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Chelsea and Manchester City reach

Continental Cup Final

Chelsea will play Manchester City in this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final after the two sides won their respective semi finals in midweek.

Remarkably, it will be the first time that Chelsea and Manchester City will play each other in a major Final, having met at the semi final stage on a number of occasions.

First up on Wednesday night, Chelsea played host to Manchester Utd and moved themselves to within one match of retaining the trophy.

Marc Skinner’s side went into the match on the back of a rich vein of form in the league but it was Chelsea who were to open the scoring midway through the first half when Pernille Harder latched on to a long ball forward and tricked her way past Aoife Mannion before burying her shot in the corner of the net.

Before United were able to recover, they found themselves two behind through a Jessie Fleming which bounced and looped over Sophie Baggaley.

This time, United reacted well to the goal and a minute later, a back heel from Jackie Groenen found Vilde Boe Risa who buried an angled shot past Zecira Musovic to bring her side back into the match.

Chelsea were to soon restore the two-goal advantage though, a fine move culminating with Jess Carter tucking the ball home from around six yards out.

Both sides pushed hard for a goal after the break but there were to be no further addtions to the scoreline and Chelsea ended up as 3-1 winners. There was to be an unhappy ending for Baggaley though as she was red carded late on after bringing down substitute Sam Kerr on her way through on goal.

Manchester City then entertained Tottenham Hotspur in the other semi final and it was Spurs who had a great chance to score early on but Jessica Naz shot wide when through on goal after having dispossessed Keira Walsh.

The let off seemed to shake City into life and nine minutes later, they took the lead. Lucy Bronze broke into the area and found Jess Park, who drilled home an angled shot to put her side in front.

Six minutes later, another shot from Park led to her side doubling their lead but this time, it was Khadija Shaw who was on hand to tuck the ball home from close range.

After the break, Bronze went close to extending City’s advantage when she headed against the post but the result was put beyond doubt with twenty minutes remaining, when Park crossed for Lauren Hemp to head home.

The Final between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place at Plough Lane, home of AFC Wimbledon, on Sunday 6th March.

Fans of both teams are now able to buy tickets for the game, priced at £10 for adults and £2.50 for Under-16s, and are on sale via the AFC Wimbledon website.