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Birmingham City 2 (Williams 62, Taylor 90)
Everton 1 (Duggan 7)
Jodie Taylor hit a last minute winner as Birmingham City came from behind to beat Everton and reach their first major Cup Final for ten years.
Everton had taken a first half lead through a stunning Toni Duggan strike and controlled the game for an hour but, as so often this season, the Blues hit back during the latter stages to claim victory.
The kick off was slightly delayed due to the sad sight of Everton substitute Lucy Bronze being stretchered off after being injured during the warm up. Once play got under way, it was Birmingham who had the first effort on goal as Rachel Williams broke down the left and crossed for Emily Westwood to shoot straight at Rachel Brown.
However four minutes later it was Everton who were in front in spectacular fashion. Picking up a misplaced pass around 30 yards from goal, Duggan unleashed a powerful strike which sailed past a diving Marie Hourihan and into the corner of the net.
Sally Stanton headed over a chip from Karen Carney at the other end but it was Everton who were in the ascendancy and Duggan was in outstanding form on the left. Another run and cross from the winger almost led to a second goal, Hourihan failed to hold the ball under pressure and it fell for Natasha Dowie whose shot on the half volley flew over.
With the wind at their backs and their midfield allowing Birmingham no space, Everton continued to dictate possession and looked threatening going forward but were unable to get an all-important second goal ahead of the break, going closest when Fara Williams curled a free kick inches wide of the far post.
The pattern of the game continued early in the second half and Jill Scott was next to go close with a shot that crept just wide following more good work on the left by Duggan.
Birmingham began to come into the game and they thought they had levelled the scores when, from a Dunia Susi cross, Taylor's shot was blocked and the follow up from Kerys Harrop came back off the post. Karen Carney was on hand to ram the loose ball into the net but celebrations were cut short as the goal was harshly ruled out, seemingly for a handball offence.
However barely a minute later, Birmingham could celebrate for real. Taylor chased a long ball down the left and drilled in a low cross which Laura Bassett could not convert under pressure from Lindsay Johnson but Rachel Williams was on hand to rifle a left foot shot into the net for her 18th goal of the season.
Before Everton could recover, they almost found themselves behind as Williams robbed Becky Easton and carried the ball into the Everton half before setting up Taylor who shot wide with only Brown to beat.
Williams was just off target with a free kick at the other end and Birmingham hit back straight away with Harrop lifting a 20-yard effort narrowly over the bar.
Everton then enjoyed a good spell and had good opportunities to restore their lead. Firstly, Brooke Chaplen played an excellent pass over the Birmingham defence for Dowie who evaded the attentions of Stanton but blazed her shot over.
Duggan then had a great chance to score her second as she intercepted a loose pass and cut past a defender but put her shot inches past the post. Dowie was just off target with an effort after a good turn had taken her past two defenders.
The game seemed destined for extra time but Birmingham were to strike a fatal blow as the game entered the 90th minute. Rachel Williams did well to nod the ball past Fara Williams before sliding a pass into the path of Taylor, who kept her cool to guide her shot past Brown and into the far corner of the net.
There was no coming back for Everton and Birmingham now have the chance to crown an excellent season by picking up some silverware.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston (sub Dunia Susi 53mins), Kerys Harrop, Sally Stanton (sub Issy Christiansen 90mins), Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Jade Moore, Rachel Williams, Jodie Taylor, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Jess Wright, Marie Ballard, Leanne Hall.
Everton: Rachel Brown, Becky Easton (sub Brooke Chaplen 74mins), Rachel Unitt, Fara Williams, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Jody Handley, Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Michelle Hinnigan, Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Gwennan Harries, Danielle Hill, Amy Kane.
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