Mayfield delivered a smooth performance to overcome last season’s runners-up Rockchapel in round four of the county IFC at sunny Banteer yesterday.
At key stages, Mayfield weren’t found wanting, a forceful blast in both halves key to the destination of the spoils.
And while Rockchapel put in a battling effort, they lacked the cohesion and the finer skills of the city side, with the ever-accurate Paul Condon showing exquisite form on free-taking duty to shoot a 0-8 tally. Afterwards, a calm and composed Mayfield coach Mick Hannon reacted with satisfaction to a job well done.
“Coming into the game, Rockchapel were unbeaten in the league and we knew we had a battle on our hands,” he said.
“There were two ways to operate, not compete or give it a proper shot.
“We implemented a system, fast ball into attack for the inside players to pounce and it reaped the dividends.
“Overall we have a balanced side yet we were under no illusions to the task and we were intent not to concede a goal.”
Next up for Mayfield is a clash against neighbours Glanmire and a repeat of their first round tie.
“It was pretty tough the first day out before we came out on top,” Hannon said, “Glanmire have improved and it makes for an interesting tussle.”
Rockchapel dictated early on but counted the cost of wasted opportunities, their play undermined by quick wides.
Mayfield put the brakes on that surge, Condon delivering a pair of converted frees.
Indeed the city side controlled possession. Pádraig Fitzgerald, David O’Neill and Shane Kelly stood up manfully in defence, receiving solid support from midfielders Shane O’Donovan and Shane Fitzgerald while Condon, Roy Scannell and Nicky Kelly offered potential up front.
The unerring accuracy of Condon coupled with the attacking O’Neill added to the Mayfield tally. Rockchapel found it difficult to create any openings but improved once Daniel Curtin pointed their initial score in the 24th minute.
Thereafter, Mayfield points by Condon and O’Neill were cancelled by Curtin and Liam Collins to cut the arrears to 0-7 to 0-3 at the interval. Rockchapel threw down the gauntlet briefly on the restart, Conor Kepple and John Doody improving matters with Seamus Hickey shooting an encouraging point.
However the impetus returned to Mayfield, Condon together with O’Donvan and Nicky Kelly posting a quartet of points. Rockchapel answered with a lone pointed free by Ian Guiney, not enough to trouble a much sharper Mayfield outfit.
P Condon 0-8 (frees), D O’Neill 0-2, S Kelly, S O’Donovan, N Kelly 0-1 each.
D Curtin 0-2, L Collins (free), S Hickey, I Guiney (free) 0-1 each.
E Bond; P Fitzgerald, T Boyd, S O’Sullivan; D O’Neill, K Brosnan, S Kelly; S O’Donovan, S Fitzgerald; N Kelly, D Malone, D Lucey; S Hackett, P Condon, R Scannell.
D Hayes for Lucey (36), B Hegarty for Malone (53), P Scannell for O’Neill (58), T Lotty fpr Scannell (59).
T Collins; M Doody, E O’Callaghan, N O’Callaghan; DJ O’Callaghan, K Collins, J O’Callaghan; J Doody, C Kepple; D Curtin, M Geaney, W Murphy; C Aherne, L Collins S Hickey.
J Forrest for Geaney (24), B Cahill for C Aherne (41), I Guiney for Curtin (47), P Collins for L Collins (55).
J Ryan (Macroom).