Chelsea beat Man City to reach Women's FA Cup semi-final – highlights & report

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Chelsea kept their bid for a treble alive, and ended rivals Manchester City’s in the process, with a deserved Women’s FA Cup semi-final victory.

Fran Kirby’s brace sent Chelsea through to face Arsenal in 5 May’s Wembley final, after the Gunners beat Everton.[1]

The in-form forward took advantage when England captain Steph Houghton misjudged a long ball early on.

Kirby also raced clear and calmly slotted home after Jen Beattie’s similar error in the second half.

Holders City disappointed going forward but ultimately it was centre-halves Houghton and Beattie’s uncharacteristic errors from high, route-one balls that saw their reign end.

Kirby latched on to both situations clinically and showed her class with two calm finishes, sending her side in to their third FA Cup final in four seasons, and fourth since 2012.

For Women’s Super League One leaders Chelsea, victory kept them on course for a league, FA Cup and European treble, ahead of April’s two-legged Women’s Champions League semi-final against German club Wolfsburg.

Man City, who are three points behind Chelsea in WSL 1 with a game in hand, were left to focus on the title race and their European bid, with holders Lyon awaiting the Citizens in the last four of the Champions League.

Arsenal had beaten Everton earlier on Sunday, setting up a London derby for the final, which will be held at Wembley for only the fourth time.

Both semi-finals were broadcast live on the BBC for the first time in the competition’s 48-year history, while over 3,000 fans were at Kingsmeadow to see Chelsea’s hard-fought win.

You can now add WSL 1 notifications for line-ups, goals, kick-off, half-time and results in the BBC Sport app. Visit this page to find out how to sign-up.[3]

Line-ups

Chelsea Ladies

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Bright
  • 18Mjelde
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3Blundell
  • 17Chapman
  • 2ThorisdottirSubstituted forFlahertyat 65′minutes
  • 20Andersson
  • 24SpenceBooked at 67mins
  • 14KirbySubstituted forDavisonat 81′minutes
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forAlukoat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Flaherty
  • 7Davison
  • 9Aluko
  • 12Spencer

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 23McManus
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 11Christiansen
  • 17Parris
  • 10NadimSubstituted forEmslieat 62′minutes
  • 12StanwayBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Jans
  • 4Middag
  • 16Ross
  • 22Emslie

Attendance:
3,048

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea LadiesAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Manchester City Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Manchester City Women 0.

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Nikita Parris.

Booking

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Claire Emslie.

Foul by Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women).

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Drew Spence.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Gemma Davison replaces Francesca Kirby.

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Jennifer Beattie.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Erin Cuthbert because of an injury.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea Ladies 2, Manchester City Women 0. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Katie Chapman.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.

Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Gilly Flaherty replaces Maria Thorisdottir because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Claire Emslie replaces Nadia Nadim.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies).

Attempt saved. Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).

Attempt missed. Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

References

  1. ^ the Gunners beat Everton. (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Relive both Women’s FA Cup semi-finals (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ this page (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  6. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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