Chelsea defeated underdogs Manchester United in a thrilling women’s FA Cup final on Sunday, May 14, despite a spirited effort from the Red Devils.
The game immediately got off to a red-hot start, as United found the back of the net within the opening minute – however, Leah Galton’s effort was ruled out for offside.
United weren’t discouraged by this. They nearly scored again later in the first half, as Ann-Katrin Berger was forced into a reactive save following a goalmouth scramble.
The Red Devils were then denied a penalty, as Nikita Parris was brought down on the edge of the box – regardless, the referee awarded them a free kick, instead of a spot kick (even after a VAR check).
When the second period began, Chelsea started taking control of the final. A wonderful cross by Pernille Harder found Sam Kerr at the back post – the Matildas’ matriarch was more than happy to stab the ball home.
The Blues very nearly went 2-0 up, as Sophie Ingle missed a gilt-edged chance later in the second half – nevertheless, it meant little in the grand scheme, as the game ended 1-0. Chelsea won their third consecutive FA Cup – but United can be very proud of the performance they put forth.