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

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Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Manchester City Women FC 16 34 38
2 Arsenal Women 14 42 36
3 Chelsea FC Women 16 19 32
4 Birmingham City Women FC 15 6 28
5 Bristol City Women FC 15 -9 22
6 West Ham United Women FC 15 -7 19
7 Reading FC Women 14 -1 18
8 Liverpool FC Women 14 -11 16
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 16 -21 12
10 Everton Ladies FC 13 -18 6
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 14 -34 3
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 15 19 39
2 Manchester United Women FC 13 59 34
3 Durham Women FC 14 21 29
4 Charlton Athletic Women FC 14 19 29
5 London Bees FC 16 -16 21
6 Leicester City Women FC 16 -7 20
7 Aston Villa Ladies FC 14 -10 17
8 Sheffield United Women FC 13 -13 13
9 Lewes FC Women 15 -17 13
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 16 -18 10
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 14 -37 5