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SSE FA Cup Final: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 3

PUBLISHED: 21:13 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 May 2018

Arsenal Women's Dominique Janssen (centre) in action during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Arsenal Women's Dominique Janssen (centre) in action during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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Ramona Bachmann scored twice and Fran Kirby netted a fine individual effort as Chelsea Ladies beat Arsenal Women 3-1 to win the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Arsenal Womens' Jordan Nobbs (left) Chelsea Ladies' Katie Chapman (right) battle for the ball (pic Adam Davy/PA)Arsenal Womens' Jordan Nobbs (left) Chelsea Ladies' Katie Chapman (right) battle for the ball (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Switzerland international Bachmann broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a neat finish after being set up by Kirby.

Bachmann soon curled home a second, via a slight deflection, before Arsenal pulled a goal back through Vivianne Miedema in the 74th minute.

England forward Kirby, though, ended any hopes of a recovery when she swiftly netted a third Chelsea goal as the Blues gained revenge for their 2016 final defeat in front of a record crowd of 45,423.

Emma Hayes’ side could yet go on to claim the Double as they look to edge ahead of rivals Manchester City, whom they beat in the FA Cup semi-final, over the closing weeks of the Women’s Super League.

A general view of the scoreboard during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)A general view of the scoreboard during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Arsenal had won the FA Cup a record 14 times, having only ever lost one final.

Joe Montemurro’s team had made a positive start, but were second best to the Blues by the end.

It was Chelsea who created the first real opening in the 10th minute.

Ji So-yun picked out Bachmann, who turned into the right side of the penalty area, but then dragged her low shot wide of the far post.

Arsenal Women's Vivianne Miedema (second left) celebrates scoring his side's goal in the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)Arsenal Women's Vivianne Miedema (second left) celebrates scoring his side's goal in the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Adam Davy/PA)

England forward Kirby – voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year by her peers and also won the inaugural Women’s Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writers’ Association – slowly grew into the game.

Chelsea continued to look to release their diminutive striker as the half-hour approached, but Kirby’s shot went straight at Arsenal keeper Sari van Veenendaal.

The Blues almost broke the deadlock late in the first half when Ji’s rising shot from 20-yards went just over.

It was, though, 1-0 to Chelsea just three minutes after the restart.

Chelsea Ladies' Hannah Blundell (right) and Arsenal Women's Beth Mead (right) battle for the ball during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium,  (pic Adam Davy/PA)Chelsea Ladies' Hannah Blundell (right) and Arsenal Women's Beth Mead (right) battle for the ball during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Kirby played in Bachmann, who did not waste the opportunity this time, smashing the ball past van Veenendaal.

Bachmann added a second on the hour mark, cutting in from the right side of the penalty area and past a couple of red shirts before clipping the ball towards the top corner, which took a deflection as it looped up over the beaten Arsenal keeper.

Arsenal, though, set up a tense final 15 minutes when Beth Mead did well down the left and her cutback found Miedema, who stabbed the ball in from eight yards out.

Chelsea, however, restored their two-goal advantage within three minutes.

Arsenal Women's Danielle Van De Donk (left) and Chelsea Ladies' Katie Chapman (right) battle for the ball during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)Arsenal Women's Danielle Van De Donk (left) and Chelsea Ladies' Katie Chapman (right) battle for the ball during the SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Kirby was again the danger, cutting in from the right before curling a sublime left-foot effort into the far corner.

Erin Cuthbert drilled her shot narrowly wide and substitute Eni Aluko saw a late effort saved as Chelsea continued their dominance through to the final whistle.

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