Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3 (Sat, October 10th)
Athea Utd (3) 4  

Fergal Pierse, James Broderick, Callum Buckley, Daire O’Shea

Broadford Utd B (1) 1

Our twelves remain unbeaten in the league after winning four one against Broadford Utd B at The Vales last Saturday afternoon. We were ahead inside three minutes when Fergal Pierse reacted quickest to drill the ball to the net after a Callum Buckley corner from the right. Ten minutes later we added a second and again it came from a corner, this time from the left which Daire O’Shea took and was volleyed to the net at the back post by James Broderick. Broadford were by no means out of it and our defence had to be on their toes. Two minutes from half time we stretched our advantage. Daire O’Shea had a great strike tipped over the by the keeper and from the resultant corner the ball was played out to Callum Buckley to strike a beauty into the top right corner. Half time 3-0.

The second half was more open and Broadford got one back early in the half. But we were soon back on track with a cracker of a goal by Daire O’Shea but despite more chances from both sides were no further goals.

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

U16 Division 2 (Sat, October 10th)
Askeaton  (2) 4  

Athea Utd (2) 2  Jason Dillon, Ryan O’Connell

Team: David O’Sullivan, Liam Henderson, Mark Cregan, Seamus Leahy, Michael Dalton, Joseph Dalton, Micah O’Connell, Ryan O’Connell, John Sexton, Jason Dillon, Andy Ahern. Subs Cathal O’Brien, Cathal Brosnahan, Dillon Swift.

Referee: Liam O’Connor.


Saturday, October 17th –

U10s away to Newcastle West Rovers at 11.30am.

U14s home to Shountrade at 12.45pm.

Youths home to Pallaskenry at 2.30pm.

Sunday, October 18th –

Juniors home to Pallaskenry at 3.30pm.


Training for the U8s continues every Saturday morning in The Hall 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. For the registration day we will need copies of players birth certs.


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 and the weekend before last we had week one with 154 entries and after week one 85 have progressed with 69 eliminated. Following the weekends International break we resume with week two this coming weekend.

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 very best of luck to everybody taking in the competition.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 12th at Brown Joe’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €21,100. Numbers drawn 4, 9,10, 24.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following –  Nancy Daly, Ardagh. Ita Bourke, Newcastle West. Alice Leahy c/o Kostal. Larry Ward, Carrigkerry. John McEnery, Moyvane.

Sellers  Agatha & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €21,200 at Batt’s Bar on Monday, October 19th

Athea GAA

County 13 aside Football Final:

All roads lead to Ballyagran this Sunday morning as our Minor 13 aside team take on Ballylanders in the County final at 11am. This young team has lost only one match this year, that was to Ballylanders in Páirc na nGael early in the year and we are now hoping that they can turn the tables and bring back more silverware to Gale side. Best of luck to the team and Management from all in the club.

Strictly Come Dancing:

Limerick Bord na nÓg are proud to present Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday October 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 County vice Chairperson Liam O’ Sullivan. There is music and a bar exemption after the show till late. There will is 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.


The U21 premier football championship is just around the corner and we are hoping that Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will go one step further this year and be crowned County Champions. There are sixteen teams taking part and our boys will play Deel Rangers, Newcastle West and St. Patrick’s in their group with the top two teams qualifying for the quarter finals. Fixtures to be confirmed in the coming weeks.


Sunday October 18:

County 13 aside Football Final:

Athea will play Ballylanders in the final of the 13 aside football championship this Sunday October 18 in Ballyagran at 11am. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Our U13’s played four matches recently in the league. Having lost to Croom and St. Senans in the first two games, they put up a great battle against Dromcollogher/Broadford only to lose out by a couple of points at the final whistle. In their final game against Granagh/Ballingarry our boys played their best football of the year. Great team play and a hundred percent commitment ensured a great win for this team. A Colin Broderick goal and a Luke Gleeson point had us ahead at half-time by three points. The home side equalized after the break, but a great point from Michael Tierney gave us the lead again. Aidan Curry was next on the score sheet when he blasted the ball to the back of the net and points from Andrew O’ Riordan and Danny Brady increased our lead. Granagh/Ballingarry came back and narrowed the gap to two points, but Alex McEldowney and Thomas McEnery were playing out of their skins and a great point in the final minutes from the boot of Danny Brady ensured victory with the final score reading Athea 2-05, Granagh/Ballingarry 2-02. Panel: Evan Wallace, Eoin Sheahan, Thomas McEnery, Gavin Ambrose, Jack Hunt, Michael Tierney, Eoin O’ Shea, Alex McEldowney, Andrew O’Riordan, Luke Gleeson, Aidan Curry, Colin Broderick, Pauric Enright, Dermot Pierse, Pierce O’ Brien, Brandon Finucane, Padraig McMahon, Adam Byrne, TJ Hunt, Danny Brady & Daire O’ Shea.


Friday October 16:

Shield County Final:U16:

Athea U16s will play Ahane in the Shield County Final this Friday evening October 16 in Mick Neville Park. Cars leaving the village at 4.45pm. All players must have gum shields. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Underage Training:U6:

Underage football training for U6s will continue in the hall this Friday evening October 9. The U6s will train from 6.15pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €2 per child. All players must have gum shields. We are looking for parents to get involved with our under 6 and under 8 teams, if you are interested in helping out in anyway please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091.


There is no U8 training this Friday evening.


The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Wallace Family, Coole West on the passing of William Wallace, Ballinlough, Kilteely. May he rest in peace.