Whitehall waltz way by Manulla challenge

by Dave Donnelly

FAI Intermediate Shield Final
Whitehall Rangers 5
Manulla 0

Whitehall Rangers could make it two trophies in a week as they contest the final of the DWSL Premier League Cup against Intermediate Cup champions TEK United in Greenogue on Sunday.

Rangers lifted the FAI Intermediate Shield for the first time thanks to an emphatic 5-0 win over Mayo side Manulla in Mullingar on Sunday afternoon.

A brace for Charlie Graham and one each for Helen Cooney, Katrina Moore and Leah Farrell were enough to see the north inner city side lift intermediate football’s second most-prestigious cup.

Captain Graham was the first to trouble Manulla keeper Simona Fernandez with a shot from distance but she couldn’t find the target.

She made amends moments later, however, eking out space for a shot inside the Manulla box and drilling the ball home from close range.

Tara Bergin played in Moore for a chance to double the Dublin side’s advantage but her low shot cleared the right-hand post.

Whitehall doubled their lead after 16 minutes when Cooney picked the ball up at the edge of the box and curled a shot past Fernandez.

It was 3-0 on the half-hour mark as Moore scored the pick of the afternoon’s goals with a spectacular chipped effort that left Fernandez with no chance.

Rangers continued to dominate after the break as Graham was denied a second when, played one-on-one with Fernandez, she saw her clipped effort clear the bar.

The captain would get her second goal eventually, and it arrived on the hour mark as the striker dispossessed Laura Regan and found the bottom corner.

Farrell rounded off the scoring with 17 minutes remaining as she poked home a loose ball from a corner and Whitehall cruised through the remainder before lifting the trophy.

Whitehall topped the DWSL Premier League this summer season with 13 wins from their 14 games ahead of Terenure A, St John Bosco and TEK in fourth.

Like TEK, Whitehall came unstuck against Women’s National League opposition in the FAI Cup, playing out an entertaining 8-2 defeat to Limerick at the Market’s Field.

The game takes place at Greenogue, the home of Peamount United, on Sunday at 3.30pm.

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