Chelsea Ladies 3-5 Arsenal Ladies (AET)
1-0 Ji 69'
1-1 Smith 70'
2-1 Ogimi 85'
2-2 Smith 86'
2-3 Carter 93'
2-4 Ohno 99'
3-4 Aluko 104'
3-5 Stoney 109'
Arsenal won a crazy back-and-forth game late, dispatching Chelsea on their way to next month's FA Cup final. The first half was mostly quiet - Arsenal's Kelly Smith had a penalty saved, but aside from that, there wasn't a whole lot going on. The second half, though, went haywire. Chelsea's Ji So-yun scored with a little over twenty minutes left, but was answered almost immediately by a goal from Smith. Chelsea went ahead again on a goal from Yuki Ogimi, and again Smith answered immediately, sending the game into extra time.
The rapid-paced scoring continued after the restart with two Arsenal goals in the first ten minutes. Chelsea responded with one to make it 4-3, but Casey Stoney scored on a header to put it away.
Four goals in the last twenty minutes of normal time. Three more in half an hour of extra time. That's just...too much, almost.
Now Arsenal will face Everton in the final, which will be played on June 1st. Arsenal already have won the FA Cup more times than any other team, with 12 cups - this will be a chance to extend that record. And depending on the men's team's result in their own FA Cup final next weekend against Hull City, it could be a chance for Arsenal to be the simultaneous holders of both FA Cups. Which would be pretty cool. Let's do that.