Athea Utd AFC


U14 Division 3 (Wed, April 26th)

Ballingarry B  (0) 0

Athea Utd       (2) 5  Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane (3), Daire O’Shea

Our U14s won the league title last week after last weeks games in division three. We were away to Ballingarry B on Wednesday night needing to win to stay in front and we did this with a five nil win. We were two up at half time with goals from Michael Tierney and Brandon Finucane and in the second half Brandon completed his hat trick with Daire O’Shea completing the scoring.

Team: Gavin Mulvihill, Shane Scanlon, Danny Harnett, Gavin Ambrose (capt), David McEnery, Daire O’Shea, Andrew O’Riordan, Eoin O’Shea, Jack Vaughan, Michael Tierney, Brandon Finucane, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Conor Mullane, Darragh Reidy, Paraic Enright.

Referee Liam O’Connor


Friday, May 5th

Juniors away to Broadford Utd at 6.45pm

Saturday, May 6th

Youths home to AK Utd at 2.30pm


Last Saturday at The Vales, the FAI in association with Athea Utd ran a very successful Kick Start 1 coaching course under the tutelage of FAI Development Officer Barry McGann and assisted by Jason O’Connor. We had nineteen participants on the course including eleven rom Athea Utd. It was a day of practical and theory on the basics of football coaching and no doubt this will be of benefit to all our coaches and indeed to those who would like to take up coaching in the future.

The Athea Utd members who did the Kick Start 1 are – Mareks Shah, Mike Flynn, Tim Sexton, James O’Mahoney, Sean Ryan, James Ryan, Ger Collins, Ger Ahern, Sean O’Shea, Patrick O’Sullivan and Joe O’Connor.


Athea Utd are delighted to announce that we will again be running a FAI Soccer Camp this year. The camp will take place at The Vales from Monday, July 24th to Friday, July 28th and is open to boys and girls of all abilities from 6-14 years of age.


Our latest Last Man Standing competition has produced a result with the last two remaining finalists Michael O’Connor and Dylan Lynch deciding to split the winnings and walk away with €150 each. Congratulations to both.

On behalf of Athea United I’d like to thank again all those who participated and looking forward to see everybody involved again next season.

Thanks – The club would like to thank Darren Murphy for updating the LMS and keeping all those taking part up to date by email.


The club wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the family, relations and friends of Eileen Brosnan, St. Bartholomew’s Villas who passed away last week. May The Light Of Heaven Be Hers.


This weeks lottery draw takes place on Tuesday, May 2nd and we will have the results in next week’s notes.

Athea GAA


Athea Intermediate team lined out against Cappamore in Ballyagran on Friday night last in the Intermediate football championship Group 2 – Round 2. Athea gave a good performance throughout and a score of 1-15 to 1-10 now leaves them on ‘top of the table’. The team now have a break for 2 months and their next championship game will be against Pallasgreen.

Their next league game will be against Castlemahon on 16th May. Hopefully they are on the ‘winning end’ of things now. Well done to Pat Higgins and the team.

Junior B:

The Junior Bs met St. Kieran’s on Tuesday night last but were unfortunately beaten by a better side. The final score was 3-8 to 0-4.


The club extends sympathy to the Brosnan family of Upper Athea, Micheál, Helen, Mary, Tom, Michael, David and John on the death of Eileen last week. A minute’s silence was held before the Intermediate game in Ballyagran on Friday night last, in her memory – her son Tom being a team member of Athea GAA Club. ‘May the light of heaven be hers’.

Club Draw:

Once again the forthcoming ‘500 Club Draw’ has some great prizes, with extra special prizes both for fully paid up members and also for those who pay by direct debit. The direct debit payment at €10 a month over the 8  months is very handy both for the ticket sellers (as they don’t have to be re-calling to households) and also for the buyer of the ticket as they don’t have to be thinking of when they have to pay. You are asked to get behind the draw which is the Club’s main fundraiser and this helps to further reduce the €40,000 approx debt.

The pitch at the moment if you haven’t walked in to see it looks immaculate – a wheelchair accessible ramp has been laid in front of the stand – which will also serve as a ‘podium’ . The dug-outs are the next in line to be done and of course the lighting around the track. Fertilizer has been spread on the pitch last week giving it a green luscious blanket-like look. Well done to all the TUS workers and indeed anyone else who is lending a helping hand. Hopefully in the not too distant future there will be ‘a grand new pitch and walking track opening’ which indeed will benefit young and old in our parish.