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Chelsea Women 3-2 Manchester City Women (AET): Emma Hayes’ team complete the double with Sam Kerr netting the winner in extra-time after Hayley Raso’s late equaliser… in front of record Women’s FA Cup final crowd
- Sam Kerr scored twice as Chelsea retained the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday
- Kerr struck the winner in extra-time after Hayley Raso’s dramatic late equaliser
- The match was watched by a record crowd for the final at Wembley Stadium
Emma Hayes had described going up against Manchester City as a chess match. It is a fitting description of how this FA Cup final played out. Every move the Chelsea boss made, Gareth Taylor’s side had a response.
Sam Kerr put the Blues ahead in the 33rd minute, Lauren Hemp levelled before half-time. After a strike from Erin Cuthbert saw Chelsea re-take the lead on the hour mark, an 89th minute equaliser from Hayley Raso brought extra-time.
But when it comes to tactical battles, Hayes is the grandmaster. She had been outwitted by Taylor in the Continental League Cup final in March but there would be no repeat at Wembley. Kerr’s goal nine minutes into extra-time delivered checkmate and a domestic double for the Women’s Super League champions.
Chelsea Women completed the double after winning the FA Cup following a 3-2 victory
Sam Kerr celebrates after scoring the goal to win the FA Cup for Chelsea at Wembley
Magdalena Eriksson and Millie Bright of Chelsea lift the Women’s FA Cup trophy at Wembley
Chelsea Women embrace after retaining the Women’s FA Cup title on Sunday afternoon
City players fall to the turf following Kerr’s extra-time winner in the 99th minute
Chelsea (3-4-3): Berger , Eriksson, Nouwen (Charles 69,), Bright, Carter, Ingle, Cuthbert, Reiten (Andersson 91), Harder (Fleming 80), England (Ji 69) (Mjelde 117) , Kerr
Subs not used: Musovic, Kirby, Mjelde, James, Spence
Goals: Kerr 33, 99, Cuthbert 63
Manager: Emma Hayes
Manchester City (4-3-3): Roebuck, Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood, Stokes (Blakstad 83), Walsh (Losada 117), Weir, Stanway (Coombs 80), Hemp, Shaw (White 80), Kelly (Raso 76)
Subs not used: Keating, Angeldahl, Park, Losada, Mace, Blakstad
Booked: Kennedy, Bronze
Goals: Hemp 42, Raso 89
Manager: Gareth Taylor
Referee: Kirsty Dowle
Hayes had said her team would have to suffer and at times they did. City had more possession, 14 more shots and completed 178 more passes. But Chelsea were calmness personified, as they have been all season.
A record of crowd of 49,094 watched on at Wembley as Hayes picked up her 13th trophy as manager. But the Chelsea boss is right when she says the aim has to be to fill the national stadium in the future.
This was a brilliant cup final that deserved a bigger audience. Over 55,000 tickets had been sold before kick-off and that 6,000 people did not show is an issue the FA must look to resolve.
In what was a cagey opening to the game, it was City who created the first two chances. Lauren Hemp’s cut-back found Caroline Weir inside the box but the midfielder could only fire over the bar from close range. Hemp then saw an effort blocked by Millie Bright before Georgia Stanway’s follow-up hit the Chelsea defender and bounced wide.
The Blues eventually grew into things mid-way through the first half. Kerr had the ball in the net after rounding Ellie Roebuck but the striker was correctly flagged offside.
Chelsea did not have to wait much longer for the opener, however, as this time Kerr stayed onside to give her side the lead just past the half hour mark. Bright’s cross sailed over the head of Roebuck and was heading into the net but Kerr made sure the ball crossed the line by nodding in at the back-post.
But they were not ahead for long as Hemp brought City level before the break. Once again the winger was allowed to cut inside from the right as she skipped past Bright before curling a shot into the top far corner.
Matchwinner Kerr hugs her manager Emma Hayes after scoring in extra time to decide clash
Kerr opened the scoring on the half-hour mark but the Blues were pegged back before interval
Lauren Hemp equalised for City three minutes before half-time in front of record crowd
Erin Cuthbert (left) restored Chelsea’s lead in the 63rd minute but City weren’t finished
City’s Hayley Raso equalised late on to take the FA Cup final to extra time at Wembley
City started the second half as they had the first, with two chances within five minutes of the restart. First, Bunny Shaw met Chloe Kelly’s cross but the forward could only head the ball back towards the winger.
Kelly then played in Weir, who teed up Hemp for a shot at the back-post but Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger saved with her feet.
City’s failure to captialise proved crucial as a moment of magic saw Chelsea re-take the lead. Beth England laid the ball back to Cuthbert on the edge of the box and the midfielder took one touch out of her feet before unleashing an unstoppable shot that clipped the underside of the bar before hitting the net.
Chelsea looked to be seeing out the game as City struggled to create chances. But in the 89th minute, substitute Hayley Raso clawed Taylor’s side level once again. Alex Greenwood’s chipped pass found Raso in behind Magdalena Eriksson. The winger controlled the ball on her chest before poking it past Berger with the outside of her foot.
Ellen White could have put City ahead at the start of extra-time as she tried to meet Weir’s cross but Berger got there first to prevent the forward tapping-in. And minutes after that chance, Chelsea went ahead for the third time.
Alanna Kennedy misjudged Bright’s clearance on the half-way line and Kerr nipped in to drive forward. The striker could have played in Jessie Fleming but went for goal.
Her shot was poor, but the ball deflected off the outstretched foot of Greenwood and trickled past Roebuck into the net. City could not respond a third time.
Raso celebrates with her City team-mates but Chelsea came out on top after 120 minutes