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Rain wrecks fixtures but Clontarf and Na Fianna prevail

The inclement weather dominated events in the Dublin Senior Football Championship last night with the double header in Parnell Park forced to be called off.

Both the Raheny against Naomh Mearnóg encounter and the St Vincent's clash with Naomh Olaf were postponed after the torrential and consistent rain that permeated the county throughout the day.

It was a similarly bleak take in both Monastery Road and Blakestown with the Lucan Sarsfields match with Castleknock and St Sylvester's meeting with St Patrick's Palmerstown falling foul of the weather.

Of the matches that survived, Clontarf finished strongly to pip Fingal Ravens by 0-13 to 3-3.

Ravens were buoyed by a 5th minute goal from Niall Tormey and their chances were further enhanced as Derek Daly also found the net to inch Fingal ahead.

However, two points from Jack McCaffrey and a Paddy Breen point ensured Clontarf enjoyed a narrow 0-7 to 2-0 lead.

A Ciaran Norton goal in the 50th minute looked to have settled the issue but their opponents finished in the ascendancy through two points from Ciaran Johnston and Ian O'Dwyer's dramatic late pivotal free.

Meanwhile, in O'Toole Park, Na Fianna defeated Thomas Davis by 0-16 to 1-9 with a strong second half display proving crucial for the Glasnevin outfit.

Thomas Davis led by 1-6 to 0-8 at the break and when Conor McHugh had a 40th minute penalty saved, it appeared a more dominant Kiltipper outfit would prevail.

However, Pillar Caffrey used his bench to great effect through the introductions of Eoin Murchan, Aaron Byrne and Eoin Neville as they benefited from their opponents being reduced to fourteen men twelve minutes from time to confirm their second round berth through scores by McHugh, Adam Caffrey and Tomás Brady.

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