Man United make history with FA Cup triumph

Manchester United celebrate with the Women's FA Cup Trophy after the team's victory
Manchester United celebrate with the Women's FA Cup Trophy after the team's victory in the Adobe Women's FA Cup Final match vs Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

An Ella Toone thunderbolt and Lucía García brace helped Manchester United lift their first ever Women’s FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Sunday’s historic final took place in a picture-perfect setting. With the sun beating down on a packed Wembley stadium, more than 70,000 fans gathered to witness the spectacle. Goals from Toone, Rachel Williams and García handed the Reds their first major piece of silverware.

Starting XIs

Manchester United

Earps; Le Tissier, Blundell, Toone, Zelem, Galton, Riviere, Naalsund, Garcia, Turner, Williams

Tottenham

Spencer; Neville, James-Turner, Buhler, Nilden, Spence, Summanen, England, Naz, Vinberg, Thomas

Man United write one for the history books

Cup finals are typically a tense affair, often resembling a chess match, with neither side willing to risk making a costly error. The first half at Wembley was anything but that, as both teams traded a flurry of early half-chances. Tottenham made the first move with two minutes played, as Matilda Vinberg’s shot flew just over the bar. From there, both sides had chances, however neither team was able to break the deadlock as the first half progressed.

As the game moved into first half stoppage time, Ella Toone did what Ella Toone does at Wembley — score an absolute worldie. Drifting into the middle of the pitch, the Lionesses hero shimmied the ball past Eveliina Summanen and let rip with a 30-yard rocket. The red end of Wembley erupted as the all-too-familiar cries of ‘Toooooone!’ sounded the end of an enthralling first half.

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If the first half was an even affair, the second was anything but as United blew Tottenham away.

Just ten minutes after play resumed, United doubled their lead. The head of Williams met a free-kick wide on the United right. She rose like a salmon to head the ball back across the goal and into Becky Spencer’s far corner.

Less than three minutes later, the FA Cup was all but won as Man United went 3-0 ahead. It was Spencer — so often the hero during Tottenham’s historic run to the final — who gifted García a goal. Looking for Luana Bühler, Spencer’s scuffed pass fell to the Spaniard who stroked the ball home.

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That seemed to completely knock the stuffing out of Spurs, who were struggling to prevent this from becoming a rout. At 15 minutes from time, García got her second of the game to round off a fairytale afternoon for the Red Devils, slamming home from ten yards out.

Man United were ecstatic and Tottenham crestfallen as the final whistle signalled the start of jubilant celebrations. Today was Marc Skinner’s day in the sun, Tottenham under Vilahamn will soon surely have theirs too.

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