Manchester City face West Ham this weekend in the Women's FA Cup final this Saturday at Wembley in front of what is expected to be a record crowd with over 50,000 tickets sold and distributed for the showpiece event.
This is West Hams debut season in the newly structured top flight of Women's Football in England and are appearing in their first women’s FA Cup final. Matt Beard’s side have had a solid start to life in the top flight and never looked like being sucked into the relegation scrap at the bottom of the table. With a game to go the Hammers sit in 7th place in the league with 23 points from 19 matches. To reach the FA Cup final they defeated Blackburn 3-1 in the 4th round. In the 5th round Huddersfield took a shock 1-0 league before the Hammers rallied to win 8-1. Aston Villa were then beaten 1-0 in the last 8 to set up an semi final with Reading. The sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes but Cho-So Hyun’s winning penalty in the shootout sent the Hammers to Wembley for the first time. Wet Ham have plenty of experience with captain Gilly Flaherty having won the FAWSL title and women’s FA Cup at Chelsea. Other players to look out for are lifelong Hammers fan and two time FAWSL Champion for her time at Liverpool Kate Longhurst and Canadian international striker Adriana Leon.
Manchester City last won this competition in 2017 after defeating Birmingham City 3-1. Much of that side still remain such has been the stability of the club. Manchester City have already tasted success this season and qualifying once again for the UFEA Woman’s Champions league having finished runners up to Arsenal. The side are currently unbeaten in the FAWSL and given that the squad is packed with international talent this isn’t a huge surprise. The side is lead by England captain Steph Houghton and contains fellow England internationals Jill Scott, Melissa Lawley Nikita Parris amongst others.
It was City who had the advantage in the league matches between the clubs winning 7-1 in Manchester and 3-1 in London. All that however will go out of the window when the two sides clash as Wembley. Sports International Magazine will be covering the game so stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for all the action and drama as it unfolds.