Athea United Soccer

U12 Division 3 (Sat, November 21st)

Athea Utd     (2) 2           Fergal Pierse, James Broderick                                                       

Creeves Cel  (0) 0 

Our twelves were back at The Vales on Saturday where we had third placed Creeves Celtic as visitors and a close contest was envisaged. The day was overcast and very cold but this didnt bother the Athea side who gave a fine display to etch out a two nil win with goals early and late.

We got a great start with a goal after three minutes after good work by Callum Buckley and Killian O’Connor resulted in the ball being played across the box from the right and it came to Fergal Pierse to slot home from close range. Creeves responded and took the game to us but came up against a very resolute Athea defence of Calum Gleeson, Michael Walsh, Daire O’Shea and Evan Curry. Behind them was keeper Gavin Mulvihill who has being solid all season and again on Saturday was again in top form. We won a few corners in that first half and at the other end Creeves attacked on both flanks but Calum and Evan defended superbly while Gavin was quickly off his line to clear the ball at the edge of the box after the Creeves forward chased a through ball. Killian was playing well on the right wing and also won some good tackles, one was a memorable one where he won the ball cleanly before taking the ball down the wing. On a few other occasions we counter attacked at pace and twice we delayed the final pass that would have given us the opportunity to increase our lead. Half time 1-0.

The second half continued in a similar vein with chances for both sides. While Creeves had a spell of pressure in the second period the Athea players showed great determination and stopping their attacks effectively. The turning point of the game came twenty minutes into the second half when Gavin made a brilliant save by turning the ball around his left hand post when all present thought it was going in. After this close shave we knuckled down again and gave up no more real chances. Indeed we went close on a few more occasions, Shauna Sweeney took on their defence with a great run that yielded us a corner on the left that James Broderick nearly got on the end of.  We insured the three points with two minutes left when James ran from the half way line and outpaced the Creeves defence before squeezing the ball past the keeper and inside the left post.     Full time 2-0.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Calum Gleeson, Michael Walsh, Daire O’Shea, Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, James Broderick, Fergal Pierse, Killian O’Connor, Shauna Sweeney, James Lee, Donnchadh Barrett.  Referee: John Roche.

U16 Division 2 (Sat, November 21st)
Athea Utd 9 

Jason Dillon (4), Andy Ahern (3), John Sexton, Cathal Brosnan

Shannonside 2  

The sixteens got back to winning ways after a run of losses with a comfortable win at home to Shannonside. Jason Dillon was scorer in chief with a four timer, Andy Ahern grabbed a hat trick while John Sexton and Cathal Brosnan chipped in with a goal apiece.

Team: David O’Sullivan, Joseph Dalton, Seamus Leahy, Liam Henderson, Mark Cregan, Cathal Brosnan, Andy Ahern, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell, Ryan O’Connell, Jason Dillon, Subs Cathal O’Brien, T McAuliffe. Referee: John Roche.


Saturday, November 28th –


Saturday 28th November 28th

U14s home to Newcastle West B at 12.30pm

Sunday, November 29th –

Juniors home to Rathkeale B in Reidy Cup 2pm


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 resumed last weekend after the international break with 21 standing. After week six we lost 11 and thus we have 10 still in contention going into week seven.

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 €21,800


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, November 23rd at Brown Joes are as follows –

Jackpot was €21,700. Numbers drawn 3, 10, 12, 24. No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following –  Bridget Flaherty, Knocknasna. Mark O’Connor, Dalton Street, Athea. Sean O’Connor, Ardagh. Brid Harnett, Tournafulla. Aisling & Patrick Donovan, Knocknagorna.

Sellers Agatha & Mike Buckley.
New Jackpot €21,800 at Batt’s Bar on Monday, November 30th.

Athea GAA


U21 County Premier Football Championship:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 1-07      Newcastle West 4-11

Our U21s played Newcastle West in a repeat of last year’s county final on a sunny afternoon in Tournafulla on Sunday last. Despite scoring two great points in the first five minutes of the match, one each for Matthew Brouder and Stephen Cahill, we failed to get going in this encounter. Newcastle West were much the better team and with the help of two goals mid-way through the half they had a commanding lead. Another point from Matthew Brouder and two pointed frees from the boot of Shane Mulvihill kept Athea/Mountcollins Rangers in touch. The half time score was Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 0-05, Newcastle West 2-04. The opposition kept piling on the pressure in the second half and added a goal and two points within four minutes of the restart. A Matthew Brouder goal narrowed the gap, but Newcastle West kept the scoreboard ticking over kicking some great points. We only managed two more pointed frees from Shane Mulvihill and the final score was Athea/Mountcollins Rangers 1-07, Newcastle West 4-11. We now play Rathkeale/Cappagh this weekend in the quarter final and a big improvement is needed if we are to progress to the semi-final.                                                                                                                                                                      Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, Timmy Finnegan, Jamie Lenihan, Diarmuid Flanagan, Dylan Griffin, Shane Mulvihill, Gary Vaughan, Stephen Cahill, Cian O’Sullivan, Conor Moroney Mikie O’Mahony, James Ryan, Padraig Collins, Matthew Brouder, Kevin Murphy. Subs: Jason Kelly, Kieran Hartnett, Padraic Walsh, John Lenihan, Kevin Mahony, Brian O’Connor, Jack Denihan, Denis Greaney, Jason Dalton & Mark O’Connor.


Sunday November 22:

U21 County Premier Football Championship Semi-Final:

Athea/Mountcollins Rangers will play Rathkeale/Cappagh in the semi-final this Saturday afternoon November 28 in Newcastle West at 2pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


The club would like to congratulate Tomás and Eleanor Mullane on the birth of their twins.

Club draw:

Our next club draw takes place this Saturday night November 28 at Donies bar. All are welcome.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:


If there is anyone who would like to get involved in any way with any of our underage teams, especially with our U6s & U8s in 2016 please contact Jacqueline O’ Connor on 086-0670091. We have a great club and we would love for parents to join our fantastic team of coaches for the coming year.

Table Quiz:

A date for your diaries, Athea Coiste na nÓg table quiz will take place in the Top of the Town on Monday night December 28th at 9pm. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop:

The rescheduled Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop will take place in the Clubhouse on Tuesday night December 1st at 7pm. This is an excellent workshop and we are inviting Parents/Guardians of all children playing football in the parish to attend. For further details please or to book your place contact Jacqueline on 086 0670091.