Score Arsenal Ladies - Chelsea Ladies in FA Women's Cup 2016 (1-0)

Score Arsenal Ladies - Chelsea Ladies in FA Women's Cup 2016 (1-0)
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Arsenal: (4-2-3-1): van Veenendaal; Scott, Henning, Stoney, Mitchell; Losada, Williams (Janssen 74'); Carter, Nobbs, Oshoala (Williamson 88'); Smith (van de Donk 73').
Chelsea: (4-2-3-1): Lindahl; Blundell, Bright (England 79'), Flaherty, Borges; Chapman, Spence (Fahey 46'); Davison, Ji, Carney (Aluko 55'); Kirby.
SCORE: 1-0, Carter 18'.
REFEREE: Sarah Garratt. Booked: Oshoala 82', England 84'.
INCIDENTS: FA Women's Cup final between holders Chelsea and 13-time winners Arsenal. The match was played at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of 32,912 spectators.

And as Arsenal lift the trophy, it's goodbye from me and us here at VAVEL. Stayed tuned for our reaction to the game, and you can read Dan Pinder's report right here! Thanks for choosing to follow the game with us.

Their 14th triumph in the competition sees them take the title off of holders Chelsea! 


90+3 - Last chance saloon now for Chelsea as Davison wins a corner. She delivers it too and it's attacked by Chapman, who can't get a clear touch. Aluko recycles and picks out Fahey at the far post, who can only scuff it at the 'keeper on the stretch.

90+2  - Van Veenendaal hits a clearance right at Kirby and almost gets herself into a sticky mess. Not long left now.

90+1 - In the first of four added minutes, Davison's blocked shot falls to Kirby who hits it first time and sees her volley fall just a yard wide.

90 - Into the final knockings now as Borges' poor cross is right at van Veenedaal, who holds into it.

88 - Arsenal's final change of the day sees Oshoala replaced by Williamson.

84 - Now England goes into the book after a bit of a scrappy exchange of tackles in the centre of the pitch.

83 - Ji delivers the resulting free-kick, but it's way too close to the 'keeper who punches it clear.

82 - The first yellow card of the day goes to Oshoala, who hacks down Borges to stop Chelsea countering.

80 - Arsenal counter with Carter, whose first shot is blocked by a combination of Blundell and Flaherty, and her second by Borges. Oshoala's effort from the loose ball is wide.

79 - England comes on for Bright in Chelsea's final change of the day. She's right in the thick of it too but sees her shot on the edge of the box blocked.

78 - What an effort! Losada tries a cheeky dink over Lindahl, but the Swede gets a touch to deny her a splendid goal.

74 - Here come the fresh legs. Van de Donk is on for Smith, while Janssen replaces Williams.

73 - The goalkeeper is fine to continue it sees, with Byrne not moving from her spot on the bench to warm up.

72 - Van Veenendaal is down holding her knee, needing treatment, just as Arsenal are about to introduce van de Donk to the occasion. Janssen also preparing to come on.

70 - Chance! Flaherty wins the header from the corner and it falls to Ji at the far post, whose volley flies wide of the mark! Big chance.

69 - Aluko drives forward with the ball and threatens as she enters the area, but Stoney gets across to slide in and block her shot.

65 - What a stunning goal that would have been! Arsenal's corner is superbly worked, but the final ball can't be headed goalwards as Lindahl comes out on top.

64 - Short break in play so the assistant referee can be handed a new flag, after hers had broken... Arsenal waiting to take a corner.

63 - From the resulting corner, Henning almost grabs her first Arsenal goal with a bullet header, but the effort is wide of the mark.

61 - Chance! Oshoala again! Smith threads her through once more but, while her first touch is good, her second is poor and Lindahl saves before thwarting Scott on the follow up too.

60 - Aluko tries to replicate Carter's goal in a Chelsea shirt, but her shot after beating Scott is too high and wide.

58 - Good spell for Chelsea this, inspired by Aluko. Blundell bursts forward in the brightest of the spell, but her shot is well blocked.

55 - Change for Chelsea as Carney goes off and on comes on Aluko.

51 - Smith feeds Carter whose cross-cum-shot is saved by Lindahl with her leg. Borges with poor positioning there, playing the winger on, but she isn't punished this time.

48 - BAR! Oshoala crosses the ball in to Smith who heads against the bar, albeit as the offside flag goes up.

47 - Arsenal start on the front foot again. Bad decision making thwarts a counter, while a Williams free-kick is claimed by Lindahl. Oshoala then has a shot after beating Borges on the right, but the Swedish 'keeper saves. Could have squared to Smith there.

And we're back underway for the second half! Chelsea have made a change, replacing Spence with Fahey, moving Bright into midfield. You'd assume that means Flaherty is fine to play the rest of the game then...

Chelsea, meanwhile, have had quite a few chances. Kirby should have equalised when through on goal in the best of three, but she hesitated and was denied by van Veenendaal. Spence and Ji have both had efforts in and around the area, but neither have hit the target.

Arsenal could have doubled their lead right near the break, but Oshoala scuffed her effort through on goal after good work by Smith.

Half time! Carter's 18th minute stunner separates the two at the break. Arsenal have been the better team but Chelsea have had chances too, having grown into the game.

45 - There will be one minute of added time.

44 - Carter with a powerful drive at goal from range, but Lindahl is down to save comfortably.

43 - HUGE CHANCE! Smith with a lovely turn and through ball for Oshoala, but the Nigerian scuffs her shot one-on-one and it's cleared! 

41 - Arsenal threatening again as Oshoala drills the ball into the box, but Flaherty is there to clear for a corner.

40 - Flaherty is okay to continue for now. Chelsea sure to readdress that problem at half time.

39 - Big worry for Chelsea here. Flaherty is down with a problem, and the Blues are already depleted at the back. Fahey has been injured for a while and is only fit for the bench today, but could be needed. 

37 - Chance! Kirby with a lovely nutmeg on Mitchell to find Carney who cuts the ball back for Spence, but her shot from the edge of the box is over the bar.

35 - Game is a bit broken up now as Kirby pressurises van Veenendaal into a hashed clearance. Chelsea get the game back underway and Carney tries her luck from the edge of the box, but it's watched comfortably wide for a goal kick.

28 - Chance! Intricate play for Chelsea sees them work it to Ji just inside the box but the ball bounces as she hits it goalwards, seeing it go over the bar.

24 - Nice move from Chelsea sees Blundell dummy for Davison, but her cross is blocked as she receives it back. 

22 - Lovely play from Arsenal sees Losada backheel to open the space up for Smith to shoot, but Chapman dives in at the last second to thwart the veteran.

20 - What a chance! Kirby should score! She bursts through but hesitates far too much and van Veenendaal closes the angle to save! Suggestion of handball by Henning in the aftermath too.

GOAL! A beauty from Dan Carter! She's not had great joy against Blundell so far, but she cuts inside and curls the ball into the top corner to break the deadlock!

16 - Mitchell dispossesses Davison, who is hesistant in her own half, but the Arsenal defender ends up putting the ball out of play to check on her opponent after she went down in pain following the challenge. She's fine to continue as play resumes.

12 - Williams drives the ball goalwards, but her shot flies a few yards over the bar. Always rising.

11 - The corner is cleared only as far as Nobbs, who wins a free-kick in a good position after a high boot from Carney. Good position for Fara Williams this, 25-yards out.

10 - Oshoala does well to get in behind Borges but Bright clears her cross for a corner.

5 - Arsenal have started the better of the two but Chelsea are getting into it now as Kirby is flagged offside - incorrectly.

1 - Immediate action as Bright miscontrols the ball and Carter pounces, with her attempted lob landing on top of Lindahl's goal.

And we're off!

The national anthem is now being sung ahead of kick-offs, which is moments away!

Chelsea subs: Spencer, Fahey, Aluko, Rafferty, England.

Arsenal subs: Byne, Natalia, Janssen, van de Donk, Williamson. 

Chelsea XI: Lindahl; Blundell, Bright, Flaherty, Borges; Chapman, Spence; Davison, Ji, Carney; Kirby.

Arsenal XI: van Veenendaal; Scott, Henning, Stoney, Mitchell; Losada, Williams; Carter, Nobbs, Oshoala; Smith.

We've got team news coming in now!

Those two defeats are the only two that Pedro Martinez Losa's side have suffered in 2016, but they do come into this game off the back of a disappointing goalless draw with Birmingham City on the first of this month. The Gunners have scraped through to this final with some fortunate results too, with them needing penalties to see off Birmingham and Notts County. Mistakes will not go unpunished today though against a superb Chelsea side, and so they will need to be on top form to get their hands on that trophy.

It's seven wins in a row for Hayes' side, one of those being a 2-0 victory over the Gunners last month. Fran Kirby was at the double as Arsenal were defeated on home soil, seeing the hosts lose further ground in the title race after a defeat to Man City just a few weeks before.

Chelsea have the edge coming into this game; with better form under their belt and even a recent win over Arsenal to boast. The Blues are second in the WSL 1 standings but only because they've played one game less than leaders Manchester City - both of whom have won all of their league games in 2016.

"Wembley is one of the most exciting things," she told the FA. "You dream to play there as a young girl and now we're there." However, Arsenal won't be turning up today just to enjoy the occasion - "it's about going there and picking up a trophy," says the defender, who knows all about winning titles and will hope to use her experience in doing so to help her side today.

Arsenal are motivated by the aims of rediscovering their glory days though, and that helped them cruise through to this stage believes veteran Casey Stoney. The Gunners downed Sunderland 7-0 in the semi-finals, despite going down to 10-men, and Stoney says that the opportunity to play at Wembley helped drive them there.

Flaherty spent seven years at Arsenal and is now looking to enjoy similar success at Chelsea. (Photo: Arsenal FC
Flaherty spent seven years at Arsenal and is now looking to enjoy similar success at Chelsea. (Photo: Arsenal FC

Flaherty says that the youngsters in South London know all about the expectations at Chelsea now too, and another trophy today will surely reinforce these ideas.

We want to be here consistently and we want to be at the top of the table consistently," she continued. “That’s the mentality that Emma has brought in and me and [Katie Chapman] tried to bring that with us too from our time at Arsenal.”

Speaking to the FA, the Chelsea defender said that the team "don't want to be one-hit wonders" and that they are determined to "write [their] own history."

Chelsea are extremely determined to keep their spot at the very top though, as Gilly Flaherty revealed this week in the build-up to today's game. Flaherty knows all about that winning mentality having come through Arsenal's youth set-up when they were the best in the country, and she believes the Blues have it now too.

Arsenal still have something about them though. The Gunners aren't sitting comfortably at the top of the game anymore, but they are still a force to be reckoned with. Last year, they followed in Chelsea's footsteps by downing Notts County in a cup final, winning the FA WSL Continental Cup at Rotherham United's New York Stadium by a resounding 3-0 scoreline. That maintained their incredible record of claiming some form of silverware every year since 2004.

Led by a forward-thinking coach - and a former Arsenal coach - in Emma Hayes, the Blues did the double last season as they really put their stamp on football in the country. They come into this match as the holders of the trophy, thanks to Ji So-yun's lone goal last year, and will hope to retain that as they eye up a potential, and not so unlikely, treble in 2016.

Most importantly though, those in attendance are sure to be treated to a spectacle of a game. Arsenal have gone on to almost own this competition over the years, winning it a record 13 times, but their dominance of English women's football came to an end when their pursuit of 10th successive league title was thwarted by Liverpool in 2013. Since then, Chelsea have almost emerged as 'the new Arsenal'.

Today's occasion is made even bigger by the potential of a record attendance. Last year's final, the first to be played at Wembley, welcomed 30,710 supporters, but the ticket sales for today's game had already surpassed 30,000 earlier this week. With last year's final coming off the back of England's Lionesses taking Canada by storm with a third-placed finish at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, it is incredible to see that the game's popularity is not only being maintained, but increasing.

Her officiating team includes another Birmingham FA official, Lisa Rashid, who will be an assistant along with Lindsey Robinson from Durham FA. Lucy Oliver, Northumberland FA, will be today's fourth official.

An experienced official, Garratt has featured as both an assistant and a fourth official in men's League One and Two games over the years and is a regular in the FA Women's Super League too. Speaking to the FA in the build-up to the big occasion, she expressed how proud a moment it will be for her to take charge today though, saying, "leading the teams out at Wembley will be a huge honour."

Today's referee will be Birmingham FA's Sarah Garratt, who will spearhead a quartet of all-female officials. Garratt was the fourth official in the 2011 FA Women's Cup final between Arsenal and Bristol Academy (now City), which the former won 2-0, but this is a completely different kettle of fish. This time, she will be the woman in the middle, not on the sidelines, and the occasion takes place at Wembley - in 2011, the final was played at Coventry City's Ricoh Arena.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live coverage of this afternoon's FA Women's Cup final! This year's Wembley occasion features 13-time winners Arsenal Ladies and holders Chelsea Ladies and I, Ameé Ruszkai, will be guiding you through events as they unfold today. Kick off is scheduled for 14:00BST.