Man City Women claim third FA Women’s Cup in four years as they get past spirited Everton
Manchester City retained their FA Women’s Cup crown as they got past a battling Everton side, winning 3-1 after extra-time at Wembley.
Goals from substitutes Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie in the second half of extra-time secured City a third FA Cup triumph in the space of four seasons.
Everton had forced another 30 minutes after Valerie Gauvin cancelled out Sam Mewis’ opener, but they were beaten on their maiden Wembley appearance despite an impressive display from goalkeeper Sandy MacIver.
Gareth Taylor’s side took the lead five minutes before half-time when Alex Greenwood’s corner was headed in by United States international Mewis.
City should have doubled their lead in the 54th minute but Caroline Weir’s shot cannoned off a post and MacIver brilliantly denied Kelly from the rebound.
Everton equalised on the hour mark when Izzy Christiansen’s corner was nodded in at the near post by Gauvin.
Weir had two chances to win it for City in the closing stages but she snatched at the first and blazed over before a curled effort came back off the crossbar.
MacIver denied Stanway and Steph Houghton in extra-time but the resistance was broken with nine minutes remaining when Stanway squeezed the ball past MacIver’s near post after being played in by fellow substitute Jess Park.
Everton threw everything into the closing stages but City added gloss when Stanway slid in Janine Beckie to slot home with the final kick of the game.