The Mayo News is reporting on Twitter this evening that Keith Higgins has received a one-match ban for the red card he picked up in last Sunday’s Connacht semi-final defeat to Galway at Salthill. Keith can, if he chooses, do a Dermo on it and request a personal hearing in front of the CHC but one assumes he’ll be content, as the saying goes, to do his bird in relation to the transgression.
Assuming this is what happens, Keith will be suspended for our Round 2 qualifier tie on 1st July, the draw for which takes place this coming Monday. Should we get over that initial qualifier hurdle the Ballyhaunis man would then be available for selection for our Round 3 fixture the week after.
By the way, this week’s Mayo News reports (here) that All-Star defender Brendan Harrison, who missed the Sligo game due to hamstring trouble, suffered a broken nose six days before the Galway game. Despite this, the Aghamore man was deemed fit to play last weekend by our medical team – and he did a good bit of jogging up and down the touchline on the day – but, surprisingly, he wasn’t pitched into the fray at any stage in the game.
In retrospect, it does seem more than a little strange for us to have had two current All-Star defenders on the bench last Sunday, with only one of them called into action and then only in the dying minutes of the game. Keith’s absence through suspension for our next outing should mean that Harry makes his first championship appearance of the year then and you’d have to hope that, regardless of who we’re drawn against and what kind of stature they have in their half-forward line, Boyler will get the nod to start in that one as well.