Athea United Soccer


We held our Annual Awards Night last Friday night, July 15th at The Top of the Town, Athea which was very well attended. The Awards Night is about reflecting back on the season and how our players did individually and collectively as part of a team. It’s fair to say we had a very good year with two league titles and two league cup trophies resting proudly at The Vales as the juniors and youths both won the double. The U14s were in contention for the league for most of the season and just finished behind Newcastle West in Division 3, a good achievement considering the bulk of the squad were still U13.

The players of the year were presented with their awards and the youths were presented with their league and league cup medals and the U14s were presented with their runners up medals.

The U8s received medals for their efforts during the season for their dedication to training and in their friendly games so far this season under managers Mike Flynn and James O’Mahony. The U10s were presented with trophies as this season their leagues are non-competitive under the FAI Development Plan

Also on a league viewpoint the club congratulates Daire O’Shea who was voted U12 Division 3 player of the year and Michael Tierney who was voted U14 Division 3 player of the year. At youths level James Ryan picked up the Youths Division 2 player of the year award while Kevin Murphy was the clear winner of the Junior Division 1 player of the year.

Indeed an excellent season for Athea Utd.
The following are the Athea Utd players of the year for 2016

U/9 Tadgh Ahern
U/10 Evin Curry
U/11 Callum Buckley
U/12 Daire O’Shea
U/13 Brandon Finucane
U/14 Michael Tierney

U/15 Ryan O’Connell & Micah O’Connell

U16 David O’Sullivan

U17 Sean Ryan

Youths James Ryan

Junior Kevin Murphy

The club would like to thank all those who attended on the night, especially the players parents and families who made it another great success. Well done to all our players who played with pride in the jersey throughout the past season.
Thanks to Pat O’Donnell who provided the music/disco on the night and which was just superb.
Thanks also to Betty, Johnny and staff at The Top of the Town for hosting our awards night and who provided the fantastic food as well as being most helpful throughout.
Congrats to all our award winners on the night but for those who didn’t remember next season is only around the corner and it could well be you this time next year.
Roll on 2017.


Athea Utd are delighted to announce that we will be running a FAI Summer Soccer School camp this year and the camp is just around the corner. It starts next Monday, July 25th and will run to the following Friday, July 29th.  It is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.
This is a great opportunity for your child to develop their football skills, whilst making friends and having fun in the process. Entry to our camp costs €65 per child with a special sibling discount of €10 per child if one or more siblings join the same camp.
An exclusive FAI Summer Soccer School kit, football, and backpack is provided for all children who enrol on our camp this year.
Only a limited number of places are available at our camp this year so we urge people to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
To find out more, or book your child’s place at our club

All coaches will be Garda vetted as per FAI policy.

The results of our weekly lottery draw for Monday, July 18th are as follows –
Jackpot was €6,100. Numbers drawn 8, 16, 25, 28.

No Jackpot Winner.

Lucky Dips to the following – Suzanne McDonald,

c/o Kevin O’Keeffe. Kay O’Laughlin, Listowel. Marian Mulcahy, Abbeyfeale. Nora Dinneen, Ardagh. Martina O’Connor, Glin

Sellers Karina Buckley & Paudie Reidy
New Jackpot €6,200 at Donie’s on Monday, July 25th

Athea GAA


County Minor 13 aside:

Friday July 15:

Our Minors made the long journey to Crecora to take on Crecora/Manister in the second round of the championship. This was a very entertaining game and we started brightly and led two points to one after ten minutes, Sean Ryan and Micheál Ambrose with the points. The home side hit a purple patch and scored two goals and a couple of points in a five minute period. We responded well with a Sean Ryan free and a great goal by Andy Ahern. A couple of more points and a goal just before half time for home team left us eight points adrift at the break. We made a great comeback in the second half. Shane Ambrose with two great goals and a point each for John Sexton and Brian Sheahan had us just one point behind five minutes left one the clock. Unfortunately Crecora/Manister finished the stronger and won on a score line of Athea 3-06 Crecora/Manister 4-11.  Team: David O’Sullivan, TJ Doherty, Mark McAuliffe, Micheál Dalton, Padraig O’Sullivan, Alan Kelly, Sean Ryan, Micheál Ambrose, Jack Vaughan, Shane Ambrose, Andy Ahern, Jamie O’Brien, Brian Sheahan & John Sexton.

West Junior B Football Championship:

Saturday July 16:

Our Junior Bs played St. Senans in their last match of the year in the West Junior B Championship in Glin on Saturday evening last. This was a very low scoring match with both sides giving it their all for the entire match. Neilo Keane was first on the scoreboard when he scored a beautiful point for thirty yards. The sides were soon level when St. Senans scored a point of their own, but Jack Denihan raised the white flag to edge us in front again. It was fifteen minutes before the next score was registered and that was an equalizer for the opposition and soon after they took the lead with another well taken point. Just before half time Jason Kelly split the posts and the sides were level at the break, three points apiece. It was all to play for in the second half, but it was St. Senans who opened up a two point lead after ten minutes. Pa Kiely reduced the lead to a single point with a well taken free. The opposition went three points ahead with fifteen minutes left on the clock and looked like pulling away but we came back and reduced the gap to a minimum after Padraic Walsh and Pa Kiely both scored points. The Saints scored another point with time running out and we tried hard to score a goal to win the match but it was not to be and the final score read Athea 0-06, St. Senans 0-08. Team: Kieran Harnett, Eoin McCarthy, Sean Ahern, Paul Mahony, Jason Dalton, William Mullane, Brian Ahern, Neilus Hunt, Jason Kelly, Neilo Keane, Padraic Walsh, Brian O’Connor, Dan McMahon, Jack Denihan, Tony McAuliffe & Pa Kiely.

White Paint:

If anyone has any type of unwanted old white paint lying around in an attic or a garage please contact Jacqueline on 086-0670091. The paint will be used to line the new pitch for up-coming matches in the next few weeks.


County Minor 13 aside Football:

Wednesday July 27:

Our Minors will play Croom in the County Minor 13 aside football Championship on Wednesday evening July 27 at 7.30pm. Venue to be confirmed by text. All support is greatly appreciated.

County Intermediate Football Championship:

Friday July 29:

Our Intermediates will play Castlemahon in the third round of the County Intermediate football Championship on Friday evening July 29 at 7.15pm in Tournafulla. All support is greatly appreciated.

Athea Coiste na nÓg:



Our U14s played Mungret/St.Pauls in Ballyhahill on Wednesday evening last. This was a very exciting match that was end to end football for the entire fifty minutes. There were plenty of goals in this game with both teams getting five each. Aidan Curry played very well on the night scoring three of Athea’s goals and Michael Tierney made a welcome return to the Maroon jersey after getting injured in our very first match of the year. Our boys battled hard and kept trying until the final whistle but when time was up the score line read Athea 5-02, Mungret/St.Pauls 5-07. Team: Luke Gleeson, Eoin Sheahan, Thomas McEnery, Pierce O’Brien, Jack Hunt, Alex McEldowney, Brandon Finucane, Aidan Curry, Eoin O’Shea, Gavin Ambrose, Andrew O’Riordan, Michael Tierney, Páirc Enright, Colin Broderick TJ Hunt, Adam Byrne, Padraig McMahon & Evan Wallace.



Thursday July 21:

Our U12s will play Rathkeale away on Thursday evening July 21 at in the Bog Garden. Cars leaving the village at 6pm. Gum shields are compulsory. All support is greatly appreciated.


Monday July 25:

Our U16s will play Bruff at home on Monday evening July 25 at 7.15pm. Venue to be confirmed by text. Gum shields are compulsory. All support is greatly appreciated.

Cúl Camp:

Our Kellogg’s Cúl camp was a great success again this year with over eighty boys and girls taking part. Thankfully the rain stayed away for the most part as the coaches put the children through their paces for the week. Many thanks to the parents who helped out at break time and tidying up after the camp. Thanks to our Camp Leader, Kristine Reidy and her team of coaches, Ellanna Mulcahy, Loretta Hanley, Padraig Scanlon, Kieran Brouder & Eoin Hayes for an enjoyable week and coaching all the boys and girls the skills of Gaelic football.