by Andrew Crawshaw
Last year for the first time the Ladies FA Cup final was held at Wembley, the only trouble was that Arsenal weren’t there; Chelsea beat Notts County scoring the only goal to lift the trophy.
This year the Cup is again being contested at Wembley kick-off 14:00 on Saturday 14 May and Arsenal are there to play the current holders Chelsea. Both teams entered the competition in the fifth round. This is how they progressed to the final.
|5||beat Birmingham City (5 – 3 on penalties) after the teams were tied one all at fill time and the extra time failed to break the deadlock||beat Doncaster Rovers 4 – 1|
|6||beat Notts County 2 – 0||beat Aston Villa 6 – 0|
|Semi-final||beat Sunderland 7 – 0||beat Manchester City 2 – 1|
The current WSL table is :-
|1||Manchester City Women||5||5||0||0||13||0||13||15|
|2||Chelsea Ladies FC||4||4||0||0||14||5||9||12|
|3||Arsenal Ladies FC||5||2||1||2||5||6||-1||7|
|4||Birmingham City Ladies||5||2||1||2||3||4||-1||7|
|5||Notts County Ladies FC||4||1||1||2||5||6||-1||4|
|6||Liverpool Ladies FC||5||1||1||3||9||13||-4||4|
|7||Sunderland AFC Ladies||4||0||3||1||4||6||-2||3|
|8||Reading FC Women||5||0||3||2||6||9||-3||3|
|9||Doncaster Rovers Belles||3||0||0||3||2||12||-10||0|
Chelsea, like Manchester City have 100% records, Arsenal are lagging some way behind following losses to both of them and a draw last time against Birmingham so I would suggest that Chelsea are probably most people’s favourites to win on Saturday.
In the league game against Chelsea, we lost by two goals to nil, Emma Kirby scoring both goals. Chelsea were more physical and generally more dangerous and we just failed to convert our chances. We had the ball in the Chelsea net but the referee had already whistled for a free kick to Arsenal, perhaps he could have waited a little longer to check on any advantage to us. There isn’t a video of the game on Arsenal Player so it is difficult to tell. There were also claims that there was a handball in the buildup to Chelsea’s second goal but again this wasn’t given.
Arsenal Skipper, Alex Scott interviewed on Arsenal Player was adamant that the game being played at Wembley is massive for ladies football in this country and that the team should just remember that they love playing football for Arsenal. They should go out and enjoy themselves without worrying about the size of the crowd or who is watching.
Dan Carter one of our main attackers knows many of the Chelsea players at they were signed from Arsenal. She said that we need to be focussed on our own game. Yes Chelsea have a good front line and an excellent bench but we have learned from the mistakes we made in the league game and if we play to our strengths we are more than capable of winning the game.
Arsenal Team (and Beach)
GK – Sari van Veenendaal with Emma Byrne on the Bench
Right Back – Alex Scott (C)
Centre backs – Emma Mitchell, Casey Stoney, Josephine Henning (one on the bench)
Left Back – Jemma Rose or Marta Corredera
Midfield – Jordan Nobbs, Dominique Janssen, Marta Corredera, with Farah Williams, Vicky Losada and Danielle Van de Donk all vying for starting or bench slots
Forwards – Natalia, Danielle Carter and Asisat Oshoala. Kelly Smith on the bench with Chloe Kelly and Jodie Taylor (if fit)
I’ll be there with family – we are all looking forward to the game. It will be tough but it’s time this trophy came back to Arsenal after all we are 14 times winners.
- They maybe didn’t want change… preparing for the Villa game.
- Positivity is contagious and in the end always wins through.
- When it comes to the chances of getting a card for a foul, it certainly doesn’t even out in the end.
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