Saturday 26 May 2012

Blues land maiden Women's Cup

Birmingham City won The FA Women’s Cup for the first-ever time after beating Chelsea in The Final after a penalty shoot-out.

The Blues twice had to come from behind to etch their names on the trophy in a dramatic game at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate.

Helen Lander put Chelsea ahead in the 70th minute courtesy of a neat turn and finish and it looked for a long time that this solitary goal would be enough for glory, but Rachel Williams equalised in the 91st minute after Chelsea failed to clear a Karen Carney corner.

The Londoners retook the lead in the first half of extra time through substitute Kate Longhurst, but the Blues bounced back once more when Carney converted a centrally-placed free-kick on the edge of the box.

This goal forced the shoot-out which they would eventually triumph in. Williams saw her kick saved by Carly Telford but Rachel Unitt, Jodie Taylor and Karen Carney all converted for the Midlanders.

Chelsea’s Drew Spence saw her penalty saved by Rebecca Spencer, Claire Rafferty hooked her penalty wide and Gemma Bonner blazed hers over the bar to hand The Cup to Birmingham.

Birmingham City 22 Rebecca Spencer, 2 Chelsea Weston, 3 Kerys Harrop (9 Eniola Aluko, 63), 6 Laura Bassett (C), 8 Rachel Williams, 10 Karen Carney, 11 Jo Potter, 13 Jade Moore, 14 Jodie Taylor, 17 Rachel Unitt, 19 Emily Westwood

Substitutes not used 1 Marie Hourihan, 7 Isobel Christiansen, 20 Marie Ballard, 21 Cristina Torkildsen

Manager David Parker

Chelsea 1 Carly Telford (C), 2 Lara Fay (3 Sophie Perry, 70), 5 Gemma Bonner, 6 Katie Sherwood, 8 Dani Buet, 10 Helen Lander (20 Kate Longhurst, 76), 11 Claire Rafferty, 15 Helen Bleazard, 16 Sophie Ingle, 17 Dunia Susi, 19 Laura Coombs (4 Drew Spence, 57)

Substitutes not used 18 Sarah Quantrill, 7 Ashlee Hincks

Manager Matt Beard

Referee Natalie Walker

Attendance 8723

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Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 20 57 54
2 Manchester City Women FC 20 36 47
3 Chelsea FC Women 20 32 42
4 Birmingham City Women FC 20 12 40
5 Reading FC Women 20 3 27
6 Bristol City Women FC 20 -17 25
7 West Ham United Women FC 20 -12 23
8 Liverpool FC Women 20 -17 22
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 20 -22 16
10 Everton Ladies FC 20 -23 12
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 20 -49 -3
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Manchester United Women FC 20 91 55
2 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 20 17 46
3 Charlton Athletic Women FC 20 28 41
4 Durham Women FC 20 21 39
5 Sheffield United Women FC 20 4 34
6 Aston Villa Ladies FC 20 -9 26
7 Leicester City Women FC 20 -17 21
8 London Bees FC 20 -25 21
9 Lewes FC Women 20 -24 17
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 20 -30 11
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 20 -56 5