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Chelsea Women vs Manchester City at Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Referee : Kirsty Dowle
15th May 2022 2:30 PM (BST)
  • 3 Chelsea Women

    • ‘33' Sam Kerr
    • ‘63' Erin Cuthbert
    • ‘99' Sam Kerr
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘42' Lauren Hemp
    • ‘89' Hayley Raso


Commentary By George Kelsey


Goodbye ๐Ÿ‘‹

And that's it for another season!

To say it's been a rollercoaster would be an understatement, but we can take immense pride from how far the team has come over the course of the campaign.

A difficult start, compounded by an unprecedented injury crisis, was turned around with an incredible 13 straight victories.

It would have been the dream ending had we claimed victory today, but it wasn't to be.

We gave our all, twice coming from behind, but have to settle for a Conti Cup triumph and FA Cup runners up medal.

Plenty to build on, and plenty to get excited about next season!

Until then, all the best, thanks for your company and COME ON, CITY ๐Ÿ’™ 


Taylor on learning from tough start to the season ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"You do. Thatโ€™s natural, itโ€™s strength in adversity in whatever you do in life, everyone suffers and you find out who is with you and learn a lot about yourself too.

"Its not new to me, I had a 20+ year playing career with a lot of downs but that's how you deal with it, affect what you can affect.

"But looking back on that (first half of the season), the players and staff were amazing and professional throughout.

"We were rewarded with the things we did in the second half of the season."


Taylor on Keira Walsh's display ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"She was very good, I think she grew into the game, sometimes it takes her a while, (but) I always tell her to take some credit that someone stays on her all the time.

"Today it was Beth England - itโ€™s a compliment.

"She worked it out the more the game went on because sheโ€™s keen to get the ball forward to our eight and ten."

"I thought we had some real dangerous players at the top end, Bunny (Shaw) did well today.

"It was difficult, the legs were flagging a bit, itโ€™s difficult to go out there with the atmosphere and emotions but we looked really fit and the more likely to win the game."


Taylor on Chelsea ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"You have to take your hat off to them. What they do they do well.

"We've found it difficult to play against that, theyโ€™ve won trophies and been to a lot of finals in the last few years.

Outside us no other team has taken a trophy in that time.

"Weโ€™re proud to be here and disappointed, but we know we can do it, we know weโ€™re there and will improve a lot.

"Weโ€™ve got young talent coming through so the futureโ€™s bright."


Taylor on performance๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I felt we were the dominant team for large periods.We started well, had good chances and showed good character to bounce back.

"Second half we controlled large parts and in the last 20 we were excellent before Hayley scores.

"I also felt that we were the only team in extra time who would go on and do it but we make a slight error on the half-way line which costs us.

"I'm supremely proud of the team, we were excellent and showed great character.

"It's just a shame we couldn't get our noses in front."


Manager reaction on the way

We've just been told that Emma Hayes is likely to conduct her post-match press conference first, with Gareth Taylor to follow.

Stay tuned for plenty more reaction!


'City will be back next season'

Former England international Fara Williams speaking on the BBC ๐Ÿ—ฃ 

"Manchester City had injuries which really didn't help this team earlier in the season, but they have picked themselves up and showed today that they can go toe to toe with the best in the WSL.

"It was a showcase, they'll be disappointed with the result but they will be back next season."


'City left it all out there'

Former City midfielder Izzy Christiansen speak to the BBC ๐Ÿ’ฌ 

โ€œCity will be gutted, but sometimes you hold your held up high and can reflect.

"Theyโ€™ve played their part in a superb occasion and they left it all out there."


Gracious in defeat

White can be seen in conversation with Chelsea stopper Berger, while Walsh and Stokes give defender Bright a hug.

Angeldahl also makes her way through the Chelsea players to congratulate her fellow Swede, Eriksson.

Ever gracious in defeat, the City players have waited on the pitch to clap the victors as they receive their medals.


Runners up

City receive our medals up in the gods at Wembley, with the Chelsea players watching on and giving every player a round of applause.



Gareth Taylor's side line up ready to receive our runners up medals.

Ellen White leads the way up the Wembley stairs, receiving a great reception from the fans who have stayed behind.


Round of applause๐Ÿ‘

The City players make their way around the fans showing their appreciation for the support they've received this afternoon.

It's reciprocated by the fans, who know we gave it everything we had.


Team huddle

The players get together in a huddle after the game as always, once again showing our unity in victory or defeat.

It's a cruel way to lose a final, and one that Gareth Taylor's side definitely didn't deserve for a tireless display.

Reaction to follow shortly.


Well claimed

Berger, in my opinion Chelsea's player of the match, rises highest once again to claim a corner and eat up some precious seconds.

City probably have one more chance...


High and wide

Another great ball in from Hemp causes problems for the Chelsea defence.

Carter clears to the edge of the box, but Weir's effort on her weaker foot is never going to trouble Berger's goal.


Promising position

Bronze is hacked down by Andersson in a promising position down the right.

A chance for Greenwood to launch a cross into the box...


Penalty box pinball

Chelsea go close from a corner as City fail to clear our lines.

The ball is eventually deflected behind for a goal kick, but it could've gone anywhere.


Wing command

The intriguing battle between Raso and Andersson continues down the City right.

This time though, it's the Chelsea defender who comes out on top, ushering the ball behind for a goal kick.

Meanwhile, Kirby gets a brilliant reception from the supporters as she warms up... could she be making her first appearance since February?


Coombs goes close

Early chance for City!

A snapshot from Coombs on the turn almost pulls us level. Great work from Bronze down the right sees the ball land in the midfielder's path, but her effort on the turn is a bit too high.

Promising start nonetheless!


Keep the faith

Some final words of wisdom from Gareth Taylor as we prepare for the second half of extra time.

City left it late to equalise in normal time, so we're more than capable of doing it again this time round.



City chance

Raso almost doubles her tally for the afternoon!

A great ball in from the left from Hemp is flicked on by White, with the Australian ready to pounce at the back post.

She gets to the ball ahead of Andersson, but can't hook it on target.


Patient play

City have responded well to that setback and are confidently zipping the ball around the Wembley turf.

We're being penned back by Chelsea though, who are pressing tirelessly.

When they do eventually get hold of it, Bright almost boots it out of the stadium.


Fine margins

It's cruel. It's so, so cruel.

Kennedy hasn't put a foot wrong all game, but she slightly misjudges a hopeful ball down the flank, allowing Kerr to pounce.

The Australian races towards goal in a two against one situation with Greenwood, with her deflected effort wrong-footing Roebuck.



So close for City!

Weir does brilliantly to intercept a short pass out of the Chelsea defence, with her ball across the face of goal deflected towards the net by Carer.

Berger smothers the danger with White ready to pounce.

That could've gone anywhere!


Chelsea threat

A loose pass is almost picked up by Kerr, but Greenwood is there once again to thwart the danger.

A brief heart-in-mouth moment, but we survive...


30 more minutes

A quick drinks break before an 30 minutes of action here at Wembley.

Gareth Taylor passes on some final words of wisdom on the touchline as City once again take part in a huddle.

What a second half that was... more of the same beckons!


"Stay calm"

"Stay calm" is the message from Chelsea boss Emma Hayes as City come forward again.

It's knocked long to White, but she's ushered away from the ball by Bright to end our latest attack.


Instant impact

A brilliant finish from Raso, who gets in behind Eriksson to latch onto Greenwood's ball over the top.

She composes herself, shaking off the Chelsea skipper's attentions before poking home.

Just what City deserved... it looks like extra time...


City pushing

Weir breaks free and tries her luck across goal from the edge of the box.

It's a clean strike which was begging for a touch to turn it into the net, but Berger smothers.


Just wide

Great ball in from Greenwood is met by Bronze, but the defender's flicked header flashes wide of the post.

Plenty of time for City to find a route back into this game!


Brilliant from Bunny

WOW - that would've been some goal!

Bunny beats Carter to a loose ball, before turning her inside out down the wing before playing the ball back into a dangerous area.

Stanway eventually pounces on it, but her effort is over the bar.



Chelsea almost double their advantage on the counter.

The ball is knocked into Kerr after great work from Harder down the right, but the Australian fluffs her lines.

However, it eventually falls to Reiten, whose curling effort is much closer to the target, flashing just wide.


Penalty claim

Ji is sent sprawling inside the area after clashing with Stanway, but I don't even think she really thought it was a penalty.

Nothing doing, as Stanway brings the ball out from defence.


Brief stoppage

The corner is well claimed by Chelsea stopper Berger, who looks like she might need some attention.

It looks like cramp, but I'm no medical expert...


City pressure

Incredible feet from Hemp who scampers away from Bright down the City left.

The ball eventually falls to Stokes, whose cross is headed behind for a corner.



A swing and a miss from Bunny as the ball drops invitingly inside the box.

The City forward tried her luck on the turn, but it fell agonisingly out of reach.

It would've been a goal fully deserving of her performance so far, but Gareth Taylor's side are knocking on the door!


West Ham v City update

Full-time at the London Stadium, and City come away with a draw.

West Ham took a two-goal lead in at the break thanks to a Bowen brace, but Guardiola's men rallied through strikes from Grealish and a Coufal own goal.

It could've been all three points, but Riyad Mahrez couldn't convert a late penalty - meaning our defiant response earned one point rather than three.


Stunning strike

Sometimes you just have to sit back and applaud a moment of brilliance.

Cuthbert picks up play just outside the City box from an England cutback before rifling an unstoppable drive in off the bar.

Weir and Stanway can't quite get there in time to block the shot, and City are behind once again.


Cuthbert to the rescue

Cuthbert gets back brilliantly to thwart Bunny as the forward races in on goal.

The Chelsea midfielder had initially lost possession to Stanway around the halfway line, but continued her pursuit to save her team.

City still on top as Roebuck comfortably claims a long ball.


Chelsea free-kick

A free-kick in a promising position here for Chelsea, as Bronze is penalised for bringing down Harder on the edge of the box.

It looked like the ball had already gone before the challenge was made, but Kirsty Dowle brings the play back for the foul.

A promising position for Chelsea...


Chances galore


Bunny and Hemp both going incredibly close putting us ahead!

Kelly breaks down the right, crossing the ball into Bunny at the near-post, but the forward can't adjust her body to head the ball towards the target.

It comes back to Kelly and the ball eventually finds Hemp over on the left, but her effort is well-saved by Berger.

City on top.


Wide of the mark

The ball is pumped into the Chelsea box after a corner, and Kennedy flicks the header towards goal.

It's wide of Berger's net, but once again demonstrates our strong start to the second 45.

Keep it up, City!


Early opening

A half-chance for City, created by a mazy run from Bronze.

The full-back bursts into the Chelsea half, knocks it into Shaw, who bides her time before feeding Hemp down the left.

The winger crosses the ball into a dangerous area, but there's a bit too much on it to find Stanway at the back post.


Here we go...

The players are back out on the pitch after the break, with City taking part in a quick team huddle before we get things back under way.



MASSIVE goal at the London Stadium - City have pulled it back!

Vladimir Coufal turns into his own net as Pep Guardiola's men come from two goals down with 20 to play.

That turnaround is certainly making me shake my hips in time to former Pussycat Dolls member Kimberly Wyatt's half-time dance routine here at Wembley Stadium!



Yep, as suspected, Sam Kerr has been awarded Chelsea's goal rather than Millie Bright.

It looked like she'd got a touch, so it's pleasing that my eyesight hasn't entirely failed me yet...


All square โš–๏ธ

You'd be brave to call this one at the break...

City certainly started the stronger of the two sides with some decent early stages, but it was Chelsea who drew first blood.

After Bright's opener Emma Hayes' side were on top, but we composed ourselves and sprung the trap as half-time approached.

All the play for...


Penalty claim

Ooooh... strong claims for a penalty there for City as Bunny goes down in the box.

The Jamaican, who has been giving Nouwen a hard time this first half, thinks she's been tripped by the defender as she brings the ball under her spell, but referee Kirsty Dowle isn't interested.

...Seen them given!



Great work from Stanway, who has two bites at the cherry.

The first is well blocked as she races in on goal, but she shows brilliant reactions to readjust and try her luck on the volley.

However, Carter is in the way to divert the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.



Game on!

Hemp makes it seven goals in five FA Cup appearances this season with an incredible curling effort.

Great work from Bunny in the build-up, who swivels away from Nouwen, drives into space and releases the winger.

And Hemp makes no mistake, wrong-footing Bright when cutting inside and finding the top corner.


Strong Stokes

England's on the deck after feeling the force of a Stokes challenge.

It was a completely fair tackle as the two went for a ball inside the City area, but the Chelsea forward felt it on the follow through!

Emma Hayes' side have been on top since grabbing the game's opener, but City always look a threat on the counter.


Update from West Ham

Better news for Pep Guardiola's men, as Jack Grealish pulls one back early in the second half.

David Clayton is at the London Stadium:

"A great start to the second half and just what we needed - the ball was cleared out the West Ham box but only as far as Grealish, who volleyed it home via a deflection off Dawson - City back in it."



The ball is half-cleared by City from the free-kick, with possession recycled down the Chelsea right.

Bright looks to knock a ball into the back post which evades everyone, nestling into the far corner of the net and off the post.

It looks like Kerr might even have got a touch right on the line - so the Australian may well claim it.

Either way, City behind.


Kennedy in the book

A free-kick for Chelsea deep in the City half as Kennedy catches Harder.

Completely unintentional, as shown by Kennedy's reaction straight after the foul, but a chance for Emma Hayes' side to launch the ball into the box...


Wing wizards

Looks like Hemp and Kelly have swapped wings for a brief period of time, with the latter taking on Carter down the Chelsea right.

The defender comes out on top on this occasion, winning a foul deep in the Chelsea half, but we've found plenty of joy out wide so far.

Still goalless, but this is anyone's game...



Great bit of covering from Walsh to deny Reiten a clear run at goal.

Chelsea had countered quickly from a City free-kick, but Walsh showed typical positional intelligence to snuff out the danger as Kerr tried to lob the ball in behind.


Bunny on the deck

Bunny looks to be in some discomfort after being caught by Cuthbert.

The forward got a whack on the shin from the midfielder as she knocked the ball in to Weir after good holdup play.

Another brief stoppage in play as she receives treatment, but she looks okay to continue and is applauded by the fans as she makes her way back on the pitch.


Update from West Ham

A tough day at the office for Pep Guardiola's men so far, who find themselves two down heading into the half-time break.

It's another goal from Premier League Player of the Season nominee Jarrod Bowen.



Chelsea have the ball in the net, but it's flagged for offside.

Kerr didn't quite time her run properly and it's an easy decision for the officials.

A warning for City though!


Kelly on the case

Well claimed from Berger, who is off her line to pluck a dangerous Kelly cross out of the air.

The City winger had done really well to get to the by-line and beyond Eriksson, but her ball in can't find a teammate.


Keeping it calm

Brilliant defending from Bronze, who marshals Guro Reiten out for a goal-kick.

Chelsea had worked the ball really well out to the left and it looked threatening, but our right-back showed why she's one of the world's best.


Cuthbert clattered

Stokes and Cuthbert clatter into each other as they challenge for a loose ball, with the Chelsea player certainly coming off the worse of the two.

She's receiving some treatment, but thankfully looks okay to continue.

A brief stoppage in play in an otherwise breathless opening ten minutes!


Sharp touch

City enjoying a decent spell of possession as Bright's long ball goes out for a throw on the right, allowing Gareth Taylor to show off an impressive first touch.

We've definitely edged these opening exchanges, but haven't got anything to show for it yet.


Defensive diligence

Great defending from Greenwood again, who gets in front of England to a Carter ball in behind the City defence.

She knocks the ball forward to Hemp just inside the City half, who is fouled by Bright as she brings the pass under control.



Another chance for City!

Stanway drives into space from a throw, playing in Hemp down the left.

The winger's effort is blocked by Bright, and the defender gets an important toe to Weir's follow up to divert behind for a corner.

Great start from Gareth Taylor's side!



The first big chance of the game falls to City!

Great work from Hemp down the left, who cuts the ball back into the path of Weir.

The midfielder swings an effort towards goal, but it's a bit too high to trouble the net.


Update from West Ham ๐Ÿ—ฃ

A setback for Pep Guardiola's men before the half-hour, as David Clayton reports:

"West Ham ahead through Jarrod Bowen - a hopeful punt through the middle saw him race clear, take it around Ederson and send the home fans wild."


Players on the pitch

Out come the two teams, with an incredible fire display going on around the pitch (you know what they say about parties and pyro going hand in hand!)

Just the pre-match pleasantries to go, then we'll be under way here at Wembley!



Almost there ๐Ÿ†

The trophy is presented pitchside ahead of the action, as two massive tifo's are unveiled on either side of the ground.

Chelsea's reads 'the Pride of London' opposite City's 'We are City' - which also shows our three previous FA Cup triumphs at the bottom of the artwork.

Meanwhile, the players can be seen getting ready in the tunnel ahead of kick-off...


Taylor on Conti Cup ๐Ÿ’ฌ

On the subject of our Conti Cup meeting, Gareth Taylor told Matchday Live that his players can take confidence from that victory, but will face a similarly tough test this afternoon...

โ€œItโ€™s great to have that experience under our belt, but we know itโ€™s never easy in a final.

โ€œThereโ€™ll be moments of suffering but the character weโ€™ve shown over the season has been incredible.โ€


Form guide ๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”ท City come into the clash in imperious form, having won 21 of our last 23 games in all competitions, including our last 13 in succession with a 45-5 aggregate score.

 ๐Ÿ”ท Newly-crowned FA Women's Super League Champions Chelsea have also won their last 11 games, defeating Manchester United last time out on the final day of the league season.

 ๐Ÿ”ท The pair last faced each other in March's Continental Cup Final - the Londoners' last defeat.


Tension building ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

The players make their way back into the changing rooms ahead of kick-off in around 15 minutes' time...

The red carpet is out on the pitch for the players to stand on as the national anthem is sung and the pre-match pleasantries are observed.

The atmosphere is continuing to build as the crowd are serenaded by an impressive solo performance from Raye.

The stage is well and truly set...


Fond farewells ๐Ÿ‘‹

This afternoon's final represents the end of an era for both sides...

For Chelsea, Ji So-yun, Drew Spence and Jonna Andersson will all be hoping to lift the FA Cup one last time.

Meanwhile, City stopper Karen Bardsley recently announced her retirement at the end of the season, so Gareth Taylor's side will be desperate to end her time at the Club on a high.

It's also Club journalist Caroline Oatway's final match as Women's Football Editor before she moves on to pastures new.

She's spearheaded our Women's content since the team was reformed in 2014 and will be sorely missed by all... I'm not crying, honest.


"An unbelievable occasion"

Former City midfielder Izzy Christiansen is part of the BBC's coverage of this afternoon's FA Cup final...

"Itโ€™s an unbelievable occasion, the best day in the calendar at Wembley, the best moment, best feelings, itโ€™s such a good occasion for the players.

โ€œThe number of meetings City and Chelsea had over the years, itโ€™s hard to separate the two teams.

"It comes down to individual brilliance. In the Conti Cup City were clear winners, coming from behind to win 3-1 and that was down to Gareth Taylor and his tactics.

"Emma Hayes would have thought about that game for today."


Under way at West Ham

City's Premier League clash at the London Stadium has just kicked off, David Clayton is our man on the spot for that one, and will be keeping us updated throughout the afternoon when any goals go in.

Fingers crossed we'll all make the journey back up to Manchester celebrating two big wins!


Double trouble๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

By the end of the play this evening, one of City or Chelsea will be celebrating a domestic double here at Wembley Stadium.

City are hoping to add the FA Cup to our Continental Cup triumph over Chelsea back in March, while Emma Hayes' side are aiming to build on their FA WSL league victory.

The two sides locked horns in the Conti Cup final, with Gareth Taylor's side coming out on top... here's hoping history repeats itself!


Limbering up ๐Ÿ’ช

Warm-ups are fully under way now at Wembley.

Chelsea seem to be taking part in a small-sided possession drill over on the far side, while City are grabbing a quick drinks break after some quick passing.

Meanwhile, Ellie Roebuck, Khiara Keating and Karima Taieb and practicing their handling on crosses and aerial balls.

The excitement is building!


Familiar faces ๐Ÿ†

It's safe to say that Chelsea and City have dominated the Women's FA Cup in recent years.

This is the ninth-successive year that one of these two sides has been in the final, while either Chelsea or City have won the Cup in each of the last five seasons... soon to be six!

Incredibly though, this is the first time they have actually met each other in the final.


Gareth Taylor on atmosphere ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"(It's) amazing, it's great to see supporters here, it's a completely different feeling to last time.

"A final is always something to remember."



Out come the City team to a great reception from the fans.

The flags that were placed under each of the seats earlier this morning are out in force to welcome the players onto the pitch.

Each of our players are getting a good feel of the ball before the warm-ups really get into full swing.


One change ๐Ÿ“‹

Gareth Taylor makes one change from the side who beat Reading in our final league match of the season.

Demi Stokes comes in for Julie Blakstad at left-back, while Jess Park also returns to the bench after recovering from injury.

It's another typically strong City team, making me even more excited than I thought I already was for this afternoon's showpiece!


Team News

City XI: Roebuck, Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood (C), Stokes, Walsh, Stanway, Weir, Kelly, Shaw, Hemp

Subs: Keating, Coombs, Angeldahl, Raso, Park, Losada, White, Mace, Blakstad


Lucky Nando's?๐Ÿ—

Esme Morgan has just been pitchside previewing today's clash as part of our Matchday Live coverage ahead of City's trip to West Ham.

But the burning question on everyone's mind was about whether she'd frequented a certain popular chicken restaurant in the build-up to today's clash...

"No, I havenโ€™t (had a Nando's), but my mum and dad have been on the Nandoโ€™s trip, so hopefully the Morgan power will carry through from them!"


Historic attendance?

A record crowd is expected here at Wembley for a Women's FA Cup final.

The current record stands at 45,423 - which was set at the 2018 final, but it looks like that could be beaten this afternoon!

So far, more than 50,000 tickets have reportedly been sold - an incredible achievement ๐Ÿ‘ 


Pre-match tunes ๐ŸŽถ

An eclectic mix of tunes being blared out at Wembley in the build-up to today's showpiece.

DJ Pied Piper's classic: 'Do You Really Like It?' is the current track welcoming supporters coming into the stadium.

On the subject of fans...


Route to the final ๐Ÿ†

City have averaged an astonishing five goals per round en route to this year's final.

Our journey began with an 8-0 win over Nottingham Forest, before we claimed a 4-1 triumph away to Manchester United.

A 4-0 quarter-final victory over Everton followed, before we hit another four away to West Ham to book our place at Wembley.

Chelsea meanwhile beat Aston Villa, Birmingham, Leicester and Arsenal to reach the final.


London calling ๐Ÿ“ž

Two massive games for City down in the capital this afternoon!

Pep Guardiola's men are hoping to move within touching distance of back-to-back Premier League titles, but face a tough assignment away to West Ham.

That game gets under way at 14:00 (UK), so we'll keep you updated on that throughout the afternoon.


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

We'll find out the Manchester City team news in around 30 minutes' time, but Gareth Taylor did provide some welcome news in his pre-match press conference.

The boss revealed that both Demi Stokes and Jess Park are set to be back in contention for our Wembley showpiece.

Stokes missed last weekendโ€™s FA Womenโ€™s Super League finale at Reading, while Park has not featured since the start of April.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes meanwhile says Fran Kirby will be available having not played for club or country since February due to fatigue.


It's Cup final day ๐Ÿ†

How are your nerves?!

Hello and welcome to today's Matchday Centre for the 2021/22 Women's FA Cup final, which sees City lock horns with Chelsea in our final match of the season.

Kick-off is scheduled for 14:30 (UK) and we'll bring you live updates, analysis and statistics from around 13:00 at Wembley Stadium.

It's sure to be a thrilling afternoon in the capital, so strap yourselves in as we look to finish the campaign with a second piece of silverware!