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Chelsea 3 (Bachmann 47,59, Kirby 76)
att: 45,423; at Wembley Stadium>
Arsenal 1 (Miedema 73)
Chelsea 3 (Bachmann 47,59, Kirby 76)
att: 45,423; at Wembley Stadium
Ramona Bachmann scored twice and Fran Kirby added the other as Chelsea won the SSE Women's FA Cup for the second time in their history at Wembley Stadium.
A largely uneventful first half gave way to a pulsating second as Chelsea's strike force proved to be too strong and too lively for Arsenal on the day.
In front of a noisy atmosphere at Wembley, the opening pace was understandably slow due to the hot conditions with Chelsea looking the livelier of the two sides.
The first real opportunity went the way of Bachmann who shot wide after a quick turn on the edge of the area. Arsenal responded with Louise Quinn heading a free kick over the bar but Chelsea were looking sharp up front, particularly through Kirby and Bachmann.
Both teams were struggling to make a breakthrough though with the final ball disappointing at either end despite a number of promising situations.
Ji So-Yun fired a first time shot over the bar on the stroke of half time but the scoreline at the interval was goalless with both teams promising much at both ends but with little end product.
The deadlock was broken two minutes into the second half though, Ji So-Yun's pass released Bachmann in the area and the Swiss striker thumped a powerful shot above the hands of van Veenendaal and into the roof of the net.
Arsenal had a great chance to equalise when Kim Little's measured pass found Vivianne Miedema in the area, where she skipped inside Katie Chapman's challenge but this allowed Hannah Blundell to get back and take the ball off her before she could shoot.
As the hour approached, Chelsea took a firm grip on the game. Bachmann received the ball on the right and cut into the area before her shot took a deflection off the shoulder of Janssen and looped into the far corner of the net for her second.
It could have been three shortly afterwards as Bachmann teased a free kick into the area for Maren Mjelde who headed straight at van Veenendaal
Arsenal got the lifeline they needed with seventeen minutes remaining, excellent work on the goal line by Beth Mead saw her trick her way past Blundell before cutting the ball back for Miedema to sweep a left foot shot in from eight yards.
Just three minutes later though, the two-goal advantage was restored. Blundell played the ball in to Kirby who drew two Arsenal defenders before curling a left foot shot past van Veenendaal from the edge of the area.
Bachmann had an opportunity to complete her hat-trick when Erin Cuthbert got past Emma Mitchell and cut the ball back, however Kim Little came to the Gunners' rescue with a vital interception.
The lively Cuthbert drilled a shot wide from 25 yards and Eniola Aluko forced a save at her near post from van Veenendaal as Chelsea finished the game on the front foot, never allowing Arsenal a chance to get themselves back into the match.
The final whistle was met by great Chelsea celebrations for a deserved win on the day and now they will turn their attention to a potential League and Cup double.
Sari van Veenendaal, Lisa Evans (sub Danielle Carter 83mins), Emma Mitchell (sub Katie McCabe 83mins), Dominique Janssen (sub Heather O'Reilly 62mins), Louise Quinn, Leah Williamson, Danielle van de Donk, Jordan Nobbs, Vivianne Miedema, Kim Little, Beth Mead. Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Jessica Samuelsson.
Chelsea: Hedvig Lindahl, Hannah Blundell, Magdalena Eriksson, Millie Bright, Jonna Andersson (sub Maria Thorisdottir 68mins), Drew Spence (sub Erin Cuthbert 74mins), Maren Mjelde, Katie Chapman, Fran Kirby, Ji So-Yun, Ramona Bachmann (sub Eniola Aluko 83mins). Subs not used: Carly Telford, Gilly Flaherty.
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