Chelsea win Vitality Women’s FA Cup in front of record crowd

Millie bright celebrates Chelsea's opener
Millie Bright celebrates Chelsea’s opening goal. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Chelsea beat Manchester City 3-2 in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final, in front of a competition record crowd of 49,094.

A strong start from Manchester City saw Caroline Weir with a couple of opportunities, one she couldn’t keep down, the other Millie Bright blocked.

Sam Kerr had a goal ruled out for offside but did give Chelsea the lead in the 33rd minute, heading home from on the line when meeting Bright’s looping cross that beat keeper Ellie Roebuck.

Although Erin Cuthbert fired over the bar when City got themselves in a mess at the back, the scores were levelled within 10 minutes as Lauren Hemp cut inside and curled her shot inside the far post.

Manchester City equalise in FA Cup Final
Lauren Hemp of Manchester City celebrates after making it 1-1. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ann-Katrin Berger made a good save from Hemp early in the second half and a deflected Khadija Shaw shot needed to be headed away for a corner by Bright.

Chelsea were back in front in the 63rd minute, Cuthbert’s fine strike from the edge of the box going in off the underside of the crossbar.

Erin Cuthbert celebrates giving Chelsea the lead in the Cup Final
Erin Cuthbert celebrates with Sam Kerr after restoring Chelsea’s lead. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

In the last two minutes of the ninety, Hayley Raso took down a ball from Alex Greenwood under pressure and fired Manchester City back on level terms.

Hayley Raso scored to send the Cup Final to extra time
Manchester City’s Hayley Raso scored a late leveller to force extra-time. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Chelsea lost possession playing out from the back but Jess Carter got a crucial touch as Ellen White tried to beat Berger to the ball.

It was a City error that led to the fifth goal in the 99th minute, Alanna Kennedy’s misjudgement allowing Kerr to race toward the box, her strike deflected off Greenwood inside the near post.

Sam Kerr put Chelsea 3-2 up in the Cup Final
Sam Kerr of Chelsea celebrates after scoring her team’s third goal. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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