Live coverage from Wembley of the Women's FA Cup final between Manchester City Women and Birmingham City Ladies. With commentary from Jonathan Pearce and Sue Smith.
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Welcome to Wembley. It's the third time the Women's FA Cup Final has
been played at the National Stadium. On this occasion, it's a tale of two
blue cities. Manchester City Women are the dominant force in the
domestic game. WSL title winners 2016 and Champions League
semifinalists this year. They are packed with international stars.
Eight of them in the England squad, plus the World Player of the Year,
Carli Lloyd, of the USA. But they've never been to the FA Cup final
before. Birmingham City Ladies lifted this trophy in 2012 and beat
the last two Wembley winners to get here. They drew at Man City in the
lead ten days ago, and in Ellen White they have a striker playing in
her fourth FA Cup final with a third different club. It's a new
experience for the fans of both clubs, strolling up Wembley Way on
Women's FA Cup Final day. The FA are expecting a record crowd, surpassing
the 32,000 here last year. It promises to be quite the occasion
and with me here at Wembley to enjoy it, two players who have lifted the
FA Cup, Rachel as Everton goalkeeper in 2010, and Rachel Scott. Mark
Sampson reached the FA Cup final twice, I'll give you credit, as the
boss of Bristol Academy. Alex, you captained Arsenal to success here 12
months ago. Why is it different playing here at Wembley, compared to
other FA Cup finals? I suppose because when you start out as a kid,
the dream is you want to play at Wembley, so to be able to go on and
walk up those Wembley stares and lift the trophy is a dream come
true. You've been in that many finals, we were trying to work out,
what have we decided on? It's between ten and 11. You are showing
off! Mark, seven of your players in the England squad are starting the
Manchester City today, let's mention Ellen White playing for Birmingham.
How important is it for your players to have experience of playing in
these big occasions? It is important. Alex has plenty of
experience by the sounds of it, but it's a big difference in as much as
the goal is the same size and the pitches the same size, it's
different with the crowd and the occasion. It will be interesting to
see how Manchester City handle it, but in particular Birmingham. Ellen
is the only experienced player on the bench. She will rise to the
occasion. Are we underestimating Birmingham? We know Manchester City
are the favourites, no one is disagreeing with that. There was a
dress rehearsal ten days ago in the WSL Spring series and it finished in
a draw. It's dangerous to underestimate Birmingham.
Absolutely. I think Manchester City will have learned their lesson from
last week, when they drew 1-1. Manchester City were breached, and
they found it very difficult to penetrate Birmingham. Today will be
a really tight affair. We will be watching the best female football in
the world today, that's official. American Carli Lloyd is the current
fever Player of the Year. Manchester City's Olympic and World Cup winner
told Sue Smith it all started with hours of practice on a new Jersey
field. For me, the foundation that was laid there was just playing with
freedom, going to the park, playing with my friends, playing with boys,
just living and breathing the game. That's ultimately what set me up to
become the level that I am now. We've had stars before it being this
game of course, but no one quite like Carli Lloyd. -- in the English
game. For club and country, she made a sensational impact whenever she's
called on, in New Jersey. In 2012, this was the start of belief. My
story at that Olympics was very unknown before I left to come over
to England, and the injury happened in the first game. I slid over, 16
minutes in. After scoring two goals in that final, I have more belief in
myself that I could get to become one of the best players in the
world. The World Cup final, does it bring back any emotions, overriding
emotions? Yes, it brings chills to my arm, still thinking about it. We
did it on one of the biggest dangers. Everybody was watching. I
remember after I hit the third goal, I just was standing there and I was
waiting and waiting and waiting and when it went in, I was like, oh my
The long-range effort from Lloyd. Oh my goodness! I ran up to Hope and
she had her arms around me, she was like, are you even human? We just
started laughing. I am human but hard work pays off, for sure. There
are some amazing, amazing players out there and I think that what I've
tried to do as a player is become the most complete player. It's
funny, because as I'm standing here in Manchester and part of this, you
would never would have thought I'd have the opportunity to do this in
women's football. Wembley is a special stadium for me. Now to be
headed back there for the FA Cup final is truly an unbelievable
moment. Hopefully after I leave there, we will be on the pitch.
She's so impressive and a lot of the fans will be looking forward to
seeing her. What will she bring to Manchester City today? Gosh, when
she describes herself as the complete player, I'd agree with her.
She can finish from distance, she is so strong on the ball, she can
tackle, she is fantastic in the air. She really is phenomenal. Also
bringing experience that Manchester City, I wouldn't say they are
lacking, but that world-class experience and winning and winning
Olympics, winning World Cups, that is something that is very hard to
find, so to have her at Man City will be a huge plus to those goals
in the dressing room. Alex, your ex-Arsenal team-mate, Ellen White,
is starting today. How much of a difference will her firepower bring?
A huge difference. She is a defender's worst nightmare, she
never gives up no matter what. They will be looking for her today,
Birmingham. I'm sure you remember her scoring at the 90th minute.
Looking back at that, it was game over as Alex will remember. Ellen is
an excellent player, one who always delivers. She will always bring that
energy and intensity. I'm sure she'll bring that today, whatever
position she ends up playing. The teams are in the tunnel. We are
ready for the two Blues to go head-to-head. Birmingham Blues.
Manchester Blues. Giant killers. Champions. Our first Wembley final.
Let's talk about Meaghan Campbell next and those incredible long
throws, very difficult to defend against. Yes, they are no longer a
secret weapon. They used to be. You see the havoc they cause. Pretty
much level with the penalty spot, it ends up almost, teams have to almost
defend like a white free kick or even like a corner maybe, but they
will know what to expect and expect they are solid defensive outfit that
they will defend better than Reading did last week. Key players that you
are looking up for today? I think on that note the Birmingham goalkeeper,
she is excellent dealing with crosses and she has a big game
today. Meaghan is clearly going to chuck the ball in the box and you
can't look beyond Karli, playing off the front today will have a big
impact today. Here we go, the 2017 FSC Women's FA Cup Final. To talk
this through it, Sue Smith, twice a cup finalist with Leeds, and
Jonathan Pearce. COMMENTATOR:
Good afternoon, always a pleasure under privileged to be at Wembley,
but any showpiece occasion and ASBOs players awaiting the tunnel I can
tell you this is the biggest FA women's Cup Final of them all so
far, and a lovely sunny day. Breezy, a sprinkling of rain earlier.
Manchester City looking to complete that clean sweep of domestic
trophies inside a calendar year, they've targeted at first FA Cup tie
for the last six months. Star names down there, star billing, against
Birmingham City, as you've heard, in their second final, having beaten
Chelsea on penalties at Ashton Gate in 2012. They've lost just three of
their last 24 matches in all. This is a rapidly developing Cup, so
ignore them at your peril. As they walk out here to what is hoped to be
a 40,000 crowd, the Dean is absolutely deafening, I can tell
you, as we have the pyrotechnics, healthy support for Manchester City,
of course Champions League semifinalists very much the top team
in England right now. They really are and I think looking at this
game, you think Birmingham are going in as underdogs, but I think their
route to the final has been really difficult for them. Obviously
beating Chelsea and Arsenal on the way. I think they'll be confident
going into this game and I expect a really tight final. Well, they've
got so many of the England internationals there, Mark Sampson
as you heard is in the studio. He will be casting an eye over his Euro
squad members for you, as the presentation party come out from the
FA, Greg Clark and Sue Hough, Elaine are missed down there aren't the
director from the sponsors, SSE, is down there as well. Steph Houghton
is along the line of players. Her fourth final in the FA Cup. Won a
couple with Arsenal. But actually another final, Leeds and Arsenal,
you were there. Yes, we got beaten in that game and I think sometimes
you do learn from those experiences. I spoke to Steph about that, she
said she learned from losing more than winning. What's it like to be
on the winning FA Cup final side, Sue? How many did you playing? I
played a few cup finals and lost the ball, so thank you for bringing that
up. More than I played but! We mustn't surrender mistake -- we
mustn't underestimate Birmingham City, that's for sure. You think
they are tough and durable, can they spring a surprise today? I don't see
why not. Like you said, they are very strong, very resilient,
difficult to break down at the back. I look at the Manchester City team
and they are full of world-class players that can play in the bigger
games and make something happen from defence to attack, so if they are on
their game it's very difficult for Birmingham. They've got the quality,
they signed good players, Ellen White, who can be key for them going
forward. Great for the supporters to come down here and see their team in
an FA Cup final. A record crowd, we believe. Manchester City, unbeaten
in the last seven meetings between the two sides, in the competition
that's been dominated by Arsenal over the years. They've been here 14
times, in the last 13 finals. The Scottish side, Stuart and Thistle,
in the first final, in 1971. The days have changed. # God save save
our gracious Queen Tonge Long live our noble Queen
# God save our Queen # Send her victorious
# Happy and glorious # Long to reign over us
# God Save The Queen #. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
What a moment for Marc Skinner down there, for the Spring series the
Birmingham coach, a licence holder. It's a reminder of the teams for
you, Birmingham City have one change to the side that beat Chelsea.
I think she will play just behind that front two. Rebecca Welch took
the 2016 Continental Cup final between the two, she's the referee.
Manchester City, that side contains the double world Footballer of the
Year, Carli Lloyd, we've been talking about her, scored twice for
the USA in the Olympic final. She went for a jog around the stadium
this morning. Seven members of the European Championship squad, two
surprises, Meaghan Campbell, the long throw expert is third --
preferred at the back to Abbie McManus, who hasn't missed a minute
so far. Toni Duggan will be heartbroken Lloyd will play higher
up than she has been playing. Lawley signed from Birmingham in December.
A big day for her, against her former side, so... It's always a big
day, playing an FA Cup final live on TV at Wembley, but when you are
playing against your old club it makes it that bit more special. She
will be really up for this game and wanting to show just how much she's
maybe improved, going on to Manchester City.
Manchester City, their route to the final Reading at home. Bristol City
away. And Liverpool at home in the semifinal.
With a goal by Lawley. Here is Steph Houghton, chosen by
the national coach to be manager because of her ambition, because of
her drive, because of her sheer determination to lead players
through difficult tasks. She leads by example. She's developed in that
role so much and she's been a really good captain for both club and
country and all the players that play alongside her speak highly of
her. A quick word for Kerys Harrop. Another leader, probably doesn't get
as much credit as she deserves. We will see what a good defender she is
today. We did the World Cup final in Vancouver. To be honest, I think
they would have put up a better showing of Japan. In the first 16
minutes they were blown away. That was the player out there who did the
damage. She really did, Carli Lloyd was outstanding that day. It's a
game for her, a big player, and that's exactly what she can do. We
have seen how good she was in that final. Here we go, the SSE Women's
FA Cup final. Manchester City against Birmingham City in the dark
blue. Manchester City kicking from right-to-left frshgs the East End of
the stadium, to the west. The Birmingham City fans behind the goal
away to the left-hand side of your screen.
Safely back to the goalkeeper. One of the many reasons why we can point
to the fact that Birmingham City are very much an up Wardley mobile side,
because of the quality of the players they're bringing in. You can
see it's a little deeper there. Mayling loses possession.
A slight change to that back three in the way we thought they might run
it. Sargeant is further to the right. Mannion is in the middle and
Harrop is to the left of the three. No quality on the final ball. That's
exactly what Manchester City are going to try to do. With Birmingham
playing three at the back they're going to look to get out wide in
those spaces. Lucy Bronze loves to get forward. Sometimes she's the
best attacking player. Didn't really have the quality there on the final
ball in. Lucy Bronze PFA Player of the Year
Father a second time. You spoke to her recently about that award. I
did. Really well deserved. What's so good about Lucy Bronze, I don't
think she realises how good she is. Carli Lloyd. Surrounded by forward
blue shirts. Back towards Demi Stokes.
Mannion. Local girl to Birmingham City, playing in Solihull.
Very familiar looking Manchester City defence, if you are an England
follower. Bardsley in goal. Bronze and Stokes in there. Bronze,
Houghton and Stokes all from the north-east.
Mannion scored against Manchester City back in October in a league
game. May well have come off Lucy Bronze.
Indeed it did. Good pressure on Bronze there. Very quick Ayisi for
Birmingham City. They look to run the channels. He willine White will
obviously be the deeper player and will want to get on the ball but
they'll use the pace of both Brazil. Good defending by Lucy Bronze who
does a good job in the air in both penalty areas.
She was fouled anyway. The referee has officiated here
before, but not actually out in the middle.
Here is Harrop. Looking for White. That's punched
away. That's not a bad ball into the box. From a deep position it was a
good run forward. From a decent player.
Decent start to the game. Here is Sargeant. Mannion seeing a
lot of the ball. Cut out there by Keira Walsh. She
protects the back four, breaks up play very well. An important role in
the run to the Champions League semifinals.
That's a decent ball. Blocked by... Wonder if they choose the wrong
option. Should have come to the left side. You are right, that's where
the option was. Christiansen wanted to play it down to the right to
Parris but the option was better down this left side. Manchester City
beaten by Lyon in the Champions League semifinals. Despite Lloyd's
goal in the return leg when they won 1-0, that first leg deficit of 3-1
was too much. White couldn't keep that in. The
family here watching today. We have had a chat with them. Bumped into
them around the world watching England, they're great travellers.
They go to every game of Ellen White's. They're probably more
nervous than Ellen. Her mum was saying how scared she was and how
she had a nervous stomach and Ellen takes everything in her stride. Here
is Ayisi. An error. She got the shot away. It's a little bit of a nervy
error at the back there for Manchester City. By Campbell.
Straightaway you could see Ayisi is on to that and wants to take a shot
and test Karen Bardsley. I am sure that's what Marc Skinner will have
said. They have a bit of a history, they were sent off after a nasty
tussle back in the early months of 2015.
A few fists thrown. Both of them banned.
Tucked away for Manchester City throw.
Stokes, good run from her. Progressive ball back. Loves to get
forward on the run. Here is Lucy Bronze.
Back into the middle. Lloyd is at the far post. Headed back across
goal. Claimed by Berger. Interested her thoughts on joining
Birmingham City, the experienced goalkeeper. Their vision convinced
me she says, it's very much a club building progressively, Birmingham
City. They are. You can see that by the players they've brought in and
how they're improving every game, every game I see they seem to be
improving and she's a massive part of that. She's been outstanding in a
games I have watched, without a doubt one of the best goalkeepers in
the WSL. It builds confidence when you have a good keeper behind you.
Notts County went out of business before the series. England keeper
born in Santa Monica, California. I believe her family are from the
Manchester area, Stockport I think. You are right, they are. It was an
easy decision when she came to Manchester.
Christiansen is like a mini Steph Houghton out there I think,
lookalikes. Done well. That's a dangerous cross in. Looking for one
of the most popular players in the game, Jill Scott. It was a good ball
in. Fantastic defending from Harrop. When you know you have players like
Jill Scott and Carli Lloyd who are good in the air you have to get the
ball in the box. Good delivery, they'll get on the end of it. A
winner in 2010, Everton against Arsenal, Jill Scott. That was played
at the Nottingham Forest ground. Having the final at Wembley really
has made a difference for the Cup final. Christiansen will take the
corner kick. That's a good claim by Berger. Came
a long way and got there. Very convincing.
Quick release, as well. Back towards Sarah Mayling.
The pain of losing a final, she was in the continental Cup when the
Lincoln Notts team were beaten by Arsenal back in 2013.
Two coaches today watching on. Nick Cushing.
Appointed in... Another A licence holder. Level-headed.
Campbell's throws are a serious weapon. First appearance in the Cup
run this season, Meaghan Campbell. Towards Parris.
Kept her eye on the ball. Got her body shape right. A good tackle.
In the European squad for 2017, Stokes. Suffered the heartache of
missing out on Canada and the World Cup finals.
Good pressure. A World Cup winner and double
Olympic champion. She knows how to work, Carli Lloyd. What was she like
when you met her? Nice, professional, typical American,
driven, works hard on and off the field. Wants to get better, despite
winning all these trophies and individual awards, she still wants
more. She wants that drive. That's really going to help Manchester City
to have a player like that on their team. She spoke highly of you as
well. She paid me for that! Ellen White, a deserving player,
isn't she? She's had two or three bad knee injuries, certainly a
couple in the last two or three years. She missed the whole of 2014.
She has struggled with injuries, unfortunately. She's a top, top
player, a true professional. She works so hard, somebody you want in
your team, because you know she will make defenders' life a misery.
Brazil has got the pace. To trouble Manchester City defence. Haven't won
any of the last four games, unless you include a penalty shoot-out
against Chelsea, as a victory. They won their opening three games of the
Spring Series, Birmingham, this team are by far the more fluent
goal-scorers. 15 goals this season, six in the last two. This is Parris.
What a bubbly character she can be. Every time she gets the ball, her
first touches forward. She wants to drive at defenders and their life a
misery. In the sixth round away up distal city, future European
champions, Bristol City. One can dream. The trouble is the dream has
gone on too long without realisation. Maybe one day. I bob in
one day. Goodness me, that hit the side netting and Megan Campbell got
in there. Looks like a corner, something they'd worked on in
training. Just a little flick round the corner, it was actually unlucky,
to hit the side netting there. Known for her long throws, but she could
score the opener at Wembley. I think she'd be known for something else.
Carli Lloyd, is a USA international. 237 international appearances, if
you include Olympic Games though, maybe gives a realistic air to that,
but anyway. Paige Williams, a Liverpool girl. She was also at
Everton for the 2010 final. She wasn't in the first team.
INAUDIBLE This will be taken left footed.
Steph Houghton in there and Lucy Bronze to attack the space, a little
touch could send this in. Bronze starts that run in there, aimed
towards Lucy Bronze. That's the next Mac Manchester City lead Birmingham
by 1-0, in the 20 17th Cup Final. The minute free kick was set up, the
way Birmingham set themselves up defensively on the way that Bronze
and Houghton set themselves up to have the run, you thought it was
going to go in. Lucy Bronze. It was a fantastic delivery. We spoken of
their set pieces on throw-in is. What a ball that is, whipped in with
so much pace, and Lucy Bronze does what she does. She gets in front of
the defender. Defensively Kerys Houghton will be disappointed, she's
put all her effort in there, but Lucy Bronze, a top, top header.
She's another big player that can step up to the occasion. It's all
about the delivery. Scored the goal that beat burning in the Continental
Cup final and puts Manchester City ahead against the same opponents.
She was a very young girl on the Sunderland team, beaten in the Cup
Final by Arsenal in 2009. The PFA Footballer of the Year puts
Manchester City one up. The next five minutes for Birmingham City are
absolutely crucial. They need to manage, Sue, the next five. Yes,
this is the most difficult part of the game. Obviously when you first
start you want to get that good touching, but also when you can see
the goal and it's a long way to go, they need to consolidate, get back
into their shape and make sure that Manchester City don't score again
quickly. Here's Bronze. Interesting talking to various managers and
coaches over the years, how they do chunk again, they call it, some of
them, they set out to manage various spells of the game. Some say digging
when you have conceded a goal, some say, with Ruud Gullit, and Inter
Milan, their mantra was, once you scored one, score three. For
Manchester City, they need to concentrate, they say you are most
vulnerable after you have just scored. A lot of 50-50s and so far
Keira Walsh is playing very well for Manchester City, holding midfield
role. They are just sitting there, it allows both full-backs to get
forward. Demi Stokes and Lucy Bronze on the other side. Another attacking
option. They've scored in 28 games in a row, Birmingham.
The pace of the game... INAUDIBLE
Mayling is from the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham.
Optimistic from them. The youngster, only 19, Sarah Mayling.
It's never a good thing if you are a Scrooge like character like me. The
glorious occasion at Wembley. Great to work with Sue Smith the game. --
again. Good pressure by Manchester City.
They've got all the facilities, though, haven't they? In that
wonderful Academy Stadium, one of the fittest looking WSL teams I've
seen. The facilities are outstanding. They just treat them
exactly the same as they do the men's team, so they eat in the same
places, they obviously train at the Man City academy. Speak to the girls
and they say, we probably couldn't go to any other club because they
get treated so well. That's why they can attract world players of the
year, like Carli Lloyd. Here's one for you, no pressure,
because he's listening in, but was he right to name the squad so early
for the European Championships? It gives them a chance, of course, to
get prepared mentally, as a group, as the unit. Yes, I'm sure he'd
answer the question better than I do. The reason for him naming it so
early, I think quite a few were surprised because all of the squads
I've been in it's never happened before but the fact he can get it
squad together early and work on that sort of what he needs to work
on really and create that good atmosphere that we've seen in
Canada. A wonderful atmosphere it was, real bonding between
management, players, supporters, media and one of the best I've
experienced in my long time in the game. He is Birmingham with a free
kick. It will be Paige Williams who will take it.
Paige Williams, obviously went to Italy to try and develop a game and
I certainly think she's come back a better player. A very good left
foot. Birmingham's side has kept a clean sheet in the last four finals.
Manchester City one up at the moment, a lapse of concentration
there by Lucy Lawler. Manchester City I know they won the game 3-0,
but they had to play in the WSL and won at Bristol in the week. They
did, and I think to play away as well as Bristol, so they were
travelling, they've got back to contend with. Here's Lucy Bronze for
them. It's two! Izzy Christiansen arriving, but it's a lovely goals
and Manchester City very much in the driving seat. 25 minutes gone in the
2017 women's Cup Final, Manchester City goat 2-0 up against Birmingham
City. The goal-scorer turned provider. Sometimes she's Manchester
City's best attacking player. Good pressure, wins the ball back. Her
first thought is to drive forward. She's looking up, where is my
option, and her option is coming in. Izzy Christiansen comes running in,
that late run into the box. She times her runs so, so well. Lovely
delivery. What a finish from Izzy Christiansen. It's a long way back
for Birmingham now. Former Birmingham City player, a player who
watched from the bench in 2012 final, when they beat Chelsea.
Scores against her old team. Manchester City are in a dominant
position now. That's a difficult technique, as the ball is bouncing
up its easy to lean back and hit that over the bar. Gets her head
over it. Lovely break, lovely cross, super finish. Really good goal.
They came with a game plan, Birmingham. Kept it very, very
close, under wraps in the week. No leaks of the way they were going to
play. But what is plan B? Jill Scott wins that one.
Manchester City have it again, Keira Walsh just mopped up anything that
has been losing there. Gets it back again from Stokes. Steph Houghton
has crept into a bit of space. Very close to the edge of the
penalty area, Ann-Katrin Berger. Good work again by Izzy
Christiansen, covering that. It's just a little bit laboured thereby
Ayisi. Need to take a touch out of her feet and even have a go, have a
go at goal, but Izzy Christiansen very sharp, alert to any sort of
situation. She's also got the engine to get forward and score the goal
we've just seen. She's settled down a bit, Campbell.
Bronze, very, very comfortable and confident.
Parris, stayed out wide, but has to Jill Scott will work here, the
Birmingham City coach. Birmingham at the moment can't cope
with Manchester City's movement and the way they're interchanging in
positions. It's difficult for them to mark the players. This
competition' changed so much since its inception back in 1977.
Southampton won five of the first six of them. The FA took direct
control over women's football in 93. Here is Ayisi for Birmingham City.
Out comes a confident Karen Bardsley.
Ayisi did well. They needs to get into those channels and drive at
players and try and get the ball into the box and hope somebody's
going to be in there whether it's White or Brazil. Bardsley is always
going to come out and collect easily. 5'11", Karen. That's tall
for the women's game. Jill Scott of course the tallest out there.
Crouchy is her nickname. It is. They say she is a joker on the team bus
and the dressing room. She's all pulling out a few dance moves.
You did it when you were in the England shirt on the pitch. Twinkle
toes! Not got the moves of Jill Scott, though. Some of us never had
them. Good timing on the pass. Now Lawley.
Being chased. Gets a shot away and Berger makes sure it goes wide.
It's another really fast break from Manchester City. They are looking to
get the ball out wide at every opportunity. You can see the
wingbacks trying to get back. Sargeants it difficult. Wonder if
Carli Lloyd thinks she could have maybe crossed that. You have to have
a go when you are running in there. Got a goal against Liverpool in the
semifinal, Lawley. Christiansen's corner kick.
Back sensibly to Campbell. That's a lovely delivery to the back stick.
And it's three! It's Carli Lloyd! Olympic finals.
World Cup final. And now the FA Cup final. The big game scorer. The
world's best player. Carli Lloyd, surely puts the FA Cup final beyond
Birmingham with 31 minutes played. Birmingham can't cope with the
delivery into the box. It comes out. Christiansen plays the ball out.
This is a lovely deep delivery. Carli Lloyd outjumps Berger in the
goal. Good header. They've such quality in the box. Poor defending
from Birmingham. White is there with two players. You have got to pick up
those players when you know how good they are in the air. You know that
Manchester City are going to get the ball into the box, you have to get
players up. They've had a sort of a gathering, the Birmingham City
players, to try to sort themselves out and they very much need to sort
themselves out. Southampton hold the record for the biggest ever victory,
8-2 over QPR in 1978. Pat Chapman scored six that day. One of the
forerunners of the English women's game. At the moment you fear a
drubbing for Birmingham City. Might not reach those proportions
especially if Carter digs in like she did just there and wins the ball
back. But it's been a horrible, horrible opening 32 minutes for
Birmingham City. I think sometimes you have to play the occasion, as
well. It just looks like Birmingham, the only real experience they've
got, they've got the goalkeeper Berger. White really needs to pull
those players together now. It's difficult, when you are 3-0 down
after 30 minutes they need to dig in, exactly what you said. Has the
occasion got to some players? Should the keeper have got the cross?
You have to always say the goalkeeper has to beat the centre
forward coming in. So, yes, definitely should have done better.
I think also defensively Ellen White was left with Houghton and Carli
Lloyd. Got to be able to pick up players. You can see it again.
That's a brilliant delivery. Yes, goalkeeper has to at least get a
punch on it. It was a late whip on the ball. As she came out it started
drifting further away. It was a brilliant cross in. Yeah. You can't
really take anything away from that delivery. It's too fantastic - it's
two fantastic deliveries from her. Lawley again.
Looking for Scott. Dispossessed in there by Hegerberg. The game largely
has by-passed a player scribed as one of the best in Europe. A
wonderful addition to the team according to the previous manager of
Birmingham City. Quit after five years in December.
Good pressure. Back to White. Couldn't get the shot away. Ran away
from her. Mayling's cross. Manchester City have a problem...
May be a wound to the face. She tried to call the referee's
attention to it. The referee hasn't seen it.
Is it her eye? She's seeing if she has clear vision.
Gone down on to her knees. She has developed now into one of
the best defenders I would say beyond Europe, one of the best
defenders in the world. Completely agree with you. She's got better and
better every season. Considering she had such a nightmare couple of
seasons with a bad knee injury, she's just got - just improved.
That's a contact lens, isn't it? It is. Carry on, sorry. I said earlier
the fact that she still is wanting to improve and wanting to develop
but she's such a good athlete and now very good on the ball. Can also
add goals to her game. Yeah, without a doubt she is a world-class
rightback. An important little discussion going on in there.
With the coach. While he watches on, Nick Cushing.
Part of the development, 12-16 development stage at Manchester City
before taking up the women's yob in 2013, November. Alan Mahon is his
assistant. He worked in Tranmere. That's your part of the world. Yes,
final today. Yes, it's here. Is it here? It is here. That was my
first club Tranmere Rovers, I always look out for their results. Busy
week for Wembley Stadium. The pitch is looking great. That's a
lovely looking ball attempted away from the back.
Too long in the end by Mannion. Busy old spell for the great
stadium. Trophy coming up next week. Then FA Cup final.
Play-offs. A little push on the back of Lucy Bronze.
Manchester City have kept 15 clean sheets in the last 21 games.
Birmingham have struggled to score goals. Three in their last five in
all competitions. It's that final ball from Birmingham
and you wonder is it still nerves? They get into decent positions but
either overhit the pass or pick the wrong option.
Two teams, from 254 who entered the 47th FA women's Cup. One is the
dominant team so far. That's a poor pass out. Straight to Lawley.
Lloyd has space. Lawley is pointing where she wants
the ball to go. Back to Christiansen. Here is Stokes. Lawley
is into the wide position. Birmingham defence readjusts and
comes out. Manchester City let them off the
hook there. They did. You thought they could have probably carried on
down that side. They had two options. It's interesting they
switched play. Lawley to Stokes. Took it down well initially. Gone
for the chip. She went for the goal. Involved in that Sunderland team
beaten by Arsenal back in 2009, Demi Stokes. A young girl then. Went out
to America and spent a fair amount of time, first at Vancouver
Whitecaps in the American football scene and then on to the University
of South Florida. Lost out to Ayisi, Stokes. Has been
a couple of ifs, buts and maybes. There has. It's that final delivery.
I am sure that's what Marc Skinner will say at half-time. You have got
into decent positions, do something with it. Find the pass.
Hegerberg is beginning to find room, can't find a teammate.
Not the best of afternoons for a player of her ability.
I think the midfield three for Manchester City is interesting.
Scott and Walsh have been excellent. The first and second to every single
ball. Good balance, as well. Lloyd dropping in there to add to
numbers, has done superbly well and Lucy Bronze. Towards Jill Scott.
Lloyd has made a run from deep. Takes up a dangerous position.
If Parris can get in there. Lucy Bronze. Parris. Now a challenge by
Hegerberg. She's having a look. A bit hesitant. On by Williams.
They're covering the ground so fast, Manchester City.
When they pressurise they do it in ones and twos, so it makes it
difficult for Birmingham to get out. Tackle in pairs, one of the first
drills you are instructed in Azpilicueta a kid. -- you are
instructed in as a kid. Very aware, Carli Lloyd. . It comes
to Christiansen. Here is Bronze. Carli Lloyd had them mesmerised.
Wide by Blonz. Bronze. -- wide by Bronze. Every time Lloyd gets the
ball, oozes real class. She always seems to make the right decision.
Played well after a shaky start. I am told her grandad is the lead
guitarist of the Dubliners, Eamon Campbell. You remember them? No!
Well beyond my... A couple of minutes before half-time interval. A
couple of minutes of stoppage time, I would think.
A little bit of a stoppage for the Lucy Bronze eye thing, what do you
call it? Contact lens. That's it. Hegerberg. She's a better player
than she has shown here today, I think.
Sf She covers a lot of ground. She's energetic. But I think the midfield
three have not really allowed her to even get on to the ball. Manchester
City have been excellent. One early dangerous attempt by
Ayisi. Apart from that, it's been all Manchester City.
This is Kerys Harrop's fifth final for the club.
Steph Houghton shouting for it. She bustles on and on and on, so typical
of her aggressive run. Hegerberg, caught by Carli Lloyd.
She's had a couple of yellow cards at Manchester City. I've got to say,
that was really good play by Keira Walsh. She was caught in possession
by Ellen White but she didn't give up and kept battling back and won
the ball. A lovely pass, cooling possession. -- cool in possession.
Hooked in by Mayling. A couple of minutes of time added on at the end
of the half. It's a Manchester City through, despite the protests of
Paige Williams. Scott, no pressure on her there.
Really on Walsh. Off the ball they've worked really hard finding a
space. They've had to work so hard,
Birmingham, the defenders. When you are working hard and not in
possession, it is a killer for you. It drains you, you've got the ball,
and you have so much more energy. It's a real energy supper when you
are just chasing the game. Stokes group under pressure from Lloyd and
good work by Christiansen. Parris couldn't bring it down. A high foot
thereby Harrop, not given. Bronze, Scott, quickly round the corner.
Good football by Manchester City. A little bit of a mix up there.
Going to Holland, in the England squad in the summer. Izzy
Christiansen, what a good final she's had.
Campbell, again, no pressure on her. 3-0 to Manchester City at half-time,
Lucy Bronze after 18 minutes, Christiansen lovely goal in seven
minutes after that, Carli Lloyd. Your body Manchester City have
completely dominated the game. I think Birmingham need to be more
compact, more tight, they need to offer options going forward and be
better with the ball. The world's best player goes in at half-time
with her team, 3-0 up in the FA Cup final.
STUDIO: A dream start for Manchester City,
and nightmare for Birmingham City. What's your assessment of the first
half, Rachel? Birmingham had a spell of about 15 minutes where it was
pretty even, they had good possession and they looked fairly
dangerous, but City have had chances and they've been really clinical.
They just looked like they are on another level at the moment. Alex,
Birmingham before the game said they wouldn't show any fear. What do you
think went wrong? Whether you're overwhelmed by the opposition on the
occasion? I don't think so, like Rachel said, the first 15 minutes of
the game they looked organised and there were growing in confidence.
Where they've been done is they've not been able to deal with crosses,
Lucy Bronze's Rosol Carli Lloyd's goal as well. Mark, if you were Mark
Simpson Webber Mark Sampson, what would you do? They haven't got a
neat field position. They have to decide how we get out of the half,
whether its direct balls, or some balls over the top, and Brazil and
Ayisi, when they have the chance to run down the sides have done OK
outputs and crosses in but while the game is in front of Man City they'll
be quite comfortable. Let's look at the first goal. Lucy Bronze seems to
have a habit of scoring quite a few goals for a defender. They made it
easy from the goalkeeper perspective, we are seeing where the
ball, when the ball is kicked, the Birmingham defenders are seven yards
out and it gives no room for the keeper to get it. Take nothing away
from Lucy Bronze's run, she runs all the way from outside the 18 to get
across Kerys Harrop at the front rows and it's a fantastic set piece
and well executed in the end. It goes down to Lucy Bronze's mentality
because you can work on set pieces all week in training but you have to
have the determination to want to get across your player and the
determination she's shown to finish it. What's your view, Mark? And I
agree, set pieces can make the difference. Sometimes you have to
hold up your hands, great delivery, great header. Where executed, same
as the third goal. They couldn't cope with those deliveries into the
box. Let's look at the second goal, Izzy Christiansen, a beautiful
finish. It was, it's the desire from Lucy Bronze in the first one to get
on the ball and as Mark said, they don't do themselves any favours,
Birmingham, playing the game in their own defensive third and it's a
slip-up, an error from them. City regained possession, there's still
plenty to do to end up in a goal but Izzy was unmarked. The composure she
showed, the ball pops up in front of her. It's pretty special. We are
mentioning Lucy Bronze a lot but she's had a fantastic path. The
thing I'm impressed with Lucy Bronze here is in past games her picking
out a person when she gets in crosses hasn't been good, but I'm so
glad to see Lucy Bronze pick her head up and kick Izzy Christiansen
out for that goal. So many players in your squad, a good match to be
watching today? Yes, absolutely, it's great for Izzy, she watches the
play, takes her eyes off the ball and arrives at the right time to
give herself an excellent finishing opportunity. I agree, Bronze, the
last thing you want to do with bronzes give her a chance to go on
the front foot and win the ball. Kerys will potentially play the ball
over the top of her run the game is
different. The third goal, Carli Lloyd has scored in many finals, but
was the goalkeeper at fault? You are bobbing Wembley is a good place for
her. Who would have bet against getting her head on this? A
beautiful ball. A lovely swinging ball. From that distance, to pick
out that area, Berger will be disappointed but there's no
pressure, no defenders but up and challenge Steph Houghton and the
World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd. She loves a stage like this,
Carli, she'll be delighted to get a goal. Another goal! No doubt. We saw
a Birmingham team chat up the touchline. What do you think would
have been said? It's a real tough moment because the first big game
for Marc is a senior manager. They've consolidated, they stayed in
the game. When it went three, all others in the studio were thinking
this could be four, five, six, so they've got to half-time, only make
it three. Cause Man City some problems and in big games, when you
score one, maybe it brings two once the game is very different. Two
years ago Notts County Ladies appeared in the first women's FA Cup
final to be played here but last month just two days before the start
of the new league season, they folded, leaving their players,
including England and Scotland internationals, looking for new
clubs, just weeks before the European Championships. Eilidh
Barbour has been talking to one of them.
You never know what's around the corner and that couldn't be more
true for 2015 FA Cup finalist Leanne Crichton. Looking forward to her WSL
Spring Series in the lead up to her first-ever major tournament with
Scotland, it all suddenly changed, with shock news from club side Notts
County. I think it's been a roller-coaster of emotions,
literally within hours we went through preparing for a game on the
Sunday looking to training, and that seemed to be it. It was just the
end. The reality of leaving a team-mate and your friends, it's
been hard. It caught everybody off-guard and me personally, I think
the PFA in particular were fantastic. If it hadn't been for
them, a lot of players would have really struggled to know what to do.
The FA, it's been a learning curve for them as well. Maybe they didn't
expect it to happen, in WSL one and maybe it's something of a future I'd
like to think it would never happen again. A lot of teams are probably
week by week struggling. Apart from the bigger names and the ones that
have a lot of financial support, that's always the problem. There
weren't that many clubs in a position to take on players because
budgets were so tight. You've come back up to Scotland. How did that
come about? Do you feel lucky to have had this option? Guys will say
to you they had contacts pretty much straightaway, they let me know I'd
be more than welcome to come home. The hardest part for me is just
waiting until my time to train our game. I feel like I'm sitting
looking at the clock every hour, thinking I want to be on the pitch
again. We are still up, training in the early morning and a lot of that
is preparation towards the euros and the girls that have been lucky
enough to receive the funding will be relieved from their day jobs just
now. For your image team-mates at Notts County, it must be vitally
important that you've got football between now and the summer. Yes,
everybody wants to play. It's nice to see most of us have got teams now
and look to build between now and July and hopefully put ourselves in
good stead. The first game against England, it must be something you're
looking forward to? It's super exciting. Scotland have waited a
long time to get to those finals and will certainly enjoy it, knowing
people in the side and having friends it will be a nice
experience. Devastating situation for everybody at Notts County and
for the players who were at Notts County, I should say, the England
squad, three of them have clubs, Laura Bassett hasn't. How disruptive
is that for you and the players? First and foremost it is
disappointing situation. Somebody at the club should be disappointed
themselves in terms of how they've handled it, allowing it to get to
that point. The players have been incredible, not just the England
players but every player at the football club. Their professionalism
and determination to get back on the bandwagon and start playing again.
We are quite relaxed about it. I've spoken to all the girls involved,
whether England players or centrally contracted, or Rachel who's been
involved for the last six months, all are relaxed between now and the
start of June when we get together. We are relaxed about where they'll
be and they'll make sure they turn up in June. The good thing is the FA
gave them special dispensation to go to other clubs, but it's also a
matter of settling in. Of course, and it's a short space of time. It's
a very unique season this year. If it was a season where this situation
happened in August and it's happened in June, it would be a real
problem for but look at the climate in terms of the number of games, we
are relaxed about where the players need to be and they'll get there. It
was announced today before the Spring Series started. Looking at
the positives, how our preparations going for the euros? We are excited.
We're going to be a tournament to win it. We will do our homework on
our opponents. Lightly and said, it will be a tough game against
Scotland, for them as well as others. -- like Leon said. If we can
get through the group we are in a great position to go a long way.
Alex, how much are you looking forward to that match? Straightaway
the excitement and looking forward to that game, it was always meant to
happen, as soon as Scotland qualified and the England Scotland
game was on the cards. Major for Scotland two. Huge. Five live and
five live sports extra will have live commentary on all the games in
2017, starting with a crucial match between England and Scotland on July
the 19th. A busy weekend of football here on the BBC, includes Match Of
The Day 2 two extra on BBC Two at 12:15pm tomorrow, Match Of The Day 2
tomorrow night includes highlights of three Sunday fixtures in the
Premier League, including the big relegation battle between Crystal
Palace and Hull City. There's a special Match Of The Day on Monday,
with highlights of the Premier League champions Chelsea against
Watford. The FA People's cup this year saw hundreds of entrants from
girls and women's five-a-side teams including She Can she Play. A prime
example of how anybody of any age and ability can start playing
football. Well done. Inside and outside with
your left foot. Well done, Nicky. We are just a group of mums that wanted
to come along with their daughters and play football. We made friends
and learned some skills and now we are playing in the tournament
together. You are going to go over to the sports hall.
It's showing young girls that there should be no barriers to sport, what
greater role models than us? To see action from the People's Cup
and maybe enter a team for next year go to the BBC Get Inspired website.
Here at half-time in the 2017 women's FA Cup final Manchester City
lead Birmingham City 3-0. When Birmingham City lifted the Cup in
2012 by beating Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out the scorer of the winning
spot kick and player of the match was Karen Carney. She's been
watching the first half. Yeah, that was a great day for Birmingham. It's
been more difficult this afternoon. Is there any way back? My heart
wants to say yes but my head says it's going to be very hard for
Birmingham to get back into the game. City have been dominant and
Birmingham struggled with the crosses. It's going to be hard. City
still have a strong bench to come on. It's going to be hard, my heart
wants to say yes. The likes of Duggan warming up behind us. In
terms of Birmingham's bench, is there changes before the second half
to try to make a difference? Definitely he needs to change
something perhaps up front, maybe push White higher up. Manchester
City's back line hasn't been tested, it's been too easy for them at
times. Maybe bring Wellings on. Need to get them further up and get a
goal in the first 15 minutes to give them confidence. It's been hard,
scoring hasn't been their strength the last couple of seasons,
hopefully an early goal will help them. Ellen White has loads of
experience, how much responsibility now lies on her to bring the younger
players through this difficult second half? She's going to have to
take it on her shoulders and carry them through. Her experience is key,
the youngsters might not know how to deal with it being 3-0 down at
half-time, she's going to have to step up as well as the other senior
players, and the goalkeeper is experienced as well. It's going to
be a big 15-minute push, they need to get a goal and make it quick and
early. If you were in the dressing room, I am sure the Manchester City
dressing room would be the best one to be in right now, it's a big
second half for them, as well, if they concede a goal early on it
could be very different. It could be. The first 15 minutes is key. So
far Manchester City are dominant and in control. You don't really see
them giving this trophy up at the moment. They're in... We will see
how it goes. The teams are coming out now. Thank you, Karen.
Mark, what do you do from here, if you are Birmingham City, do you shut
up shop, try not to concede more goals or go for it? You do the
latter. It's a cup final, it's a one-off, might be the only time you
get there. Wouldn't surprise me if a change of shape to give Manchester
City something different to think about. I agree with Karen, get the
ball forward quicker. At least make sfef and Megan, defend high balls.
We need to play, Birmingham City need to play their game higher up
the pitch and that will give them a chance. 3-0 at half-time. Let's get
back to our commentary team, Jonathan Pearce and Sue Smith.
Thank you very much. Can't see any signs of any substitutions at
half-time. A little huddle for Birmingham. What
would you do? Mark said they may change the shape. Unless you get
wingbacks forward in that formation in the opposition third it's a
negative situation if they're pushed back all the time, they're
redundant. You are right. They were pretty much playing a back five for
the majority of the first half. You probably have to do that. The fact
when they did get forward Manchester City really exploited that width, if
you like, the channel balls. They got that pace to do so. I think the
units were too spread out. The centre forwards were very disjointed
from the midfield and vice versa and Manchester City can play in those
pockets of space. Off we go in the second half. Birmingham kicking from
right-to-left in the darker blue. When they won the 2012 final against
Chelsea from a spot kick, it would be a miracle if we get to that
today. It would be an astounding comeback. It's important they get
players higher. As we heard Mark say at half-time, they spent the almost
the tir 45 minutes encamped in their own half. They have to get bodies
higher up the pitch. Another free kick now. There is the
coach of Birmingham City with a real job to do now.
Can he inspire a real comeback, Marc Skinner? He says he hasn't stopped
smiling since he got the job. He was grimacing at times in the first
half. Down the line looking for Ayisi.
Notice plea she didn't follow her pass and get forward in support and
they've got again bodies sluggishly forward. They're there now. Look at
the number of blue shirts back for Manchester City. Still Ayisi who has
worked very hard for Birmingham. A cross into the box from Williams.
Campbell. White. Frustrations growing. Did you notice that as she
passed the ball forward, Williams, down to Ayisi, she just watched. She
should progress. You are right. She's wary of getting forward and
overcommitting. That's what Birmingham need to do to get back
into the game. White made the running and Carter was following up.
When they have extra options they're going to cause Manchester City a
problem. Another great touch. Pressure by
Lucy Bronze. Carli Lloyd. Dispossessed by Carter. Back again.
Overconfident with the pass. Here is Parris for Manchester stif.
-- Manchester City. Now Paige Williams. Angled forward
for Brazil. Seems Birmingham City in the second
half have pushed White really advanced. She was slightly deeper
than the two wider forwards, but she's right up top now. There she
is. Back it comes to Mayling. No great
conviction in there, was there? That's the problem. I think it's
good that White is further forward. She will get hold of the ball and
she needs players to play off, somebody to pass the ball to. When
she got it she was very isolated but yeah, there needs to be conviction
with the ball in and also the runners into the box. They still
look a little scared. Incredible tweet this morning, she was out for
a jog on the morning of the Cup final. Like yourself. Indeed myself,
a fitness fanatic as you know, Sue! Now Williams.
Not sure I would be jogging before an FA Cup final. No.
Not done her any harm. A remarkable character.
Another reason she's come to England is to get more games. They don't
play that many club games in America. This sort of standard. Yes,
the international teams together for long periods of the year. Ayisi.
Dispossessed by Bronze. Looking for a free kick that didn't come.
Christiansen has been tidy throughout the game.
Jill Scott always provides an outball. Lucy Bronze to Parris. Good
football by Manchester City. Parris delayed the pass in. A good
run, though. Very good run. Forces a corner. Really good run by
Parris. She wants to go forward and have a go at defenders. Gets the
team a corner. Lawley will take it. At Birmingham until last December. A
Kidderminster girl, actually. She's got Jill Scott in at the near post
and Parris just behind and four runners coming in. Sfef Houghton.
It was off target but it was a freeish header.
That was another good quality header from Houghton. Had a run on White.
White was standing. Couldn't get it on target.
Parris has switched flanks. A problem for Lawley. Lawley is
hobbling. May have a problem here. Christiansen couldn't get beyond
Hegerberg. A decent turn.
Had a falling out with a coach in Germany. Has a good pedigree.
This is Williams. Cut out by Lucy Bronze.
Look at the forward line of Birmingham. When they go forward
they are all in straight line, they need to break that line up a little
bit more. One comes short, one go long. The same sort of runs means
there's no option for midfield. Manchester City well in command.
If you have just joined us Lucy Bronze put them ahead. Then Izzy
Christiansen with a splendid well worked goal. Then Carli Lloyd made
it three on 32 minutes. They had brilliant crossing from the left
wing. There is Lloyd. Harrop under pressure. Back to the
goalkeeper. What a career Carli Lloyd has had.
Five goals in the World Cup finals. Fastest hat-trick in the history of
a World Cup final. Double Olympic gold winner. Scored
in two Olympic finals. Again Mannion tries to play. A free
kick here for Manchester City. Not the greatest of starts to the
new spring series, Manchester City. Won the last two. Drew the first
game of the campaign against Birmingham. A shortened season.
Parris! Tried to bend the shot. Got a touch on it. It could have been
four. It really could. Good break from Stokes. What a ball that is.
What a run from Parris. She was trying to bend it into the far
corner. The right thing to do. Good hand from Berger.
Lawley with it. Four could make it mission
impossible. A little tussle in there but away by Berger. Came a long way
to get that. Walsh, has had an excellent game. An
appeal over there by Sargeant. Carli Lloyd.
Always comfortable on the ball. Cruises on the ball. She can be
feisty, Darley -- Carli Lloyd. Are they going to think of a change,
Manchester City? This is Carter. Good interception by Campbell -- by
Campbell who has done well. Just too far ahead of Mayling who looked
leaden-footed there. A slump to the shoulder, a tired look about one or
two Birmingham players. A showpiece occasion. 3-0 down at the break and
here is a substitution. It's going to be Toni Duggan comes
on. It's going to be Lawley who departs, picked up that injury
moments ago. I think Birmingham won't want to see Toni Duggan coming
on the field. Not only is she a great player, just coming in off the
back of a hat-trick against Bristol, but she's got a point to prove. She
will have wanted to start in this game. She will be really
disappointed not to have. The Ghanaian born England under 23,
Ayisi. They've just been too good for them, Manchester City, really in
every area. Mannion, under pressure, just got away with it.
In towards Lloyd. She got a cloud for her troubles. She knew it was
coming. Jess Carter wins it back. Typically abrasive style. In towards
Ayisi. This is promising for Birmingham City. Bronze got back to
Ayisi, just held onto it too long. Again, that's a weary looking Sarah
Mayling. They will think about more two substitutions.
Toni Duggan comes from the same part of the world as you do, and she a
spiky, wholehearted full of life character, who would have been
absolutely shell-shocked by the decision not to pick her up the
start. Of course, you want to play in big games like this and Toni
Duggan is another big game player. She will have been really
disappointed. As a player, if you score three goals, you expect
probably to start in the next game. She will definitely be wanting to
show just what she's about. Two words to describe Toni Duggan...
INAUDIBLE . That's good. A terrible mistake by
Ann-Katrin Berger, got away with it. I think we were all chatty from that
part of the world. You're telling me. I thought I'd say it before you
did. This is going to be the first time
we've seen a long throw from Megan Campbell, and if you haven't seen
her, just get ready for this. This is one of the longest throws in
world football. She can reach the far post in normal ground. Don't
forget, this is Wembley, but in normal grounds, she absolutely
arrows them in. To the near post... You built it up there! All around
us, however many thousands there are in the crowd, there was a big groan!
We expect so much from her now, after the two throws that she did
against Reading, set up both goals. A couple of them in a couple of
minutes, came off the bench. It changed the whole game. I don't know
if I've the build up a throw as much as that, ever! Dear oh dear. They
are normally very good! Normally the longest throw-in world football.
Here we have Manchester City in total control. They look to set
Parris alight. Harrop doesn't know the meaning of
the word surrender. She would play steadfastly all the way through. A
youth team member at Birmingham, Kerys Harrop. Caught by Carli Lloyd.
I can tell you we now know how many thousands there are in here, 35,271,
that's record for a Women's FA Cup Final. It's a great policy the FA
have for this. Kids go free. Remember that for this time next
year. Let's remind people, Sue, it's
important if you do have a chance to support your local WSL team, it is a
good afternoon or evening out, watching football, if you are into
women's football, if you are young player. Alan -- here's Ellen White.
She's tested Bardsley. Work to do for the Manchester City goalkeeper
at last. It's exactly what Birmingham need to do, see the
opportunity and take it quickly. Karen Bardsley didn't collect that,
that second attempt, she was in there but that's what they need to
do, they need to do it quickly. They've been taking too many touches
up until that point. Two or three of them have frozen out there, really.
Birmingham City players. Birmingham City about to make a substitution.
Charlie Wellings come on for them. 19 this week. A tall striker, and
England under 17. INAUDIBLE
I'm impressed by their willingness to change a bit of their style is
season. Steph Houghton was there, she'll
keep it in. I can't remember Steph Houghton making a mistake. I don't
think she has. She's just a player. Know exactly what you are going to
get with her. Always does it very well.
INAUDIBLE Here comes Wellings, a tall player.
I'm quite surprised, Freda Ayisi always offers an option when they go
forward. She hasn't really had the right ball to her. I think Wellings
will come on and she'll work hard, again, she'll Harry the defence but
they just need that final pass to just be better. Give them an
opportunity. In them much programme today, Kerys Harrop had an article.
She led us through the individual players in the squad, and she says
of Charlie Wellings, she's probably Birmingham's best striker of the
ball, a goal-scorer when she gets on the right position. We will wait and
see, the youngster towards her position.
Have they got enough time? 25 minutes to go.
What about the formation? It's something Marc Skinner is working
on, playing with the back three at the back and it's worked for her
mental this point. Manchester City have had too much for them in this
game. -- it has worked for them, until this point. Manchester City
have had too much quality. Looking forward to the World Cup
finals. Fancy that one? It would be quite
Steph Houghton. She'll still be there, I imagine, 30 or 31 by then.
The year rose to come of course, this summer. -- the euros to come of
course, this summer. Won by Wellings. Lucy Bronze got
back to her. They beat Chelsea, so to win the
2017 FA Cup final they'd have had to beat the three powerhouses, Chelsea,
Manchester City, they have, short thus far in the final. -- they have
come up short thus far in the final. More into the game now, Birmingham.
You have to put that in the context of Manchester City taking their foot
off the gas pedal. Birmingham have to go for it, don't
they? It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you are 3-0 down.
Just saying they build up again, he is pleased with their team, he's
asked them to be braver in possession. It hasn't really come
off today. The keeper saw it coming, rushed out and did well. Kept it at
3-0. She read that situation really well. Got off her line quickly
because Nikita Parris was just in there. Lloyd, taken down by Mannion.
She is saying she was kicked on the ground.
A New Jersey girl, Carli Lloyd. Played for the South Jersey
Banshees, the New Jersey Wildcats in her time. Such a committed player.
Clearly a foul. Carli Lloyd just touched the ball past her. I don't
think there was any kick afterwards though. Steph Houghton, in the
interview we played earlier, did you say to her she'd scored some free
kicks in her time. She has. Was that an omen? May be. You know your game,
don't you? How many times did you play for England? You can't say
anything after those throw-in is! She can do that though. Help! Was a
goal that was. Brilliant. That was two, Christiansen. Great delivery in
43, Carli Lloyd. It was a blistering 14 minute first-half spell.
A lovely ball in behind, Toni Duggan, the first touch was a little
bit heavy and it allowed Berger to come and make the save. She's had a
good gave. She's had a good game apart from the third goal. It's
probably the only mistake she's made. Toni Duggan, the touch she
made gave Berger up in June -- and opportunities come out and make the
save. A great break again for Manchester City. Is going to be a
change here for Manchester City, Nikita Parris going off. Georgia
Stanway is coming on. She's an 18-year-old, just turned 18 at the
start of the year. Wide forward, the right-hand side. In comes the corner
kicking towards Houghton it goes wide.
Another quality player with lots of potential. When you are tiring as a
team and they're bringing on fresh legs, it can make things happen and
score goals. It's the last thing you want to see. Look at the stats
there. 12 goal attempts by Manchester City against three.
Carli Lloyd wants it mrae in behind. Beautiful weight on the pass. Well,
she acknowledges the precision of the pass played into her. It was a
good set-up. Good play from Duggan and good movement again. They just
know where each other are going to run. That makes such a difference.
Birmingham at times have looked disjointed but Manchester City when
they go forward are so fluid. Lucy Bronze has got away from her marker.
It's beyond her, though. In came Houghton.
Might have been a little push in there.
I think Lucy Bronze made the initial run to the near post. It was
Houghton they were aiming for. White has her arms around Steph. They're
good mates so that's a battle with the two of them.
Good football by Birmingham. A chance here now.
Oh! They got a goal! She's come off the bench. The best
striker of the ball. She gets a goal for Birmingham City. She's done well
since she came on. Set the ball up for players. Run into channels they
needed. Got forward. Good strike there with her left foot to beat
Bardsley. Right into the corner. Could this give Birmingham City a
lift? 64 minutes on the clock when she came on. Within nine minutes she
scored for Birmingham City. She looked really lively, hasn't she?
She has. Just been that more aggressive in the final third since
she came on. Have broken the chance of a clean
sheet. If they get another, with a little over quarter of an hour to
go, it would make things very interesting.
8th corner of the game for Manchester City. Scott goes near
post. Christiansen will stand in with the goalkeeper. Runs from deep
positions. It's a good claim by Berger.
Looks for the quick release. Out it comes here now to Jess
Carter. Another Birmingham... Oh the touch was horrible but she's gone
for the challenge by Stokes. Having a real go now!
Brazil. Should be Karen Bardsley. Got hit by
Ellen White. England colleagues. She said she was going for the ball.
You can see she has her eyes on the ball all the way through there.
Definite foul. This was a well taken goal by
Charlie Wellings. A confident strike. This is better from
Birmingham. They've took until this point to really give it a good go
and test the Manchester City back line. The Ellen White effort and one
from Wellings. They've made a go of it. A little error there.
Can they get it out wide? Stamped away by Bronze. Back to Hegerberg.
Carter. Another good ball. She was trying to
get it out to Williams. Manchester City have tired a little
bit. Williams there. She came from an offside position.
Another substitution here. It's going to be Abbie McManus, she
will replace Campbell, I would think. Can't see them taking
Houghton off. Up in the air. It's won in the air
by Harrop. Here is Carter.
Dispossessed by Christiansen. What a final she has had.
Let's see who goes off. It is Megan Campbell.
She was preferred at the start. We are not going to see... On comes
McManus to replace her. I am pleased she has game time, McManus. She
deserves it. Every time I watch her play she's consistent. Oh! The
goalkeeper and... Manchester City player went for
that. She's OK. You could see both of them
going for the ball. That's a real collision. Both are OK.
They're just about to announce the atakenedance at the stadium. Great
reaction to it, as well. -- attendance.
They're bigging themselves up, and why not?
So good to see the attendances getting better each year and it
shows how much the women's game is growing and developing and people
now want to watch the game. Here is White having a go at it now,
Birmingham City. Lloyd battling back.
Now Christiansen. Out to Duggan. Duggan can switch it. She finds Jill
Scott. Could get another one. Scott! It's a lovely goal. To wrap it up
for Manchester City. One of the most popular girls in the game.
Ten minutes to go. Jill Scott gets a goal in the FA Cup final. Set up by
Toni Duggan. Finished brilliantly. Birmingham City 1, mark City 4. The
result now is well beyond doubt. -- Manchester City. Manchester City
league winners, continental winners and now FA Cup. It was good from
Duggan initially to pick out Jill Scott. But that's a lovely finish.
Quick feet initially. Then right into the top corner. Birmingham City
were just getting themselves back into the game. That puts it totally
beyond them now. That's the problem, when you commit
players forward to get back into the game that can happen on a quick
counterattack. A better cross in. White!
Might have seen it a little late. Brazil was in front. She dummied it
so it came through to White. Not sure how much she would have seen of
the ball before it came to her foot. A good delivery. She's leaning back
as she strikes the ball. It was always going to go over.
Don't know if she slipped at the vital moment.
Lucy Bronze. She will get a free kick. Rudimentary tackle from
Harrop. A few bruises. Manchester City Chloe Peplow, off
goes Andrine Hegerberg, not really been her game.
The keeper sort of clawed. A corner kick is given.
Good pressure in there by the captain.
Limping a little bit. Duggan will take it again. There is
a little signal. Carli Lloyd to make the run.
Away by Carter. Six-and-a-half minutes to go.
Good tackle that time by Harrop. It's been some year for them. Now a
big step up, Champions League. Lyon stopped them, as I was saying
earlier. They're in the competition again.
Starting in October. Or the autumn anyway.
Stokes to Lloyd. What do you think they will take
away as a sweet memory from an otherwise sour afternoon for them,
Birmingham City, Sue? It's probably just the experience of obviously
playing at Wembley in front of a big crowd and I think the fact that
they've really improved in this second half. Without a doubt, these
players will have learned from that experience. They'll want to come
here again and hopefully pick up that winning trophy, rather than the
losing one, unfortunately. Mark Sampson was pointing out they're a
young team. Lucy Bronze might have been fouled there by Parris.
Marc Skinner has only just taken charge, so he's still in his
philosophy on style -- he's instilling his loss Leanne style on
the players, which can take a while. Much higher in the second half,
Mayling, pushing Danny Stokes back. The quality and delivery from
Manchester City in the first class, we haven't seen that in the second.
-- in the first half, we haven't seen that in the second. Stabbed
away. Mannion got it out. Sargeant, it was. They have bodies forward.
Have they got enough legs? No, they haven't.
Who would be your player of the match, Sue? For Manchester City,
there have been a lot of players that have really stood out in this
game. You look at both full-backs, midfield, obviously Carli Lloyd.
I've gone with Keira Walsh and I think for me, she's just, she
quietly goes about her business. She breaks the play very well, protects
the back four and in possession, she's quality. I've gone with
probably somebody that not everybody would pick, but I don't know what
you think about that. I think it's a great choice. You and I agreeing,
goodness me! I know! Make a note of it, everyone. It never happens, to
be honest. Anyway, you say tomato, I say tomato. Use a lettuce leaves
language, I say triple burger. Paige Williams goes off. On comes
Abbey-Leigh Stringer. 21-year-old midfielder. She's made
the route across from Aston Villa to Birmingham City. Came on in the
semifinal with about a quarter of an hour to go. She's come through the
Young England route. A couple of minutes to go. That was
a bomb of a challenge. A tired tackle. There's been a yellow card.
A bit of a shame, this late on in an FA Cup final. It was an almost
exhausted psych into a challenge. You are right, she's worked so hard
this game, Jess Carter. Another very good player. Lots and lots of
potential. It is late. It wasn't an exhausted sag into a challenge, it
was a terrible tackle. It was, when you see the replay. It was hefty,
wasn't it? Still battling. It's a great attitude, when your team is
behind in the Cup Final, to want it as much as she was.
Stretched a little bit too much in there. This is a great run. For
Manchester City. He is Carli Lloyd. Stanway wanted it back again, into
Duggan. Flag up. Your Man of the Match Joyce got a
great ovation in the stadium. They must have agreed with us. Three
minutes of stoppage time to play at the end of the 2017 final. Having a
bit of a slip. There will be a few tears a bit
later on, I would think. Definitely. They follow Alan every game, home
and away. Lloyd here has got it beyond Mannion. It is Duggan. The
referee has blown, I think. Well, it's a yellow card to bring out a
card for that of friends there, it could have been worse. Was there
cover in the middle? I'd like to see it again. You could see that Carli
Lloyd was waiting towards goal. You can see here, she just catches
Mannion, breaking towards goal. There was just cover, but was fouled
just outside the area? Yes, it was. And there was cover. Right decision
from the referee. She's had a good game, hasn't she? She has, very
good. Weldon Rebecca Welch. And the assistant referees, also the fourth
official. -- well done, Rebecca Welch. Solid goalkeeping, good
technique. But in behind it. -- got in behind it.
Mayling still working hard, but she's given that away. It looked
like a tired prod of the pass. Stokes into Lloyd, she's done really
well there. Stanway. Chased and chased well by Harrop, but she still
gets the shot off. A lovely bit of setup play by Carli Lloyd.
Outstanding bit of play. She could see Georgia Stanway and it was just
a lovely ball, right into her path. I actually think Georgia Stanway
could have played the ball back to Carli Lloyd. She made a run just
round the outside. Manchester City having won the league, having won
the Continental Cup, have won the 20 17th FA Cup. Manchester City on the
day were simply too good. Lucy Bronze put them ahead after 18
minutes with a header, setting up Christiansen for brilliant second,
seven minutes later, and Carli Lloyd rose at the far post, three up on 32
minutes. They were not going to be beaten. Substitute Wellings pulled
one back. Ellen White worked her socks off. We have the world's best
player on your team, when you have seven of England's European
champions in your team, it's always going to be difficult for the rivals
and Birmingham City found it too difficult on the day. Manchester
City are worthy winners. Yes, the best team won. Manchester City were
solid in defence. When they went forward they were dangerous. They
were clinical in front of goal. Birmingham City got themselves back
into the game slightly in the second half, but the strongest team won in
this game. Birmingham have done excellent to get here, but just
couldn't cope with Manchester City's quality on the day. They are growing
force in European football they've won the FA Cup. This is the one they
lacked, this is the one they wanted, this is the one they have got.
Scenes of celebration, for the England squat Watt squad players.
What do you think Ellen White will make of the afternoon? You know her
so well. She worked so hard. She was constantly trying to get her team
back into the game. It's a difficult one to take. She will learn from
this and she'll come back and I think she knows that Birmingham City
are team that is developing and improving all the time, but she will
be disappointed, she will be absolutely gutted. A terrific goal
by Christiansen, wasn't it? Outstanding. She can make those late
runs into the box and it's having the quality to be able to finish
that off and that that's exactly what she did. Third FA Cup win in
the career of Steph Houghton, and embrace for the coach, Nick Cushing.
He has a team here now that over the next two years can go on and press
the likes of Lyon and the teams who have dominated European football in
the women's game over the last few years. Carli Lloyd, outstanding, at
moments, a player of her quality to be in English football is a terrific
thing. What a terrific performance by Keira Walsh today, Sue's player
of the match. She's with Eilidh Barbour.
You've added the FA Cup to your list of trophies at this club. How
special does this one feel? It feels unbelievable. It's what is
considered the biggest trophy in England and it's the only one we've
not won so far. It's a great feeling to take the trophy back to
Manchester. It was the perfect first half, you didn't seem fazed as a
team by the occasion. Were you able to take any of it in at all? I think
the three goals came quite fast, so other team we were pleased to get
the three goals. Get the game sorted and it was a good feeling for us.
The captain Steph joins us. You were favourites, there was an expectation
upon your shoulders to win today. How proud I use that you've been
able to do it? Obviously being favourites puts you under a bit of
pressure but this is what the team is about, big players who play on
big occasions and it was showing the first half performance. We were
unbelievable. Credit to this girl, she is young and she makes our team
tick. You hold all three domestic trophies at Manchester City. It's
been a dominant display domestically. How much further does
this team go? Why do you build towards? We have to make sure we
retain these titles and we have to take the Champions League and we
have had a taste of the semifinals, but we want to keep going until we
win it. Weldon today, Akira, you are the player of the match and we ask
Junior and Elliott to present the SSE player of the match.
STUDIO: Manchester City absolutely living up
to their invincible title they earned last season in the league.
They were unbeaten. Why are they so good? They've just got depth across
the whole squad. You look at the players they've brought on, Toni
Duggan, Georgia Stanway, both England internationals, and they've
got world-class players in their starting XI. I think that's really
that's the crux of it. They've only been around in the WSL as a team
since 2014, and they've achieved so much, the domestic trouble. Alex,
your thoughts? It's not just one player, if Lucy Bronze is not
scoring you have Carli Lloyd, you have Jill, who had a quiet game
today, popping up with a fantastic goal. There are so many elements to
the Man City team that they continued to grow. Eilidh Barbour is
with the manager, Nick Cushing. It was the piece of the jigsaw that
was missing. You are FA Cup winners, it sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
It was the game after winning the double, the aim was the FA Cup. You
know what, we've been good in every round but I thought today we were
exceptional. With the schedule we've had and the games and travel we've
had, to come and win 4-1 is exceptional. It's the first FA Cup
final for the club and a first visit to Wembley, but they didn't seem
phased by the occasion. How much mental preparation did you have to
do today? I didn't have to do a lot. We challenge the players every day
in training. We try to create something harder than the games in
Manchester. I trust the players. They are big game players. They
showed that last year, going undefeated. Today, they had to find
their experiences of big games and they've done it, and exceptional
performance. There's an expectation, it can be difficult to play to your
potential. What does it say about these goals they were able to go out
and do what they can do? I think the expectation that they put themselves
is greater than any expectation from the outside. I got a big expectation
on them every day to be the best they can be and if you are the best
version of yourself and your team is improving, you win trophies. The
first trophy we won after winning the double would be the most
satisfying because it reinforces you are the dominant team in England.
How important is that for you? Continuing to develop Manchester
City. You've developed a hugely talented squad, bringing in players
like Carles Gil -- Charlie Wyke. How important is it to continue the
journey? We had Georgia Stanway on the pitch, McManus came on, it's not
just the Carli Lloyd and Steph Houghton that contribute, it's the
young players who we work hard every day and Keira Walsh's performance as
a 19-year-old player who has never played international football on a
senior stage was exceptional today. Weldon, Nick, go and enjoy it. Thank
Very well deserved. Manchester City have had a tough schedule, playing
in Europe, the Champions League semifinal against Lyon and the
Spring Series and they've managed to do this.
They were good today, strong, never in doubt they weren't going to win
the game. What he has done a great job with, yes, they have excellent
players but they work hard, well organised defensively and have a
set-piece. All the qualities top teams have. Congratulations to Nick,
as well. He has done a good job with the team. They've grown the team
carefully and slowly and methodically and now they're a well
oiled machine. He managed to sign the world's best player. Carli Lloyd
is pitchside. You came here to win a trophy, to play well and you have
certainly done that today. Well done. Yeah, it was a fantastic team
performance. You know, this group's been trying to get this trophy for
quite sometime. I just have kind of come in in the last month or so and
helped push that along. Total team effort. Players on the pitch,
players off the pitch. Fantastic, feels good to come back to Wembley
and win again. And special Wembley memories, this has been a good place
for you. Very good, hopefully I am back at some point again. Tremendous
stadium. Pitch is fantastic. You know, a quality win to get that
today. Like you say, this team has been building for a number of years
before you have come in. What has most impressed you about the squad
and the group of players, about the set-up here as you have built
towards this Cup win? I think character. You know, we tied
Birmingham recently in the spring series and to come out, fight,
hungry, shows the character. We have had a tough battle against Lyon in
the Champions League but we fought to get the second leg out in front
of us. It's a great group of girls. I really enjoyed being here, the
organisation is fantastic. They've got all the support they need. I
have enjoyed my time here. I will let you enjoy lifting the trophy.
Well done. Thank you. STUDIO: I am sure she will enjoy
those celebrations very much indeed. Rachel, what could Birmingham have
done differently? I don't know. I like to say what Nick said about
each individual maximising their potential, being the best version of
themselves. I don't think Birmingham could have done much more
individually. As a team, they needed to play the game further up the
pitch. They put themselves under pressure early on by playing out the
back, that's their style, that's how they like to build up their play.
But you put them under pressure and from that point it gave confidence
to Manchester City to push further forward, keep their back line up and
from that point Birmingham, certainly in the first hour of the
game really, just couldn't get out of their half and Manchester City
were pretty much pinning them back. We saw some bright sparks, some
energy from Birmingham City in the second half after they got that
consolation goal. We did, when they got the goal we were jumping for joy
in the studio and thought they would push on from that. Look, they're a
young team. They're not used to playing an occasion like this, they
need to remember this feeling, it will hurt now. But let this be a
driving factor, feel it and have hunger to get back here next year.
We shouldn't forget Birmingham City have won the FA Cup final before.
Absolutely. You have to give credit to Mark and the team. We talk about
the run to get here, beat the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. They earned
a right to be here. They'll learn lessons. These big games, small
details make a difference. City got the details right. Executed
brilliant set-pieces, perfect pressing strategy and made it
difficult for Birmingham for the majority of the game. They said they
weren't going to show fear, they were coming out to win it. How do
they pick themselves up now going forward? Yeah, it's tough. I have
been there twice in terms of losing FA Cup finals. It's hard. There are
some games to play and the great thing with football is there always
is the next game. I am sure they'll put this behind them. Like Alex
said, remember it and focus on the next one. Let's hand back to our
commentary team, Jonathan Pearce and Sue for the trophy presentation.
Thank you very much. The fact that Hegerberg and White both looked so
desperately disappointed, is a good sign for Birmingham City, that shows
they will be hungry for more. This is a group in development. And a
club very much on the progressive route, getting good players in and
as long as they get the backing of the club they'll come again. Here
comes the trophy. The FA Cup.
Up will come Manchester City, winner of today's final.
?240,000 will be distributed throughout this Sean's competition.
70,000 up from last season, which is good. That will out to clubs around
the country. -- this season's competition.
The honour party prepare to give out the trophy.
And up they come. A terrific afternoon for Manchester
City. Lawley on the winning side against
her former club. She played very well. Picked up an
injury late on. Karen Bardsley behind her.
They'll go on to complete the spring series with Manchester City. Had a
dramatic start and will be expected to win that. The other players will
go out with England to Holland in the European Championships.
Biggest crowd ever for a women's FA Cup final. 35271.
Sunshine, good goals, and entertaining FA Cup final.
This is a curious route up towards the honour party. Since the stadium
was revamped and rebuilt. Lucy Bronze in there. Scored the
first goal of the game. There is the coach. Completed the
treble. Done everything he could. Now Nick Cushing. Made it back in
time for the birth of his third child after they won the
continental. There he is.
Along the line they go. There is the trophy. That's the one they want.
Jennifer Beattie, Scottish international, didn't get on, 26
years of age today. Georgia Stanway who got on late on.
Karen Bardsley. There is a good young player, as well, the Dutch
youngster, Tessel Middag in the squad. Substitute goalkeeper, as
well, Hourihan. Painful moment this for White. Twice on the winning side
in a Cup final, twice on the losing side. Duggan, smiles for her at the
end. She looked pretty disconsolate yesterday when she found out she
wasn't starting. She played well when she came on. Jill Scott at the
end completed the scoring. Carli Lloyd. Well, she has had her hands
on the World Cup and the Olympic gold. Now the FA Cup in England.
Steph Houghton reaches out the hands. You don't want to let the lid
drop off. Up it goes!
The 2017 SSE Women's FA Cup. The ticker tape sprinkles down. Golden
and shimmering. The celebrations and this Manchester City side. The
golden girls of English football. They've completed the domestic
treble inside 12 months. A wonderful achievement. A wonderful
performance. Beating Birmingham City on the day by 4-1.
STUDIO: You can see how much it means to all the players. I expect
celebrations will continue well into tomorrow. Alex, you were here this
time last year. I remember watching, it looked like it was the happiest
day of your life. I am getting emotional now watching them, it's
bringing back memories. It really is. As a kid, you dream of playing
at Wembley. To walk the Wembley stairs and lift a trophy, those
players will remember this for the rest of their lives. Yeah, wish I
could say the same. You played... No, I am not taking anything away, I
have won the FA Cup and it was fantastic with Everton in 2010. It
wasn't a Wembley, that's the brilliant thing of the progression
of women's football. It's been at Wembley, where it should be. Whether
you are male or female you want to play at Wembley, it's the iconic
place for this country. The opportunity for these girls to do
that and to celebrate, it really will last long in their memories.
More than 35,000 people here inside Wembley Stadium. Record crowds. What
does that mean for the story of women's football in this country?
It's fantastic. You have to pay credit to all the guys behind the
scenes who work so hard to get people to come. Our fans who turned
out, but I was chatting to Alex earlier, that final with Doncaster,
there was less than 5,000 there, that was four years ago. So we are
making great progress and every year it gets better. Looking at a picture
of Toni Duggan looking very happy. Can't imagine she will have been
happy she didn't start. That's the life of a football, you have to deal
with those situations. Some players show it more than other players. As
an experienced player you learn to deal with how to manage your face as
it were, have a professional outlook so you can only impact positively on
the team. It's a competition for places, you are playing in the
biggest day of your footballing career. Suddenly you are not
starting, that's going to hurt for any player. She's come on the pitch
and did a great job when she was on the pitch and that's all you can
ask. We need to talk about Lucy Bronze who was on fire. Someone says
if Lucy Bronze wins a medal will she become Lucy Gold? No, but we can
show you the opening goal. I like that. Lucy was massively influential
in the whole game. As we come to know her as a recognisable sort of
defensive, attacking defender, she was phenomenal today. Her goal is
nothing more than we expect. I spoke to Lucy before the game, because we
only had Kelly Smith ever on the shortlist for Fifa World Player of
the Year, I said to her this is your stage and you are the next player
who I believe can get on that list and have that recognition as an
England player. OK. We can look at these goals.
Yeah, we talked about it at half-time. The Birmingham defending
line should be higher. Gives more space for Berger to collect this.
Doesn't. It's a great run from Lucy Bronze. Her whole all-round play,
she creates the second goal by picking up possession and turning it
over. Birmingham weren't very clever in giving them back possession in
their own half. Mark, you were saying they don't get enough credit
for set-pieces, that's what they really excel at and probably won the
game on. It's a big part of the big games. If you look back at all the
games and the World Cup 2015, America scored the first two from
set-pieces. They blew Japan away. It was the corners. Manchester City so
efficient and clever, have big players on the pitch. Good delivery.
In big games you need those details to go right for you. Jill Scott will
be pleased she managed to get on the score sheet. We were talking that
Jill was having a quiet game. She was going about her job but a quiet
game normally for Jill. To get a goal like that and an exquisite
finish, she will be delighted. Birmingham got their consolation, of
course. Yeah, what a strike that was for Charlie Wellings off the bench
as a youngster, coming and playing at Wembley. That must be a strike
she can only have dreamt of. Her left foot, non-dominant foot. And
beat Bardsley who was a by-stander for much of the game. Moving
forward, what do you think Birmingham will take from this? They
need to remember it will hurt now, but remember the journey they've
been on to get here, knocking Arsenal out, my team, knocking
Chelsea out, they deserve to be here today. Remember this feeling but
want to be back here next year. Mark? A lot of lessons frshgs a
football point of view you learn the big games that you have to play
what's in front of you, they got caught with that. They stuck to the
plan, which is honest. But it's the wrong plan. The ability to adapt to
what's in front of you is a big lesson to learn. It's the same for
the manager, it was his first time, FA Cup final. It's phenomenal for
them. Incredible achievement for Manchester City. Congratulations.
Thank you to Alex and Mark. Good luck atUre 2017 and of course,
Rachel, who you will hear on the radio throughout. Manchester City
women hold the WSL title, the continental Cup and the FA Cup. It's
a tremendous treble. Thank you for watching. Goodbye.
Tina Daheley presents live coverage from Wembley of the Women's FA Cup final between Manchester City Women and Birmingham City Ladies.
Manchester City are the current Women's Super League champions and will be confident of lifting the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Alongside a raft of England internationals, including captain Steph Houghton and PFA Player of the Year Lucy Bronze, City also have the World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd. She scored a hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup Final and scored both goals at Wembley as the USA won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2012.
But Birmingham City have already beaten the last two Wembley cup winners, Arsenal and Chelsea, to reach the final of a tournament they won in 2012. They will look to the experience of striker Ellen White, who is appearing in her fourth FA Cup final.
With commentary from Jonathan Pearce and Sue Smith.