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Ennis sparkles for Ballyfermot

THE brilliance of Jade Ennis sparkled like the summer sun that stretched across Le Fanu Park on Wednesday night.

BALLYFERMOT FC....................2

WHITEHALL RANGERS...............1

Ballyfermot FC ripped the form book apart to knock Whitehall Rangers out of the FAI Women's Intermediate Cup.

The young striker netted a stunning first-half double to help her side to an unforgettable win over red-hot favourites Whitehall, who sit three leagues above the hosts and had defeated them comfortably in a pre-season friendly.

Ennis netted her brace within the opening 15 minutes of this first round tie.

Steph Boden was the creator of the first offering, lifting a delicate through ball over the heads of the Rangers defence to unleash an unstoppable Ennis.

The striker didn't hesitate, cracking home a stunning first-time effort.

The home side doubled their advantage by the quarter hour. It was Ennis again, but this time the striker did all the work herself.

Ennis picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, turned on the pace to speed by a defender before thumping home into the bottom corner.



Whitehall's class started to show in the second half and the pressure finally paid off as the northsiders dragged a goal back when Hazel Agar netted from close range with a quarter of the game to go.

As the minutes ticked down the visitors continued to push forward, but their advances were repelled by Kay Nolan in the Ballyfermot goal.

Nolan, making her senior debut, was in inspired form and produced a string of fines saves in the face of a tidal wave of Whitehall attacks.

A jubilant Will Shannon, manager of Ballyfermot FC, revealed: "It is one of our biggest wins ever as they are from a much higher league.

"It was super for us as they are such an established side. They beat us 6-1 in pre-season, so it shows the progress that we have made.

"We played well in spells and so did they. They are a very good side and really started to knock the ball about in the second half and our 'keeper Kay Nolan was very good.

"They piled on the pressure in the second half, but our 'keeper made some great saves, including one right at the death.

"It was her first start for the senior side, she is only 16. She claimed everything that came into the area and our defence were great too," said Shannon.