Chelsea, looking for a third successive League Cup trophy, began this final very well, with Harder especially dangerous, but multiple good chances went begging.
After those opening 15-20 minutes, City grew into the game as well. But after handball shouts and either end went ignored, Chelsea were still able to grab the lead, thanks to some opportunistic work from Sam Kerr, who took advantage of a rare misplay by City goalkeeper Roebuck, who was otherwise outstanding.
But after the break, it was all City all of the time, and Chelsea faded rather quickly, surprisingly, and drastically. The equalizer came not five minutes in, with a second following just about another five minutes later. By minute 70, City were ahead 3-1 and only several good saves from Berger prevented the game from getting out of hand even more.
Not our day.
- Hayes opted for what looked like a 4<4>2 (diamond) shape, with Ingle sitting and Ji advanced in midfield behind Harder and Kerr. Reiten and Charles on the wing, ahead of Andersson and Carter, respectively. Bright & Nouwen the two central defenders ahead of Berger in goal.
- Kirby missed out due to feeling unwell while Fleming tested positive
- Lauren James on for an injured Reiten halfway through the half, then England and Spence also introduced for the final 10 minutes or so. Abdullina gets a runout at the end as well.
- First City win against Chelsea in TEN games, in almost THREE years
- First City goals against Chelsea all season (3-0, 4-0, 1-0 previously in league and FA Cup)