The Women’s FA Cup is on the agenda on Sunday afternoon as The Football Association provide a re-run of the 2018 final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley.
Ahead of the match, FA Women’s Super League Full-Time look back at the two clubs’ routes to the final as cup specialists Arsenal prepared to take on a Chelsea side who had already been crowned FA Women’s Super League 1 champions.
Arsenal had been relatively lucky with their draws in the Women’s FA Cup in 2018. The fourth round saw them travel to fellow top tier side Yeovil Town. The Gunners were the favourites to advance and they did just that, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead, along with a Yeovil Town own goal.
The Gunners found themselves at home in the fifth round with second tier outfit Millwall Lionesses providing the opposition. Mead netted the only goal of the game as Joe Montemurro’s side saw off the spirited challenge of their London rivals.
Arsenal then faced Charlton Athletic, the lowest ranked side left in the competition in the quarter-finals. They defeated The Addicks 5-0 to set up a semi-final showdown with Everton in Crosby. Danielle Carter fired The Gunners into a first half lead on Merseyside and while Chloe Kelly levelled from the penalty spot in the second half, Louise Quinn’s goal at the death secured Arsenal’s ticket to Wembley.
Chelsea started their march to the national stadium with a 10-0 thrashing of second tier side London Bees at The Hive. A young Erin Cuthbert netted a hat-trick while there were also doubles for Fran Kirby and Katie Chapman.
The fifth round brought second tier opposition again for The Blues, this time in the form of Doncaster Rovers Belles. Chelsea roared into the last eight, beating the Belles 6-0 in a game which saw Cuthbert make the headlines for the second consecutive round with a brace.
A tricky trip to Liverpool was up next for Emma Hayes’ side. The Reds had enjoyed a solid season in FA Women’s Super League 1 and provided something of a banana skin for Chelsea. It was the away side who displayed real professionalism to end the tie victorious though, The Blues were 3-0 winners at Valerie Park in Prescot as they set up a semi-final tie against FA Women’s Super League 1 title rivals Manchester City at Kingsmeadow.
That meeting against City in the last four promised to be a mouth-watering tie but in reality, there was only one team in it as Nick Cushing’s side failed to perform to their very best. In-form Chelsea striker Kirby scored a goal in each half as the South West Londoners won 2-0.
The re-run of the 2018 Women’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be screened on the FA Player and the Women’s FA Cup official Facebook page at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
Coming to your screens this Sunday 📺
FA Cup: Doubled Up
🆚 Arsenal vs Chelsea
🏆 2017 Final & 2018 Final
⏰ 12.30pm & 3pm BST
📲 #WomensFACup Facebook & the FA Player
📺 #EmiratesFACup Facebook & YouTube@TheWomensFACup x @EmiratesFACup#FootballsStayingHome pic.twitter.com/mHPUV6n6Tq
— The Women's FA Cup (@TheWomensFACup) April 30, 2020