01 August 2015 – Kick Off 3.00 pm
Women’s FA Cup Final
At Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Notts County V Chelsea
The first ever Wembley women’s FA Cup final took place with both captains looking for redemption. Katie Chapman of Chelsea was looking for her first trophy with Chelsea after they lost the Super League title on the last day of last season. Notts County captain Laura Bassett was looking for a happier ending to wipe out the memory of the own goal in the World Cup Semi-Final. Both also had the chance to make history as the first captain to lift the FA Cup at Wembley.
In terms of Wembley, Notts County’s appearance alone was historic. No Notts County side has ever played in an FA Cup Final at Wembley before, Notts County men’s side have won the competition, but the game in 1894 was at Goodison Park. Chelsea began favourites however and showed why in dominating the first half.
After a very nervous first 10 minutes Gemma Davison began the Chelsea momentum by taking players on and giving Notts left-back Alex Greenwood a tough time. It was Davison who has the first chance of the game after going past Greenwood and shooting just wide from a tough angle. The pace of Eniola Aluko was also giving Notts County problems when she pounced on a through ball and rounded keeper Carly Telford but the touch went a little too far and she could not direct the finish under pressure from the excellent Hayley Turner.
Turner stood strong as Davison put crosses in from out wide. When Aluko started pulling out to the left to use her pace against Sophie Walton Notts defense started to look stretched on both sides. Aluko beat Walton to cross for Davison at the far post but she shot wide when she really should have hit the target. Davison then returned the favour on the other side with a cross Aluko just could not get on the end of.
At the other end Jess Clarke showed some nice touches for County but she was isolated with very little support time and again. Chelsea won the ball from Clarke on a rare County attack and got the ball out left to Aluko with Walton out of position. Bassett had to come across and Aluko cut inside her and put the ball through for South Korean strike Ji So-Yun who after a scramble managed to put the ball in past a disparing attempt from Turner to give the blues the lead.
GOAL – 37 MINUTES – Notts County 0 CHELSEA 1 – JI SO-YON
Jill Flaherty could have added to the lead with a volley that went wide from a corner just before the break. Chelsea were in control and deserving of their lead at half-time
HALF TIME – Notts County 0 Chelsea 1 (So-Yun 37)
Chelsea started strong in the second half dominating the early possession. Notts began to improve after Dunia Susi came on as a substitute. She brought some energy to the midfield and began to move Notts forward, also winning their first corner of the game. Notts best chance came from a corner when Leanne Crichton rose to head goalwards and Claire Rafferty cleared off the line. However as Notts pushed forward, Chelsea’s pace on the break was also threatening. Davison shot over the top from distance and Aluko brought another fine save from Telford. Davison in particular continued to be a thorn in the Notts defense and Chelsea could have had more but for the excellent defending and interceptions time and again of Hayley Turner.
Notts brought on Fiona O’Sullivan to add some height up front for the final moments. She had Notts final chance to equalise after a long ball forward by Hayley Turner found O’Sullivan who had a free header in the area but snatched at the chance which went tamely through to the Keeper. Chelsea then began to run down the clock and saw out the game to win the first ever Wembley Final. The team waited for manager Emma Hayes, for whom this was her first piece of silverware as manager to walk up the steps before captain Katie Chapman and her England colleague Claire Rafferty lifted the cup.
MOON OF LIBERTY FINAL SCORE
Notts County (0) 0 Chelsea (1) 1 (So-Yun 37)
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR WOMAN – Gemma Davison (Chelsea)
Chelsea win the 2015 Women’s FA Cup