Mullingar Shamrocks (Westmeath) 1-6
Leinster SFC preliminary round
Adam Tyrrell lit up the first three quarters of this Leinster Championship tie as he did the bulk of the scoring for a Moorefield side who eased into the last eight of the Leinster Championship with a straightforward win in Cusack Park.
Tyrrell bagged 2-4 in a superb display, but the performances of the likes of Kevin Murnaghan, Ronan Sweeney and Cian O’Connor further out the field helped provide the platform for the reigning Leinster champions as they pushed their way to a six-point win.
The opening quarter of the game was very much a cat and mouse affair as Moorefield dominated the possession stakes but their usual incisiveness and composure was lacking during the early stages. The Kildare champions found it tough to engineer any space against a Shamrocks defence that was packed with numbers each time Moorefield went forward, though it seemed more a case of quantity over quality on their part when defending.
Cian O’Connor in particular was able to pierce the blanket defence with some sublime passes into the likes of Adam Tyrrell and Niall Hurley-Lynch, while Daryl Flynn made a couple of marauding runs through the middle.
It was the home side who started the better however, opening up an early two-point lead and going close to scoring the game’s first goal. They got off the mark thanks to a pointed free from Denis Corroon, while a brilliant point from the lively Tye Adamson doubled their account. They could have propelled themselves into a really commanding position when Corroon dropped a long ball into Dean Moore, but his shot was straight down the midriff of Moorefield ‘keeper Tom Corley who parried the shot with little trouble.
Moorefield took 10 minutes to finally trouble the scoreboard, and it was the timeless presence of Ronan Sweeney that provided the lift-off, finishing well after being set up by O’Connor. Moorefield’s next score arrived followed a sustained and patient period of possession as they analysed a way to break through the 14-man opposition defence, with Niall Hurley-Lynch eventually finding space and clipping over a fine score.
Adamson nudged Shamrocks back in front, but the travelling side soon hit their first goal which drove them into a lead they would never relinquish. It was simple stuff really, with Cian O’Connor floating a ball over the Shamrocks defence to Tyrrell who skipped through on goal and delivered a brilliant finish to the bottom left corner of Philly Shaw’s net.
Moore responded with a free for the Westmeath men, but they completely drifted from the tie after that as Moorefield seized the initiative. The next 10 minutes of the game were all about Tyrrell who put on an absolute exhibition. He smacked over his first point from play in the 20th minute, and he followed that up a couple of minutes later when O’Connor picked him out with a brilliant pass into space.
The second goal arrived on 25 minutes, and it was a truly fantastic effort that was all about the pass from Eanna O’Connor. The Kerry native swung an inch perfect ball in from the left wing that dropped just above the reach of defender Killian Daly and into the arms of Tyrrell, who then swivelled inside and rolled a composed finish into the bottom corner.
The full-forward added another fantastic point for good measure before the break, and Moorefield were bouncing as they entered the dressing room with a 2-5 to 0-4 advantage.
The second half began in a similar vein to the way the first finished as Tyrrell and Cian O’Connor linked up once more, with the former kicking a sublime score under pressure. Eanna O’Connor opened his account for the afternoon shortly after as Moorefield trotted into a nine-point lead, and for the blunt looking Shamrocks, it looked like their race might be run.
The hosts got their first score in more than 30 minutes when Corroon knocked over a point from close range, and a fine effort from Paddy Fagan seven points between the sides with 10 minutes left to play. Referee David Gough then inexplicably awarded a penalty to Shamrocks when he adjudged Liam Healy to be fouling Killian Daly in the square, and Dean Moore stepped up to slam home the resulting spotkick and suddenly make a game of it.
The Westmeath champions were beginning to bombard high balls in on top of full-back Daly, who had been moved to full-forward, but Moorefield held out quite well. Ross Glavin’s side showed good composure on the home straight as a couple of pointed frees from Eanna O’Connor helped increase their lead and assure them of the win.
Dean Moore had a stoppage time attempt on goal from a close range free, but Corley parried it and David Whyte blocked the follow up from Simon Quinn. Whyte was then shown a red card after receiving a yellow and a black card, leaving Moorefield to play out the final few minutes with 14 men, but it mattered little as they eased over the line.
Scorers for Moorefield: A Tyrrell 2-4(1f), E O’Connor 0-3(2f), N Hurley-Lynch and R Sweeney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Mullingar Shamrocks: D Moore 1-1(1-0pen, 1f), D Corroon(1f) and T Adamason(1f) 0-2 each, P Fagan 0-1.
Tom Corley; Liam Callaghan, Liam Healy, Adam Sweeney; Kevin Murnaghan, Anthony Durney, James Murray; Daryl Flynn, Aaron Masterson; Cian O’Connor, Aaron Mullins, Éanna O’Connor; Mark McDermott, Adam Tyrrell, Niall Hurley-Lynch.
Subs used: David Whyte for Murray 23mins, Mark McDermott for Hurley-Lynch 39mins, Ian Meehan for R Sweeney 45mins, Eddie Heavey for Tyrrell 47mins, Ryan Moore for Masterson 50mins, Sean Dempsey for E O’Connor 63mins.
Philly Shaw; Eddie Moore, Kieran Gavin, Killian Daly; Paddy Joyce, Michael Curley, Efe Siode; Dennis Corroon, Daragh Daly; Tye Adamson, Paddy Fagan, Alan Cashman; Dean Moore, Donal O’Donoghue, Simon Quinn.
Subs used: Billy Flynn for Joyce HT, Aaron Purcell for Cashman 37mins, Ciaran Curley for Adamson 40mins, Brendan O’Reilly for Daly 50mins.
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