Athea Utd Soccer

Division 1 League Cup S/F (Sun, April 24th)

Athea Utd (3) 4 

Kevin Murphy, Padraig Reidy, Darren Murphy (pen), Maurice Hayes

Carrig Cel (1) 3

It was cup action last Sunday at The Vales where Carrig Celtic were visitors with the prize for the winners being a place in the Division 1 League Cup Final against either Feenagh or Breska Rovers. We were a bit slow to settle and found ourselves a goal down inside ten minutes but we responded and were soon level. The equalizer though had a bit of luck about it in the initial build up as their centre half let a through ball run to their keeper but the alert Darren Murphy chased it down and just got in between the centre half and the keeper and took the ball around them before crossing for brother Kevin to tap the ball into the net. We then went in front when Padraig Reidy was on hand to send a half volley to the net from a corner after it missed a number of players at the near post. We were playing well enough at this stage and stretched our lead when Darren converted from the penalty spot after Jamie Collins was fouled inside the area. Half time 3-1.

The second half saw more from the visitors and this resulted in a few chances before the cut the deficit to the minimum. We restored our two goal advantage when from a corner the ball wa`snt cleared effectively and it broke for Maurice Hayes and from ten yards out he placed it into the bottom right corner. That put us four two up but was slightly against the run of play. We conceded a penalty very late on which they scored but it wasn’t enough to deny Athea a place in the league cup final.

Team: Pa Ahern, Shane Mulvihill, Padraig Reidy, Mathew Tierney Mark Horgan, Maurice Hayes, Joe Vaughan, Jamie Collins Kevin Murphy, Darren Murphy. Subs Ger Collins, Steven McEnery Referee Paudie Manning  

Desmond Youths Cup S/F (Sat, April 23rd)

Athea Utd (0) 1      James Ryan

Rathkeale (1) 4  

Last Saturday the youths were at home to division one leaders Rathkeale with a place in the Desmond Cup Final up for grabs. We played well in the first half and had chances but found ourselves a goal down at half time. We battled on but two goals inside the opening ten minutes of the second half effectively put the game beyond our grasp. The visitors tagged on a fourth before James Ryan got one back for us late.

Team: Mareks Apinis, Ronan Hayes, Michael Ambrose, Cillian Liston, Michael Dalton, Jack Vaughan, Sean Ryan, James Ryan, John Sexton, Andy Ahern, Adam Riordan. Subs Milan Williams, William McEnery, Donnacha McEnery.

Referee: Paul O’Brien

U16 Division 2 (Tue, April 19th)

Athea Utd (2) 2   Jason Dillon, John Sexton

Mountcollins (0) 0 

Team: David O’Sullivan, Liam Henderson, Mark Brosnan, Seamus Leahy, Michael Dalton, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell, Ryan O’Connell, Cathal Brosnan, Andy Ahern, Jason Dillon. Subs Mark Cregan, Cathal O’Brien, TJ McAuliffe.

Referee Paul O’Brien

U12 Cup (Wed, April 20th)

Athea Utd (1) 1   Michael Walsh

GB Rovers (1) 7 

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Michael Walsh, Callum Buckley, Evin Curry, Killian O’Connor, Fergal Pierse, Daire O’Shea, Gearoid O’Sullivan, James Broderick, Donnacha Barrett, Shauna Sweeney, James Lee, Rory Mahony.

Referee Paul O’Brien


Saturday, April 30th    

U14s home to Broadford Utd B at 11.30am

Youths home to Shannonside in the league cup at 2.30pm

Sunday, May 1st    

Juniors away to Rathkeale B at 2.30pm

Monday, May 2nd     

Youths Division 2 Title Playoff

Athea Utd v Broadford Utd at 2.30pm in Newcastle West

Thursday, May 5th      

U14s away to Newcastle West in the cup at 7pm

U16s home to Pallaskenry at 7pm


U/8s on Saturdays at 11am

U10s on Mondays 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


Our last man competition reached its conclusion when the final two remaining players split the prizemoney of €300 and so congratulations to Evan Curry and Shane Mulvihill who were the last players standing.

Mike Hayes sponsoring this Last Man Standing competition and the club thanks him for his sponsorship. The two sellers share the €50


Our weekly lottery with a Jackpot of €5,100 was won last Monday night. We congratulate Mary Leahy, Moyvane who matched the four numbers drawn which were 11, 20, 22, 30. Promoters prize Margaret Dalton who sold the winning ticket.

The new Jackpot will start of at €5,000 and the draw will be at Donie’s next Monday, May 2nd

Athea GAA


County Intermediate Football Championship:

Saturday April 23:

Athea 0-07            St. Senans 2-17

Our Intermediate team got off to a poor start in the Championship when they were comprehensively beaten by a very clinical St. Senans team. The opposition were two points up after five minutes, but we were competing well at this stage and it was Shane Mulvihill who opened the scoring for Athea when he tapped over a free. We were soon level when Darren Murphy scored a great point, but shortly afterwards St. Senans went ahead again with a point of their own and then scored a decisive goal to extend their lead. Shane Mulvihill tapped over a close range free and just on the stroke of half time St. Senans raised the white flag to leave the half time score Athea 0-03 St. Senans 1-04. It was all to play for in the second half, but it was the opposition who totally dominated the rest of the match and our boys had no answer for the attacking play of St. Senans. They outscored us 1-09 to 0-01 in the first twenty minutes of the second half. We came into the game for the last ten minutes but it was all too late and the final score read Athea 0-07, St. Senans 2-17. Our next match is this Friday evening in Foynes at 7pm against Cappagh and both teams will be looking for their first win of the championship so it promises to be a tough encounter on the banks of the Shannon.

Team: Timmy Enright, Michael Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Padraig Reidy, Shane Tierney, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Tommy Quaid, Pa Chawke, Jamie Collins, Darren Murphy, James Ryan, Shane Mulvihill, Philip Collins, Pa Ahern & Kevin Murphy. Subs: Kevin Mahony, Gerard Collins, Padraic Walsh, Gerard Ahern, Jason Kelly, Dan McMahon, Thomas Brosnan, Eoin McCarthy, Pa Kiely, Neilo Keane, Paul Mahony.

West Junior B Football League:

Sunday April 24:

Athea 0-08            Mountcollins 0-07

Our Junior Bs got their second win in a row when they defeated Mountcollins on Sunday evening last. With a mixture of youth and experience Athea dominated the first half and thanks to Jason Kelly we were a point up inside the first minute. A powerful run up the middle by William Mullane set up Brian Ahern and he made no mistake tapping over the bar from close range. Our defense stood strong giving the Mountcollins forwards no chance on goal. We extended our lead when the very impressive Pa Kiely kicked over three frees from all angles. Emmet White got his name on the score sheet when he raised the white flag with ten minutes left to the break. The home side got their first point after twenty two minutes of play, but shortly afterwards Pa Kiely tapped over his fourth point of the evening leaving the half -time score Athea 0-07, Mountcollins 0-01. In the second half Mountcollins started to pile on the pressure, they had reduced the gap to two points mid way through the half and looked liked they would drive on and win the game. Our boys worked extremely hard for rest of the game forcing the home sides forwards into mistakes and we then got a crucial score when Brian O’ Connor tapped over from close range after great work by the mighty Neilo Keane. Mountcollins reduced the lead to a single point, but we withstood the pressure and won on a score line of Athea 0-08, Mountcollins 0-07.  Team: Colm Hassett, Jason Dalton, Eoin McCarthy, Garry Carroll, Paul Matthews, William Mullane, Paul Mahony, Jason Kelly, Padraic Walsh, Neilo Keane, Brian O’ Connor, Pa Kiely, Emmet White, Brian Murphy & Brian Ahern. Subs: Dan McMahon, Killian O’ Donoghue, Joey Kelly, Padraig O’ Sullivan, Tony McAuliffe & Thomas Brosnan.


County Intermediate Football Championship:

Friday April 29:

Athea will play Cappagh in the second round of the County Intermediate Football Championship this Friday April 29 in Foynes at 7pm. All support greatly appreciated.


Best of luck to the Limerick Minor Football panel and management team, especially to our club players, brothers James and Sean Ryan who will both be togging out for Limerick in the Munster Minor Football Championship against Waterford in Leamybrien this Wednesday evening. Limerick had a great win over last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalist Tipperary in Thurles on Wednesday evening last.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:

Fixtures: U12:

Thursday April 28:

Our U12s are away to St. Kierans this Thursday evening April 28. Cars leaving the village at 5.50pm. Gumshileds are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

U15 Football:

Monday May 2:

Our U15s will play Dromin Athlacca Banogue on Monday May 2 in Templeglantine at 7.15pm. Gumshileds are compulsory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Féile Peil Na nÓg 2016:

Athea Coiste na nÓg are delighted to announce that we will be taking part and will also be a host club in this year’s National Féile Football Competition (U14) which will take place on June 24- 26. Féile will be the biggest youth sporting event in Europe in 2016 and will take place in South West Munster with clubs from West Limerick, Kerry and North Cork hosting visiting teams. Our visiting club is Warwickshire and they will bring twenty four players who will stay with host families in our Parish for the weekend. This is a great opportunity for our U14 team to take part in a National Football competition and it also gives all involved the chance to make new friends with players from clubs outside Limerick. For further Féile information please check out GAA Féile on Face book or follow @ Féilegaa on Twitter. If anyone knows of any accommodation available in the parish and surrounding area that weekend for the families of the visiting team please contact Jacqueline at 086-0670091.

Cúl Camp:

We will be hosting our annual Cúl camp from Monday July 11 to Friday July 15. For any further information please contact Jacqueline at 086-0670091. More details to follow.