Tyrrell double seals Moorefield's progress
Leinster club SFC championship: Moorefield 2-9 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-6
Moorefield were far from flattered by their six-point winning margin against Mullingar Shamrocks at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar yesterday - the reigning provincial champions in control for most of a disappointing first round clash in the Leinster Senior Football Club Championship.
The home team started brightly, however, and were two points clear within six minutes, courtesy of a Denis Corroon free and a neat score from play by Tye Adamson.
Moorefield levelled by the 12th minute, with a point apiece from Ronan Sweeney and Niall Hurley Lynch.
An Adamson free put the Westmeath champions ahead by 0-3 to 0-2, but their Kildare counterparts pounced for their first goal in the 16th minute, the outstanding Adam Tyrrell finding the net in style after a great catch from a delivery by Cian O'Connor.
When the same player doubled his goal tally in the 25th minute, having collected a long ball from Eanna O'Connor, his side looked en route to a Leinster quarter-final against Portlaoise.
Another Tyrrell point from play in the 28th minute left Moorefield ahead by 2-5 to 0-4 at half-time.
An unispiring third quarter produced only two points, both to Moorefield, but Mullingar Shamrocks came right back into contention against the run of play by scoring an unanswered 1-2 between the 48th and 54th minutes.
A foul on Kieran Gavin resulted in a penalty, which was duly converted by Dean Moore.
With Moorefield resting a number of key players, the game looked like it might take an unexpected twist, but two late frees from Eanna O'Connor wrapped up a comfortable win for the holders, who had David Whyte dismissed in added time after picking up a black card to go with his earlier yellow.
Moorefield, who won last year's Leinster title with a late comeback against another Mullingar team, St Loman's, will have home advantage when they face the Laois champions next Sunday week.
Scorers - Moorefield: A Tyrrell 2-4 (0-1f), E O'Connor 0-3 (2f), R Sweeney, N Hurley Lynch 0-1 each. Mullingar Shamrocks: D Moore 1-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), T Adamson, D Corroon (1f) 0-2 each, P Fagan 0-1.
Moorefield - T Corley; L Callaghan, L Healy, A Sweeney; K Murnaghan, A Durney, J Murray; D Flynn, A Masterson; C O'Connor, A Mullins, E O'Connor; R Sweeney, A Tyrrell, N Hurley Lynch. Subs: D Whyte for Murray (23), M McDermott for Hurley Lynch (39), I Meehan for Sweeney (45), E Heavey for Tyrrell (47), R Moore for Masterson (50), S Dempsey for E O'Connor (60 + 3).
Mullingar Shamrocks - P Shaw; E Moore, K Gavin, K Daly; P Joyce, M Curley, E Siode; D Corroon, D Daly; S Quinn, P Fagan, A Cashman; T Adamson, D O'Donoghue, D Moore. Subs: B Flynn for Joyce (inj h-t), A Purcell for Cashman (37), C Curley for Adamson (39), B O'Reilly for D Daly (50), R Corroon for Fagan (60 + 3).
Ref - D Gough (Meath).