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Whitehall Rangers and former Boyne Rovers manager John Morgan during the recent FAI Women’s Intermediate Cup Final clash with Douglas Hall LFC. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

Whitehall Rangers and former Boyne Rovers manager John Morgan during the recent FAI Women’s Intermediate Cup Final clash with Douglas Hall LFC. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

Whitehall Rangers and former Boyne Rovers manager John Morgan during the recent FAI Women’s Intermediate Cup Final clash with Douglas Hall LFC. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

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Whitehall Rangers secured the FAI Women’s Intermediate Cup for the first time in their history with the recent 6-2 win over Cork side Douglas Hall at Turners Cross - and guiding them to that success was former Boyne Rovers ladies manager John Morgan and his assistant manager son, current Boyne Rovers player and committee member Gavin Morgan.

Living in Bettystown, Gavin said the cup success was a huge achievement for the Whitehall club and winning it alongside his father added to the occasion.

Indeed John guided Boyne Rovers to the Women’s Intermediate Cup back in 2016 and the bulk of that team are now playing in north Dublin with Whitehall.

Rangers went into the final full of confidence, the Dublin side having cruised to a league title last season as well as enjoying cup success, but Gavin admitted that the main goal for this year was the Intermediate Cup.

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Rangers were beaten finalists in 2018 and lost early in 2019, and the subsequent two years saw the competition shelved, so in Gavin’s words “there was a long build-up to this final.”

The game, though, was effectively over after 17 minutes as a six-minute period saw Rangers blast three goals and eventually lead 5-1 at half-time.

Morgan snr moved to Whitehall in 2016, followed soon after by his son, and the goal then was to win the Intermediate Cup, so as Gavin explained this was a long time coming.

The goal for the remainder of the season is for Rangers to challenge for the league title and then hopefully win another cup competition.

In terms of Boyne Rovers, though, Gavin feels that new manager Robbie Rock has assembled a squad which can not only achieve promotion, but go on to challenge for league honours.

While Rovers lost 3-1 away to Clondalkin Celtic on Sunday morning in a pre-season friendly, the feeling around the performance was positive.

“When we met Robbie and interviewed him we told him that the minimum is promotion. We should have gotten it last season, but we had a rocky end to the season and it fell apart.

“But now, based on how we are training and how many we’re getting, I don’t see why we couldn’t go out and win the league.”


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