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Dublin v Mayo: Cork's Conor Lane to referee his first All-Ireland final

Down’s Ciaran Branagan will referee the minor decider between Kerry and Galway.

Lane: refereed Tipperary's quarter-final win over Galway.
Lane: refereed Tipperary's quarter-final win over Galway.
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CONOR LANE WILL be the man in the middle for this year’s All-Ireland senior football final.

The Cork referee will take charge when defending champions Dublin take on Mayo in Croke Park on 18 September.

The game will be Lane’s first All-Ireland senior final at inter-county level, though he previously refereed the 2013 All-Ireland minor final and this year’s All-Ireland senior club final.

“I’m delighted to get the call, absolutely over the moon,” the 38-year-old said. “I’m shocked and delighted.”

Lane, who has been refereeing since 2005, was most recently in charge for Tipperary’s quarter-final win against Galway last month.

Maurice Deegan (Laois) will be the stand-by referee for the All-Ireland Final, Joe McQuillan (Cavan) will be linesman, and Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary) will be the sideline official.

Meanwhile, Down’s Ciaran Branagan has been appointed for the minor decider between Kerry and Galway.

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