Newtown Athletic

Moyvane has its own vibrant soccer club called Newtown Athletic. Sponsored by Speedy’s Bar, they play their Kerry District League home games in the Creamery Field – a well maintained pitch right in the heart of downtown Moyvane. The club has been in operation for the past few years and has been going strength to strength with promotion last year to Division One. Indeed, the hopes of some fancied teams from around the Kingdom have been dashed by the artistry, artillery and trademark Newtown passion. Newtown Athletic are coached by Brendan Hogan and managed by John Scanlon.

2007 Newtown Athletic
The 2007 Newtown Athletic team
Back L-R: Diarmuid Fitzmaurice, Owen Flatherty, Conor Flynn, James O’ Donoghue, Aidan Keane,
Tommy Barrett, John Jack Mulvihill, Patrick Curtin, John Scanlon (Manager)
Front L-R: DJ Keane, John Mc Grath, Mark Hanrahan, Brain Stack, James Kennelly, Cathal O’ Connor, Oliver Carmody

Newtown played Sneem Santos in Moyvane on May 6th, 2007. The only goal of the game was scored by Sneem 20 minutes into the first half, despite some great defending by the Newtown lads. The second half showed Newtown trying their best with goalie Tommy Barrett transforming into a striker in a last ditch effort for an equalizer. However, the plucky South Kerry team were unyielding. After the match, manager John Scanlon quiped “Newtown had great chances of a draw and even a win but unfortunately luck was not on our side today”.
View Photos from the Sneem match

Team Sheet for Sneem match

Tommy Barrett
Oliver Carmody John Jack Mulvihill James Kennelly DJ Keane
Owen Flaherty Brian Stack Aidan Keane James O’Donoghue
Mark Hanrahan Cathal O’Connor
Subs: John Mc Grath, Conor Flynn, Mike Kissane, Diarmuid Fitzmaurice, Patrick Curtin

Newtown Athletic were promoted to Division 1 of the Kerry Soccer League on June 5th, 2006 when they defeated Killorglin 5-2 in a play-off in Tralee. Every player played his heart out on the day, in exceptionally hot conditions and were a great credit to the parish. The scoers for Newtown were Damien Flynn, Mark Hanrahan, Cal Flynn, Cathal O’Connor and Paddy Curtin.

Click here to read the match report from The Kerryman of Newtown’s debut match in Division One on August 27th, 2006 when they beat the mighty Tralee Dynamos B on a scoreline of 4 goals to 3.