SSE Women’s FA Cup

SSE Women’s FA Cup final preview: Arsenal v Chelsea

The SSE Women’s FA Cup final will be contested between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium this Saturday 14 May 2016.

Below is a preview of both teams who will be fighting to win the prestigious trophy in front of a strong crowd at Wembley.

SSE Women’s FA Cup final preview: Chelsea Ladies

Last year’s SSE Women’s FA Cup final win may have been one of Katie Chapman’s career highlights to date – but the Chelsea captain is determined to add to those memories this time around against Arsenal.

Ji So-Yun’s goal was all that separated Chelsea from Notts County last August as Chelsea secured their first ever silverware in the inaugural FA Cup final staged at Wembley.

It was an experience that appears to have whetted the Chelsea players’ appetite for more as the team have again progressed all the way through to the showpiece game this season, including beating Manchester City in extra time in the semi-finals.

Next Saturday afternoon the Blues will lock horns with 13-times winners Arsenal – a team they beat 2-0 in FA Women’s Super League 1 last month.

Although England midfielder Chapman knows the size of the occasion next weekend means that previous results stand for very little.

She said: “Everyone wants to play in the FA Cup. Everyone wants to play in the FA Cup final, and here at Wembley.

“I think it was one of the proudest moments of my career when we did it last year. Captaining Chelsea, I absolutely love it.

“I have been at Arsenal and won a lot of trophies, but I do love this team. I haven’t been in a team that is so together as Chelsea.

“We have a great bunch of players and a great bunch of people. For us to be back here for a second time, it feels like home. It is nice for us.

“I think it will be a different game than the other week. I think you are looking at a bigger pitch and a bigger stage.

“The environment, it all plays a part and it is an FA Cup final of course. I think Arsenal as a club have been very successful over the years in Cup finals and for us, coming off the back of last year with a win, it is going to be a great game for everyone to watch.”

For Chapman, the game will be particularly special having previously spent two spells as a player with Arsenal where she won the Cup four times.

But whatever the outcome, she knows it will be a match that lives long in the memories for all the players involved.

“It’s the home of English football. Every kid dreams of playing at Wembley and we certainly do and it is nice to have this day for the women to have it at the home of football,” she added.

“We hope to have a massive crowd, I hope we get a bigger one than last year because the atmosphere was amazing that day and to get more people in to watch the game would be brilliant.”

“I think SSE has been massive for the women’s game. It is brilliant too have them as sponsor because they do so much to help raise the profile of the women’s game.

“It is important we do that and is important to have support, and SSE’s support in the FA Cup final is massive.”

To buy your tickets to The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final, visit www.thefa.com

SSE Women’s FA Cup final preview: Arsenal Ladies

Arsenal have withstood something of a rollercoaster to reach the SSE Women’s FA Cup final but Casey Stoney claims she will use her ample experience to keep her team-mates on an even keel when they run out at Wembley Stadium this Saturday.

Entering the competition at the fifth-round stage, Arsenal required a penalty shootout to down Birmingham following a 1-1 draw after extra-time before once again needing spot-kicks in their quarter-final with Notts County.

Locked at 2-2 following 120 minutes of action, the Gunners prevailed 3-2 on penalties although the semi-final saw them make far more serene progress as Sunderland were brushed aside 7-0 to set up a final against Chelsea.

Stoney is no stranger to the big stage having won the Women’s FA Cup in three occasions, made over 120 appearances for England and represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Chelsea won the SSE Women’s FA Cup last year and also beat Arsenal in the league earlier this term but the 33-year-old insists her side will be ready for the test.

“I think this will be a one-off game. We have lost to them before but it doesn’t matter in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final,” explained Stoney.

“I don’t think we will ever need any inspiration or motivation to go out there and perform. We know we need to be better than we were in the league and we will be, no doubt about that.

“It has not been an easy journey for us to get to the FA Cup final. We’ve had two penalty shoot-outs, quite a comfortable win against Sunderland in the semi-final, but it was the only easy game really.

“So it has not been easy, but we are here now and it is where we want to be.

“I have played at Wembley, I have played for England and led the team out for Team GB. I have experienced what Wembley can be like with over 70,000 fans.

“That experience will be invaluable come Saturday and keeping the young heads calm and making sure we are in the right place to be able to do our jobs and perform.”

For Stoney, the SSE Women’s FA Cup final will be particularly special as she played for Chelsea between 2007 and 2011.

She believes the clash will serve as a fantastic advert for women’s football and is aiming to inspire the next generation to take up the game.

“I think SSE has had a massive impact on women’s football, definitely since they started sponsoring the FA Cup,” added Stoney.

“Having the FA Cup final here at Wembley has had a massive advert for the women’s game. It helps to put the women’s game on the same level as the men’s game which is where we want to be. So it is huge.

“Hopefully it will filter down into grassroots and there will probably be quite a few thousand young girls watching the final here, so hopefully there is some inspiration there and they will pick up a ball and play.”

To buy your tickets to The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final, visit www.thefa.com

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  1. Harry 3 years ago

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