Athea United Soccer

Division 1 League (Sun, January 24th)

Athea Utd      (1) 3    Darren Murphy (2), John Cotter

Rockhill Rvs (0) 0

Following our win away to Feenagh last Sunday week action returned to The Vales where we had our first junior game since October 18th. Rockhill Rovers were visitors for this league game and after ninety odd minutes we recorded a hard earned three nil win. We did the early pressing but it was Pa Ahern that was the first of the keepers to be called into action, the Athea custodian getting down well to save at his near post. After this we got back on top and dominated possession with plenty chances, Gerard Ahern forcing a diving save from the keeper, Maurice Hayes finding the side net after some neat passing involving Ahern and Darren Murphy while left back Mathew Tierney’s shot across goal was inches past the far post. Eventually on thirty eight minutes we broke the deadlock when Murphy drilled the ball right footed across the keeper and inside the left post for his twelfth of the season. Half time 1-0.

We started the second half like we ended the first but chances were slow to materialise especially in the third quarter. With only a goal between the sides the potential for a Rockhill equalizer still remained especially with long balls into the penalty area but in fairness our back four were generally solid throughout. It was only in the last fifteen minutes that we at last began to carve out real good chances and in this period of time Murphy could well have had a hat trick before he extended our lead with a header from a Martin Chawke cross. A last gasp tackle denied right back James Ryan  a certain goal before a point blank save from their keeper denied John Cotter his first of the season. Cotter didn’t have to wait long for his goal as he curled the ball into the bottom left corner from twelve yards before the final whistle sounded moments later. Full time 3-0.

Team: Pa Ahern, James Ryan, Mathew Tierney, Martin Chawke, Padraig Reidy, Steven McEnery, Gerard Collins, Maurice Hayes, Pa Kiely, Gerard Ahern, Darren Murphy. Subs: Jonathan Mulvihill, John Cotter, Neilo Keane. Referee: Jim Molyneaux.

Youths Division 2 (Sat, January 23rd)

Athea Utd   (1) 3  John Sexton, Milan Williams, Andy Ahern

Carrig Cel   (0) 0

Our youths were at home to Carrig Celtic last Saturday afternoon and recorded a hard earned three nil win. We led one nil at half time when John Sexton scored from close range after a cross from the left found him unmarked at the back post. Midway through the second half Milan Williams doubled our lead when he reacted quickest after the keeper could only parry a shot from Adam Riordan. We sealed the win when the ball broke kindly for Andy Ahern to fire to the roof of the net. Carrig had chances too, mostly in the first half when they also had a lot of possession but a defence well marshalled by James Ryan and Evan Woulfe held firm.

Team: Mareks Apinis, Michael Dalton, Donnacha McEnery, Evan Woulfe, James Ryan, Andy Ahern, Sean Ryan, Adam Riordan, John Sexton,  JJ Sheehy, Milan Williams Subs William Sexton, Timothy Tierney. Referee: Jim Molyneaux.


Saturday, January 30th

U12s home to GB Rovers in the cup at 11.30am.

U16s home to Pallaskenry at 1.15pm.

Sunday, January 31st

Juniors home to Rathkeale B in Reidy Cup at 2.30pm.


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 7pm


Training for the U8s will be resuming shortly, all parents/players will be notified of the recommencement date.


The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, January 25th at JP’s are as follows –

Jackpot was €22,500. Numbers drawn 2, 11, 15, 25.

No Jackpot Winner.
Lucky dips to the following – Sabrina Cahill, Ardagh. Nora Quaid c/o Agatha. Sarah & Catherine c/o Kostal. Jim Woulfe, Clash. Nora Mahoney, Markievicz Park.

Sellers Etty Aherne & Margaret Dalton.
New Jackpot €22,600 at The Top of the Town on Monday, February 1st

Athea GAA

Croke Park Draw:

Athea are selling tickets for the National Club Draw for 2016. First prize is a new Opel Corsa car, 2nd prize a Trip with the 2016 All-Stars, while 3rd prize is a travel voucher for €1500. There are many more excellent prizes to be won. Tickets are €10 each and are available from Committee members. All support would be greatly appreciated as all monies raised from the sale of these tickets will go directly against the cost of our pitch development. Please contact Mairead Donovan or Jacqueline O’Connor for more details.

GAA Scholarships For The Gaeltacht:

A limited number of Scholarships are available for anyone wishing to attend an Irish college this summer. All applicants must be club members; either playing our games or involved in Scór. The scholarships are for secondary school pupils only; they apply only to residential colleges under Comharchumann Chorca Dhuibhne (West Kerry); Coláiste Béal Atha an Ghaorthaigh (West Cork) or Coláiste na Roinne (Port Láirge). Approximately one third of the cost is covered, so if anyone is interested please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091 as a form needs to be filled out and submitted to the West Board by the end of this month.

Intermediate Football Championship Draw 2016:

There are two groups of six teams who will contest the Championship.

Group 1: Cappamore, Glin, Claughaun, Mungret, Bruff & Galbally.
Group 2: St. Senans, Athea, Cappagh, Adare, Mountcollins & Castlemahon.

Round 1: Athea v St. Senans,

Round 2: Athea v Cappagh,
Round 3: Athea v Castlemahon,
Round 4: Athea v Mountcollins,
Round 5: Athea v Adare.


Congratulations to Jamie Collins and Siobhan O’ Connor who got engaged recently.

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.


Our 2016 Calendar is on sale now at Rose’s shop and Collins’ shop at a cost of €10. It has loads and loads of pictures from the year gone by in Coiste na nÓg. These would make a lovely present for people both home and abroad.