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Manchester City vs West Ham United Women at Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Referee : Abigail Byrne
4th May 2019 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘52' Keira Walsh
    • ‘81' Georgia Stanway
    • ‘88' Lauren Hemp
  • 0 West Ham United Women


Commentary By Caroline Oatway



What a sight!

It's been an absolute pleasure to bring you coverage of another incredible day at Wembley.

Thank you so much for joining me. Have a fantastic weekend!

Hopefully, the first of multiple trophies in May...



Georgia Stanway πŸ’¬

"It's unbelievable. To get the win tops off an incredible day.

"Everybody wishes to be part of the FA Cup Final and we got the opportunity. We're so grateful to be here.

"I've dreamed about that moment (scoring at Wembley) so many times.

"I think I tried too hard at times today but thankfully, it came off in the end and it topped off the day nicely."


Nick Cushing πŸ’¬

 "I said at half-time I thought we played the occasion a bit. But we settled down a bit and played the football we've played all year.

"At the start of the year I thought it'd be the most Women's Super League season ever - we've not lost a game and still not won the title. But we'll look at that and go again."



After the long climb up the stairs, the team receive their individual medals.

It's been a real team effort to secure this trophy - not just today; through the whole campaign.

Now, the moment we've all been waiting for... Captain Steph Houghton lifts the trophy aloft to an almighty cheer.

Another piece of silverware for the City and England skipper. Another memorable moment to add to her collection.



What a feeling! What a day! And what a second half performance.

City came out fighting after the break - there was only going to be one winner, they were sure of it.

The youngsters stole the show - Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp - epitomising everything this Club is about: developing young, British talent and building a successful squad.

Congratulations to Nick, his staff and the players.

Another wonderful day to remember at this remarkable and historic ground.


What a moment!

A goal, earned with sheer will and an excellent finish!

Hemp runs onto Beattie's long-ball, beating the onrushing Moorhouse to the bounce and drilling home a half-volley!

The icing on the cake!


Almost a third!

City well in the mood now!

Stanway goes in search of her second but fires straight at Moorhouse.

Then, Hemp goes for the spectacular with an overhead kick, which flies just over. What an impact that would have been.


Get in there!!!

Another slice of luck, as the shot takes a deflection en route to the bottom corner - but who cares?!

That goal was typical Stanway, jinking her way into a goalscoring opportunity and making the most of it.

We're almost there!


Top-class defending

Percival with an outstanding piece of defending, sliding into dispossess Stanway and staying on her feet to bring the ball away and clear.


Almost a second!

Weir looks to double the lead, firing across goal but Moorhouse sticks out a leg to make an unconventional but effective stop.


London's calling

West Ham being urged forward at every opportunity now.

City need to hold firm. It's not won yet...

One slip, one mistake, one set-piece could change the game completely...


Safe hands!

This game has really opened up!

Great chance for West Ham, as Kiernan races clear and crosses for Lehmann. She arrows goalward but KB watches it all the way and gathers well.


Agonisingly close!

City on the hunt for a second. Parris goes close with two long-rangers to the top corner, before Stanway nips in, in front of Moorhouse but falls and can't convert before the ball is hacked away!



Wullaert bends in a delivery to the backpost. Moorhouse is up but doesn't feel comfortable claiming and punches clear. Her confidence quite probably knocked by that goal.

Weir looked for the rebound and went down under a challenge but nothing given by the referee.


What dreams are made of! πŸ’™

Keira Walsh. The Rochdale-born, lifelong City fan has scored in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Does it get any better than that?!


They all count!

Not the prettiest goal you'll ever see but we don't care!

Eager to attain for her miss a moment earlier, Walsh takes aim from distance and the ball bounces off the turf, deceiving Moorhouse, and into the back of the net!!!

If you don't buy a ticket, you don't win the raffle. If you don't shoot, you don't score, etc!



Walsh with a chance, as she sets herself up to strike first-time on the edge of the area, but she miscues and the ball bounces harmlessly wide.



The temperature has dropped a few degrees, which has impacted the crowd I think. Dampened spirits somewhat.

A decent chance will rally it again, I'm sure. It's tense at the moment with the game on a knife edge.


Analysis πŸ€”

So, goalless at the break but plenty of talking points.

The key moment of the half was definitely Bardsley's excellent save to deny former City star Ross - the best chance for either side.

City started brightly without pursuing any real purposeful ventures into West Ham's half... and - backed by a vocal London support - the Hammers grew in confidence and threatened numerous times on the counter-attack.

Matt Beard's side will definitely be the happier of the two sides going into the break with Nick Cushing's side the pre-match favourites.

Work to be done in the second half for the Continental Cup holders...


Calm it down, City!

We're well under the cosh here at the moment. West Ham growing in confidence with every attack.

We need to regain control of the ball and keep possession, taking the sting out of the game.

Back to basics.


What a save!!! 😱

Bardsley with an outrageous flying stop to deny Ross!

Simon delivered an inch-perfect delivery to the Scotland striker, who made contact - but Bardsley came out of nowhere to somehow claw the ball away!

The best chance of the half by a mile - and what a key save that could be.


Cheeky πŸ˜…

Gorgeous chip from Stanway, which nestles into the bottom corner... but it won't count.

The flag had already been raised for offside and she knew it. She just fancied having a go!

It was a lovely finish to be fair!


Stop-start 🚦

Few niggly fouls have crept in over the past few minutes. City have been awarded some free-kicks in promising areas but haven't made the most of the opportunities with the ball sailing straight out...


Cool as you like ❄

Fantastic composure by Stoke to dispossess Leon in a dangerous area and nip the ball past her to clear the danger.

I mean, she is coolness personified off the pitch but just then, that was another level of ice.


Beware... ⚠

West Ham looking the more dangerous at the moment, threatening on the counter-attack at every opportunity.

Backed by a largely London-based crowd, they're being spurred on with each wave.

So far, Bardsley hasn't had a save to make... but that vocal following could play a part.


Encouraging opening

City have enjoyed most of the possession in the early exchanges, without venturing into West Ham's final third as yet.

Walsh almost played Parris through but the offside flag was raised, while at the other end, the Hammers threatened through former Blue Ross, who skipped past Houghton but ran the ball out of play.


The Final Countdown 🀩

Here we go! 

Out come the two teams to fantastic noise here at Wembley. It's a brilliant atmosphere, filled with excitement and anticipation.

It's time for the handshakes, as Steph Houghton introduces her team to today's special guests.


Ready and waiting πŸ™Œ

It's almost time... the teams are in the tunnel; the crowd are taking their seats.

The stage is set for the 49th FA Women's Cup Final.

Let's do this!


Team news and tactics πŸ“‹

Nick Cushing names an unchanged side from the one that defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the semi-finals with City operating a 4-2-2-2 formation.

Karen Bardsley starts in goal, shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, Jen Beattie, Steph Houghton (c) and Abbie McManus.

Keira Walsh and Jill Scott will protect the back four, positioned behind Caroline Weir and Tessa Wullaert with Georgia Stanway and Nikita Parris leading the line upfront.


The Road to the Final πŸ†

Both sides entered the competition in the fourth round.

City reached the semi-final stage with a trio of 3-0 victories over Watford, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool respectively, before sealing a place in the showpiece with a 1-0 win over reigning champions Chelsea.

West Ham required penalties to overcome Reading in the last four, having recorded 3-1, 8-1 and 1-0 wins over Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa in the previous rounds.

Nick Cushing’s side have taken three points from both games against the Hammers this season. A stunning 7-1 victory at the Academy Stadium in October preceded a 3-1 away win in January.


Team news πŸ“‹

Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, Nick Cushing revealed he has a fully fit squad to choose from.

β€œYeah, we’ve had virtually a fit squad all season,” he said. β€œFor the Final, we have everyone to select from.

β€œThe players are so much better [than last season] because we’ve had less games.

β€œWe’ve changed our operation a little bit. We’re a team five seasons old. We look at where we can improve and change.

β€œWe will do the same in the off season this year to see why we didn’t win the league. We have to learn and improve.”

The starting XI will be announced at 4:30pm BST...


Rain or shine? 🌦

We've had some very unusual weather down here at Wembley - everything from sunshiiiine to rain to hailstone!

Bring your umbrella and your suncream... and your thermals and your shades! It's a real mix.


Wembley, Wembley! πŸ’™

A very good afternoon from Wembley Stadium - the venue for this evening's eagerly-awaited FA Women's Cup Final between City and West Ham.

They don't come much bigger than this and with a bumper crowd expected, it's sure to be one to remember for both sides - City of course, looking to secure our second FA Cup success, following 2017's historic triumph.

The anticipation is building nicely and as always, we'll have all the behind-the-scenes build-up, plus live match coverage and post-match reaction.



Cushing [on the 7-1 WSL win over West Ham]

"We know for sure that 7-1 game here was not a true reflection of West Ham.

"Yes, we were good on the day, but they were probably disappointed with their performance. [This final] is a one-off game, which means that anybody can win."



"We're disappointed in the outcome of the league but we're proud of our form this year.

"Here it's not about isolating individual trophies - it's about continuing to be successful."


West Ham boss Matt Beard

"We've got to play the game, not the occasion.

"We'll do as much as we can to make sure the girls are relaxed and comfortable on the day.

"We're going to go to Wembley on Friday, visit the dressing room and visit the stadium, so we can get that out the way, so when the players get there, they can just concentrate on their jobs.

"No-one is expecting us to win. [Victory] would be a remarkable end to a remarkable story. We got told in May last year that we would make it in to the top division, and pre-season was the start of July.

"Everyone here deserves enormous credit. If we can pull it off on Saturday, it'll be an unbelievable achievement."


Houghton [on the growth of the game]

"We're all sitting here thinking 'how big can this game get?' There's been so much progression.

"There have been so many watershed moments in the past few years. The 2012 Olympics, playing at Wembley with 70,000 was definitely the turning point.

"The next three years are so exciting for women's football in this country. We've got the World Cup coming up, we've got the Olympics potentially next year and then a home Euros in 2021.

 β€œWe need to be the best we can be and get people through those gates.”


Houghton [on potential 50,000 crowd]

β€œTo hear it could be a record-breaking crowd, you want to play in those games.

β€œTo be able to play in FA Cup finals at Wembley is a dream come true. For women’s football in this country it’s great.

β€œWe want to sustain those crowds, but to be getting 50,000 for a final shows how much progression there’s been."