In the aftermath of England earning their first-ever podium finish at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it was only fitting that iconic Wembley Stadium served as the host venue for the Women’s FA Cup Final for the first-time ever. Adding to the magic of such an unprecedented first was the fact that an attendance of 30,710 set a new record for a Women’s Final, establishing 2015 as a watershed year for English women’s football, poised for greater moments ahead.
With participating clubs Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies having never captured an FA Cup before, history was definitely a dominant theme. Chelsea (known affectionately as the Blues) had returned to the final for the first time since 2012, when they were defeated on penalty kicks by Birmingham, while Notts, captained by Laura Bassett, were making their inaugural appearance in the FA Cup Final.
South Korean striker Ji So-Yun provided Chelsea with the first (and only) lead of the contest, scoring from close range past Notts goalkeeper Carl Telford. Of note, it was So-Yun’s 15th career goal for Chelsea. English striker Eniola Aluko earned the assist on So-Yun’s goal. As a side note, Aluko had nearly scored earlier in the first half.
After the half, Notts attempted to assemble an offensive attack. Desiree Scott had a long-range effort which was deflected, while Leanne Crichton had a header cleared off the line by Gemma Davison. Of note, Aluko would test Telford again, looking to add to Chelsea’s lead, but she saved her low shot. Drew Spence would
follow with a wide shot for Chelsea, but So-Yun’s goal stood as the game-winning tally.
Although Chelsea enjoyed their first-ever FA Cup Final, it actually marked the ninth time in Katie Chapman’s career that she has hoisted the coveted Cup. Serving as captain for Chelsea, Chapman had previously enjoyed Cup wins with Millwall, Fulham, Charlton and Arsenal.