Manchester City captain Steph Houghton is "confident" ahead of her side's FA Cup final encounter with West Ham United on Saturday. For a player who has won several league titles, domestic cups, a World Cup bronze medal, represented Team GB, become an England centurion, and won a whole host of personal accolades, the history of the FA Cup ensures City's 2017 success clearly ranks highly in her growing list of achievements.
Manchester City has the chance to wrap up a cup double when they face West Ham United in the FA Cup final this Saturday after beating Joe Montemurro's Gunners in the Continental Cup final back in February. Ahead of the final, City manager Nick Cushing said he was "proud" of his side's efforts this season despite missing out on a second FA Women's Super League title to Arsenal.
From Wimbledon beating Liverpool to Hereford beating Newcastle to Bradford beating Chelsea, there’s nothing quite like a David versus Goliath. The Women’s FA Cup has had its fair share of romance, too, and this weekend sees fourth-tier Crawley Wasps face 14-time winners Arsenal. An Arsenal that has record-breaking Vivianne Miedema, the world-class Kim Little, the composed young defender Leah Williamson, and a host of internationals and top young talents to boot. The Wasps were formed 27 years ago and have only ever been a women’s football club. It’s a name which the locals hold dear, a brand which has become synonymous with the side, noticeable in their black-and-yellow striped shirts. Last year they were as low as the fifth tier of English football before earning promotion and the side has a good chance of back-to-back promotions, largely thanks to the efforts of committed manager/chairman Paul Walker.