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Women’s FA Cup final: Sam Kerr seals title for Chelsea against Manchester United

Sam Kerr celebrates in front of Chelsea fans
Sam Kerr has scored in six consecutive cup finals for Chelsea

Sam Kerr was Chelsea’s matchwinner yet again as they wrapped up a third successive Women’s FA Cup title with victory over Manchester United in front of a world-record crowd at Wembley Stadium.

Kerr, who has netted six goals in the competition this season, fired in a cross from Pernille Harder and celebrated in front of Chelsea supporters with her trademark backflip.

The game had been finely poised until Kerr broke the deadlock despite Manchester United, competing in their first major cup final, being on top for most of the first half.

Marc Skinner’s side, who have never defeated Chelsea, imposed themselves early on when Leah Galton had a goal ruled out within 23 seconds of kick-off for offside.

United had an edge after the chaotic start and came close again when Millie Turner almost stabbed in a loose ball on a free-kick, before Galton sliced Alessia Russo’s low cross wide at the near post.

But Chelsea always carried a threat through Lauren James, who looped a header which was expertly tipped on to the post by goalkeeper Mary Earps.

With 77,390 watching on at Wembley – a world record for a women’s domestic match – Chelsea began to impose their quality after the break.

Substitute Harder eventually provided the extra quality they needed when she teed up Kerr, ensuring Chelsea became the first side since Arsenal in 2008 to win three Women’s FA Cups in a row.

It is their fifth FA Cup crown overall and the latest in a growing list of phenomenal achievements by Emma Hayes’ side – and she will hope to add more in a few weeks’ time as Chelsea remain locked in a fierce Women’s Super League title race with United.

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Chelsea Women

  1. Squad number30Player nameBerger

  2. Squad number15Player namePérisset

  3. Squad number18Player nameMjelde

  4. Squad number16Player nameEriksson

  5. Squad number21Player nameCharles

  6. Squad number8Player nameLeupolz

  7. Squad number22Player nameCuthbert

  8. Squad number10Player nameJames

  9. Squad number17Player nameFleming

  10. Squad number11Player nameReiten

  11. Squad number20Player nameKerr

  1. Squad number5Player nameIngle

  2. Squad number7Player nameCarter

  3. Squad number23Player nameHarder

  4. Squad number26Player nameBuchanan

Manchester United Women

  1. Squad number27Player nameEarps

  2. Squad number2Player nameBatlle

  3. Squad number15Player nameLe Tissier

  4. Squad number21Player nameTurner

  5. Squad number6Player nameBlundell

  6. Squad number10Player nameZelem

  7. Squad number12Player nameLadd

  8. Squad number22Player nameParris

  9. Squad number7Player nameToone

  10. Squad number11Player nameGalton

  11. Squad number23Player nameRusso

  1. Squad number5Player nameMannion

  2. Squad number9Player nameThomas

  3. Squad number17Player nameGarcía

  4. Squad number28Player nameWilliams


Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Berger
  • 15Périsset
  • 18Mjelde
  • 16Eriksson
  • 21CharlesBooked at 56minsSubstituted forCarterat 72′minutes
  • 8LeupolzSubstituted forIngleat 57′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 10JamesBooked at 80minsSubstituted forBuchananat 88′minutes
  • 17FlemingSubstituted forHarderat 57′minutes
  • 11ReitenBooked at 53mins
  • 20Kerr


  • 1Musovic
  • 5Ingle
  • 7Carter
  • 13Svitková
  • 19Rytting Kaneryd
  • 23Harder
  • 26Buchanan
  • 27Abdullina
  • 28Cankovic

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 2Batlle
  • 15Le Tissier
  • 21Turner
  • 6BlundellSubstituted forGarcíaat 79′minutes
  • 10Zelem
  • 12LaddSubstituted forThomasat 90+1′minutes
  • 22ParrisSubstituted forWilliamsat 61′minutes
  • 7TooneSubstituted forMannionat 79′minutes
  • 11Galton
  • 23Russo


  • 5Mannion
  • 8Bøe Risa
  • 9Thomas
  • 14Riviere
  • 16Naalsund
  • 17García
  • 28Williams
  • 29Cascarino
  • 32Baggaley

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