Keith Higgins

  • In the Intermediate final Ballyhaunis saw off Burrishoole to take another step closer to promotion to the senior championship.

    Keith Higgins anchored the team in defence and Eamonn Philips and co. did the damage up front.

    Ballyhaunis manager Seamus Caulfield was ecstatic with his team’s application to the game plan.

     

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    Mayo football manager James Horan has been handed a double fitness boost ahead of Saturday's crunch Super 8s clash with Donegal in MacHale Park, Castlebar.

    Keith Higgins and Paddy Durcan are both in line to return from injury for the Mayo side.

    Captain Diarmuid O'Connor has also stepped up his recovery from a fractured wrist but he's unlikely to be involved this weekend.

     

     

     

     

  • Mayo's Connacht Championship preparations have been given a timely boost.

    Keith Higgins is back in the panel having spent the League campaign with the county's hurlers.

    Midwest Sport understands that the four-time All Star from Ballyhaunis trained with the football panel yesterday evening for the first time in 2018.

    Mayo begin their Connacht championship with a quarter final against League finalists Galway on May 13th.

     

     

  • Keith Higgins has today confirmed his retirement from Inter County football.

    The 35 year old made his first of 90 appearances against Dublin in the National League in 2005.

    Keith made 75 Championship appearances , an All Ireland U21 title in '06. He went on to win 8 senior Connacht titles and a National League in 2019. All Star Young Footballer of the year in '06 and 4 All Stars in '12,'13,'14 and '17.

  • Keith Higgins has been announced as the Mayo Hurling captain for 2021.

    Mayo Hurling boss Derek Walsh has also announced that Tooreen's Stephen Coyne will be the vice-captain.

    Mayo get their Division 2b hurling league campaign up and running on Sunday afternoon against Derry.

    The game gets underway at 3pm in MacHale Park, Castlebar and will be live on Midwest Radio Sport in association with Delaney's Hardware and Garden Centre Ballyhaunis.

     

  • Keith Higgins has announced his inter-county retirement aged 35. 

    The sixth Mayo player to retire since the beginning of 2021, Higgins tweeted yesterday evening saying "The time has come to step away. It's been an unbelievable journey and an absolute privilege. Thank you."

    The Ballyhaunis man made his first of 90 appearances against Dublin in the National League in 2005.

    Keith made 75 Championship appearances , an All Ireland U21 title in '06. He went on to win 8 senior Connacht titles and a National League in 2019. All Star Young Footballer of the year in '06 and 4 All Stars in '12,'13,'14 and '17.

    The dual star was also a Nicky Rackard winner, Railway Cup winner in hurling and football & Sigerson cup winner with IT Sligo.

    Ballyhaunis GAA Chairman Gerry Lyons has described Keith as a class act both on & off the field.

    He says his dedication to both club & county has been exemplary.

  • Mayo        1-14
    Donegal   1-10

     

    Mayo secured their place in the All-Ireland semi-final following a merited four-point win over Donegal at a wet McHale Park, Castlebar this evening (Saturday).

    Mayo were composed throughout and led by 1-7 to 0-04 at the interval with the decisive score of the opening 35 minutes coming from Cillian O’Connor in the 27th minute.  

    The winners showed the greater appetite from the throw-in and despite defender Keith Higgins black card in the opening quarter Mayo were resolute and fully deserved their six-point interval lead.

    Donegal were given a life-line early in the second half when referee David Goff awarded the Ulster champions a penalty after Michael Murphy was fouled by Lee Keegan. 

    Murphy duly dusted himself down and despatched the ball past Robert Hennelly to bring it back to a 3-point game (1-08 to 1-05).

    Mayo were dealt a further blow after Jason Doherty was stretched off but a Kevin McLoughlin point edged Mayo into a 4-point advantage.

    A brace of Donegal points kept Donegal very much in touch with 20 minutes remaining.

    Donegal continued to press and Michael Murphy’s point left just a single score between the sides (1-09 to 1-08). 

    However, Paddy Durcan’s 52nd minute point was inspiring and a Cillian O’Connor free with 12 minutes remaining gave Mayo a 3 point lead.  

    Donegal  - who registered 15 wides in total - tried to get back into contention but two points in quick succession by substitute Andy Moran in the dying minutes secured the win and gives the Mayo supporters another date at GAA headquarters next weekend in the All-Ireland semi-finals against the winners of Dublin and Tyrone.