Epilogue — Arsenal vs. Chelsea — FA Cup Final — 05/12/21
One hundred years since a nationwide ban on women’s football, Arsenal and Chelsea contested the FA Cup Final, coming fifty years after Southampton took down Stewarton Thistle in the first ever final.
Three goals were the difference half a century ago, and it was the case again here, with The Blues overpowering and shoving aside their London rivals to claim their third FA Cup, three years after their second, which came three years after their first.
Chelsea were clinical and surgical; but since they are neither clinics or surgeons, it took them a few cracks to get it done.
An early goal from Fran Kirby set the pace, but that would be all heading into half-time, despite numerous chances for Kirby and Kerr et al. Arsenal ‘keeper Manuela Zinsberger managed to keep the score civil, but it was the defence in front of her that would eventually let her down, as they proved lacklustre, jogging while Chelsea sprinted and being kept on a string as the Blues attackers led them a merry dance.
Arsenal were simply outclassed in every department, Millie Bright and Jess Carter didn’t put a foot wrong even as The Gunners put their emphasis on attack, Ingle and Leupolz calmly and quietly controlled the game from the middle of the game, Cuthbert stretched an always flagging opposition, and Kerr and Kirby were more than ready to put them to the sword.
Even those who took a backseat did a professional and altogether job.
After opening day WSL defeat for Chelsea at the hands of their opponents today, revenge was always gonna be on the cards and they did it the Chelsea way, with the Hayes Dynasty continuing with a treble, and going forward, the edge, at least mentally, swings massively in the favour of Chelsea.
It was a casually and dominantly rampant display, women against girls, you might say. And it proved once again that the Argentinian Kirby and the Polish Kerr have nothing on the real thing.
Keep it streets ahead,