Late Condon point saves Mayfield

Ballinora 0-10 Mayfield 0-10

Ballinora got off to a flying start with a point in the first minute from a Gerry O’Halloran free.

But they failed to transfer this early dominance onto the scoreboard and Mayfield grew in confidence. Liam Crowley and Terry Lotty came to grips with the situation at midfield while the half back line of Trevor Boyd, Ciaran Brosnan and Dan Lucey were revelling in a fast-passing game.

Three points from frees, two from Condon and the other from midfielder, Lotty, had them ahead and when Conor Brosnan replied from long range for Ballinora, Eoin Crowley ran 30 metres before pointing.

Ballinora regained their composure and then regained the lead. Michael Twohig, Michael Murphy from long range and Donie O’Halloran from two frees had them in front again with Mayfield’s only reply coming from centre-back Ciaran Brosnan who made a long run out of defence to point.

Ballinora’s 0-7 to 0-6 half-time lead was increased eight minutes into the second half when Barry O’Halloran pointed another free and, with 10 minutes remaining, they enjoyed a three-point cushion, (0-10 to 0-7).

Mayfield, who had failed to exploit wind advantage in the second half, stepped up a gear. Dan Lucey pointed a free and then Ray Scannell left just a point between the sides going into injury time. They appeared to have missed the boat when Barry Hegarty shot wide from well within range but Condon stepped up to hit the equaliser with the last kick of the game.

Scorers for Ballinora: G. O’Halloran 0-5 (frees), N. Mehigan, E. Lougheed (free), M. Twohig, M. Murphy and C. Brosnan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayfield: P. Condon 0-3 (0-2 frees), T. Lotty 0-2 (0-1 free), D. Lucey (free), L. Crowley, C. Brosnan, E. Crowley, R. Scannell 0-1 each.

BALLINORA: E. Walsh; W. Dineen, N. Collins, N. Mehigan; J. Fitton, D. O’Hare, E. Lougheed; M. Hodge, M. Hurley; D. O’Neill, C. Healy, M. Twohig; M. Murphy, G. O’Halloran, C. Brosnan.

Sub: C. O’Shea for D. O’Neill.

MAYFIELD: J. Kearney; B. Condon, S. Hackett, P. Fitzgerald; T. Boyd, C. Brosnan, D. Lucey; L. Crowley, T. Lotty; M. Barry, P. Condon, E. Crowley; D. Buckley, R. Scannell, B. Hegarty.

Referee: Conor Lane (Lyre).

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