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Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in this season's FA Women's Continental League Cup Final after each recorded narrow victories in their respective semi finals.
Only two teams have won the competition since its inception in 2011 and they met in one of the semi finals, with Arsenal taking on Manchester City at Boreham Wood. City made a fast start to the game with Gunners goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger saving from Lauren Hemp and Ellen White, but it was the Gunners who took the lead from their first opportunity on six minutes, Vivianne Miedema capitalising on defensive error to bury a shot into the corner of the net.
Then on the stroke of half time, disaster struck for City and a moment which Ellie Roebuck will want to forget. Miedema set up an opportunity on the edge of the area for Danielle van de Donk whose shot went straight at Roebuck but squirmed through her hands and legs and over the line to put Arsenal two ahead.
It was an uncharacteristic error from the talented youngster but she atoned after the break with good saves from Miedema and Beth Mead to help keep her side in the game. City then received a lifeline as Hemp was fouled in the area by Leonie Maier but from the resulting penalty kick, Zinsberger dived the right way to keep out White's shot.
From the resulting corner though, Gemma Bonner scored from close range to bring City back into the game with half an hour remaining. Arsenal defended well from that point though and kept City at bay for a 2-1 win, despite their best efforts, to put themselves within one win of a sixth triumph in the competition.
The other semi final was set to produce a first time finalist and it was Chelsea who took the honours with a 1-0 victory over Manchester Utd.
It has been one of the more surprising facts at the top end of the women's game, that Chelsea had never reached the Final of the Continental Cup, but they put the record straight with a hard earned win against a United side which exited at the semi final stage for the second year running.
An evenly contested first half brought few opportunities at either end, with Carly Telford saving an Abbie McManus header from a Katie Zelem free kick on the half hour. Chelsea hit back with a header by Millie Bright bringing our a fine reaction save from Mary Earps.
United started the second half well with Amy Turner and Lizzie Arnot both going close with headers but in general, the two teams continued to cancel each other out and the scoreline remained goalless.
It was going to take either a moment's brilliance or a mistake to break the deadlock and it was the former which did so, eighteen minutes from time. Erin Cuthbert fed Maren Mjelde on the edge of the area, where she controlled before firing an unstoppable shot past Earps.
United reacted quickly with Lauren James firing over after being found by Jackie Groenen but despite late pressure, the Chelsea defence stood firm to record an historic victory for their club.
The FA Women's Continental League Cup Final, between Arsenal and Chelsea, will be played at the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest FC, on Saturday 29th February. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.
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