Manchester City overcame Arsenal in yesterday’s Conti Cup final although after 120 minutes the only thing that could separate them was penalties.
City created the better chances over the course of the match and will have felt that they deserved to win the tie over ninety minutes. The blues are now unbeaten domestically since they lost last year’s final against the Gunners.
Nikita Parris, Janine Beckie and Steph Houghton were denied by a combination of the post and Sari van Veenendaal.
Joe Montemurro brought on top scorer Vivianne Miedema in the second half and the Gunners posted a much greater threat going forward. However they were unable find their way passed England keeper, Karen Bardsley.
It was Bardsley who was the hero of the shoot out as she saved from Leah Williamson and Danielle van de Donk. It was left to club captain, Steph Houghton, who scored the winning spot kick and secured the trophy for her side.
Manchester City will now be hoping to continue that run and complete a domestic treble of the Women’s FA Cup and the Women’s Super League.
Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Arnth, Quinn, Williamson, Veje, Bloodworth, Little, Van De Donk, Evans, McCabe, Mead
Man City: Bardsley, Stokes, Beattie, Houghton, Bonner, Walsh, Scott, Weir, Wullaert, Stanway, Parris