Premier League referee Mike Dean could not contain his emotions in the stands as Tranmere Rovers set up a League Two play-off final showdown with Padraig Amond's Newport County on Monday night.

Leading Forest Green 1-0 from the first leg of the semi-final, James Norwood's first-time volley midway through the first half at The New Lawn cancelled out an early header from home skipper Joseph Mills to clinch a 2-1 aggregate win, and set up a 25 May Wembley showdown with Newport.

Dean, born on the Wirral in north west England, has been a top-level official for the last 19 years. But he was very much in supporter mode as the cameras picked him out passionately celebrating Tranmere's progression at the full-time whistle.

Premier League laws state that refs aren’t allowed to officiate games involving the teams they support - or their rivals' games - but since Tranmere play at a lower level, Dean was within his rights to back his side. And back them he did.

Newport beat Mansfield on penalties on Sunday.

The sides played out a 0-0 draw after a 1-1 draw in the first leg (in which Amond got the Newport goal) and County prevailed 5-3 in the shoot-out.

Carlow man and recent Republic of Ireland provisional call-up Amond converted a spot-kick in the shootout as Tyler Walker missed for Mansfield, leaving Matt Dolan to do the honours for the visitors.

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Dublin's Mark O'Brien was also on the winning side while Donegal goalkeeper Conrad Logan and former Ireland Under-21 defender Ryan Sweeney were in the Mansfield XI.