Arsenal 3-0 Bristol Academy
The FA Women’s Cup
3pm, Sunday 26 May 2013
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Rovers FC
Live on BBC Two HD
Winning club will receive £5,000 from The FA prize fund
A 3-0 victory over Bristol Academy represented a first trophy for Arsenal manager Shelley Kerr but the 12th FA Women's Cup success for her new club.
Captain Steph Houghton headed the Londoners into the lead after just two minutes, Jordan Nobbs added a second midway through the second half and Ellen White capped a convincing Arsenal win deep into added time.
Kerr said afterwards she had told her players to ignore the pressure and levels of expectation that come with playing for the Gunners.
She explained: “I know we have been so successful and expectations are really high here so, for me, it was all about the players and I thought they were magnificent.
“I told them before kick-off to relax. They have been playing some really good football recently so I told them we could do well.
“Bristol are doing well this season too and at times caused us problems. They played their part today.
“This club has very high expectations but other clubs have strengthened too and competition is what you want at the highest level.”
Houghton handed the Player of the Match champagne to fellow goalscorer Nobbs, who added: “All the girls worked hard.
"It got scrappy towards the end, but in the first half we played really well and that’s why we got the win.
“We reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and we are still in the Continental Cup; up to now it has been a great season.”
Bristol Academy goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain was probably her side’s best player with a string of good saves.
But she could not hide her disappointment afterwards and said: "We didn't really turn up. We have been playing well in the League but we didn't perform as well as we can.
“It was disappointing because we had a lot more to give. It’s OK if you give your all, but we didn’t play to our best and that makes it harder to take.
“It is frustrating and we need to learn and make sure it doesn’t happen when we play then again on Thursday in the League.”
1 Emma Byrne, 2 Steph Houghton (C), 5 Gilly Flaherty, 7 Ciara Grant (3 Yvonne Tracy, 90+2), 8 Jordan Nobbs, 9 Ellen White, 11 Rachel Yankey (15 Danielle Carter, 85), 12 Gemma Davison, 14 Jennifer Beattie (25 Jade Bailey, 90+3), 16 Kim Little, 22 Alex Scott.
Substitutes not used 13 Rebecca Spencer, 28 Lauren Bruton
Manager Shelley Kerr
1 Siobhan Chamberlain, 2 Loren Dykes (13 Laura Del Rio, 74), 3 Corinne Yorston (C), 4 Jasmine Matthews, 7 Natalia Pablos Sanchon, 8 Alex Windell (16 Angharad James, 46), 9 Ann-Marie Heatherson, 15 Nikki Watts, 19 Jemma Rose, 20 Natasha Harding, 37 Lucy Staniforth (5 Grace McCatty, 66).
Substitutes not used 22 Rebekah Kyle, 11 Ellie Curson
Manager Mark Sampson
Referee Jane Simms