Up until today, our club had never won the FA Cup. We’ve had a number of historical misses (no pun intended) but never got over the line. Well this afternoon in Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium, we finally did.
The Ladies have been getting better and better, and would have fancied their chances going into the final. The Blues were the better side in the first half, however were unable to get ahead.
As the game went on, both sides created opportunities but it looked like one goal may decide it, so it must have been a massive fillip for Chelsea when Helen Lander’s left foot shot put them ahead with about 20 minutes to go. However, like the Blues’ male side, the Ladies don’t know when to give up and continued to press for the equaliser. On the 90th minute, Taylor back heeled the ball and it looked like going in – but it was stopped on the line. Blues looked like they had blown their chance, but no; not this side, the resulting corner was put in and Williams side footed a shot which hit the net and made it 1-1.
The game went to extra time and it was clear that the heat and the length of the game were beginning to take their toll on the players, so it was inevitable that a mistake would result in a goal, and so it was when a mix up in the Blues defence allowed Chelsea to regain the lead through Kate Longhurst. Blues stepped up again and late on equalised once again, this time through Karen Carney. Despite their best efforts, neither side could break through again and it went to penalties.
Chelsea scored two of their penalties but missed 3. The Blues scored 3 after missing their first one and won the final 3-2 on penalties.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a lot of competition wins for the Blues Ladies. Now go and win the league title girls!