And the city champions can have no excuses for although they dominated this all action semi-final for long spells, 13 wides over the hour proved their downfall as nice and economical Cill na Martra availed of their opportunities to set up a final meeting with either Carbery Rangers or Fermoy.
No question tiny Cill na Martra, even without coach Derry Crowley, dug deep. Hard work was their trump card against a Mayfield side who had most of the play.
Battling back from a 1-3 to 0-0 deficit as early as the sixth minute, some tremendous play from the likes of Ó hUidir and Chaoimhin Ó Súilleabháin up front, Risteard Ó Laoire and Cormac Ó Mócháin at midfield and a no-nonsense defence, that at times rode their luck, got them through and a chance of their first title now beckons large.
But it was Mayfield who thundered into the action and were 1-3 clear before Cill na Martra knew what hit them.
Ó Laoire, starting at midfield, took a few early hits as the city champions served notice with an early goal. Cill na Martra keeper Diarmuid Ó Loinsigh was penalised for a leg block on Mick O’Callaghan and although he saved Kieran Brosnan’s penalty the centre-back made no mistake with the follow-up.
Mayfield were flying as points followed from an Anthony Elliott free, O’Callaghan and Roy Scannell and indeed had they taken their chances - Elliott, Eoin Crowley and Barry Hegarty missing gilt edged chances - they would have been out of sight. And they were to pay dearly.
Ó Súilleabháin, who was terrific for Cill na Martra, opened their account in the 13th minute and it seemed to awaken the Mid Cork champions as a couple of points followed from Ó hUidir to narrow the gap to just three points after the opening quarter.
Elliott soon stretched Mayfield’s lead again but then came a stirring Cill na Martra goal in the 18th minute, Ó Laoire and Ó hUidir combining for Ó Súilleabháin to crack home a beauty.
Ó hUidir then levelled the scores with a free and all Mayfield’s early good work had been nullified. Hegarty, quiet up to then, did score two fine points but as they continued to spurn golden chances their 1-6 to 1-5 half-time lead looked precarious .
Cill na Martra, now playing with the breeze and with Ó Laoire buzzing, stormed into the lead for the first time inside six minutes of the resumption with points from Donal Ó Buachalla and another Ó hUidir free and as Mayfield continued to squander the chances, after some terrific approach play, Sean Ó Loinsigh earned them a 1-9 to 1-6 lead entering the final quarter.
A bemused Mayfield weren’t finished yet though as they stormed all over Cill na Martra in the final quarter.
Three frees, one from Elliott and two from Hegarty, tied up the scores again with five minutes remaining and the tension was palpable. One mistake was now going to win the contest and it was Mayfield who made it, the normally relable Dan Lucey giving Ó hUidir the chance to kick that late winning point.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: R. ÓhUidir 0-7 (0-5 frees), C. Ó Súilleabháin 1-1, D. Ó Buachalla, S. Ó Loinsigh 0-1 each.
Mayfield; K. Brosnan 1-0, B. Hegarty 0-4 (0-2 frees), A. Elliott 0-3 (0-2 frees), M. O’Callaghan, R. Scannell 0-1 each.
CILL NA MARTRA: Diarmuid Ó Loinsigh; Donncha Ó Loinsigh, C. Ó Laoire, P. Ó Cróinín; G. Ó Duinnín, C. MacSuibhne, M. Ó Cathasaigh; N. Ó Laoire, C. Ó Mocháin; C. Ó Súilleabháin, M. Ó Mocháin, R. Ó hUidir; S. Ó Loinsigh, B. Ó Loinsigh, D. Ó Buachalla.
MAYFIELD: R. McCarthy; S. Hackett, T. Brennan, P. Fitzgerald; D. Lucey, K. Brosnan, P. Scannell; T. Lotty, L. Crowley; M. O’Callaghan, B. Hegarty, E. Crowley; R. Scannell, S. Kiely, A. Elliott. Subs; P. Condon for O’Callaghan, D. Kenny for Kiely.
Referee: Martin Collins (Clonakilty).