Chelsea eliminated holders Manchester City from the Women’s FA Cup to reach the final with a comfortable win. Emma Hayes’s side will face Arsenal in the December final after it finished Manchester City 0-3 Chelsea.
Chelsea made a couple of changes after their midweek victory over Juventus. Ann-Katrin Berger remained in goal. Millie Bright and Magda Eriksson were joined by Aniek Nouwen in the back 3. Jess Carter took up a wingback role, with Guro Reiten remaining on the other side. Melly Leupolz stayed in the pivot with Sophie Ingle coming in to join her. The front 3 boasted Sam Kerr, Erin Cuthbert and Fran Kirby.
Despite a poor start to the season, Manchester City put Chelsea under heavy pressure early on. Ellen White took advantage of indecision in the Chelsea backline, but the veteran striker fired wide. Aniek Nouwen missed a good chance, before Fran Kirby was denied a certain goal by Jill Scott.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea did score from the resulting corner. On the 23rd minute, a clever routine saw Reiten play in Erin Cuthbert. Her fierce volley beat Karima Taieb to open the scoring. Five minutes later, Melanie Leupolz beat Taieb at the near post to double the lead.Embed from Getty Images
The Blues could have extended the scoring through Kerr, Kirby and Cuthbert, but Taieb recovered to stand up well. At half-time, however, Chelsea were well in control.
Emma Hayes shuffled her pack with he comfortable lead. Drew Spence, Jessie Fleming, Niamh Charles and Beth England all saw minutes, as City struggled to gain a foothold.
They had chances as Lauren Hemp twice fired wide, but generally struggled to create any meaningful attacks. Despite a lot of possession, Chelsea kept them at arms length, eager to conserve energy after the tough midweek Turin trip.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea did however grab a deserved third goal late on as two substitutes combined. Jessie Fleming’s accurate cross found Beth England and she powered the header home to make it Manchester City 0-3 Chelsea. The hosts did have a chance with the last kick for a meagre consolation. However, Jess Park’s brilliant effort was tipped onto the post by Ann-Katrin Berger.
Full Time: Manchester City 0-3 Chelsea
Final Thoughts: Manchester City 0-3 Chelsea
Wembley beckons again on 5th December for the Blues. Having previously won the Women’s FA Cup in 2015 and 2018, they will keen to complete last season’s domestic quadruple. A showdown with Arsenal also provides a good chance for revenge. Before that, there is a tricky away WSL tie at Carla Ward’s Aston Villa.