Blues land maiden Women's Cup
Birmingham City won The FA Womens 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