Women’s FA Cup watched by record attendance

The Women’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea was watched by more than 45,000 people, the most for a women’s domestic cup competition in the UK.

A repeat of the final two years ago, watched by just under 33,000, saw Arsenal edge a tight affair 1-0, but this time it was Chelsea who celebrated, coming out 3-1 winners.

Two goals from player of the match, Romana Bachmann, and a Fran Kirby effort sealed an emphatic victory for the Blues, with the only hope from the Gunners coming from Vivianne Miedema’s low strike in the 73rd minute.

But does this mean women’s game is becoming a prominent force in British sport?

Not quite. WNOL’s, Lee Pearson and Adam Kirkman went to Wembley to ask the general public whether they knew about the final.

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Only two of the ten people they asked knew the game was going ahead with Luke, 23, saying, “I do know it is be playing played this weekend, I didn’t know it was tomorrow.”

Tickets sales are expected to increase, with sales continuing until kick-off. Prices for the game are £15 for adults, £5 for concessions and free for children, with the FA trying to expand the prominence of the women’s game.

Henry, 24, said of these prices “If I knew it was £15 or even a fiver for me I would go down for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, but I have made plans for tomorrow.”

Asked why this was he said; “He said I think the women’s game doesn’t get enough media attention, if this was the men’s final people would know a month in advance, I think they could do something where the women play closer to the men’s final.”

Another first will be carved out to celebrate both teams journey’s to Wembley, in addition to the record attendance, with the first ever all female Subbuteo game being produced.

Lindsey Robinson Refereed the derby who will be celebrating her tenth year as professional.

Speaking to the FA website before the game she said: “To perform at Wembley is a dream for a referee as much as it is a player. I’ve enjoyed my season and I think I’ve done all right so I guess that has been reflected in this appointment.”

Both teams joined the competition in the fourth round, with Arsenal beating Yeovil, Millwall, Charlton and Everton, whilst Chelsea have overcome the London Bees, Doncaster Belles, Liverpool and Manchester City on their respective roads to Wembley.

Chelsea, who won the cup in 2015, got their revenge on their London rivals with game  shown on BBC One at 17:30 BST on Saturday 5th May.

 

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