The FA Women's Cup - Final
Birmingham City Ladies1Manchester City Women4

Women's FA Cup final: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

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Highlights: Man City win Women's FA Cup

World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd was among the scorers as Manchester City cruised past Birmingham to win the Women's FA Cup for the first time.

Lucy Bronze headed the opener following a free-kick and crossed for Izzy Christiansen to crash home the second.

Lloyd's header capped a fine 14-minute spell to make it 3-0 by the break.

Charlie Wellings' goal gave Birmingham brief hope, but Jill Scott's fierce shot sealed City's victory in front of a competition-record crowd at Wembley.

The 2016 Women's Super League champions are now in possession of all three main domestic honours - the first team to do so since Arsenal Ladies in 2011.

Birmingham had knocked out holders Arsenal and 2015 champions Chelsea to make the final, but the 2012 winners never looked like repeating that feat on their first trip to Wembley in front of 35,271 fans.

Four domestic honours in nine months?

Steph Houghton
Manchester City captain Steph Houghton will also lead England at Euro 2017

Before 2014, Manchester City Women had never lifted a major trophy - but they are now closing in on a potential clean sweep of all four domestic honours in the space of nine months.

Having won the WSL and Continental Cup last year, they will hope to add the WSL Spring Series to their Women's FA Cup success.

Manchester City, who also reached the Champions League semi-finals in May, had never even played in the top flight when Birmingham won the FA Cup in 2012.

Man City's high press pays dividends

City's relentlessly aggressive pressing game and dominant defence laid the foundation for a ruthless victory which was as good as sealed by the interval.

Birmingham's inability to retain possession under persistent pressure led to them conceding territory and numerous free-kicks and corners, where City's set-piece superiority twice told in a one-sided first half.

Moments after a near-post corner almost brought an opening goal for Megan Campbell with a neat flicked effort, Bronze darted in to convert Campbell's inviting inswinging free-kick for a 1-0 lead.

Bronze then bustled Paige Williams out of possession and picked out Christiansen with a delightful cross.

Lloyd leaves her mark

Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd (left) headed Manchester City 3-0 ahead inside the opening 32 minutes at Wembley

City's preference to stretch play and attack down the flanks had meant that, despite being 2-0 up, Lloyd was a peripheral figure for the opening 30 minutes.

She had shown glimpses of her technical ability and vision but made her quality count when she rose above flapping Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger to head home another Campbell cross following a short corner.

City stayed in control despite facing an improved Blues side after the break, with the lively Nikita Parris having a shot tipped wide and Steph Houghton sending a header off target.

Birmingham were rewarded for their efforts through Wellings' curled effort, but Scott showed some nifty footwork to fire in a fourth goal after good work by substitute Toni Duggan.

'It's what dreams are made of'

Manchester City captain Houghton, who will also lead England at Euro 2017 this summer, described the FA Cup as "the one we were missing" after their final triumph.

"Credit to all the girls and all the staff, we've worked so hard," she told BBC Radio 5 live. "We've had a tireless schedule, but we were the best team on the day.

"The aim was to win as many trophies with this team as I could. To be captain of this club is unbelievable - but to win the FA Cup at Wembley, it's what dreams are made of."

Line-ups

Birmingham City Ladies

  • 30Berger
  • 3Sargeant
  • 25MannionBooked at 90mins
  • 6Harrop
  • 8Mayling
  • 4CarterBooked at 89mins
  • 11HegerbergSubstituted forPeplowat 83'minutes
  • 2WilliamsSubstituted forStringerat 88'minutes
  • 9White
  • 7AyisiSubstituted forWellingsat 64'minutes
  • 27Brazil

Substitutes

  • 1Baggaley
  • 12Stringer
  • 15Wellings
  • 16Peplow
  • 19Westwood

Manchester City Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Houghton
  • 20CampbellSubstituted forMcManusat 78'minutes
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 11Christiansen
  • 17ParrisSubstituted forStanwayat 71'minutes
  • 10Lloyd
  • 14LawleySubstituted forDugganat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beattie
  • 9Duggan
  • 12Stanway
  • 21Hourihan
  • 23McManus
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
35,271

Match Stats

Home TeamBirmingham City LadiesAway TeamManchester City Women
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 4.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Carli Lloyd.

Attempt saved. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Ladies).

Carli Lloyd (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Carli Lloyd tries a through ball, but Toni Duggan is caught offside.

Booking

Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Paige Williams.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Paige Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Chloe Peplow replaces Andrine Hegerberg.

Lucy Bronze (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Ladies).

Attempt missed. Ellen White (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jessica Carter with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 4. Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Toni Duggan.

Ann-Katrin Berger (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Abbie McManus replaces Megan Campbell.

Offside, Birmingham City Ladies. Kerys Harrop tries a through ball, but Paige Williams is caught offside.

Karen Bardsley (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellen White (Birmingham City Ladies).

Attempt blocked. Ellie Brazil (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica Carter.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Meaghan Sargeant.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City Ladies 1, Manchester City Women 3. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ellie Brazil.

Attempt missed. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Duggan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Kerys Harrop.

Attempt missed. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Duggan with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Georgia Stanway replaces Nikita Parris.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Ann-Katrin Berger.

Attempt saved. Toni Duggan (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen.

Attempt missed. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Ladies).

Carli Lloyd (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paige Williams (Birmingham City Ladies).

goal

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