FA Women's Cup: Chelsea's road to Wembley

Find out how the Blues made it to Saturday's big game.

FA Women's Cup: Chelsea's road to Wembley
Fran Kirby celebrates scoring the winner vs Man City| Photo: thefa.com

Chelsea are the current holders of the Women's FA Cup having won it in front of a record crowd for their first time in their history. It was also the first ever final at Wembley. They will return there this year in front of yet another record crowd. How did the Blues make it there though?

5th round

WSL2 teams joined in at the 3rd round but then WSL1 joined at the 5th round. Chelsea were drawn against Doncaster Rovers Belles away in what turned out to be a cup and league double header.

Doncaster were promoted from WSL2 the season before but were looking to try and cause a cup upset. Unfortunately for them, that didn't happen. Chelsea won 4-1 thanks to a Leandra Little own goal plus goals from three players from Chelsea's front five. The goals came mostly in the second half with Karen Carney, Ji So-Yun and Eni Aluko scoring.

Quarter-final

Chelsea progressed in the quarter finals and were drawn against WSL2 team Aston Villa. This tie had some significance for one player, Karen Carney as she previously played for rivals Birmingham. She was frustrated to not score against them but Chelsea recorded an emphatic 6-0 win against them.

It did take til a few minutes before half time to score but after that, there was no stopping the goals. Aston Villa did try to defend by crowding  the box at set pieces but to no avail. Goals came from Drew Spence, Fran Kirby, Eni Aluko and a hat trick from Ji.

Semi-final

This was the toughest tie for Chelsea as they faced WSL1 runners up Manchester City. It took a final day win for Chelsea to win the WSL1 title to complete the double. This was also a repeat of the previous year's semi final. Last time around, Ji's goal sent Chelsea through to the final.

It was another tight affair this time but Manchester City took the lead in the 72nd minute through a scrappy Jane Ross goal. Chelsea came back in the 86th minute with none other than Ji scoring a stunning free kick to help draw level.

The game went to extra time and it looked almost certain that it was going to penalties. However, in 120th minute, Fran Kirby stay composed and patient to slot away the goal that sent Chelsea to the final. The supporters, team and even Emma Hayes went crazy after seeing this. It's quite fitting that Kirby was the one to win it for Chelsea after missing last year's final. Will she be the one to win it for Chelsea in the final?