The Women's FA Cup - Final
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Women's FA Cup final: Arsenal Ladies 1-0 Chelsea Ladies

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Danielle Carter's goal delivered a record 14th Women's FA Cup trophy for Arsenal as they dominated holders Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

Carter, who clipped a first-minute chance onto the roof of the net, gave the Gunners a deserved early lead with a fine solo run and curled finish.

Asisat Oshoala then spurned three good chances to double Arsenal's lead.

Fran Kirby wasted Chelsea's best opening in front of a record Women's FA Cup final crowd of 32,912.

The England striker lacked direction with her first-half strike after running through, allowing goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal to save at the near post.

Ji So-Yun also went close after the break, shooting wide following their first corner after 70 minutes but the Gunners were excellent value for the victory.

Wembley
The crowd at Wembley on Saturday beat last year's record final crowd of 30,710

Midfield mobility

Arsenal's greater mobility, movement in midfield and high-pressing was key to their fast start.

Jordan Nobbs, Fara Williams and Carter were key in denying space and stopping the supply line to Chelsea's front four.

Holding duo Katie Chapman and Drew Spence were constantly harassed and crowded out, meaning last year's Wembley matchwinner Ji was starved of possession.

Carter class

The high-tempo approach set the tone for Arsenal's impressive display and the margin of victory - against a Blues side who had won all seven of their matches so far this season - should have been greater.

Carter's sensational first-half strike was a fitting way to win an intriguing final in front of a record crowd.

Some nimble footwork saw her cut inside Hannah Blundell and send a glorious strike curling into the far post.

But the Gunners wasted numerous chances to avoid a nervy finale.

The most notable opportunities fell to the otherwise excellent Oshoala, who wasted two good chances when through on goal, and Josephine Henning, who headed wide from a corner after the interval.

Arsenal v Chelsea
Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl denies Asisat Oshoala, who was voted BBC Women's Footballer of the Year in 2015

Experience prevails

Ultimately Carter's eye-catching goal was enough but Kelly Smith's contribution was just as vital.

The England legend's inclusion raised a few eyebrows but her composure and quality shone through.

The 37-year-old was increasingly influential, finding and creating space in the centre of the pitch and picking out willing runners time and time again.

At the other end Chelsea's key player Ji, and her fellow attackers Kirby, Karen Carney and Gemma Davison were peripheral figures.

Kirby should have scored when Chelsea had their best spell just after going behind, and Davison made several dangerous runs, but the end product was lacking and Arsenal were not to be denied.

Player reaction

Arsenal and England defender Casey Stoney: "It's probably the greatest moment in my career.

"I'm so proud of my team today, we stepped up and we won it.

"We got our tactics spot-on and we deserved to win it today."

Arsenal club captain Kelly Smith: "The team were outstanding today, from the first minute to the last minute we really turned up.

"We wanted the cup back and we're really pleased with how the performance went.

"This is the cup that we all want to be involved in and an occasion like this is an unreal experience and one I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 13van Veenendaal
  • 2Scott
  • 22Henning
  • 5Stoney
  • 3Mitchell
  • 8Nobbs
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forJanssenat 75'minutes
  • 6Losada Gomez
  • 24OshoalaBooked at 82minsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 89'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forvan de Donkat 74'minutes
  • 9Carter

Substitutes

  • 1Byrne
  • 7Pablos Sanchon
  • 14Williamson
  • 20Janssen
  • 21van de Donk

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 4BrightSubstituted forEnglandat 78'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 5Flaherty
  • 16Borges
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forFaheyat 45'minutes
  • 17Chapman
  • 7Davison
  • 10Ji
  • 8CarneySubstituted forAlukoat 55'minutes
  • 14Kirby

Substitutes

  • 6Fahey
  • 9Aluko
  • 12Spencer
  • 15England
  • 26Rafferty
Referee:
Sarah Garratt
Attendance:
32,912

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Ladies 1, Chelsea Ladies 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Ladies 1, Chelsea Ladies 0.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bethany England.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Leah Williamson replaces Asisat Oshoala.

Booking

Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies).

Alex Scott (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies).

Booking

Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies).

Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Attempt blocked. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Bethany England replaces Millie Bright.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Dominique Janssen replaces Fara Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Daniëlle van de Donk replaces Kelly Smith.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sari van Veenendaal (Arsenal Ladies) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gilly Flaherty with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Casey Stoney.

Offside, Arsenal Ladies. Fara Williams tries a through ball, but Vicky Losada is caught offside.

Fara Williams (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies).

Attempt missed. Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Hannah Blundell.

Attempt missed. Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fara Williams with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Katie Chapman.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Ana Borges.

Attempt saved. Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kelly Smith with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

Foul by Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies).

Hannah Blundell (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Hannah Blundell (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Katie Chapman.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Karen Carney.

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