deserved to take the three points. We had a lot of the ball in the first half and had a few chances but at half time the sides couldn’t be separated.

Early in the second half we made the breakthrough when the pacy James Broderick beat the offside trap and finished well. Our defence was solid for the majority of the game with keeper Killian O’Connor having little to in the game. With eight minutes left Abbeyfeale equalized to leave the game finely balanced. Despite not having an under strength panel the boys dug deep again and were beginning to carve out a few more openings and from one of these we created a last minute winner. James Lee the player who got through their defence in the last minute and keeping his composure  slotted the ball into the bottom corner for his first goal for the blue and white of Athea Utd..

Team: Killian O’Connor, Calum Gleeson, Michael Walsh, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Evin Curry, Daire O’Shea, Callum Buckley, James Broderick, James Lee.

Munster Youths Cup (Sat, September 26th)
Athea Utd       (0) 1    Milan Williams     

NCW Rovers  (4) 6

Team: Timothy Tierney, Jack Vaughan, Cillian Liston, Michael Dalton, Evan Woulfe, JJ Sheehy, John Sexton, Shane Dalton, Shea Leahy, Milan Williams, Adam Riordan. Subs William McEnery, Liam McAuliffe, Michael Ambrose.

Referee Pat King


Saturday, October 3rd –

U10s home to GB Rovers at 11.30am.

U14s away to Abbeyfeale Utd B at 1pm.

U17s home to Rathkeale in the FAI U17s Cup at 2pm

Sunday, October 4th –

Juniors home to Breska Rovers 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 this coming weekend, Saturday/Sunday October 3rd/4th. The LMS cards should be completed by now and returned to 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 part in the competition.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, September 28th at Donie’s as follows –
Jackpot was €20,900. Numbers drawn 4, 5, 19, 25.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Betty Gaire, Duagh. Catherine O’Connor, Currow. Shane Hughes, Moyvane. Dylan O’Shea, Glin. Willie O’Connor, Killarney.

Sellers Margaret Dalton & Kevin O’Keeffe.
New jackpot €21,000 at White’s Bar on Monday, October 5th

Athea GAA


County Intermediate Quarter Final:

Athea 1-10         St. Senans 3-16

Athea’s run in this year’s Intermediate Championship came to an end on Saturday evening last in Newcastle West as St. Senans turned on the style in the second half to run out easy winners on the day. We started brightly and opened the scoring when Shane Mulvihill scored a free after Pat Ahern had been fouled. The sides were level shortly afterwards, but a great move ended with Mark O’ Connor splitting the posts with a great point. We enjoyed a lot of possession but found it hard to score. The opposition tapped over two points, but another pointed free from the boot of Shane Mulvihill leveled matters again. A point by Gerard Ahern edged us in front, but St. Senans hit a purple patch scoring a goal and two points to take the lead. It could have been more, but a brilliant save by Jonathan Fitzgerald denied them a certain goal. Kevin Murphy scored a point just before half time to leave the score at the break, Athea 0-06, St. Senans 1-06. We started the second half brightly and Kevin Murphy scored a wonderful point to close the gap. St. Senans were then awarded a penalty which they converted and three more unanswered points gave them a commanding lead. We kept trying, James Ryan had his low shot brilliantly saved by the keeper, points from Mark O’ Connor, Shane Mulvihill and Neilus Hunt were added to by a Kevin Murphy goal, but it was all too late and St. Senans won on a score line of Athea 1-10, St. Senans 3-16. A big thank you to all our supporter who travelled to cheer on our boys. Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Michael Reidy, Ger Collins, Matthew Tierney, Dylan Griffin, Denis Greaney, Shane Mulvihill (0-4), Neilus Hunt (0-1), Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Mark Reidy, Mark O’Connor (0-2), Kevin Murphy (1-2), Patrick Ahern, Gerard Ahern (0-1). Subs: Padraig Reidy (Michael Reidy), James Ryan (Mark Reidy) Shane Tierney (Matthew Tierney), Pa Chawke (Pat Ahern), Raymond Brouder (Dylan Griffin), Kieran Harnett, Eoin McCarthy, Philip Collins, Pa Kiely, Dan McMahon, Padraic Walsh, Steven McEnery, Brian Ahern, Tom Collins, Neilo Keane, John Cotter, Jason Dalton, Martin Chawke & Sean Ahern.


The Club would like to offer its sympathy to the O’Connor family, Markievick Park on the passing of Bridget. May she rest in peace.

Club Draw:

Our Club draw was held in Dick White’s Bar on Saturday night last and the following were the winners.

€500- The O’Shea Family, Templeathea, Athea.

€250- Patrick & Mairead Langan, Glenagragra, Athea.

€150- Jim & Mary Ahern, Coole House, Athea.

€150- Maurice Horgan, The Village, Athea.

€150- Mike, Liz & Jamie Flynn, Templeathea, Athea.

€150- Jim McMahon, Upper Athea, Athea.

Thank you to all those who have supported our Club Draw and to all our ticket sellers.

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 nights 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 Oct 3:

West Intermediate Football Final:

Athea will Play Mountcollins in the final of the West Intermediate football championship this Saturday October 3 in the Bog Garden Rathkeale, time to be confirmed. All support would be greatly appreciated

Sunday October 4:

County 13 aside Football Semi-Final:

Athea will play Galtee Gales in the Semi-final of the 13 aside football championship this Sunday October 4 in Croom at 12 noon. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Matches: U13:

Our U13s made the long journey to Croom to take on the locals in the first round of the league. Our boys tried hard but it was the home side that ran out winners on the night. Team: Colin Broderick, Eoin Sheahan, Gavin Ambrose, Brandon Finucane, Jack Hunt, Michael Tierney, Danny Brady, Alex McEldowney, Aidan Curry, Eoin O’Shea, Thomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, Andrew O’Riordan, Evan Wallace, Pauric Enright, Subs: Padraig McMahon, Pierce O’Brien, TJ Hunt, Dermot Pierse, Adam Byrne & Daire O’Shea.


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.

Thursday October 1:U10:

Athea U10s will play St. Kierans away this Thursday evening October 1 on Coolcappa. Cars leaving the village at 5.30pm. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Friday October 2: U8s:

Our U8s have a football tournament this Friday evening October 2 in Coolyroe. Cars leaving the village at 5.30pm. All players must have gum shields

Monday October 5: U13:

Athea U13s will play Dromcollogher/Broadford in Templeglantine on Monday evening October 5. Cars leaving the village at 5.30pm. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday October 7: U13:

Athea U13s will play Granagh/Ballingarry away on Wednesday evening October 7. 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.