Athea United Soccer

U14 Cup

Athea Utd  (1) 3  Tomas McEnery, Andrew O’Riordan, own goal.       Shountrade (1) 2 

The fourteens advanced to the second round of the cup after a narrow win at home to Shountrade last Saturday morning. Two weeks previous we played the same opposition in the league and just emerged on top by two goals to one and this cup tie was just as close. The first half was even enough before we took the lead five minutes from the interval when Tomas McEnery got on to a through ball and raced clear before smashing the ball inside the right post. We should have held this lead till the interval but a loose clearance gave their winger space and he ran into the area and placed the ball inside the far post.

The second half was just six minutes old when we went back in front. A corner from the left by Eoin O’Shea bounced in the box and Andrew O’Riordan reacted quickest to head the ball inside the right post despite the best attempts of the keeper. Like the end of the first half Shountrade didn’t take long before they were level for a second time, a corner from their right being put into his own net by an Athea defender. It was all to play for again but at times we were making things hard for ourselves when a bit more composure on the ball was called for. It wasn’t too surprising then that when the winning goal came it was a scrappy own goal, a Shountrade defender putting the ball past his keeper from an O’Shea corner. Full time 3-2.

Team: Colin Broderick, Eoin Sheahan, Brandon Finucane, Gavin Ambrose, Andrew O’Riordan, Michael Tierney, TJ Hunt, Eoin O’Shea, Jack Hunt, Paric Enright, Tomas McEnery, Luke Gleeson, David McEnery.

Munster Jun Cup

Glin Rvs     (1) 3

Athea Utd   (1) 2   Padraig Reidy, Ger Collins

Last Sunday morning we made the short trip to play Glin Rovers in the Munster Junior Cup and after a close game it was the home side that just came out on top. The game was compelling and competitive with good passages of football from both sides with the outcome in doubt until the last minute.

We fired the first salvo with a Ger Ahern effort that took a deflection off a defender which took the ball inches away from the right post. Then Glin attacked down their left and it required a good covering block by Padraig Reidy to concede only a corner. On twelve minutes the home side went in front when a cross from the left wasn’t fully cleared and a Glin player chipped the ball over keeper Martin Chawke and two defenders. Glin were on top now for the next ten minutes or so but couldn’t breach the Athea defence and gradually we came back into the game with Jamie Collins on the left wing and Kevin Murphy on the right taking on the home defence at every opportunity. A swift Athea move involving Ahern, Darren Murphy and Dylan Griffin saw the latter shoot inches wide from the edge of the area. Not long afterwards we were level when a corner on the left by Ahern wasn’t cleared and Reidy reacted quickest to fire low to the net. Both sides had chances between then and half time but at the interval it remained tied at one apiece.

The second half wasn’t long old when Glin regained the lead when a cross from the right went past the far post before being returned across goal for an inrushing player to head the ball to the net. Within ten minutes of the restart we found ourselves further in front and it all to do as their striker finished well to the bottom corner to make it three one. The next few minutes saw our play become somewhat ragged as Glin looked for more goals. The last twenty five minutes or so saw us come right back into contention as we started to dominate and created a few half chances before Ger Collins got our second after a Shane Mulvihill free kick wasn’t dealt with.  Between then and the end the Glin keeper kept his side in front with four quality saves, two with his feet akin to those saves made by David De Gea as well as turning Mulvihill’s goal bound free kick around his right hand post. The three subs used all made contributions as we pushed forward in search of the equalizer, the trickery of James Ryan making things hard for the home defence to contain at times. At the other end Chawke turned a Glin free kick around his left hand post which was  the nearest Glin came to extending their lead.

Full time 3-2 and Glin advance to the third round after a real good game of football and for Athea its time to refocus on the league campaign ahead.

Team: Martin Chawke, Michael Reidy, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Kevin Murphy, Ger Collins, Gerard Ahern, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, Dylan Griffin. Subs James Ryan, Padraig Horgan, Mark Horgan. Referee: Paul O’Brien.

Youths Division 2
Athea Utd     (3) 3  James Ryan (2), Liam McAuliffe
Shannonside (2) 2

We were at home to Shannonside last Saturday afternoon and looking to regroup after the defeat in the previous game against Pallaskenry. We had already beaten our opponents comfortably earlier in the season but on that day they were very under strength so we expected a much closer encounter . We weren’t disappointed as twice Shannonside took the lead only for us to peg them back on both occasions before getting what proved to be the winner five minutes from half time.

The visitors took an early lead but we remained composed and were rewarded when James Ryan had us back on level terms with a clinical finish. However we found ourselves behind again when their left winger crossed low into the box for an inrushing midfielder to fire home from close range. Minutes later we were level again when Ryan when past three Shannonside players and from inside the left edge of the penalty area smashed a rocket to the roof of the net. It was all to play for again and ten minutes from half time a superb diagonal pass from JJ Sheehy picked out the run of Liam McAuliffe and he paced the ball under the advancing keeper. The second half was in contrast to the first in that we had no goals but plenty endeavor from both sides and we held out for a hard earned win.

Team: Mareks Apinis, William McEnery, Micheal Dalton, Sean Ryan, Evan Woulfe, John Sexton, James Ryan, Adam Riordan, Andy Ahern, JJ Sheehy, Liam McAuliffe. Sub Jack Vaughan. Referee John Roche.


Saturday, November 7th –

U12s away to AK Utd B at 1.30pm

U16s home to Granagh Utd at 11.30am.

Sunday, November 8th –

Juniors away to Askeaton 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.


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


The very popular Last Man Standing Competition continued and last weekend we had week four with 29 still in contention. After the weekends games we lost 5 thus leaving 24 still standing.

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 part 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. Next weeks Jackpot will be €21,500


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, October 26th at JP’s are as follows –
Jackpot was €21,300. Numbers drawn 2, 6, 12, 24.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Ned Black, Athea. Angela McEnery, Hillside Drive. Tim & Betty Gaire, Duagh PO. Agatha Barrett, Markievicz Park. John Cotter Jnr, Coole West, Athea.

Sellers Agatha & Brouder’s Shop
New Jackpot €21,400 at The Top of the Town on Monday, November 2nd.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, November 2nd at The Top of the Town are as follows –

Jackpot was €21,400. Numbers drawn 3, 22, 28, 29.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Eric & Sarah Barrett, Church Road, Athea. Fiona O’Keeffe, Rathronan, Athea. Mary Dalton, Gortnagross. Pauline Kelleghan, Knocknagorna. Marian MacCrory, Abbeyfeale.

Sellers Declan Barrett & Pat Hayes
New Jackpot €21,500 at Donie’s on Monday, November 9th.

Athea GAA

Limerick U17:

Well done to James Ryan who played with the Limerick U17 Football team who beat Waterford to win the Munster U17 Shield final played in Thurles on Monday last. Sean Ryan was also a member of the team but was unable to play due to injury.


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 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.