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Manchester City 0
att: 2,136; at Wycombe Wanderers FC>
Arsenal 1 (Miedema 33)
Manchester City 0
att: 2,136; at Wycombe Wanderers FC
Arsenal lifted the Continental Tyres Cup for the fifth time in seven attempts after a first half goal from Dutch ace Vivianne Miedema gave them victory against holders Manchester City at Adams Park.
City went into the game with a strong interest in four trophies but it was the Gunners who produced a fine team display to hand new manager Joe Montemurro his first trophy since joining the club in November and avenging their defeat by City - the only other team to have won the Cup since its inauguration in 2011 - in the 2014 Final at the same venue. Gunners midfielder Jordan Nobbs now has the remarkable record of having played in all five of her team's Cup Final victories.
It was Arsenal who settled the quicker of the two sides with Kim Little looking to be getting back to her best after a long term injury, and they were unlucky not to take the lead in the thirteenth minute when Dominique Janssen unleashed a first time effort from fully 30 yards which sailed past Ellie Roebuck but crashed against the bar.
At the other end, Steph Houghton was narrowly off target with a long range free kick which dipped just over but Arsenal were having the better of possession at this stage, without creating too many clear cut chances.
Arsenal's good spell did bring its reward just after the half hour mark, thanks to a great piece of opportunism. Nobbs initially did well to slide a good pass into the path of Janssen who crossed for Miedema to control and drill a low shot past Roebuck for the opening goal.
City manager Nick Cushing introduced Jane Ross as a half time substitute and her presence did give the team fresh impetus, although it was Arsenal who had the first attempt on goal with a free kick from the hard working Janssen which was narrowly over.
For the first time in the match though, City picked up momentum and pressed hard for an equaliser. They did produce a great chance when Ross whipped in a cross for Jill Scott but the midfielder's header flew straight at Sari van Veenendaal.
Searching for a seventh successive clean sheet, Arsenal defended resolutely against the increasing City pressure with Leah Williamson having an impressive game, well supported by the other members of the Gunners' rearguard.
As the game went into the final stages, City brought on wingers Claire Emslie and Melissa Lawley to throw everything they could at Arsenal and it almost brought reward when a superb cross from Emslie was met by Nikita Parris but van Veenendaal did well to palm away her resulting header.
City could not find a way through as Arsenal stood firm to close the game out for their first trophy success since 2016 - a barren spell by their incredible standards over the years - but perhaps one of the most significant victories in their history.
Arsenal: Sari van Veenendaal, Lisa Evans, Emma Mitchell, Dominique Janssen, Louise Quinn, Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little (sub Katie McCabe 89mins), Vivianne Miedema (sub Danielle Carter 73mins), Danielle van de Donk, Beth Mead (sub Heather O'Reilly 81mins). Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Alex Scott, Lauren James, Ava Kuyken.
Manchester City: Ellie Roebuck, Abbie McManus, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Jennifer Beattie, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott (sub Melissa Lawley 81mins), Nadia Nadim (sub Jane Ross 45mins), Izzy Christiansen (sub Claire Emslie 81mins), Georgia Stanway. Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Mie Jans, Esme Morgan, Ella Toone.
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