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Summary

  1. Man City win the Women's FA Cup for the first time
  2. Bronze, Christiansen, Lloyd & Scott score for Man City
  3. Wellings pulls one back for Blues
  4. Nine of England's Euro 2017 squad on show at Wembley
  5. Record crowd of 35,271 for Women's FA Cup final

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By Andrew Aloia and Henry Ditchfield

All times stated are UK

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Manchester City - 2017 Women's FA Cup winners

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Highlights: Man City win Women's FA Cup

In front of a Women's FA Cup final record crowd of 35,271, Manchester City dominate Birmingham to lift the famous cup for the first time.

Victory affirms their dominance of the English game, while Birmingham City will rue their performance.

Thanks for joining us today. 

You can, of course, relive the action by watching the BBC highlights above.

Next stop, European glory?

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Tom Garry

BBC Sport

League? Check. League Cup? Check. Fa Cup? Check.

The domestic set is now complete for Manchester City Women.

And, as Steph Houghton alluded to in the build-up to this game, the FA Cup is the one they've always wanted, ever since they started putting together this formidable team in 2014.

Next stop? European glory. Their target now is to add the Women's Champions League to their ever-expanding trophy cabinet. It would take a brave person to bet against them achieving that soon.

Mission complete.

@ManCityWomen are champions of England in everyway possible.

🏆WSL
🏆Conti Cup
🏆 FA Cup

Mission complete. @ManCityWomen are champions of England in everyway possible. 🏆WSL 🏆Conti Cup 🏆 FA Cup

BBC app users may need to click on the link above to see the tweet from BBC reporter Jo Currie.

'Birmingham stuck to the wrong plan'

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Mark Sampson

England manager on BBC Two

Birmingham will have a lot of lessons to learn. From a football point of view they will learn that in the big games you have to play what is in front of you.

They stuck to the plan, which is honest, but it was the wrong plan and they should have adapted."

Man City collect first Women's FA Cup

FT: Birmingham 1-4 Man City

Manchester City came with a huge reputation, eight Euro 2017-bound England internationals and Carli Lloyd, the two-time World Player of the Year.

Three of those Lionesses, Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott were among the scorers, as was was Lloyd, as Manchester City clinched their first ever Women's FA Cup in style.

Read Owen Phillips' report from Wembley by clicking on the link.

Manchester City captain Steph Houghton lifts the Women's FA Cup

Man City win Women's FA Cup

Carli Lloyd is among the scorers as Manchester City cruise past Birmingham to win the Women's FA Cup for the first time.

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FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Why celebrate just once, when you can go back down to the pitch to thrust the Women's FA Cup into the air again on a drop-in stage?

Just like it did in the stands, the streamers and ticker tape rains down. Players go crazy with delight, plenty of pictures taken. 

All very colourful, loud and glorious for Manchester City.

'I'm sure Birmingham will bounce back'

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Birmingham City were well beaten in the end, but it is not all doom and gloom according to former England forward Sue Smith.  

"I think it's the experience and they've played a lot better in the second half. They are a young team and they'll learn from this experience and I'm sure they'll bounce back," Smith said on BBC Two.

Lloyd joy in Cup triumph

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Man City celebrate
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World player of the year and Manchester City goalscorer Carli Lloyd told BBC Two: 

"It was a fantastic team performance. 

"This team has been trying to win this trophy for sometime and I've just come along in the last few months to push that a long. 

"This win shows the character of the team, and I've really enjoyed my time here."

Cup held aloft

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

There is a snapshot in time that will last the ages - the picture of captain Steph Houghton lifting the Women's FA Cup!

In unison, the players hop with joy, streamers and ticker tape rains down.

It is a flood of Sky Blue.

Man City celebrate
The FA

Glorious walk...

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Manchester City's triumphant players are now walking up those famous steps... the Women's FA Cup trophy will be in their possession in just moments...

'We were exceptional'

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Man City's winning manager Nick Cushing told BBC Two:

"The aim after winning the double was definitely to win the FA Cup. 

"We've been good in every round, but with all the games and travel we've had recently, to come here and win 4-1 is an exceptional."

Man City celebrate
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Birmingham collect medals

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Birmingham City players make what will feel like an excruciatingly long walk up the the Wembley Stadium steps to collect their runners-up medals.

Disappointment is etched in every single one of their faces.

'We were unbelievable'

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Manchester City captain Steph Houghton told BBC Two:

"Being favourites put us under a tiny bit of pressure, but this is what this team is all about - big players who can cope with big occasion and that showed in the first half when we were unbelievable. 

"I'm just delighted for every single one of us." 

Steph Houghton
The FA

'Unbelievable feeling'

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Manchester City's Keira Walsh, who was named player of the match, told BBC Two: 

"It feels unbelievable. It is considered the biggest trophy in England and the only one we had not won so far. It is a great feeling to take it back to Manchester."

'The best team won'

FT: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

Manchester City celebrate
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"The best team won. They were solid in defence and clinical in attack. Birmingham were better in the second half but they couldn't cope with Man City's quality."

FULL-TIME

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Carli Lloyd
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Manchester City, 2017 Women's FA Cup winners!

They have been a class above today. Clinical and, at times, simply superb.

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Carli Lloyd is trying to shrug off Aoife Mannion and she races towards the box.

Defender Mannion stops her in her tracks with a foul. 

She is shown a yellow card for her efforts. Luckily, support was closing in because that had send-off written all over it.

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

The fourth official's board flashes that there are four minutes of injury time remaining.

Four minutes until Manchester City can celebrate Women's FA Cup glory...

Jill Scott
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YELLOW CARD

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Jess Carter hasn't made a huge impression on the contest today... but she certainly would have left a mark on Abbie McManus with the tackle that earns her a yellow card.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

As full-time approaches, Birmingham make their final change as Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Paige Williams.

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Five minutes remaining.

Manchester City's grasp on this game has been tight since 32 minutes when they went 3-0 up.

It's fair to say the Women's FA Cup is theirs now... (or it has been since Jill Scott restored their three-goal advantage five minutes ago).

'It's game over now!'

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

Jill Scott
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"What a finish from Jill Scott, quick feet and right into the corner. Just as Birmingham were getting back into the game... It's game over now!"

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Birmingham City with their second change as Chloe Peplow replaces Andrine Hegerberg.

No pressure, but Charlie Wellings made a huge impact with Birmingham's goal to give Blues renewed hope.

Peplow needs to act fast...

Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

And straight back down the other end, Birmingham City have a chance to pull one back.

Ellen White hooks her effort over after getting on the end of a low cross.

There is still some life in this contest...

GOAL: Birmingham City 1-4 Manchester City

Jill Scott

Jill Scott
Rex Features

That epic comeback I just referenced... yeah, well that looks ever more unlikely thanks to Jill Scott.

Toni Duggan provides the pass for her Manchester City and England team-mate, and Scott beats Kerys Harrop before lashing it into the top corner.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 1-3 Manchester City

Substitutions as Abbie McManus comes on for Megan Campbell.

That is the last change for Man City, can they see out the win or is an epic comeback on the cards? 

'Could this give Birmingham the lift they need?'

Birmingham City 1-3 Manchester City

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

"Charlie Wellings has done really well since she came on. I don't think she's done anything wrong. It's a good strike with her left foot, right into the corner. Could this give Birmingham the lift that they need?"

Birmingham City 1-3 Manchester City

Birmingham are looking lively again after that Charlie Wellings goal.

Ellen White with her eyes firmly fixed on a long cross crunches into goalkeeper Karen Bardsley. 

GOAL: Birmingham City 1-3 Manchester City

Charlie Wellings

Is there hope?

Well, substitute Charlie Wellings has certainly given Birmingham City some with a sensational low shot to beat Karen Bardsley.

She has been on the field for less than 10 minutes.

Birmingham celebrate
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White typifies battling Blues

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online at Wembley

Ellen White has led from the front with a typically gutsy performance and her fizzing long-range low strike keeps Karen Bardsley honest and livens up the Blues fans again. 

The haven't had much to cheer but recognise the workrate and effort being put in by their team.

The second half has been much more even but, as we approach the final 20 minutes Birmingham need more than guts and spirit to pull off the most unlikely of comebacks.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

With less than 20 minutes remaining, Georgia Stanway replaces Nikita Parris with what is Manchester City's second change of the day.

Nikita Parris
The FA

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Ann-Katrin Berger with another save for Birmingham City.

This time she foils Toni Duggan at the near post. Great stop.

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Another big, big chance for Manchester City.

The ball is threaded through into acres of space for Nikita Parris to try run on to.

However, goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is off her line like a shot and beats Parris to the ball on the edge of the area.

'Man City have had too much for Birmingham'

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

"Birmingham need that final pass to be better to give themselves an opportunity. The three at the back has worked for them up to this point, but Manchester City have just had too much for them in this game."

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

This final has slowed up somewhat...

The grand total of not much more than a big crowd to report in the past few minutes. 

New record crowd for final

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Wembley
The FA

It is official, a new record crowd for a Women's FA Cup final, with 35,271 at Wembley today!

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is forced into action.

She gets down to her left to collects a dipping Ellen White shot.

That chance was created in a flash, with Jess Carter nodding the ball down and White pulling the trigger in a hurry.

Ellen White
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'Birmingham won't want to see Duggan come on'

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

"Birmingham won't want to see Toni Duggan come onto the pitch. Not only is she coming into the match off the back of a fantastic hat-trick but she'll be bitterly disappointed not to have started so she'll have a point to prove."

Toni Duggan
The FA

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Oh. My. Very. Word.

That could have been embarrassing for Birmingham goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger as she clatters a clearance into a chasing Manchester City forward.

The ball loops back up into her possession. Yikes.

SUBSTITUTION

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

Melissa Lawley looks to have picked up a minor knock and she makes way for England international Toni Duggan.

That is the Toni Duggan who scored a hat-trick against Bristol City in the league four days ago...

Will we see a big impact here today?

Birmingham City 0-3 Manchester City

That could have been and, dare I say, should have been four for Manchester City.

Nikita Parris bursts into the box, shapes to shoot and is denied by Ann-Katrin Berger.

A fine save, yes. A big chance, absolutely.