Saturday 24 August 2019

Gough to take charge of first All-Ireland SFC final

David Gough works at the DCU St Patrick's campus in Drumcondra. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Gough works at the DCU St Patrick's campus in Drumcondra. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Meath's David Gough has been confirmed as the referee for next month's All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry.

It will be the first time the Slane clubman will be the man in the middle in a senior decider, and, as part of his team, he will bring family members Eugene Gough, Terry Gough, Stephen Gough and Dean Gough in as umpires, all of the Slane club.

Gough will also be joined by Conor Lane (Cork), Barry Cassidy (Derry), and Seán Hurson (Tyrone) as his assistants.

His appointment had been widely anticipated, although there were misgivings expressed in Kerry about his connections with Dublin.

Gough lives in Dublin and formerly worked as a primary school teacher in Terenure.

He is now the GAA education and development officer in the DCU St Patrick's campus in Drumcondra.

Kerry were unhappy with Gough's display in the 2016 All-Ireland semi-final when they suffered a two-point defeat to Dublin.

There was an incident late in the game when Gough missed a foul by Kevin McManamon on Kerry's Peter Crowley that led to a Dublin point which put them two clear.

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Prior to his appointment being officially announced, four-time All-Ireland final referee Pat McEnaney said geography should not count against Gough.

He pointed out that a precedent had been set in 2015 when David Coldrick, another Meath referee who lives and works in Dublin, took charge of the Dublin-Kerry decider.

McEnaney said Gough's performance in the Super 8s clash between Dublin and Cork "opened the door" for him to be considered for the decider.

"His performance that night was top-class. David Gough definitely has to be in the top two or three referees in the country," he remarked.

Gough was the man in the middle for the 2015 minor final between Kerry and Tipperary, and he also refereed the All-Ireland U-21 decider in 2013 between Cork and Galway, the Connacht final in 2017, last year's Ulster final as well as last year's All-Ireland club football final.

Meanwhile, Noel Mooney will referee the minor football final between Galway and Cork.

A member of the Cavan Gaels GAA club, he refereed the Super 8s game between Cork and Roscommon as well as the Ulster club final between Gaoth Dobhair and Scotstown.

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