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Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic players celebrate with the trophy after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic players celebrate with the trophy after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan celebrates with the League One trophy Action Images/John Clifton
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan celebrates with the League One trophy Action Images/John Clifton
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan and manager Paul Cook celebrate after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan and manager Paul Cook celebrate after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic players celebrate with the trophy after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic players celebrate with the trophy after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic players celebrate after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - May 5, 2018 Wigan Athletic players celebrate after winning League One Action Images/John Clifton
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Year of the underdog: Every single promoted team in English football's top four divisions avoids relegation
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Year of the underdog: Every single promoted team in English football's top four divisions avoids relegation
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Year of the underdog: Every single promoted team in English football's top four divisions avoids relegation
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Year of the underdog: Every single promoted team in English football's top four divisions avoids relegation
Huddersfield's battling draw with Chelsea completed a remarkable season in which every team that won promotion to English football's top leagues remain in the division. David Wagner's side earned a vital point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to guarantee their Premier League safety for another season. The result meant that Huddersfield joined fellow promoted sides Brighton and Newcastle in safely avoiding a return the Championship as Stoke, West Brom and - barring a miracle - Swansea all dropped out of the top flight. For the first time since the 2001-02 season, when Fulham, Blackburn and Bolton defied the odds, every single team that earned promotion to one of English football's top four leagues avoided relegation. Alan Alger, PR manager at bookmakers Betway, said the odds on such an outcome would have been bigger than Leicester City's Premier League title triumph in 2016. Stoke City lost to Crystal Palace last weekend to end their 10-year stay in the Premier League Credit: Getty Images In the Championship, Burton Albion and Barnsley were relegated on a dramatic final day after Sunderland's fate had been sealed a week earlier. Below the top-flight, Championship new-boys Sheffield United and Millwall both enjoyed top-half finishes while Bolton Wanderers escaped the drop on the final day. In League One, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Blackpool all stayed well clear of the bottom four as Bury, MK Dons, Northampton Town, and Oldham Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier. League Two's Forest Green narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Vanarama National League while fellow promoted side Lincoln enjoyed a seventh-place finish, booking their place in the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest on the final day and avoid an instant return to League One Credit: Getty Images In fact, the trend extends beyond the Football League, with Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United, Halifax Town and Fylde all securing safety after earning promotion to National League One last season. Huddersfield manager David Wagner was last night quick to praise his players for the "incredible achievement" of defying Premier League relegation. “This is an absolute over-achievement,” said Wagner. Huddersfield came up via the Championship play-offs Credit: PA “It's a bigger achievement than the promotion last season. Last year we were predicted to be relegated and we got promoted. This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles and I understand it. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances. But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. "To have passion, desire... how big you are doesn't count. It's about trying everything. We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game. Today we were chance-less, more or less. It's an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.” Promoted teams avoid relegation | English football's top five leagues
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson asked his son how his side got on during their last game of the season with his first words shortly after waking up from emergency surgery. The 76-year-old was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital for emergency surgery just hours before his son, Darren, was set to manage Doncaster Rovers in their last game of the year against Wigan Athletic. Ferguson is said to now be awake and talking following a successful operation, and it has been revealed...
Sir Alex Ferguson's First Words After Surgery 'Revealed' as Man Utd Legend Eyes Recovery for Kiev
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson asked his son how his side got on during their last game of the season with his first words shortly after waking up from emergency surgery. The 76-year-old was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital for emergency surgery just hours before his son, Darren, was set to manage Doncaster Rovers in their last game of the year against Wigan Athletic. Ferguson is said to now be awake and talking following a successful operation, and it has been revealed...
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson asked his son how his side got on during their last game of the season with his first words shortly after waking up from emergency surgery. The 76-year-old was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital for emergency surgery just hours before his son, Darren, was set to manage Doncaster Rovers in their last game of the year against Wigan Athletic. Ferguson is said to now be awake and talking following a successful operation, and it has been revealed...
Sir Alex Ferguson's First Words After Surgery 'Revealed' as Man Utd Legend Eyes Recovery for Kiev
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson asked his son how his side got on during their last game of the season with his first words shortly after waking up from emergency surgery. The 76-year-old was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital for emergency surgery just hours before his son, Darren, was set to manage Doncaster Rovers in their last game of the year against Wigan Athletic. Ferguson is said to now be awake and talking following a successful operation, and it has been revealed...
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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It will not be easy for Emma Hayes to enjoy the post-match party given she struggled to get to her feet to celebrate any of the goals, but Chelsea’s manager could be heading into maternity leave by leading her side to a league and cup double. Hayes was many people’s choice to succeed Mark Sampson as England manager when he was sacked last year, but she did not put her name forward for the role and will instead start a family. To still be at work in her condition is impressive enough, but eight months pregnant, on a sweltering day, Hayes also managed to mastermind a cup final victory, in front of a record domestic crowd for a women’s game, thanks to two second-half goals from Ramona Bachmann and a wonderful solo effort from Fran Kirby. The 41-year-old had initially been expected to watch the game from the stands, but she could not allow herself to be so detached, instead taking a seat on the edge of the dugout, sipping water throughout, as Chelsea secured only their second FA Cup Final win. The league title may well follow. Hayes’ side are level on points with their big rivals Manchester City the final four games in the title race will be just as tense. She will hope the twins postpone their arrival long enough to enable her to lead the team until season’s climax. Bachmann's two goals proved decisive at Wembley Credit: REUTERS “It was such a dominant performance from us,” said Hayes. “Which was great, because the last thing I needed was anything too nervy. I’ve not been that relaxed for a while in a final. “We’ve got another important game on Wednesday night and I think my celebrations will be carried out while I’m horizontal. It will probably be different for the others, but I’ve got to make sure I get to Wednesday and I’m able to be involved.” “The goals came at the perfect time for us, but I think the quality of the goals shows the different between the two sides. I’m just so pleased we’ve done this in front of a record crowd.” Chelsea deserved their win, the quality of their performance epitomised by England international Kirby, who was by far the best player on the pitch, her sublime third goal killing off an Arsenal comeback before it had gained any real momentum. The Gunners are English football’s cup specialists, but they were overwhelmed, with Kirby at the centre of everything good about their opponent’s display. The FA Cup has been Arsenal’s property, occasionally borrowed by one of their rivals, but with 14 final victories behind them, this is their competition. Perhaps not anymore. The outstanding Fran Kirby finished the game off with a superb goal Credit: REUTERS They started strongly, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs causing havoc down the flanks as the Chelsea defence was pulled and stretched, but it did not break. Surviving that early pressure, Chelsea began to cause problems of their own, with PFA and FWA player of the year, Kirby, twisting her way through the Arsenal defence, teeing up Ramona Bachmann. The shot had plenty of power but not the placement to go with it. Arsenal responded, a Jordan Nobbs free kick headed over by Jordan Quinn when she should have tested goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It began to resemble a basketball game, the action flying from one end of the pitch to the other as Holland international Vivianne Miedema saw a shot deflected agonisingly wide at the end of some patient Arsenal play. Again Chelsea rallied, Kirby forcing a decent save after some more impressive footwork gave her room to get a shot away. There had been less than half an hour played and barely a pause in the action. Things calmed down, the frenetic pace of the early exchanges forcing a slow-down, as well as the heat. That appeared to suit Chelsea, but they could not make the most of their possession, South Korea international Ji So Yun lifting a shot over the bar. Chelsea could now seal a domestic double by winning their second WSL title Credit: CHELSEA FC They would not keep missing though and when Kirby squeezed a through ball into the path of Bachmann, she lashed a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea scored a swift second, Bachmann’s deflected shot looping over the head of goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, but Arsenal hit back as Mead’s run and cross teed up Miedema for a simple finish. Arsenal had hope but it was extinguished by Kirby, cutting inside on her right foot before catching the ball perfectly with her left to curl inside the far post. “They are a powerful team, a strong team and they have quality players who are used to playing on the big stage,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro. “But in the ten weeks I’ve been here, we have reached two cup finals and I’m very proud of that. “We’ve lost this one and won the other, we still have some work to do, but the more we play these big games the more we will learn.” 7:24PM Full time! Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup for the second time! They simply had too much quality from back to front, and Ramona Bachmann's two goals put them in a commanding position. That's the first of what could be a domestic double! 7:20PM 90 min +3 Here's Fran Kirby icing the cake for Chelsea: BUT WAIT. @ChelseaLFC and @frankirby have answered back straight away!!! �� (Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea) LIVE on @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/EwHyVZBFe2— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 7:19PM 90 min +1 Aluko races down the right and, from a similar position to Bachmann's opener, fires in a right-foot shot that Van Veenendaal turns round the post. 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Superb Chelsea lift Women's FA Cup as Ramona Bachmann strikes twice to sink Arsenal at Wembley
It will not be easy for Emma Hayes to enjoy the post-match party given she struggled to get to her feet to celebrate any of the goals, but Chelsea’s manager could be heading into maternity leave by leading her side to a league and cup double. Hayes was many people’s choice to succeed Mark Sampson as England manager when he was sacked last year, but she did not put her name forward for the role and will instead start a family. To still be at work in her condition is impressive enough, but eight months pregnant, on a sweltering day, Hayes also managed to mastermind a cup final victory, in front of a record domestic crowd for a women’s game, thanks to two second-half goals from Ramona Bachmann and a wonderful solo effort from Fran Kirby. The 41-year-old had initially been expected to watch the game from the stands, but she could not allow herself to be so detached, instead taking a seat on the edge of the dugout, sipping water throughout, as Chelsea secured only their second FA Cup Final win. The league title may well follow. Hayes’ side are level on points with their big rivals Manchester City the final four games in the title race will be just as tense. She will hope the twins postpone their arrival long enough to enable her to lead the team until season’s climax. Bachmann's two goals proved decisive at Wembley Credit: REUTERS “It was such a dominant performance from us,” said Hayes. “Which was great, because the last thing I needed was anything too nervy. I’ve not been that relaxed for a while in a final. “We’ve got another important game on Wednesday night and I think my celebrations will be carried out while I’m horizontal. It will probably be different for the others, but I’ve got to make sure I get to Wednesday and I’m able to be involved.” “The goals came at the perfect time for us, but I think the quality of the goals shows the different between the two sides. I’m just so pleased we’ve done this in front of a record crowd.” Chelsea deserved their win, the quality of their performance epitomised by England international Kirby, who was by far the best player on the pitch, her sublime third goal killing off an Arsenal comeback before it had gained any real momentum. The Gunners are English football’s cup specialists, but they were overwhelmed, with Kirby at the centre of everything good about their opponent’s display. The FA Cup has been Arsenal’s property, occasionally borrowed by one of their rivals, but with 14 final victories behind them, this is their competition. Perhaps not anymore. The outstanding Fran Kirby finished the game off with a superb goal Credit: REUTERS They started strongly, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs causing havoc down the flanks as the Chelsea defence was pulled and stretched, but it did not break. Surviving that early pressure, Chelsea began to cause problems of their own, with PFA and FWA player of the year, Kirby, twisting her way through the Arsenal defence, teeing up Ramona Bachmann. The shot had plenty of power but not the placement to go with it. Arsenal responded, a Jordan Nobbs free kick headed over by Jordan Quinn when she should have tested goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It began to resemble a basketball game, the action flying from one end of the pitch to the other as Holland international Vivianne Miedema saw a shot deflected agonisingly wide at the end of some patient Arsenal play. Again Chelsea rallied, Kirby forcing a decent save after some more impressive footwork gave her room to get a shot away. There had been less than half an hour played and barely a pause in the action. Things calmed down, the frenetic pace of the early exchanges forcing a slow-down, as well as the heat. That appeared to suit Chelsea, but they could not make the most of their possession, South Korea international Ji So Yun lifting a shot over the bar. Chelsea could now seal a domestic double by winning their second WSL title Credit: CHELSEA FC They would not keep missing though and when Kirby squeezed a through ball into the path of Bachmann, she lashed a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea scored a swift second, Bachmann’s deflected shot looping over the head of goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, but Arsenal hit back as Mead’s run and cross teed up Miedema for a simple finish. Arsenal had hope but it was extinguished by Kirby, cutting inside on her right foot before catching the ball perfectly with her left to curl inside the far post. “They are a powerful team, a strong team and they have quality players who are used to playing on the big stage,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro. “But in the ten weeks I’ve been here, we have reached two cup finals and I’m very proud of that. “We’ve lost this one and won the other, we still have some work to do, but the more we play these big games the more we will learn.” 7:24PM Full time! Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup for the second time! They simply had too much quality from back to front, and Ramona Bachmann's two goals put them in a commanding position. That's the first of what could be a domestic double! 7:20PM 90 min +3 Here's Fran Kirby icing the cake for Chelsea: BUT WAIT. @ChelseaLFC and @frankirby have answered back straight away!!! �� (Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea) LIVE on @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/EwHyVZBFe2— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 7:19PM 90 min +1 Aluko races down the right and, from a similar position to Bachmann's opener, fires in a right-foot shot that Van Veenendaal turns round the post. 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
It will not be easy for Emma Hayes to enjoy the post-match party given she struggled to get to her feet to celebrate any of the goals, but Chelsea’s manager could be heading into maternity leave by leading her side to a league and cup double. Hayes was many people’s choice to succeed Mark Sampson as England manager when he was sacked last year, but she did not put her name forward for the role and will instead start a family. To still be at work in her condition is impressive enough, but eight months pregnant, on a sweltering day, Hayes also managed to mastermind a cup final victory, in front of a record domestic crowd for a women’s game, thanks to two second-half goals from Ramona Bachmann and a wonderful solo effort from Fran Kirby. The 41-year-old had initially been expected to watch the game from the stands, but she could not allow herself to be so detached, instead taking a seat on the edge of the dugout, sipping water throughout, as Chelsea secured only their second FA Cup Final win. The league title may well follow. Hayes’ side are level on points with their big rivals Manchester City the final four games in the title race will be just as tense. She will hope the twins postpone their arrival long enough to enable her to lead the team until season’s climax. Bachmann's two goals proved decisive at Wembley Credit: REUTERS “It was such a dominant performance from us,” said Hayes. “Which was great, because the last thing I needed was anything too nervy. I’ve not been that relaxed for a while in a final. “We’ve got another important game on Wednesday night and I think my celebrations will be carried out while I’m horizontal. It will probably be different for the others, but I’ve got to make sure I get to Wednesday and I’m able to be involved.” “The goals came at the perfect time for us, but I think the quality of the goals shows the different between the two sides. I’m just so pleased we’ve done this in front of a record crowd.” Chelsea deserved their win, the quality of their performance epitomised by England international Kirby, who was by far the best player on the pitch, her sublime third goal killing off an Arsenal comeback before it had gained any real momentum. The Gunners are English football’s cup specialists, but they were overwhelmed, with Kirby at the centre of everything good about their opponent’s display. The FA Cup has been Arsenal’s property, occasionally borrowed by one of their rivals, but with 14 final victories behind them, this is their competition. Perhaps not anymore. The outstanding Fran Kirby finished the game off with a superb goal Credit: REUTERS They started strongly, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs causing havoc down the flanks as the Chelsea defence was pulled and stretched, but it did not break. Surviving that early pressure, Chelsea began to cause problems of their own, with PFA and FWA player of the year, Kirby, twisting her way through the Arsenal defence, teeing up Ramona Bachmann. The shot had plenty of power but not the placement to go with it. Arsenal responded, a Jordan Nobbs free kick headed over by Jordan Quinn when she should have tested goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It began to resemble a basketball game, the action flying from one end of the pitch to the other as Holland international Vivianne Miedema saw a shot deflected agonisingly wide at the end of some patient Arsenal play. Again Chelsea rallied, Kirby forcing a decent save after some more impressive footwork gave her room to get a shot away. There had been less than half an hour played and barely a pause in the action. Things calmed down, the frenetic pace of the early exchanges forcing a slow-down, as well as the heat. That appeared to suit Chelsea, but they could not make the most of their possession, South Korea international Ji So Yun lifting a shot over the bar. Chelsea could now seal a domestic double by winning their second WSL title Credit: CHELSEA FC They would not keep missing though and when Kirby squeezed a through ball into the path of Bachmann, she lashed a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea scored a swift second, Bachmann’s deflected shot looping over the head of goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, but Arsenal hit back as Mead’s run and cross teed up Miedema for a simple finish. Arsenal had hope but it was extinguished by Kirby, cutting inside on her right foot before catching the ball perfectly with her left to curl inside the far post. “They are a powerful team, a strong team and they have quality players who are used to playing on the big stage,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro. “But in the ten weeks I’ve been here, we have reached two cup finals and I’m very proud of that. “We’ve lost this one and won the other, we still have some work to do, but the more we play these big games the more we will learn.” 7:24PM Full time! Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup for the second time! They simply had too much quality from back to front, and Ramona Bachmann's two goals put them in a commanding position. That's the first of what could be a domestic double! 7:20PM 90 min +3 Here's Fran Kirby icing the cake for Chelsea: BUT WAIT. @ChelseaLFC and @frankirby have answered back straight away!!! �� (Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea) LIVE on @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/EwHyVZBFe2— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 7:19PM 90 min +1 Aluko races down the right and, from a similar position to Bachmann's opener, fires in a right-foot shot that Van Veenendaal turns round the post. 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Superb Chelsea lift Women's FA Cup as Ramona Bachmann strikes twice to sink Arsenal at Wembley
It will not be easy for Emma Hayes to enjoy the post-match party given she struggled to get to her feet to celebrate any of the goals, but Chelsea’s manager could be heading into maternity leave by leading her side to a league and cup double. Hayes was many people’s choice to succeed Mark Sampson as England manager when he was sacked last year, but she did not put her name forward for the role and will instead start a family. To still be at work in her condition is impressive enough, but eight months pregnant, on a sweltering day, Hayes also managed to mastermind a cup final victory, in front of a record domestic crowd for a women’s game, thanks to two second-half goals from Ramona Bachmann and a wonderful solo effort from Fran Kirby. The 41-year-old had initially been expected to watch the game from the stands, but she could not allow herself to be so detached, instead taking a seat on the edge of the dugout, sipping water throughout, as Chelsea secured only their second FA Cup Final win. The league title may well follow. Hayes’ side are level on points with their big rivals Manchester City the final four games in the title race will be just as tense. She will hope the twins postpone their arrival long enough to enable her to lead the team until season’s climax. Bachmann's two goals proved decisive at Wembley Credit: REUTERS “It was such a dominant performance from us,” said Hayes. “Which was great, because the last thing I needed was anything too nervy. I’ve not been that relaxed for a while in a final. “We’ve got another important game on Wednesday night and I think my celebrations will be carried out while I’m horizontal. It will probably be different for the others, but I’ve got to make sure I get to Wednesday and I’m able to be involved.” “The goals came at the perfect time for us, but I think the quality of the goals shows the different between the two sides. I’m just so pleased we’ve done this in front of a record crowd.” Chelsea deserved their win, the quality of their performance epitomised by England international Kirby, who was by far the best player on the pitch, her sublime third goal killing off an Arsenal comeback before it had gained any real momentum. The Gunners are English football’s cup specialists, but they were overwhelmed, with Kirby at the centre of everything good about their opponent’s display. The FA Cup has been Arsenal’s property, occasionally borrowed by one of their rivals, but with 14 final victories behind them, this is their competition. Perhaps not anymore. The outstanding Fran Kirby finished the game off with a superb goal Credit: REUTERS They started strongly, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs causing havoc down the flanks as the Chelsea defence was pulled and stretched, but it did not break. Surviving that early pressure, Chelsea began to cause problems of their own, with PFA and FWA player of the year, Kirby, twisting her way through the Arsenal defence, teeing up Ramona Bachmann. The shot had plenty of power but not the placement to go with it. Arsenal responded, a Jordan Nobbs free kick headed over by Jordan Quinn when she should have tested goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It began to resemble a basketball game, the action flying from one end of the pitch to the other as Holland international Vivianne Miedema saw a shot deflected agonisingly wide at the end of some patient Arsenal play. Again Chelsea rallied, Kirby forcing a decent save after some more impressive footwork gave her room to get a shot away. There had been less than half an hour played and barely a pause in the action. Things calmed down, the frenetic pace of the early exchanges forcing a slow-down, as well as the heat. That appeared to suit Chelsea, but they could not make the most of their possession, South Korea international Ji So Yun lifting a shot over the bar. Chelsea could now seal a domestic double by winning their second WSL title Credit: CHELSEA FC They would not keep missing though and when Kirby squeezed a through ball into the path of Bachmann, she lashed a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea scored a swift second, Bachmann’s deflected shot looping over the head of goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, but Arsenal hit back as Mead’s run and cross teed up Miedema for a simple finish. Arsenal had hope but it was extinguished by Kirby, cutting inside on her right foot before catching the ball perfectly with her left to curl inside the far post. “They are a powerful team, a strong team and they have quality players who are used to playing on the big stage,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro. “But in the ten weeks I’ve been here, we have reached two cup finals and I’m very proud of that. “We’ve lost this one and won the other, we still have some work to do, but the more we play these big games the more we will learn.” 7:24PM Full time! Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup for the second time! They simply had too much quality from back to front, and Ramona Bachmann's two goals put them in a commanding position. That's the first of what could be a domestic double! 7:20PM 90 min +3 Here's Fran Kirby icing the cake for Chelsea: BUT WAIT. @ChelseaLFC and @frankirby have answered back straight away!!! �� (Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea) LIVE on @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/EwHyVZBFe2— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 7:19PM 90 min +1 Aluko races down the right and, from a similar position to Bachmann's opener, fires in a right-foot shot that Van Veenendaal turns round the post. 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
It will not be easy for Emma Hayes to enjoy the post-match party given she struggled to get to her feet to celebrate any of the goals, but Chelsea’s manager could be heading into maternity leave by leading her side to a league and cup double. Hayes was many people’s choice to succeed Mark Sampson as England manager when he was sacked last year, but she did not put her name forward for the role and will instead start a family. To still be at work in her condition is impressive enough, but eight months pregnant, on a sweltering day, Hayes also managed to mastermind a cup final victory, in front of a record domestic crowd for a women’s game, thanks to two second-half goals from Ramona Bachmann and a wonderful solo effort from Fran Kirby. The 41-year-old had initially been expected to watch the game from the stands, but she could not allow herself to be so detached, instead taking a seat on the edge of the dugout, sipping water throughout, as Chelsea secured only their second FA Cup Final win. The league title may well follow. Hayes’ side are level on points with their big rivals Manchester City the final four games in the title race will be just as tense. She will hope the twins postpone their arrival long enough to enable her to lead the team until season’s climax. Bachmann's two goals proved decisive at Wembley Credit: REUTERS “It was such a dominant performance from us,” said Hayes. “Which was great, because the last thing I needed was anything too nervy. I’ve not been that relaxed for a while in a final. “We’ve got another important game on Wednesday night and I think my celebrations will be carried out while I’m horizontal. It will probably be different for the others, but I’ve got to make sure I get to Wednesday and I’m able to be involved.” “The goals came at the perfect time for us, but I think the quality of the goals shows the different between the two sides. I’m just so pleased we’ve done this in front of a record crowd.” Chelsea deserved their win, the quality of their performance epitomised by England international Kirby, who was by far the best player on the pitch, her sublime third goal killing off an Arsenal comeback before it had gained any real momentum. The Gunners are English football’s cup specialists, but they were overwhelmed, with Kirby at the centre of everything good about their opponent’s display. The FA Cup has been Arsenal’s property, occasionally borrowed by one of their rivals, but with 14 final victories behind them, this is their competition. Perhaps not anymore. The outstanding Fran Kirby finished the game off with a superb goal Credit: REUTERS They started strongly, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs causing havoc down the flanks as the Chelsea defence was pulled and stretched, but it did not break. Surviving that early pressure, Chelsea began to cause problems of their own, with PFA and FWA player of the year, Kirby, twisting her way through the Arsenal defence, teeing up Ramona Bachmann. The shot had plenty of power but not the placement to go with it. Arsenal responded, a Jordan Nobbs free kick headed over by Jordan Quinn when she should have tested goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It began to resemble a basketball game, the action flying from one end of the pitch to the other as Holland international Vivianne Miedema saw a shot deflected agonisingly wide at the end of some patient Arsenal play. Again Chelsea rallied, Kirby forcing a decent save after some more impressive footwork gave her room to get a shot away. There had been less than half an hour played and barely a pause in the action. Things calmed down, the frenetic pace of the early exchanges forcing a slow-down, as well as the heat. That appeared to suit Chelsea, but they could not make the most of their possession, South Korea international Ji So Yun lifting a shot over the bar. Chelsea could now seal a domestic double by winning their second WSL title Credit: CHELSEA FC They would not keep missing though and when Kirby squeezed a through ball into the path of Bachmann, she lashed a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea scored a swift second, Bachmann’s deflected shot looping over the head of goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, but Arsenal hit back as Mead’s run and cross teed up Miedema for a simple finish. Arsenal had hope but it was extinguished by Kirby, cutting inside on her right foot before catching the ball perfectly with her left to curl inside the far post. “They are a powerful team, a strong team and they have quality players who are used to playing on the big stage,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro. “But in the ten weeks I’ve been here, we have reached two cup finals and I’m very proud of that. “We’ve lost this one and won the other, we still have some work to do, but the more we play these big games the more we will learn.” 7:24PM Full time! Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup for the second time! They simply had too much quality from back to front, and Ramona Bachmann's two goals put them in a commanding position. That's the first of what could be a domestic double! 7:20PM 90 min +3 Here's Fran Kirby icing the cake for Chelsea: BUT WAIT. @ChelseaLFC and @frankirby have answered back straight away!!! �� (Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea) LIVE on @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/EwHyVZBFe2— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 7:19PM 90 min +1 Aluko races down the right and, from a similar position to Bachmann's opener, fires in a right-foot shot that Van Veenendaal turns round the post. 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Superb Chelsea lift Women's FA Cup as Ramona Bachmann strikes twice to sink Arsenal at Wembley
It will not be easy for Emma Hayes to enjoy the post-match party given she struggled to get to her feet to celebrate any of the goals, but Chelsea’s manager could be heading into maternity leave by leading her side to a league and cup double. Hayes was many people’s choice to succeed Mark Sampson as England manager when he was sacked last year, but she did not put her name forward for the role and will instead start a family. To still be at work in her condition is impressive enough, but eight months pregnant, on a sweltering day, Hayes also managed to mastermind a cup final victory, in front of a record domestic crowd for a women’s game, thanks to two second-half goals from Ramona Bachmann and a wonderful solo effort from Fran Kirby. The 41-year-old had initially been expected to watch the game from the stands, but she could not allow herself to be so detached, instead taking a seat on the edge of the dugout, sipping water throughout, as Chelsea secured only their second FA Cup Final win. The league title may well follow. Hayes’ side are level on points with their big rivals Manchester City the final four games in the title race will be just as tense. She will hope the twins postpone their arrival long enough to enable her to lead the team until season’s climax. Bachmann's two goals proved decisive at Wembley Credit: REUTERS “It was such a dominant performance from us,” said Hayes. “Which was great, because the last thing I needed was anything too nervy. I’ve not been that relaxed for a while in a final. “We’ve got another important game on Wednesday night and I think my celebrations will be carried out while I’m horizontal. It will probably be different for the others, but I’ve got to make sure I get to Wednesday and I’m able to be involved.” “The goals came at the perfect time for us, but I think the quality of the goals shows the different between the two sides. I’m just so pleased we’ve done this in front of a record crowd.” Chelsea deserved their win, the quality of their performance epitomised by England international Kirby, who was by far the best player on the pitch, her sublime third goal killing off an Arsenal comeback before it had gained any real momentum. The Gunners are English football’s cup specialists, but they were overwhelmed, with Kirby at the centre of everything good about their opponent’s display. The FA Cup has been Arsenal’s property, occasionally borrowed by one of their rivals, but with 14 final victories behind them, this is their competition. Perhaps not anymore. The outstanding Fran Kirby finished the game off with a superb goal Credit: REUTERS They started strongly, Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs causing havoc down the flanks as the Chelsea defence was pulled and stretched, but it did not break. Surviving that early pressure, Chelsea began to cause problems of their own, with PFA and FWA player of the year, Kirby, twisting her way through the Arsenal defence, teeing up Ramona Bachmann. The shot had plenty of power but not the placement to go with it. Arsenal responded, a Jordan Nobbs free kick headed over by Jordan Quinn when she should have tested goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It began to resemble a basketball game, the action flying from one end of the pitch to the other as Holland international Vivianne Miedema saw a shot deflected agonisingly wide at the end of some patient Arsenal play. Again Chelsea rallied, Kirby forcing a decent save after some more impressive footwork gave her room to get a shot away. There had been less than half an hour played and barely a pause in the action. Things calmed down, the frenetic pace of the early exchanges forcing a slow-down, as well as the heat. That appeared to suit Chelsea, but they could not make the most of their possession, South Korea international Ji So Yun lifting a shot over the bar. Chelsea could now seal a domestic double by winning their second WSL title Credit: CHELSEA FC They would not keep missing though and when Kirby squeezed a through ball into the path of Bachmann, she lashed a shot into the roof of the net. Chelsea scored a swift second, Bachmann’s deflected shot looping over the head of goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, but Arsenal hit back as Mead’s run and cross teed up Miedema for a simple finish. Arsenal had hope but it was extinguished by Kirby, cutting inside on her right foot before catching the ball perfectly with her left to curl inside the far post. “They are a powerful team, a strong team and they have quality players who are used to playing on the big stage,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro. “But in the ten weeks I’ve been here, we have reached two cup finals and I’m very proud of that. “We’ve lost this one and won the other, we still have some work to do, but the more we play these big games the more we will learn.” 7:24PM Full time! Chelsea have won the Women's FA Cup for the second time! They simply had too much quality from back to front, and Ramona Bachmann's two goals put them in a commanding position. That's the first of what could be a domestic double! 7:20PM 90 min +3 Here's Fran Kirby icing the cake for Chelsea: BUT WAIT. @ChelseaLFC and @frankirby have answered back straight away!!! �� (Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea) LIVE on @BBCOnepic.twitter.com/EwHyVZBFe2— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 7:19PM 90 min +1 Aluko races down the right and, from a similar position to Bachmann's opener, fires in a right-foot shot that Van Veenendaal turns round the post. 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
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Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson 'has brain haemorrhage'
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson 'has brain haemorrhage'
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson 'has brain haemorrhage'
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson 'has brain haemorrhage'
Manchester United's most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, remains in hospital after having emergency following a brain haemorrhage, his former club say. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery," a statement said. "His family request privacy in this matter." His son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed his team's match on Saturday over a "severe family issue", local newspapers reported. The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times.
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Latest score: Arsenal 1 (Miedema 74) Chelsea 3 (Bachmann 48, 60, Kirby 76) 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Women's FA Cup final: live updates
Latest score: Arsenal 1 (Miedema 74) Chelsea 3 (Bachmann 48, 60, Kirby 76) 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Latest score: Arsenal 1 (Miedema 74) Chelsea 3 (Bachmann 48, 60, Kirby 76) 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Women's FA Cup final: live updates
Latest score: Arsenal 1 (Miedema 74) Chelsea 3 (Bachmann 48, 60, Kirby 76) 7:18PM 90 min Cuthbert earns a Chelsea free-kick right in the corner, which they sensibly play short. Five minutes of added time. 7:16PM 87 min Arsenal summoning the kitchen sink to throw at Chelsea, but the Blues look rock solid from their midfield backwards. 7:12PM 83 min Double change for Arsenal: on come Dan Carter and Katie McCabe in the final throw of Joe Montemurro's dice - Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans make way. For Chelsea, on comes Eni Aluko for two-goal Ramona Bachmann, who gets a deserved ovation. 7:05PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3 (Kirby 76 min) What a lovely goal! Fran Kirby, who has threatened to do something special all afternoon, finds a pocket of space on the edfge of the box and bends a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner! Game, surely now, over. 7:03PM 75 min Chelsea change: Erin Cuthbert replaces the tireless Drew Spence. 7:02PM GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Miedema) Chelsea 2 HELLO! Beth Mead sneaks in from the left, finds Vivianne Miedema and the Dutchwoman steers a left-foot shot past Lindahl! Game on? 6:58PM 70 min Chelsea change: on comes Maria Thorisdottir to replace Jonna Andersson on the left of defence. 6:56PM 68 min Chelsea looking to slow the game down, use the space and exploit those tiring Arsenal legs that are chasing this game. Really hard to see the Gunners getting back into this now. 6:52PM 63 min Change for Arsenal: off goes Janssen, the holding midfielder, and on comes 231-cap former USA international Heather O'Reilly. Experienced? Just a bit. 6:48PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Bachmann, 60 min) Out of nothing, Chelsea have doubled their lead! Ramona Bachmann cuts in from the right, swipes her left boot at the ball and it deflects up and into the far corner! 6:44PM 56 min CHANCE! Kim Little charges through the middle, finds Miedema, but the Dutch international doesn't get her shot away in time. 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
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Latest score: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48) 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Women's FA Cup final: live updates
Latest score: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48) 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Latest score: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48) 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Women's FA Cup final: live updates
Latest score: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48) 6:42PM 53 min Danielle van de Donk takes out Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman, which sparks the first minor disagreement of the match. Chelsea force a corner from the long, searching free kick, which Arsenal clear. 6:39PM 51 min Arsenal respond. Beth Mead's deflected shot squirms towards Hedvig Lindahl, who spills it before its put behind for a corner. Chelsea survive. 6:36PM GOAL! Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 (Bachmann, 48 min) Bachmann leads a Chelsea counter, but Emma Mitchell has just enough pace to hold off Kirby. From the throw-in, the ball is slipped into Bachmann on her right foot, she takes one touch to gather, another to set up the shot, and she lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 6:33PM We go again Not sure if the tempo of the first half can prevail in the May sunshine, but we'll see... 6:19PM Half time A free-flowing first half, but one in which Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target. For Chelsea, Bachmann and Kirby - and, to a increasing extent, Ji - have had a huge influence up front, but still haven't made Van Veenendaal work too hard in the Arsenal goal. Something has to give in the second half...or extra time....or penalties. 6:17PM 45 min +1 One added minute. 6:16PM 45 min CHANCE! The best move of the half, involving Bachmann and Kirby, leads to Ji racing through on the overlap and slapping a shot just over the Arsenal bar. 6:15PM 44 min More intricate Chelsea interplay on the edge of the box leads to Ji So-yun being fouled by Dominique Janssen. Magdelena Eriksson and Ji stand over the ball....the Korean takes...but it hits the wall, and Van Veenendaal gathers her tame second bite at the cherry. 6:11PM 40 min Where now? Thoughts might start to turn to the respective benches: Arsenal have the 2016 final goalscorer Dan Carter in reserve, while Chelsea have Eni Aluko ready to come on at some point. Both are capable of locating the scruff of this game's neck. 6:05PM 35 min Decent atmosphere at Wembley: WEMBLEY IS ROCKING ����#ssewomensfacuppic.twitter.com/pz7g1AEZKX— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) May 5, 2018 6:04PM 32 min Kirby tries a one-two with Hannah Blundell, who advances all the way from right back to join in, but the return pass is just out of reach. The Chelsea no.14 looks the most likely to break the deadlock, it's fair to say. 6:01PM 30 min Wembley enjoying a Mexican wave, as the first half peters out a little. Bachmann and Kirby try to combine again, but Arsenal are alert. 5:58PM 27 min Another sight of goal for Kirby, who lets fly with the left foot, but it's gathered well by Van Veenendaal. 5:56PM 25 min Bachmann skips down the right, only to be dragged back quite blatantly by Emma Mitchell. It should be a yellow card, but instead is just a talking-to. Lenient stuff from the Durham official. 5:54PM 23 min Drew Spence flattens Miedema with a tasty tackle on halfway, which the referee stands and admires. Chelsea have weathered this brief Arsenal storm quite well. 5:52PM 20 min Arsenal skipper Kim Little clips in a cross to the back post, which is helped on its way behind by a Chelsea head - corner. Nobbs floats it in, there's a brief scramble, and then Miedema's shot is deflected just wide! 5:49PM 18 min CHANCE! A cross from the left is eventually brought under control by Kirby in the Arsenal area, but she dallies too long and the shot is blocked. Chelsea have now had three presentable chances and squandered them all. 5:46PM 14 min The ball bounces over the head of Millie Bright, and Arsenal's Beth Mead can run through on goal...until she's caught by Bright and held up. An anxious moment for the Chelsea no.4. 5:43PM 12 min Frank Kirby is now, suddenly, running this final for Chelsea. She twists and turns in the Arsenal area, but has only Bachmann for support and Arsenal scramble it away. 5:41PM 9 min CHANCE! Bachmann works the ball superbly on to her right foot in the area, nutmegging Emma Mitchell in the process, but fires wide with only Sari van Veenendaal to beat! 5:39PM 7 min Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema presses earnestly to unnerve the Chelsea defence into a mistake in their own half, but blue shirts scamper back to avoid a real emergency. Arsenal certainly looking more dangerous so far... 5:36PM 5 min Chelsea's turn to attack, with Drew Spence down the right, but she can't find a blue shirt in the middle. Plenty of space to exploit for both sides in the wide areas. 5:34PM 2 min Both teams enjoy some nerve-settling spells on the ball, before Arsenal look to release the pace of Beth Mead down the left. Chelsea deal with the early threat. 5:32PM Kick off! Chelsea - in blue, naturally - get us going and Ramona Bachmann gets the first touch of the 2018 final... 5:26PM The teams are out at Wembley... ...so a few dignitaries, handshakes, the national anthem and all that, and we'll soon be good to go! 5:23PM Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: Obviously our tradition as cup specialists is there - thanks for the pressure! - but cup finals are cup finals, and it’s on the day. We’ve been part of many fantastic events, and hopefully this is another one. Chelsea are a very good side, with cover and power all over the pitch, and whatever starting XI they put out is very strong. Some of the best players in the world are out there on show, and it’s going to be an amazing event. 5:23PM Emma Hayes' pre-match words: This is what we work hard for, when you’re freezing cold in January and you don’t want to come out training. I’m proud of the players, and equally to think we’re playing in front of a record crowd, which importantly shows the growth of the game. Our side is experienced and accustomed to high-level games on a regular basis, both internationally and at club level. But it counts for nothing in a single game. It’s whoever shows up on the day. 5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
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5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Women's FA Cup final: live updates
5:10PM Recent decent Here's what happened when these two last met in the Cup final at Wembley - just 24 months ago, in fact. An absolute pearler from Arsenal's Dan Carter decided matters that day: 4:59PM Road to the final Arsenal Fourth Round: beat Yeovil 3-0 Fifth Round: beat Millwall 1-0 Quarter-final: beat Charlton 5-0 Semi-final: beat Everton 2-1 Arsenal and Chelsea reached the final by a combined aggregate score of 32-1 Credit: PA Chelsea Fourth Round: beat London Bees 10-0 Fifth Round: beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 Quarter-final: beat Liverpool 3-0 Semi-final: beat Manchester City 2-0 4:46PM Team news! Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Moorhouse, Samuelsson, McCabe, O’Reilly, Carter. Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Blundell, Ji, Chapman, Andersson, Spence, Kirby, Bachmann. Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Flaherty, Aluko, Cuthbert. Referee: Lindsey Robinson 4:46PM The lowdown London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head today at Wembley in the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final. Arsenal are looking for a 15th FA Cup victory while Chelsea, in their fourth final to date, are aiming for revenge for defeat to the Gunners in 2016. More importantly, though, the Blues are on course for a league and cup double: they are three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League, while Arsenal trail in fourth. The two teams will be playing in front of a record-breaking Wembley crowd: more than 45,000 tickets have been sold, an all-time best for the Women's FA Cup. Emma Hayes is carrying twins, and will take a background role at Wembley Credit: CHELSEA FC Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has opted not to lead her team out of the tunnel but, despite being 33 weeks pregnant with twins, will be pitchside to organise her players. “I’ve been told to take it easy and there is enough stress on the day already. Physically, it’s uncomfortable for me at the moment so it’s better that I stay in the background,” says Chelsea’s manager. “It’s better for my babies if I sit down. I don’t mind, I’m a woman, I don’t have a big ego!” Kick-off at the national stadium is at 5.30pm, with coverage on BBC One from 5.10pm and, of course, our liveblog right here.
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Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers players celebrate with fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers players celebrate with fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers players celebrate with fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers players celebrate with fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray applauds fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray applauds fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers players celebrate with fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers players celebrate with fans after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates with players after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates with players after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray with Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray with Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates after the match Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew scores their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew scores their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew scores their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew scores their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Danny Graham in action with Doncaster Rovers' Marko Marosi Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers' Danny Graham in action with Doncaster Rovers' Marko Marosi Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers v Blackburn Rovers - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - April 24, 2018 Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray Action Images/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Callum Guy and Romain Vincelot in action with Doncaster Rovers' Alex Kiwomya Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Callum Guy and Romain Vincelot in action with Doncaster Rovers' Alex Kiwomya Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Callum Guy looks dejected Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Callum Guy looks dejected Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis scores their second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis scores their second goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' James Coppinger shoots at goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers' James Coppinger shoots at goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Joel Grodowski has an attempt on goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Joel Grodowski has an attempt on goal Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Callum Guy and Romain Vincelot in action with Doncaster Rovers' Alex Kiwomya Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Callum Guy and Romain Vincelot in action with Doncaster Rovers' Alex Kiwomya Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers Manager Darren Ferguson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers Manager Darren Ferguson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers Manager Darren Ferguson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Doncaster Rovers Manager Darren Ferguson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City Manager Simon Grayson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City Manager Simon Grayson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Alex Gilliead (L) in action with Doncaster Rovers' Luke McCullough Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Alex Gilliead (L) in action with Doncaster Rovers' Luke McCullough Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Anthony McMahon (L) in action with Doncaster Rovers' Alex Kiwomya Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City's Anthony McMahon (L) in action with Doncaster Rovers' Alex Kiwomya Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City Manager Simon Grayson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Doncaster Rovers vs Bradford City - Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Britain - March 19, 2018 Bradford City Manager Simon Grayson Action Images/Craig Brough EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

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