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We go again! Dublin and Mayo to meet in a repeat of the 2016 All-Ireland final

They played out two thoroughly entertaining contests 12 months ago.

FOR A THIRD time in the last 12 months, Dublin and Mayo will face-off in the All-Ireland football final.

Michael Fitzsimons and Andy Moran Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The sides will renew acquaintances at HQ on 17 September, with Dublin’s replay victory over the Connacht side last October still fresh in the memory banks.

It’s the 15th year Mayo have made it all the way to the All-Ireland final, and the 1950 and 1951 victories remain the only times they’ve taken Sam Maguire out west.

Dublin are appearing in their 40th final, and they’ve lifted the famous trophy 27 times over the years.

Mayo scored two own goals in a thrilling 2-9 to 0-15 draw in last September’s final, before Dublin edged the replay by a point two weeks later.

Dublin are seeking their third All-Ireland title in-a-row and bidding to be the first side since Kerry in 1986 to piece together a hat-trick of successes.

Dean Rock gets in a tussle with Diarmuid O’Connor and Keith Higgins Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Mayo haven’t won the All-Ireland since 1951, but are back in the final after another run through the qualifiers under Stephen Rochford. It’ll be their 10th game of the summer, while it’s Dublin’s fifth outing.

The pair last met in a tempestuous affair back in March, when Dublin had 12 points to spare on a night where Conor McHugh bagged 1-3, while Dean Rock top-scored with 0-8.

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