The real drama occurred in normal time, with the sides sharing a mere four points across the two periods of extra-time, Kevin Jer O’Sullivan kicking the Adrigole equaliser before Tim Murnane blew the whistle 90 seconds early, in spite of a lengthy injury to Adrigole goalkeeper William O’Sullivan.
With the formbook reading two championship losses apiece, the third-round tie should improve both teams who were kept ticking over on the scoreboard by a pair of fantastic individual performances.
While most of the players battled for ‘Best Supporting’ awards, Paul Condon landed 1-14 for Mayfield with David Harrington kicking 0-8, all from play, in reply.
“I lost count after a while alright,” remarked Condon afterwards, “but I got a lot of great ball in and a lot of frees too; so it was all about teamwork really.”
Condon’s goal, created and finished by the full-forward, put three points between the sides after 40 minutes, however Harrington curled over two points before winning a free for the equaliser.
“We brought them back twice so the message after the game was to keep our heads up,” said Harrington. “The fitness was tested today but hopefully we can recover and move onto the next game.”
With the game level in the closing minutes of normal time, Harrington was switched to centre-forward and with his first touch he pointed what looked like the decisive score. However, Pádraig Fitzgerald was fouled out the field and Condon was left with a simple free from where the ball landed to bring the game into extra-time.
It was an unlikely end for the City outfit, who had been steamrolled by Adrigole in the first quarter.
Having opened the scoring with a pair of placed balls, Condon had to watch on from the opposite end of the field as Adrigole took over at midfield and the high quality ball put directly into the inside forward line yielded seven points without reply, six from play.
However, Mayfield flooded the midfield and began to run at Adrigole’s defensive blanket, an approach which began to punch holes and draw frees from the Béara side, and leftonly a point in it at the interval.
Condon knows that turnaround could be the season-defining moment for a Mayfield side which had been on the slide: “We’ve had a lot of players missing through injuries and suspensions, so once we had our full team, we knew we had the performance in us.”
Scorers for Adrigole: D Harrington (0-8), K O’Sullivan (0-6, 3f), K Goggin (0-3, 1f), B O’Sullivan (0-2), T O’Sullivan (0-1), S Landers (0-1 each).
Scorers for Mayfield: P Condon (1-14, 10f), R Scannell, N Kelly, T Lotty (0-1 each).
ADRIGOLE: W O’Sullivan; M Neil, T O’Shea, M O’Sullivan; S O’Shea, D Carey, C O’Neill; B O’Sullivan, J Goggin; G Green, Kevin O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Sulivan; K Goggin, D Harrington, T O’Sullivan.
Subs: K Crowley for M O’Sullivan (23 — temporary), P Green for Green (26), Crowley for Neil (41), A O’Sullivan for O’Neill (45), G Green for S O’Shea (52), S O’Sullivan for Crowley (65), Crowley for A O’Sullivan (ht et) S O’Shea for P Green (75).
MAYFIELD: R Quaine; S O’Sullivan, P Fitzgerald, D O’Neill; B Punch, I Looney, G Lehane; S O’Donovan, B Hegarty; N Kelly, T Lotty, B O’Leary; D Hayes, P Condon, R Scannell.
Subs: T Tynan for Lehane (ht), C Casey for Hayes (45), P Scannell for Punch (48), P Hegarty for Hegarty (67).
Referee: Tim Murnane (Goleen).