Arsenal Ladies have defeated London rivals Chelsea Ladies to win the 2016 Women’s FA Cup. The match took place in front of a crowd of 32,912 fans at the Wembley stadium earlier today.
Arsenal defeated Chelsea by a lone goal scored by Danielle Carter with an excellent first-half shot to clinch their record 14th FA Cup victory.
Nigerian striker Asisat Oshoala won her first trophy with the Arsenal Ladies, playing a starring role for the team in their Women’s FA Cup triumph.
Oshoala had missed several opportunities during the game to put the ball behind the net. The 21-year-old started for Pedro Martinez Losa’s side and had the best opportunity of the first half come her way, but failed to convert it.
The former Rivers Angels player also had other goal scoring chances, but couldn’t take advantage, and neither could her teammates, for whom she also created several scoring opportunities.
Oshoala’s closest chance came when she was put through on goal by a teammate, but lost her footing and couldn’t convert the chance to double their lead.
An 18th minute goal by striker Carter, 22, going past Hannah Blundell on the left corner of the penalty area before curling a shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl saw Arsenal take the lead early in the first half.
Chelsea Goalie, Lindahl made several crucial saves preventing Arsenal from getting the second goal that would have sealed the game beyond a lone goal.
Chelsea missed a number of chances to level the game. South Korean midfielder Ji So-Yun shot narrowly wide, thereby missing their best opportunity of the second half in the 70th minute.
Arsenal Ladies however held on to their 18th minute lone goal till the final whistle to clintch their 14th women’s FA Cup title.