SSE Women’s FA Cup

CHELSEA 2 MANCHESTER CITY 1

Fran Kirby scores last minute goal to break Manchester City’s hearts.

Chelsea’s Fran Kirby scored the winning goal in the last minute of extra time on Sunday to break Manchester City’s hearts and deny them a place in what would have been their first SSE Women’s FA Cup final.

This is the cruellest way to lose a football match, but it seems that in the end it was the Chelsea players that had the stamina needed to get their team over the line after 120 gruelling minutes. And it will now be last year’s winners who will play Arsenal in an all-London final at Wembley on the 14th May after the Gunners demolished Sunderland 7-0 in the day’s other semi-final.

A bumper crowd of 2,278 at Wheatsheaf Park saw Scotland international Jane Ross put City one up after 72 minutes. This was Ross’ fifth goal in her last four consecutive matches for club and country. City held on to this deserved lead until five minutes from time when Ji So Yun levelled the score to send the game into extra time and another draining 30 minutes of play in a match that would have made a fitting final.

At the final whistle, City lost the match, but they will be a stronger side as a result. Their fighting spirit did them proud and they will fear no one in future, because that’s the City way.

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