Summary Manchester City Women 1-0 Birmingham City Ladies in 2016 WSL Continental Cup Final

Summary Manchester City Women 1-0 Birmingham City Ladies in 2016 WSL Continental Cup Final
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Manchester City Women: Hourihan; Bronze, Houghton, Beattie, Stokes; Scott, Walsh, Christiansen; Parris (Asllani, min, 64), Ross (Middag, min. 84), Duggan (Corboz, min. 106).
Birmingham City Ladies: Berger; Mannion, Westwood, Sargeant; Ewers, Hegerberg (Peplow, min. 91), Carter, Harrop; Lawley; Linnett (Wellings, min. 75), Ayisi (Linden, min. 106).
SCORE: 1-0, min. 104, Bronze.
REFEREE: Rebecca Welsh (ENG). Yellow Card: Ayisi (min. 62), Herrop (min. 102)

The full time whistle is blown and Manchester City Women have won the WSL  Continental Cup!

119' Manchester City are holding firm here as the minutes count down until the final whistle.

112' Marie Hourihan punches a cross away and Asllanni holds off Carter well before Bronze takes the ball away from the penalty area.

108' CHANCE! Asllani finds Christiansen in the box and she lays it off for Middag who hits the post! City that close to going 2-0 up!

106' SUBSTITUTION: Daphne Corboz comes in for Duggan. Anna Linden comes in for Ayisi.

The first period of extra time ends with that goal from Bronze.

Manchester City Women 1-0 Birmingham City Ladies

Christiansen sends in a corner that Berger completely misses again. This time Bronze is on hand to capitalize on the goalkeeping error and heads the ball in to give City the lead.

104' GOAL! Manchester City have taken the lead!

102' YELLOW CARD: Herrop fouls Asllani and picks up the second booking of the day.

David Parker will be happy with how well his team has defended throughout the game and will be looking for them to sneak a goal now. His goalkeeper, Berger, has been outstanding as well.

It should be mentioned that with his substitutions, Nick Cushing has made a tactical chance. Christiansen and Scott are playing almost as strikers now at different opportunities as City try to find the winner here.

100' Christiansen finds some space and turns her defender but she skews her effort horribly wide.

97' CHANCE! Some lovely buildup between Asllani and Bronze lays the ball off for Duggan who sends her one-time shot just wide of the far post.

93' Manchester City have started the stronger here but their final pass is still off.

91' SUBSTITUTION: Chloe Peplow enters the game for Hegerberg.

Manchester City Women 0-0 Birmingham City Ladies

90+3' The referee blows her whistle and we're heading into extra time! Both teams had opportunities right ta the end to win the game but they could not finish.

90'+2 End to end football as both teams get chances to win the game. Duggan eventually takes a shot but it's straight at Berger.

90' There will be four minutes added to this match.

87' Play is stopped again as Aoife Mannion receives some medical treatment.

85' Birmingham's pressure is stopped as the referee stops play for an injury to Houghton.

84' SUBSTITUTION: Tessel Middag comes on for Ross.

82' Some spaces opening up now as both sets of players begin to tire.

77' Some confusion occurs about a Birmingham throw-in and if not for Berger's quick thinking, Manchester City would be in on goal.

75' SUBSTITUTION: Charlie Wellings comes in for Linnett.

73' CHANCE! Asllani pulls out a brilliant turn to get into the box but her touch is just too strong and Berger gets to it after coming out quickly to smother the ball.

70' The corner comes and Berger completely flaps at it but no City players can take advantage of it. The referee blows for a foul on Berger and Birmingham can clear their lines.

69' CHANCE! Bronze drives into the box and sends a pass across the goal. Both Christiansen and Duggan can't get a touch so the ball goes out for a corner.

67' Melissa Lawley is fouled by Duggan for a free-kick in midfield.

66' Linnett stands over the free-kick and tries to bend in into the top corner but her effort goes wide.

65' Ayisi wins a free-kick right at the top of the box.

64' SUBSTITUTION: Kosovare Asllani comes on for Parris.

62' YELLOW CARD: Ayisi picks up a booking for a late challenge on Beattie.

58' CHANCE! Beger comes out for a ball into the box and misses it completely. Duggan gets to it but Berger recovers quickly to block Duggan's shot with one hand. Play is then stopped as Sargeant is still on the ground in the box.

53' Keira Walsh finds Christiansen in the box but instead of going for goal, the midfielder tries to find Parris and Birmingham recover to clear the ball.

51' Not much has happened since the second half began. Both team still can't find that telling pass to open up the scoring here today.

46' The second half has started.

Manchester City Women 0-0 Birmingham City Ladies

Half-time. Manchester City are in control here but a combination of Berger and final passes letting them down keeps the score line as is.

44' Parris and Bronze combine again but Parris tries one pass too many to find Christiansen instead of taking a shot and the chance goes away.

41' Izzy Christiansen finds Stokes out wide with a good through ball but the left-back's delivery leaves much to be desired.

39' CHANCE! Beattie finds Duggan with a long ball over the top. Duggan breaks away from her marker but her shot is well-saved by Berger again.

37' CHANCE! Bronze bombs forward again and her touch falls to Parris who's shot is quickly closed down by Berger. The offside flag is raised however and the opportunity goes away.

36' Stokes put sin a cross that's behind the City attackers but it falls to Bronze who takes a whack at it. It goes high over the crossbar.

34' Parris and Bronze work the ball down on the right flank before Bronze puts in a cross that Berger gets to before Jane Ross can.

29' Duggan delivers a poor set piece from the corner but the ball falls to her again. The City forward swings another cross in that starts to dip but not in time to sneak into the goal.

27' Scott finds Nikita Parris in the box but her shot ends up right in Berger's arms. There were other options in the box if Parris had looked up though.

25' The free-kick is taken quickly and it falls to Houghton who tries an effort from long-range but it doesn't trouble Berger.

24' Lucy Bronze breaks forward in one of her trademark runs and plays it to Duggan but Duggan can't return the favour to put Bronze through on goal. Bronze quickly wins teh ball back and wins a foul in midfield.

21' Ayisi almost got through after a tackle with Houghton but Beattie covers Houghton well and stops Ayisi from advancing. Houghton is now getting some medical treatment.

15' CHANCE! The initial corner is cleared and Steph Houghton holds up the ball well before finding Scott who puts the ball in. Beattie picks up the ball and draws a very good save out of Ann-Katrin Berger.

14' Demi Stokes gets forward form the back and wins a corner for City.

11' Both teams are guilty of sloppy passes which are halting any attacks.

7' Jennifer Beattie gets her head onto Duggan's delivery which is cleared by the Blues. Freda Ayisi breaks with the ball but her cross goes out for a goal-kick.

6' Jill Scott keeps the ball in play and wins a corner for Manchester City. After a few tries, City get another corner.

3' CHANCE! Kirsty Linnett takes a chance from outside the box and it goes just wide of the far post.

2' Manchester City get forward but Toni Duggan​'s pass is cut out by Meaghan Sargeant.

1' And we're off!

14:48 PM EST: For those of you wondering where you can watch this in the UK, BT Sport 2 is showing the final live on their station.

14:45 PM EST: Teams are finishing up their warm ups and should be heading into the locker rooms soon to prepare for kick-off.

Berger; Mannion, Westwood, Sargeant; Ewers, Hegerberg, Carter, Harrop; Lawley; Linnett, Ayisi.

And here is the official starting eleven for Birmingham City.

Hourihan; Bronze, Houghton, Beattie, Stokes; Scott, Walsh, Christiansen; Parris, Ross, Duggan.

14:20PM EST: The official line-ups for both teams are coming in now. First up, Manchester City!

14:15PM EST: Hello everyone and welcome to our Live coverage of the WSL Cup Final. In some surprisingly happy news, Manchester City Women's head coach Nick Cushing, has found out that has wife has gone into labour not too long ago. We wish her and the baby a safe delivery.

Keep checking back with us for more updates on this match.

Manchester City Women 2, Birmingham City Ladies 0.

Prediction: Birmingham have proved to be tough opposition for any team due to results in the league and in their journey to the cup final but Manchester City just have too much quality for this to be anything other than a cup title for them. Birmingham can certainly makes things interesting and could push Manchester City all the way but the likes of Duggan or Kosovare Asllani will find a way through a resolute Birmingham side to give City the win.

The head coach for Manchester City is Nick Cushing and his opposite number on the day will be Birmingham City's head coach, David Parker.

Berger; Carter, Harrop, Ayisi, Linnett; Hegerberg, Stringer, Lawley, Westwood, Haines; Mannion.

Projected Lineup: Birmingham City Ladies (4-5-1).

Bardsley; Bronze, Beattie, Houghton, Stokes; Scott, Walsh, Christiansen, Parris; Duggan, Ross.

Projected Lineup: Manchester City Women (4-4-2).

Here are the projected line ups for Manchester City and Birmingham City.

The match will be played at the Academy Stadium in Manchester. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00PM GMT.

The last meeting between these two teams was on April 24th at Sohill Moors FC where Manchester City ran out as 2-0 winners over Birmingham. A similar result to that will suit Manchester City just fine as they look to end their cup run in style.

Birmingham do not have as many well-known names as their opponents today do but that should not discount the tactical awareness and togetherness that they have showed throughout their run to the final. A last gasp win against Liverpool FC Ladies should show all that will be watching that this team does not give up and will try to cause Manchester City problems all match long. Forward Coral-Jade Haines is always a threat and if Birmingham can provide her with the right kind of service in the box, Haines will find the back of the net for them on most occassions.

On the opposite side of the pitch today is Birmingham City Ladies. The Blues have had a slightly different road to the final but their dominant four-nil win over the London Bees should send a notice to all that they will not give up this cup final without a fight. Birmingham will also be looking to give their captain and long-time servant, Kerys Harrop a trophy at the third time of asking. Harrop may not get a better chance at picking up a cup with the team she has faithfully played for throughout the years and her teammates will be motivated to win this final for her as well. 

At the back four, captain Steph Houghton has been in imperious form and her partner in the heart of that back line, Jennifer Beattie. has helped anchor a formidable defense. Beattie scored the winning goal against Arsenal that sent Manchester City to the final and if she and Houghton, aided by the likes of Lucy Bronze and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, keep their consistency going in this match, Manchester City fans will have every reason to believe that their team will win this final convincingly and without too much of a struggle.

Almost everywhere you look at the Manchester City side, there is quality running through it and their bench offers a good look at the depth they have managed to acquire this season as well. Right at the tip of their attack is Toni Duggan who is a dangerous opponent for any defender. Duggan's goal helped Manchester secure the WSL title and she will be hoping to add to her goals this season with another goal that will aid her team to potentially their first double in the club's history. 

Manchester City come into this final as the heavy favourites. To get to the final, they had to find a way past a resilient Arsenal FC Ladies in the semi-final, which they managed to do with a one-nil win over their rivals. The front runners have also wrapped up the WSL title and will hope to add another trophy to their outstanding season so far by winning today. If any team can complete the double, this team can with the talent they have at hand and many see them as the outright winners today, even though anything can happen in a cup final.

Hello everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of the WSL Continental Cup Final! The winner today will be decided when Manchester City Women face off against Birmingham City Ladies in a hopefully intriguing up final. My name is Kudzi Musarurwa and I will be your host today!