Mayhem Handed A Royal Beating By Steelkings

SHEFFSheffield Steelkings   10 –  2  Manchester Mayhem     17155952_1499932596740759_1981299675865431597_n

 

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CREDIT: Peter Best Photography

 

In their third season of existence and after 19 matches played in the British Para Ice Hockey League, the Sheffield Steelkings could finally call themselves victors after a stunning 10-2 win over Roses rivals the Manchester Mayhem, thanks to a seven-goal haul for Gary Farmer. 

It was only a month ago when the sides played out a fiery game at the Altrincham Ice Rink and saw the meeting going the way of the Mayhem on that occasion, but you could that this rivalry was being to catch fire and look more like a competitive rivalry with a new look Sheffield side this year.

Sheffield who have long been the whipping boys of the Para Ice Hockey league since joining three seasons ago, it has saw them suffering hammers left, right and centre over the past couple of seasons and looked like they might never pick up a win. This season though has saw a change of fortune to the South Yorkshire club, so with a big crowd at Ice Sheffield and still buoyed by their recent performances so far this year, it saw the home side looking for their first win in their history.

Manchester came into the game short benched yet again, as they were missing three key players in their line-up, with Rob Allen out and the duo of Dean Lahan and Dominic Cosgrove. Coach for the Mayhem in Pete Hagan saw him needing to draft in Tony King from the Kingston Kestrels as a guest player and also handed a debut to Elizabeth Turner for the match.

From the drop of the puck it saw only one side truly in the contest at all, and that wasn’t the visiting Manchester side. With thirty-three seconds gone in the game, Gary Farmer put Sheffield ahead and that goal seemed to set the hosts up for the rest of the contest after such a early stage.  

Both teams enjoyed spells of possession with the puck and saw Pat Bailey having the visitors first shot on goal, but stand-in goalie Jake Oakley made a good stop between the pipes for the Steelkings after Sheffield had both regular goalies missing for the game. 

At the other end it saw Dougy Hankinson in the Mayhem net denying Mark Briggs for the home side, after he was forced to make a couple of saves from long range efforts by Gary Farmer. Sheffield then moved two nil ahead at 8.52 on the clock, with Gary Farmer shooting high on Hankinson in the Mayhem goal after a nice cross ice pass by Caroline Bonner saw the forward cutting in on goal and making it count.

Manchester then called a timeout to try re-assess the early damage done against them, as defensive they were caught slacking and offensively they were unable to generate much at all.

The visitors then found themselves with a golden chance to possibly cut the lead in half soon after, after a Karl Nicholson clearance saw the puck heading up ice and into the path of Anthony Booth who had Pat Bailey with him in support on a breakaway, but they were caught offside much to the relief of the home side.  Bailey then found himself serving a two minute penalty towards the back end of the first, with the Manchester man being called for teeing and saw the visiting bench not happy at all with the call by the officials.

The Mayhem seemed to play a dangerous game of passing it around their zone while a man light, and that method would could back to hurt them as Gary Farmer gained possession of the puck in their zone and fired high over the head of the netminder for a natural hat-trick at 14.17. 

Sheffield moved out to a 4-0 lead on 16.12, when Farmer was on target yet again for the Steelkings to bring up his fourth of the game and you did feel that the contest was over already so early into the second. Majority of the play was down the Mayhem end and had the visitors lacking in ideas and looked all at sea for a lot of the time too. 

Barry Grayson almost made it 5-0 for Sheffield soon after with a near post effort, but the puck pinged off the iron and away from danger. The home side didn’t need to wait too long to extend their lead further though, as a long range effort by Mark Briggs saw the puck going into the Mayhem net for a fifth goal to the Steelkings at 25.46 and that was game, set and match.

Manchester were looking anything but their normal selves in the contest, as the Mayhem players were making one poor decision after another and it was almost like the team had never played together before. When the visitors finally got behind the Steelkings defence and bearing down on goal it saw the horn sounding for an end to play in the second period, as the Mayhem looked like not just losing the contest but possibly being shutout by the hosts too.

In the final period the Steelkings hammered home their advantage with a further five goals to their name and they didn’t just beat their rivals, but they humiliate them as well. The Mayhem were architects of their own downfall at times and that was shown on the hosts sixth-goal, after Karl Nicholson was left to battle on his own against three Steelkings before Gary Farmer picked up the puck and burst away up ice and saw his initial shot saved but Barry Grayson was on hand to tuck home the rebound at 30.58.

At 32.20 it saw Farmer grabbing his fifth goal of the game and the hosts seventh of the match, as the forward skated up the left side and fired a low shot that somehow managed to get by the goalie and and make it 7-0. The first real showing of any threatening intent by Manchester brought them a goal at 34.43, when Karl Nicholson skated into the Sheffield zone and played a lovely pass towards Anthony Booth in the Steelkings zone and the Mayhem forward composed himself and fired past Jake Oakley in the home cage for a 7-1 game.

The visitors tried to build on that goal and saw them coming forward once more in attack through Pat Bailey and Anthony Booth as they found themselves on a 2-on-0 for Manchester, but Bailey overran the puck and that summed up the visitors play in the game. Sheffield continued to punish a hapless Manchester side and saw them scoring two quick goals from the stick of Gary Farmer, as he took his tally for the match up to a magnificent seven and was a case now of how many more goals would they rack up.

With the match all but sewn up now, it saw the Steelkings side turning on the style and a the home side netting one last goal in the game. Their 10th goal saw a breakaway from Gary Farmer who played a pass across goal intended for Barry Grayson who mis-controlled it, however the puck fell nicely to Mark Colquitt and the Sheffield man back- handed the puck in for the hosts and complete a miserable afternoon for the travelling Mayhem side.

Manchester did score a late consolation goal through Karl Nicholson at 40.59 and that saw the Mayhem having the last word in this contest game, after Booth returned the favour in kind to his teammate and the Mayhem captain put it home for a 10-2 score line. As the game entered the closing stages of the game, it saw the home side revelling in the clubs first ever win when the horn sounded and the joy on every Sheffield players face was there for all to see.

For Sheffield, the win was a culmination of hard work and graft to get their first points on the board and maiden win under their belts too after a wait of two and a bit years, as capitalising on errors by their opponents and some good play saw them worthy winners in the game. In the case of Manchester, it back to basics and look to regroup before their daunting trip down to Peterborough Phantoms next Sunday evening.


 

Duggan’s goal helps see off Chelsea on emotional night

manchester_city_2016 Manchester City Women  1-0  Chelsea Ladies 13

A Toni Duggan goal in the first half proved to be enough for Manchester City Women, as they secured a tight 1-0 win over rivals Chelsea on what was a very emotional charged evening at the City Academy Stadium on Thursday evening.

This past Monday saw Manchester being rocked to it’s core, when the city was hit by a terror attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured many others in the blast. For the past few days that followed, the City as a whole have come together to show solidarity and saw this being the first game played in the city since that tragic incident.

Both sides wore ‘We Love MCR’ shirts in their respective warm-ups and was a nice touch by the visiting side. Prior to kick off it saw the fans in attendance all coming together and chanting ‘Stand up for Manchester’ before the teams entered the field of play. 

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City players wearing “We Love Manchester” T-Shirts.

After a minute’s silence was impeccably observed by the whole stadium, it saw the Spring Series contest finally getting underway and bring some normality to proceedings as well.

An absolutely baking hot evening in Manchester served up a entertaining game of football, between two teams that battled tooth and nail for the WSL League title last season. 

The home side started very attacking and had their opponents coming under some stern pressure early doors in the contest. Chelsea forced their way back into the game and saw both sides needing to being patient in their build ups as they looked to crack the others defences.

When the clock ticked onto the 22-minute mark it saw the ground rising to it’s feet to pay it’s respects to the twenty-two victims that were killed in the incident in the terror attacks and was a another nice touch.

Play was very much even until the deadlock was broken on 28 minutes, with a bit of skill and vision by Manchester City’s Toni Duggan. It saw the forward spinning on the ball which caught out Chelsea’s Millie Bright, before the striker then unleashed a shot from outside that area that beat Carly Telford in the visitors goal and put the hosts a goal up.

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Toni Duggan celebrates with Izzy Christiansen for City lead

City captain Steph Houghton then almost made it 2-0 with a free kick that rattled off the crossbar and away, with the home side in on top. Second half had the visitors taking the game to the home side more and edging play in their favour, with Chelsea having more of the ball and the attacking play.

Karen Bardsley was the more busier keeper of the two in the second forty-five of the game, as she was made to make a couple of important stops to deny the West-London side an equaliser.

Nikita Parris was getting into decent positions for City, but sadly her shooting was letting her down and saw her spurning a couple of glorious chances to give the home side a cushion. Megan Campbell then put in one of her trademark long throws into the Chelsea penalty box, as the ball beat everyone in the area especially Carly Telford to see the ball ending up in the back of the net. 

Sadly for her and the home side though, the rules states that the ball much take a touch off someone for it count, and as no one got a touch it was ruled out. For the final quarter of the game it saw City coming under pressure by the Chelsea forwards, and once yet again Bardsley was forced into making some top draw saves to deny them an equaliser.

The visitors pressed and pressed for a goal late on, but the City defences were refusing to budge. In the end the home side had enough to hold out and claim three league points in the Spring series table and move them one shy of leaders Liverpool, with the Blues facing Arsenal Ladies on Sunday dinnertime and a chance to go top.

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Taken from BBC Sports

Mayhem come out on top of feisty Roses clash

17155952_1499932596740759_1981299675865431597_n    Manchester Mayhem  7 – 2  Sheffield Steelkings    SheffieldSteelKings

In the first meeting of the Roses games this season,  it saw the Manchester Mayhem holding the bragging rights after a 7-2 victory over the Sheffield Steelkings thanks to four goals by Anthony Booth, in what was a very feisty contest and at times bad tempered game at Altrincham. 

The previous meetings between the sides with Manchester playing under a different banner, had saw the Red Rose side holding a perfect record against their counterparts from Sheffield, with mostly one-sided games. Play was even and saw both teams having chances and looking threatening too.

A fairly fast-paced game saw both sides testing the respective netminders, but had neither side able to make the breakthrough. Manchester ended the period a man light, after Karl Nicholson was forced to serve a penalty for a delay of game call, ten seconds from the end of first.

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Sheffield’s Jake Oakley and Mayhem’s Simon Berry look on – Pic: 98 Yettii Photography

Second period saw a glut of goals forthcoming in the game finally, with firstly Sheffield’s Gary Farmer getting the opening goal of the contest at 16.10, as the forward took a pop from the blue line and saw the puck fly in over Steve Midghall in nets and go in off the goal post to give the Steelkings a 1-0 lead.

Manchester responded with two goals in the space of 30 seconds, as Karl Nicholson levelled the game up at 18.17 and then his teammate Anthony Booth sweeping home to make it 2-1 at 18.47 for the Mayhem and put the hosts in front.

Booth then made it 3-1 after Nicholson had played the puck off the side boards with pace and that the bounce falling nicely for his Mayhem line mate to chase down and then slot passed Bryan Hackworth in the Sheffield goals to increase their lead.

At 22.58 it saw Gary Farmer reducing the deficit to just one goal and also score his second of the game in the process, with the Steelkings man collecting the puck behind the Manchester net and then roofing home for a 3-2 game.

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Steve Midghall of Manchester keeps his eye on the puck – pic: All Sports Photography

The home side then moved 4-2 ahead thanks to a second goal by Karl Nicholson, but the contest was far from over, as Sheffield weren’t throwing in the towel quite yet. Tempers then began to simmer towards the end of the second period, when Nicholson continued to go to the net and crashed into the Sheffield goalie- which brought the ire of the visiting Steelkings side and a scrum developed.

From that point onwards the hitting became a bit more hard hitting you could say, with the Manchester man getting some extra attention from the Sheffield side from that point on.  In the final period it saw Anthony Booth completing his hat trick to make the game 5-2 in favour of the Mayhem and that goal killed off the away sides chances of getting back into it.

Less than a minute later Booth struck again to take his tally to four goal for the match and that was soon followed by guest player Simon Berry, as he rounded off the scoring with a power play goal for 7-2.

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Mayhem’s Four-goal Hero Anthony Booth Pic: 98 Yettii Photography

In the last minute of the game it saw Sheffield’s Barry Grayson collecting a Interference call along with a Abuse of official call as well, to rub salt into the wounds of the Steelkings side.

Sheffield in truth gave Manchester more than a scare in the game and the Steelkings just seemed to run out of steam late on, but they looked a like more motivated than ever this year than perhaps seasons gone by. 

Both sides over the next couple of day will be sore and know they were in a contest, after such a bruising encounter and that fact the sides meet again in Sheffield in just over three weeks time, it will certainly keep this rivalry fresh in the memory banks.

Five-star City as Lloyd sees red

manchester_city_2016 Manchester City Women  5-1 Yeovil Town Ladies 13 

Two goals by Scottish striker Jane Ross helped Manchester City Women on their way to victory and close the gap on leaders Liverpool at the top of the WSL FA Spring Series table, as they eased to a 5-1 win over Yeovil Town Ladies at the City Academy Stadium on Sunday Afternoon. 

City returned home triumphant having beaten Birmingham City Ladies last weekend down at Wembley in the Women’s FA CUP Final, so they were obviously still cock a hoop after completing a sweep of the major domestic honours in the English game. 

Nick Cushing the Manchester City coach made a couple of changes to the side for the visit of Yeovil to the CFA, with youngster Ellie Roebuck taking her place between the posts for the Blues in their Spring Series encounter.  

The home side dominated the game from start to finish and saw the West Country side struggling to contain their opponents in the game. City took the lead on 10 minutes courtesy of an own goal by Ann-Marie Heatherson, after the Yeovil defender put the ball in back of her own net from a Lucy Bronze cross to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Jill Scott quickly made it 2-0 after 12 minutes gone, after the England Midfielder flicked the ball over the Yeovil keeper and into the back of the net to see City Women almost putting the game to bed early doors.

Toni Duggan almost make it three on 17 minutes, when the Liverpudlian striker fired on goal and brought out a good stop out from the former Notts County keeper Megan Walsh, to keep it at 2-0.

Yeovil then stunned the home side with a goal back for the visitors on 20 minutes, after a poor defensive pass across the back-line by Jennifer Beattie saw the ball been intercepted by Yeovil’s Lucy Quinn, and she striker struck a sweet shot that beat Roebuck in the City goals to make it 2-1 and give the visitors a possible way back.

The away side then started to get a foot back in the door and play some good football, with Yeovil taking heart from their goal and caused some minor panic for the home side. In truth the away side never looked to really trouble City in the game, and that goal was pretty much their best effort and had City soon settling back into their groove fairly soon.

Jane Ross then made it 3-1 for City after 38 minutes gone in the match, as the Scottish striker put home from Georgia Stanway’s cross to re-establish their two-goal lead again in the game. Walsh in goals for the visitors, saw her well and truly earning her pay packet for the week with three quick saves from Ross and a couple from Duggan in the Sky Blue shirts to keep the hosts out for a fourth time.

Second half saw more of the same and had the Blues trying to hammer home their advantage even more, but were unable to do so in the first ten minutes of the half with Yeovil proving stubborn at the back.

Yeovil’s back line got broken for 4-1, after Jane Ross put home from a Steph Houghton header across the penalty box to put home for her second of the game and put the game to bed well and truly.

Manchester City’s Swedish International Kosse Asllani got her name on the scoresheet for the home side in the 68th minute of the contest, as the Swedish striker prodded home from close range to make it five and give their goal difference a bit of a health boost. 

Ross nearly completed a hat trick with a header moments later, but the effort just missed the target. Yeovil was then awarded a penalty six minutes from time, after City defender Lucy Bronze brought down an opposition player in the penalty box and that saw Sarah Wiltshire given the duty of taking the spot kick.

Wiltshire stepped up to take the penalty for the Yeovil, but it was a very poorly taken penalty in all honesty and was well saved by Ellie Roebuck in the City goals to keep them out. As the game was coming to close, it saw City’s American loanee in Carli Lloyd being shown a straight red card by the referee for elbow off the ball and sees the US star missing the next three games due to suspension.

The win for City Women sees them moving into third place and just four points behind Leaders Liverpool, with their next opponents being against Chelsea Ladies this upcoming Thursday night. 

Kenny returns to lift Aces to Victory

cropped-l1pdinja  Belle Vue Aces  48 – 42  Swindon Robins  swindon2012_Logo_L 

Belle Vue got back to winning ways this past Friday night with a tight win over the battling Swindon Robins 48-42 at the National Speedway Stadium, with the returning Kenneth Bjerre to their line up and saw the Danish rider scoring 13 points on his way to leading the Aces to victory. Meanwhile Swindon’s Grand Prix star Jason Doyle top scored with 14 points for the Robins, with the Wiltshire side claiming a losing bonus point for their efforts.

Things were looking very good after three races gone for the home side, as Belle Vue led 11-7 with a couple of 4-2’s going their way, and also saw Steve Worrall getting the better of Australian Jason Doyle in the opening heat. 

Swindon’s Nick Morris and reserve Zach Wajtknecht then combined in heat four for a 5-1 maximum to the Robins, as they saw off the challenge of Aces Jack Smith and Craig Cook, to which Cook struggled all evening with new machinery and looked low on power all night.

The visitors then edged ahead with a 4-2 from Doyle and guest rider Matt Williamson, as the Australia flew away from the tapes and saw Bjerre nowhere to be seen in means of trying to catch him in the race. Max Fricke and Steve Worrall then repaid the compliment back to their guests with a 4-2 in the following race, to square the meeting up at 18-18.

David Bellego and Adam Ellis then restored the Robins two point lead in heat 7, as Ellis made the gate and that was before Craig Cook came into the lead and then saw Bellego swooping by Cook for the lead and see another 4-2 race advantage going the way of Swindon.  

Steve Worrall and Dan Bewley then got out on a 5-1 for the Aces in heat 8, but yet again they were unable to seal the deal and had Bellego again managing to force his way through to get by Bewley but not Worrall, as the home boys levelled things up again for a 24-24 scoreline.

Belle Vue then began to make inroads in the match over the next two races, with the Aces gaining maximum points in both. Firstly in heat 9 it saw Kenneth Bjerre and Justin Sedgmen gating and leaving their opponents eating their dust, while in heat 10 Max Fricke took the race win ahead of Worrall, who just beat Bellego heading into the final couple of bends for a 5-1.

The home side had effectively won the match by heat 12,  after a 4-2 from Bjerre and Smith saw the son of former Aces man Andy, trying everything to get pass Zach Wajtknecht for second place but was forced to settle for a point.

Swindon then hit back with a 5-1 in heat 13 to give them hopes of claiming a losing bonus point at least from the meeting,  and in the the last race of the night it saw Jason Doyle once again showing his class again around the NSS track to give the Robins a deserved point in the scheme of things and have the Aces picking up the win.


Belle Vue Aces = 48

1. Max Fricke – 1,3,3,0 = 7
2. Steve Worrall – 3,1,3,2*,1* = 10+2
3. Kenneth Bjerre – 3,2,3,3,2 = 13
4. Justin Sedgmen – 1,0,2*,1* = 4+2
5. Craig Cook – 1,2,2,1 = 6
6. Dan Bewley – 3,0,1,1*,2 = 7+1
7. Jack Smith – 0,0,(DB-1),1 = 1

Swindon Robins = 42

1. Jason Doyle – 2,3,3,3,3 = 14
2. Bradley Wilson-Dean R/R – ( ZW-0,MW-1,DB-2,MW-0 = 3)
3. Adam Ellis – 2,1,0,EF = 3
4. David Bellego – 0,3,2,1,3 = 9
5. Nick Morris – 3,2,1,2*,EF = 8+1
6. Matt Williamson (G) – 2,1,0,0,0,(ZW-2),0 = 3
7. Zach Wajtknecht – 0,1*,2*,0,2,(MW-0) = 5+2

Mayhem thrashed by Christopher’s Magnificent Seven

17155952_1499932596740759_1981299675865431597_n    Manchester Mayhem 3 – 8 Cardiff Huskies huskies

This past weekend saw the debut of the new boys to the British Para Ice Hockey League in the form of the Manchester Mayhem, as they opened up their league program against the Cardiff Huskies and were hammered 8-3 with seven of the eight Cardiff goals being scored by Tyler Christopher.

Manchester went into the contest missing two key players for their home season opener as both Dominic Cosgrove and talisman Rob Allen were ruled out with injuries and that meant that the home side were two forwards light in the line up, but did draft in a guest in Kingston’s Simon Berry to beef up the bench a tiny bit.

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Pic: 98 Yetiiis Photography

It saw a pretty even contest to begin with between the two teams, that despite the visitors looking far more dangerous than the home side in attack. Manchester needed their netminder Steve Midghall to come up big at times with a couple of good saves to shut the door on Cardiff’s forwards.

The visitors were very threatening when going forward, and that sustained pressure brought them a fortuitous opener through Tyler Christopher as his shot somehow managed to squirm through the defences of Midghall, and into the net at 12.11 to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute later and it saw Cardiff doubling their lead with Ty Christopher on target once again, as the forward put home for his second of the game and put the visitors firmly in charge. Pat Bailey then fired in a quick response for the home side to reduce the deficit in half and see the Mayhem trail 2-1 after the opening period of play.

Second period was completely dominated by a strong Cardiff side, as the Huskies netted four goals in the period to put the home side to the sword. In truth it wasn’t as much of a one-sided game as it played out, and was mostly competitive with a few hits coming in from both sides.

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Pic: 98 Yetiiis Photography

Ty Christopher grabbed his hat trick goal five minutes into the period with a carbon copy of his second goal, as he gave Cardiff a 3-1 lead early on. Manchester then came back at their opponents once more through Anthony Booth, when the forward had his shot go in at the near post and past Russell Wiley in the Huskies goal for a 3-2 game.

Cardiff then went up a gear or two after the Mayhem’s second goal, and that saw the visitors restoring their two goal lead with Christopher scoring yet again and he added a fourth for the Husks’. Steve Midghall was facing a lot of rubber in the period and was forced to make some very nice saves and important ones too.

Soon after it was 5-2 for Cardiff with Paul Furbur firing in a fifth goal for the visitors and had them making the most of their chances when they came. In the 28th minute of play it saw Christopher making it 6-2 for the Huskies and making it a match to forget for the home side.

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PIC: 98 Yetiiis Photography

In the final period it saw Cardiff increasing their lead through that man again Ty Christopher, with the forward destroying the Mayhem on his own and putting a further two more goals past the netminder for an 8-2 scoreline with five minutes left to go in the game.

The hosts had the final say on the game through a Anthony Booth consolation goal for the Mayhem, as the Manchester defence was left to count the cost of defensive errors and allow Tyler Christopher in particular to make them pay.

Cardiff’s powerful line up was just too strong for the makeshift Manchester side, but it was a deserved victory for the Welsh side who look a real force this season in the British Para Ice Hockey League.

Manchester will look to rebound this upcoming Saturday night at home again, as the they welcome the Sheffield Steelkings to Altrincham in the War of the Roses clash and have both the Mayhem and Steelkings looking to pick up their maiden wins in the league. 


All Photography taken from: 98 Yetiiis Photography.

City Women Complete Domestic Treble

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Steph Houghton and Jill Scott lift the Women’s FA Cup for the Manchester City Women Pic: BBC Sports

manchester_city_2016  Manchester City Women  4 – 1  Birmingham City Ladies download

Manchester City Women made it a historic clean sweep of the English domestic trophies on Saturday evening, with the Sky Blues beating Birmingham City Ladies 4-1 in the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium thanks to first half goals by Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen and Carli Lloyd followed by a late goal from Jill Scott. 

City came into the final as huge favourites to lift the only trophy that was missing from their resume to date, having already the Women’s Super League title and the Continental Cup in their possession.

Their opponents were Birmingham City Ladies, a side that were no strangers to the Manchester club having recently met them at the City Academy Stadium 10 days ago and saw a 1-1 draw.  It was back in October when Manchester City beat Birmingham in Extra Time to win their second Continental Cup in three years, so City boss Nick Cushing and the team knew full well what to expect of their opponents.  

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Berger at the feet of Toni Duggan Pic: Pinterest

City had the first effort of the game through Megan Campbell, with the Irish International seeing her shot from an Izzy Christiansen corner hitting the side netting and was a warning shot to their opponents.

Lucy Bronze who has been a big time player for the Blues in their success over the last year, saw the England defender turning up again with another goal on 17 minutes with Bronze heading home from a Megan Campbell free kick to put City 1-0 up in the final.

Izzy Christiansen then made it 2-0 on 24 minutes for the Manchester side, after Lucy Bronze won the ball back inside the Birmingham half she then floated a ball inside the penalty box for the City midfielder to convert.

Mel Lawley then nearly made it three on the half hour mark for the Sky Blues, after Carli Lloyd played a ball forward for Lawley to run onto and saw the winger nearly scoring against her former employees, as it needed Berger in the Birmingham goals to make the stop. 

From the resulting corner it saw a short corner taken and passed back towards Megan Campbell who whipped in a great ball and was missed by the keeper, but not by Carli Lloyd as the American header scored on her return to Wemble, having scored for the US in the Olympics.   

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City players take their bow (L-R) Mel Lawley,Georgia Stanway,Toni Duggan, Carli Lloyd Pic: Football Fancast

Manchester City was running riot in the game and saw their opponents needing a miracle now to force their way back into the contest. Birmingham was being outplayed by the League and Cup winners and was a different game to the one played ten days before, when Brum were dangerous throughout. 

However this time around it saw Birmingham just unable to muster anything in the way of an attack or something that resembled a threat on Karen Bardsley’s goal. 

Second half saw Nikita Parris trying to bend a shot past the Birmingham keeper on 53 minutes, but Berger was equal to it and made a finger tip save to push it away for a corner.

Birmingham then registered their first real shot on goal in the 61st minute of the game, when Ellen White was left with plenty of time to take aim and shoot and see the England striker shooting from outside the area and bringing a save from Karen Bardsley.

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Jill Scott fires in City’s fourth goal to seal victory – Pic: YahooCricket

After causing City a few problems, it saw Birmingham City Ladies getting on the scoresheet through a stunning Charlie Welling strike on 73 minutes and gave them a glimmer of hope.

That hope was all but extinguished on 80 minutes when Jill Scott fired home a lovely goal into the far top corner of Berger’s net to make it 4-1 for Manchester City Women, and that goal sealed the win to capture their maiden Women’s FA Cup trophy.