St Mary’s 1 (Conway 63 mins) Mayfield Utd 2 (Brosnan 85, Smith 90)
A real smash and grab last night from Mayfield as they ran out the gates of St Mary’s Park with a huge three points in their back pocket.
It was a game in terms of clear cut chances that St Mary’s should have won but Mayfield inspired by the graft and hard work of Tony Tynan in midfield that won it.
The early battle involved Jason Conway and Kevin McCarthy in the Mayfield goal with Conway going close on two occasions only for McCarthy to stand strong and save comfortably twice.
15 minutes in and a Wayne McBride pass put Stephen Mulryan through but again McCarthy rushing from his goal saved down low to his right.
And it was Mulryan again in the 21st minute but his headed effort from 1o yards off an Eoin Murphy cross was straight at McCarthy.
And Cian Murphy came close with a free kick that deceived everybody and had to be tipped over by McCarthy.
This trend continued with Wayne McBride and Jason Conway both having chances before half-time in 45 minutes of action that Mary’s bossed in terms of efforts on goal.
Mayfield were resisting well and the experience of Jonathan Buckley and Anthony Wolfe in defence ensured a good shape about the visitors and you expected them to come back with something in the second period but the early stages were again dictated by St Mary’s with Conway again denied on 53 minutes when his volley was cleared off the line.
The breakthrough finally came on 63 minutes when Mary’s substitute, Darren O’Sullivan back-heeled a ball down the right hand side for Cian Murphy who put an inviting cross on the forehead of Conway and on this occasion he gave McCarthy no chance with a bullet header.
It was a deserved lead and they should have wrapped things up when Darren O’Sullivan produced some good play again before setting up Conway who was thwarted by McCarthy yet again.
It looked at this stage if Mary’s had done enough to earn a valuable three points but the final script had yet to be written.
A Mayfield corner with five minutes to go and Tynan who was on every Mayfield set piece all night delivered a great ball into the danger area and Brosnan powerfully headed home.
Not intent with that, Mayfield got proceedings underway quickly feeling they could now win this but on 87 minutes, they were grateful to their goalkeeper again as he produced a magnificent fingertip save to push the ball around the post from a Troy O’Sullivan header from point blank range.
A wonderful save from McCarthy.
And it was the catalyst for Mayfield to snatch all three points in added time as Tynan picked up the ball just inside the Mary’s half and slid the ball through for Alex Smith who just got there before Ryan Delaney in the Mary’s goal and his toe poke effort trickling in off the inside of the post to set off wild celebrations from the Mayfield supporters.
St Mary’s: Ryan Delaney, Cian Murphy, Mark O’Donnell, Troy O’Sullivan, Kelvin Thompson, Aidan O’Callaghan, Christopher Butt, Jason Conway, Wayne McBride, Stephen Mulryan, Eoin Murphy. Subs: Darren O’Sullivan, Ciaran Hanafin, Gary Ahern, Barry Triggs, Marco Crowley, Colin Hanafin, Padraig Crowley.
Mayfield Utd: Kevin McCarthy, Thomas Kelly, Ciaran Morgan, Jonathan Buckley, Anthony Wolfe, Conor Sexton, Tony Tynan, Sam Heffernan, Robert Brosnan, Alex Smith, Dean O’Connell. Subs: Trevor Cosgrove, Liam O’Brien, Nathan Gumbo, Shane Duggan, Colin Scott.
Referee: Edwin McNally.
Free Kicks: St Mary’s 11 Mayfield 15
Shots On Target: St Mary’s 10 Mayfield 4
Shots Off Target: St Mary’s 1 Mayfield 4
Corners: St Mary’s 5 Mayfield 6
Yellow Cards: St Mary’s 0 Mayfield 0
Red Cards: St Mary’s 0 Mayfield 0
Man Of The Match: Kevin McCarthy (Mayfield Utd) A fantastic display from the young goalkeeper who produced save after save with his final one being the best of the lot and you are unlikely to see a better save all season.