Manchester City clinch domestic double with FA Cup triumph over West Ham

West Ham women

A seven-time victor of English football's most coveted cup trophy, Flaherty has been no stranger to the big occasion over the years, tasting success with both Arsenal and Chelsea during a glittering career. "I've been blessed to be part of two teams that got to so many finals, but for me to be able to experience it again is so special", she added.

Manchester City are bidding to add a second trophy to their cabinet this season after clinching the League Cup in February, while West Ham are in their first FA Cup final, in their maiden season as a professional club.

Saturday's Women's FA Cup final will kick off three exciting years for the English women's game, says England and Manchester City captain Steph Houghton.

"I think we'll get all the nerves and excitement once we go and look at the stadium before the match".

West Ham are rank outsiders.

We caught up with former England player, Sue Smith, ahead of the game to get her match predictions.

"The next three years are so exciting for women's football in this country".

"I'm feeling confident. I think we've played well this season".

City had already lifted the Continental League Cup this term, and while they have fallen short in the Women's Super League title race, with Arsenal being crowned champions, Nick Cushing's side can complete the season unbeaten domestically when they face the Gunners away next week. We probably don't get the just rewards that we have worked so hard for this season.

"Of course, they will have to play the game of their lives but they are walking out at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 50,000 people and they shouldn't need any more motivation than that".

"We're disappointed in the outcome of the league but we're proud of our form this year", Cushing said.

No other New Zealander has ever played in an FA Cup final at the iconic venue in London, which has played host to numerous famous events, both in the sporting realm and a wider sense.

In the early stages Nikita Parris took the ball into West Ham's box only to be thwarted by a wonderful tackle by their captain captain Gilly Flaherty, and City had little joy in attack throughout the first half.

"West Ham have grown throughout the season and while they maybe didn't start the season as they wanted to, they've had some good results and getting to the final is fantastic for them".

We know for sure the 7-1 game isn't a true reflection of West Ham.

"The whole football club should really celebrate getting to Wembley, not just the women's team or the men's team".



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