Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3 (Sat, November 7th)

AK Utd B   (1) 1                 Athea Utd   (4) 5

Killian O’Connor, James Broderick, Fergal Pierse,                                                          Daire O’Shea, Calum Gleeson

Our twelves travelled to Kilcornan last Saturday afternoon to play AK Utd B in the league and a strong first half paved the way for this win. We took the game to the home side from the off with Fergal Pierse and Callum Buckley dominating midfield. We took the lead on seven minutes when Killian O’Connor sent a low shot to the net from just inside the area after a spell of Athea pressure. Three minutes later we were two when James Broderick raced down the right and into the penalty area before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net. However it wasn’t all one way.

The home side had some very fast forwards that could be a threat if we gave them any space and that’s how they scored their goal with a fast break out of defence that their forward finished well. Lesson learned and soon after we restored our two goal cushion when Fergal scored from close range. Just before half time came the goal of the game when Daire O’Shea picked the ball up near the corner flag and took a touch before firing the ball into the top left corner and at half time we led 4-1. The second half again saw some good attacking play from Athea but in this half we only scored one goal when Calum Gleeson chipped the keeper for his first of the season. AK had a few chances but Gavin Mulvihill was equal to any shots that came his way and so we ran out 5-1 winners. Well done to all the players.

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, Killian O’Connor

Division 1 League (Sun, November 8th)

Askeaton A  (0) 0

Athea Utd    (2) 5   Ger Collins, Dylan Griffin (3), Kevin Murphy

Last Sunday morning we were away to Askeaton in the penultimate game in the first series of league games and we returned home with all three points. Conditions on the day were bad with wind and rain making playing good football difficult for both sides.

We started on the attack and efforts from Gerard Ahern and Dylan Griffin were palmed away by the keeper and this was a trend that was going to continue in the remainder of the game. Despite being on top early in the game in was Askeaton who came closest to opening the scoring when a corner from their left was cleared off the line. We took a deserved lead on twelve minutes when Ger Collins won a header which picked out Griffin and he played a one two with Collins before the midfielder fired low inside the left hand post. Kevin Murphy on the left was a real thorn in the home sides defence and he almost got our second when his pace took him behind the defence and onto a through ball from Ahern but was just denied by a brave save from the keeper.

Ahern’s next through ball did produce an end product as he picked out Griffin who composed himself and slipped the ball past the advancing keeper and into the bottom right corner. An Ahern corner from the right was met by the head of Collins who was inches away from his second of the game, his header just clipping the Askeaton crossbar. The pressure continued in the direction of the home goal and another corner from Ahern, this time from the left was cleared as far as Shane Mulvihill who met it on the half volley from which the keeper was at full stretch to turn it around the post and at half time we were two goals to the good.

The second half wasn’t three minutes old when we extended our lead, Peter O’Connor found himself in space out on the left and he squared the ball to Griffin who took a touch before firing the ball inside the left hand post from twenty five yards. O’Connor himself then came close to scoring only for a defender to deflect the ball away from the goal. Murphy again came close on the hour mark before his work rate eventually paid dividends on sixty four minutes, a great run down the right culminated in his well struck shot proving too hot for the keeper. We completed the scoring soon after with Griffins shot from the edge of the area squeezed inside the upright for his second hat trick of the season.

Team: Pa Ahern, Michael Reidy, Mathew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Shane Mulvihill, Steven McEnery, Ger Collins, Gerard Ahern, Kevin Murphy, Dylan Griffin, Peter O’Connor. Subs Padraig Horgan, Neilo Keane, Pa Kiely.

Referee: Pat O’Connor.

U16 Division 2 (Sat, November 7th)
Athea Utd       (0) 1   John Sexton
Granagh Utd   (1) 3

The sixteens were at home to second in the table Granagh Utd last Saturday morning but it was the visitors that took the points against an under strength home side. We went in at the break a goal down and early in the second half Granagh doubled their lead. John Sexton halved the deficit with a free kick but it was the visitors who scored the next goal and that proved decisive.

Team: Ryan O’Connell, Liam Henderson, Micah O’Connell, Mark Cregan, –Seamus Leahy, Cathal Brosnan, John Sexton, Andy Ahern, David O’Connor, Jack O’Connor, Jason Dillon. Subs Cathal O’Brien, TJ McAuliffe and Joseph Dalton.
Referee John Roche. Referee Jim Molyneaux.


Saturday, November 14th –

U14s home to Broadford Utd B at 11am

Youths away to Glantine at 2.30pm.

Sunday, November 15th –

Juniors away to Rathkeale B at 11.30am.


Training for the U8s continues every Saturday morning in The Hall from 11.30am to 12.30pm. 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 Wednesdays at 8.30pm and Fridays at 7.30pm


The very popular Last Man Standing Competition continued and last weekend we had week five and had 24 still in contention. After the weekends games we lost just 3 thus leaving 21 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 left 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 €21,600


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, November 2nd at Donie’s are as follows –

Jackpot was €21,500. Numbers drawn 7, 19, 27, 30.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Tom Ambrose, Limerick. Mike F Dalton, Athea. John Kelly, Coole West. Phil Corridan, Listowel. Elaine Chawke, Upper Athea.

Sellers Doreen & Paul Collins.
New Jackpot €21,600 at White’s Bar on Monday, November 16th.

Athea GAA

Limerick GAA Club Draw Winner:

Congratulations to Helen Hickey who was the lucky winner of €250 in the Limerick GAA Club Draw on Saturday October 31 last.


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. Our boys will play Newcastle West and St. Patrick’s in their group with the top two teams qualifying for the quarter finals.


Friday November 13:

U21 County Premier Championship Round 1:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play St. Patrick’s this Friday night November 13 in Mick Neville Park at 8.15pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop:

A Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop will take place in the Clubhouse on Tuesday night November 17 at 7pm. This is an excellent course which will be given by Gerry McNamara who is the Children’s Officer for Limerick County. We are inviting Parents/Guardians of all children playing football in the parish to attend. For further details please contact Jacqueline on 086 0670091.

Underage Training:

Training has now finished for all age groups for this year

Limerick GAA Club Draw Results:

Incorporating the Mackey Stand Draw

The draw took place on Saturday, 31st October 2015 at Limerick Live 95FM.

The lucky winners were:

Members Draw

Prize Code Winner/Club

1st €13,000 C860 Ollie O Connor Ballybrown

2nd €3,000 F209 Betty McNamara Drom/Broadford

3rd €2,000 F155 John G. Kennedy Mungret

4th €1,000 B011 Lorna & Peter Lawlor Croom

5th €500 G338 John & Mary Flannery Na Piarsaigh

6th €500 C864 Anne Hosford Blackrock Bord na nOg

7th €500 E883 Mairead Casey St Marys/Sean Finns

8th €500 E844 John Lynch St Marys/Sean Finns

9th €500 E016 Tom Ryan Oola

10th €250 F786 Paul Walsh Doon

11th €250 A147 Helen Hickey Athea

12th €250 E015 Tom Walsh Na Piarsaigh

13th €250 H014 Tommy Lee Blackrock Bord na nOg

14th €250 G185 John Fitzgerald Castletown/Ballyagran

15th €250 H058 Liam Cronin & Joe O Donnell Cappamore

16th €250 B235 James Moore Bruree

17th €250 C923 Liam Murphy Monagea

18th €250 G522 Thomas O Connor Croagh/Kilfinny

19th €250 A053 Salesian College Pallaskenry

20th €250 H965 Kevin & Eileen Barry Killeedy


Prize    Winning Numbers      Winner/Club

€10,000     10, 11, 28, 31.     Tom & Mary O Donnell Knockane