SSE Women’s FA Cup

The SSE Women’s FA Cup draw sees Man City face Chelsea in semi-final rematch

The draw for the FA Women’s Cup (The SSE Women’s FA Cup) has been made and fans of the teams involved now know who their opponents will be in the semi-finals. Chelsea are at home to Manchester City and Arsenal will host Sunderland.

The Chelsea versus City match will be a repeat of last season’s semi-final tie which Chelsea won 1-0. But a lot has changed in the year since that game and City will be keen to get revenge.
Both clubs have brought in new players in the meantime, but City also still have a core number of players that were part of England’s successful World Cup squad. And that campaign had such a positive and motivating effect on the players that it transformed the club and took them on a record-breaking thirteen- game unbeaten run in league and cups in 2015.

Both teams have started this season in fine form and I think it’s fair to say that fans of Chelsea and Manchester City would have preferred to avoid each other until the final as they are both the teams- to-beat at the moment and the prospect of two teams with 100% records going head to head at Wembley would have been a mouth-watering prospect. But that’s not to be and they will have to settle for a semi-final instead.

This will be a difficult match for City as Chelsea are at home and they have some excellent players. But they are not unbeatable and they will still be bitterly disappointed to go out of the Champions League at such an early stage.

City are also playing well, but there is still room for improvement. They are delighted to have not conceded any goals so far this season in the FA WSL and in the FA Cup, but there have been one or two near misses, so they won’t be complacent. They will also look to improve their finishing as they haven’t scored many goals in proportion to the chances created – a problem which was evident in the last round against third division minnows Sporting Club Albion.

City fans also understand how important it is these days to rotate the team in order to keep players fresh and to give the side other options, so they will be hoping for a sign that one or two key players will return from injury in time for this match.

In the other semi-final, Arsenal take on Sunderland. Arsenal have some exceptional individual players and must be favourites playing at home. But recent form is not too encouraging and they only just scrapped through the last round against Notts County, so Sunderland will fancy their chances of causing an upset.

4 Comments
  1. Author
    Bernard 3 years ago

    CHELSEA 2 MANCHESTER CITY 1

    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.

    • WSU 3 years ago

      Another great report, thank you Bernard, I have added here: http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/kirby-late-winner/

      Tough way to lose for Man City, but I agree this will only make them come back stronger.

      What is your prediction for the Final?

      • Author
        Bernard 3 years ago

        Hi
        I am very much looking forward to watching this match as a neutral observer.
        I expect to see a very competitive match between the current holders of the FA Cup and the holders of the Continental Cup.
        I think Chelsea has started the season better than Arsenal, but I don’t think that will count for anything once the two teams get on the pitch at Wembley.
        Both teams have some fantastic players and I think it will be down to how they perform on the day. And that could depend on who can control the midfield.
        Chelsea have quality players all over the park, so it’s quite difficult to highlight just one or two. .
        Attacking midfielder Ji So Yun is an incredible player and could be a match winner in a tight game. And Karen Carney seems to have settled in very well and I think she could also have a big impact.
        In attack, Gemma Davison is a tricky winger who could cause many problems for Arsenal’s defence and there’s always a threat in front of goal from Eni Aluko.
        Another potential match winner could be Fran Kirby. But will she start on the bench?
        I saw Arsenal play at Manchester City and I was very impressed with goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal. She pulled off some outstanding saves and will be difficult to beat.
        In midfield, I expect Jordan Nobbs and Fara Williams to compete strongly with Chelsea.
        I was surprised to see Asisat Oshoala get taken off against City as she seemed to be a real threat. And I was also surprised that Marta Corredera came on so late in the game as she also looked very dangerous when she did.
        In defence, of the two teams, I think Arsenal could be the most vulnerable.

  2. Asa 3 years ago

    Thank you Bernard, great blog

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