Sunday, 1 November 2020

Women Football: Everton face Manchester City in FA Cup final


Everton and holders Manchester City will contest the 50th Women's FA Cup final on Sunday.

The game will be played without any fans at Wembley, amid ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, as the delayed 2019-20 competition reaches a conclusion.

Both clubs are aiming to lift the trophy for the third time.

The Toffees are in their first final since 2014 and last won the cup in 2010, while City have won both their previous finals, in 2017 and 2019.

Everton beat Championship side London Bees, top-flight Bristol City and Women's Super League champions Chelsea to reach the semi-finals, before a 3-0 win at Birmingham City in the last four.

Manchester City's run started with a 3-2 win at local rivals Manchester United in January, before they eased past lower-tier Ipswich Town, won 2-1 at Championship club Leicester City and then earned a 2-1 win over Arsenal in the semi-finals.

The final was originally scheduled for May but the competition was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It eventually resumed at the quarter-final stage in September, after the start of the 2020-21 WSL campaign.

The Toffees are unbeaten in their five WSL games so far and are second in the table, five points above Manchester City, whose early-season results have included a defeat at Chelsea and draws with Brighton and Reading.

"The challenge for me is to make sure that we're not happy just being at Wembley," Everton boss Willie Kirk said.

"We now want to go one better and actually, I don't think there's any point in going to Wembley unless you are going to win it.

"[In recent years], it's City winning trophies, Arsenal winning trophies, Chelsea winning trophies. If people can cast their mind back 10 years ago, it was us winning trophies.

"I think 10 years is too long for a club this size and we are determined to get back to the days where Everton were competing for trophies. It would be even bigger, managing to topple one of the teams that are serial trophy winners right now."


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