Manchester City win 2019/20 Vitality #WomensFACup after extra-time

Manchester City's Georgia Stanway scores
Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway scores in extra-time. (PA Images)

Manchester City have retained the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a 3-1 extra-time victory over Everton in the delayed 2019/20 final.

A first half of few chances saw a couple of Chloe Kelly efforts comfortably saved by Everton’s Sandy MacIver – who also smothered a Sam Mewis chance – while Hayley Russo threatened to break through on the City goal under a Lucy Bronze challenge.

Manchester City forced a corner late in the half and Alex Greenwood’s flag-kick was headed home by Mewis.

Sam Mewis heads home
Manchester City’s Sam Mewis heads home. (PA Images)

Caroline Weir hit the post early in the second half, MacIver getting to her feet to tip over Kelly’s follow up.

Minutes after and the Toffees were level, Damaris Egurrola forcing Ellie Roebuck into a tip over and from Izzy Christiansen’s corner, Valerie Gauvin got enough of a connection to net inside the near post.

Valerie Gauvin celebrates the equaliser
Everton’s Valerie Gauvin celebrates her equalising goal. (PA Images)

Gauvin was inches away from a second with her head on the front post, Roebuck later turning a Nicoline Sorensen whipped cross over the top.

Weir should have won it in stoppage-time for City but lifted the ball over and moments later rattled the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Megan Finnegan denied City the lead late in the first period of extra-time and from the resulting corner, Steph Houghton’s header was tipped onto the far post by MacIver.

Gareth Taylor’s side regained the lead in the second period, Jess Park sliding the ball in for Georgia Stanway to net via the post.

Manchester City made it 3-1 with the last kick of the game, Stanway playing in late substitute Janine Beckie to score.

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