Tom Parsons' first Mayo start in 20 months ended in defeat as the Green and Red were beaten on penalties by Galway at MacHale Park in an entertaining Connacht SFL semi-final.
Parsons suffered a dreadful injury against the Tribesmen in the Connachtr SFC quarter-final back in May 2018, requiring three separate operations to rebuild his knee.
He made a cameo against Dublin in last August's All-Ireland SFC semi-final and finally got a start under his belt today.
Parsons marked his return with a point in a free-flowing first half which ended with Mayo up by 0-09 to 0-08.
A lovely goal from Kevin McLoughlin nudged Mayo 1-11 to 0-13 ahead after Galway had started the second period with a flourish.
Mayo looked like they'd close it out thereafter but an Adrian Varley goal galvanised Padraic Joyce's side, who forced extra-time with three more late scores to tie it up at 1-17 apiece. There had been 12 minutes of stoppage-time played due to a bad injury to Galway's Fiontán Ó Curraoin.
And so it went straight to penalty kicks, where Brian Walsh's miss meant Joyce tasted victory in his first game in charge of the Galway footballers.
They'll meet Roscommon in the decider.
The Rossies absolutely demolished Leitrim 7-16 to 0-07 at Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada,
Finbar Gregg (2), Enda Smith (2, 1 penalty), Andrew Glennon (2) and Noel Gately all hit the net in a game that was done and dusted by half-time, Roscommon going in at the break 4-07 to 0-01 ahead.
In the McKenna Cup Tyrone progressed to the final after they beat Down 2-16 to 1-10 at the Athletic Grounds.
Conall McCann goaled to help the Red Hand into a commanding 1-12 to 0-04 lead at the interval.
The Mourne men made a game of it on the turnaround, with Cory Quinn's maximum cutting Tyrone's lead to four points, but Mickey Harte's men hit the net again through Ronan McHugh to stave off the comeback and seal their place in the decider.
They'll now face Monaghan, who got a bye to the final after Donegal - missing 13 players involved in Sigerson Cup action - pulled out of the competition.