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Chelsea defeat Arsenal 3-0 to win Women’s FA Cup title for the third time



Chelsea defeat Arsenal 3-0 to win Women's FA Cup title for the third time
Chelsea are Women’s FA Cup winners for the third time in history following a dominant 3-0 victory over Arsenal at Wembley Stadium which completes a clean sweep of domestic honours this year.

This was a game between the top two sides in this season’s Women’s Super League, with only a point separating us, but on the pitch it became apparent from almost the first whistle that Emma Hayes’ side were vastly superior in virtually every area on a wet and cold day in north-west London.

We were in front after only three minutes, courtesy of a superbly taken goal by Fran Kirby. Arsenal gave up the ball cheaply and Sam Kerr was onto it in a flash, knocking it through for our No14 to run clear and clip a tidy finish past Manuela Zinsberger.

The Gunners keeper was the only reason the scoreline remained competitive for as long as it did, as she pulled off a number of magnificent saves in the first half, denying both Kerr and Kirby on several occasions. When the former did manage to beat her, the crossbar came to the Austrian’s rescue.

However, the goals our performance deserved finally came in the second half, as the 51st Women’s FA Cup final, and seventh at Wembley, was lit up by the in-form Kerr.

The Australian put us 2-0 up just before the hour-mark with a smart finish past Zinsberger at the near post, having been sent clear down the left by Kirby. Between them, the two Blues forwards gave the Arsenal defence a torrid time all afternoon.

Kerr scored brace as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 to win the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Chelsea (3-4-3) Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson (c); Cuthbert, Ingle (Nouwen 90+4), Leupolz (Ji 86), Reiten (Spence 86); Kirby (Harder 74), Kerr (England 86), Fleming
Unused subs Musovic, Charles, Andersson, Fox
Scorers Kirby 3, Kerr 57, 77
Booked Cuthbert 45

Arsenal (4-3-3) Zinsberger; Maritz, Wubben-Moy (Boye 87), Beattie (Foord 70), Catley; Maanum (Parris 80), Walti (Iwabuchi 61), Little (c); Mead, Miedema, McCabe
Unused subs Williams, Patten, Nobbs, Schnaderbeck, Goldie
Booked Mead 8, McCabe 65, Parris 81


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