Athea GAA

County 13 Aside Football Final Replay:

Athea 1-08             Ballylanders 1-10

There was heartbreak for our Minors on Saturday morning last as they lost by two points to Ballylanders in the replay of the 13 aside County football final. Our gallant young team gave it their all in the maroon and white and you would be proud to be from Athea with the performances they put in over the two matches. We suffered a major blow just before the game as our inspirational Captain Jason Dalton cried off with injury and then we got off to the worst possible start when we found ourselves five points down after a couple of minutes of the throw in. Many a team would have thrown in the towel at this stage, but our boy’s response was excellent. Our half back line of Killian O’Donoghue, Tommy Quaid and Alan Kelly got to grips with their forwards and Micheál Ambrose started using his height and strength to good advantage, breaking the ball and throwing in some big hits around the middle of the park. Sean Ryan got Athea’s first score of the game when he pointed a free from forty yards out and five minutes later Brian O’Connor slipped the ball past the oncoming keeper for a super goal after great work by James Ryan. Great defensive play by TJ Doherty was rewarded when he laid the ball off to Jack Denihan; his pass found James Ryan who split the posts to level the match. The opposition scored two points of their own to go ahead again, but James Ryan pointed his own free after he had been fouled twenty yards from goal. Ballylanders pointed again but James Ryan was very accurate as he tapped over another free for Athea. Deep in injury time Ballylanders got the last point of the half to leave the score at the break Athea 1-04, Ballylanders 1-06.

It was all to play for in the second half and Padraic Walsh, who was having the game of his life, scored a super point off his left leg to narrow the gap to a single point. Ballylanders then hit a purple patch after ten minutes of the half and looked like running away with the match when they scored three unanswered points to lead by four. Our boys were having none of it and played as if their lives depended on it. Paul Mahony and TJ Doherty were well on top in the back line and Conor Fitzgerald was solid in goals. Brian O’Connor, Jason Kelly and Jack Denihan continued to be a threat to Ballylanders, Sean and James Ryan’s movement of the ball was causing all sorts of problems for their markers. A point each for Jason Kelly and Jack Denihan closed the gap to two and shortly after Sean Ryan’s goal bound shot was brilliantly saved by their keeper. Ballylanders went three ahead when they scored a point with six minutes left on the clock. Our boys dug deep again and James Ryan tapped over a free to set up a grand stand finish. We tried hard, we tried very hard to find a winner but it wasn’t to be and at the final whistle the score board read Athea 1-08, Ballylanders 1-10.

It was disappointment all round but the large crowd of Athea supporters who had travelled to Ballyagran applauded our fine young team as they made their way back to the dressing room. This fine bunch of lads are a credit to our club and their families, the commitment, discipline and respect they have shown is second to none. The mentors David O’Connor, Denis Greaney and William Mullane were delighted with their team’s performances throughout the whole year. A well-deserved meal was enjoyed by all afterwards at the Top of the Town bar and we would like to thank Coleen and Matt for their wonderful service. The Club would also like to thank the parents for all the times they travelled and supported this team all over the County. Team: Conor Fitzgerald, Paul Mahony, TJ Doherty, Alan Kelly, Tommy Quaid, Killian O’Donoghue, Micheál Ambrose, Padraic Walsh, Sean Ryan, Jack Denihan, Jason Kelly, Brian O’Connor, James Ryan. Subs: Jason Dalton, William Sexton, Padraig O’Sullivan, Jack Vaughan, Ronan Hayes & Brian Sheahan.

Club Draw:

Our fifth Club draw took place on Saturday Night last in Collins’ Bar. The following are the winners.

€500- Catherine O’ Connor, Templeathea, Athea.

€250- Denis & Mary Mullane, Hill View, Lower Athea.

€150- Limerick Bord na nÓg, C/O Breda Breen, Newcastlewest.

€150- Lal Browne, Gortnagross, Athea.

€150- Noreen Cunningham, Direen, Athea.

€150- Tommy Hogan, Templeathea, Athea.

Thank you to all those who have supported our Club draw this year and to all our ticket sellers.


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.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Underage Training:

U6 & U8s:

A text will be sent out with regard to training.

Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3

Athea Utd        0

Ferry Rangers  0

The top two met at The Vales on Saturday and as expected there was nothing to separate the two teams. Ferry had the strong breeze in the first half but couldnt break down a solid home defence who worked very hard. The second half we saw more of the ball from an attacking sense but didnt have that many chances. Ferry had a good chance at the end but a great defensive clearance from Michael Walsh prevented a certain goal. We still remain unbeaten from our six games so well done everybody.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Shauna Sweeney, Calum Gleeson, 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.

Division 1 League

Pallaskenry  (0) 1

Athea Utd    (2) 2   Dylan Griffin (2)

After the loss at home to Breska a few weeks ago the juniors bounced back to gar a hard fought two one win away to Pallaskenry on Sunday afternoon. We were two up at half time, both goals scored by in form Dylan Griffin bring his total to five in his last two games. Twenty minutes into the second half the home side got one back but Athea dug deep to earn a win that sees us go second in the table and just a point behind the league leaders Carrig Celtic.

Next up for the juniors is a game away to Premier Division side Glin Rovers in the Munster Junior on Sunday morning.

Team: Pa Ahern, Michael Reidy, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Steven McEnery, Ger Collins, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Sub Mark Horgan.

Referee: Ger O’Connor.


Saturday, October 31st –

U10s away to Killeaney at 11.30am

U10s home to Newcastle West B at 12.45pm

Youths home to Shannonside at 2.30pm.

Sunday, November 1st –

Juniors away to Glin Rovers in the Munster Junior at 11.30am.


Training for the U8s continues every Saturday morning in The Hall from 11.30am to 12.30pm. We will have a registration day this coming Saturday and the registration for each player is €20 so can parents bring a copy of their birth certs to training this Saturday. The U8s are managed by Mike Flynn and James O’Mahony and for players to play U8s they have to be born on or after January 1st 2008. .


U16 Cup
First Round Athea Utd v Askeaton
Q/Final Creeves Cel v Athea Utd / Askeaton

U14 Cup
First Round Athea Utd v Shountrade
Second Round Newcastle West A v Athea Utd / Shountrade

U12 Cup
First Round a bye
Second Round Athea Utd v Killeaney / GB Rovers

Q/Final Athea Utd / Killeaney / GB Rovers v Mountcollins /  Granagh Utd

Reidy Cup
Second Round Athea Utd v Rathkeale B


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 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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 this weekend we had week three where we had 48 people being eliminated thus leaving 30 still standing and still in contention.

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.


If there any persons who would be willing to help out the club by selling tickets for our weekly lottery draw they can contact Pa Walsh, Tim O’Riordan, Clare Ryan, Pat Hayes or any of the committee. This weeks jackpot is €22,200


We will have the results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 26th in next weeks edition of The Parish News.