Arsenal 2 (Smith 16', Kinga 62') - Everton 0
Arsenal Starters: Byrne, Scott, Fahey, Mitchell, Kinga, Stoney, Ohno, Carter, Smith, Yankey, Bailey
Subs Used: Williamson for Bailey 76'
Unused Subs: Chamberlain, Murray, Weir, Ayisi
THEY'VE DONE IT. Arsenal are the men's and women's FA Cup champions for the first time since 1998. Auf wiedersehen Shelley, thank you for everything.
What a game, what a game. A shutout, the first shutout since February of this year, and two goals that were so fabulous I needed several boxes of tissues. Our queen Kelly Smith was on point today, unwilling to accept defeat and ready to battle the full 90 to ensure a trophy for the gunners.
Smith's goal in the 16th minute was a beauty of a free kick, and was her sixth goal in all FA Cup finals. She also played a part in Arsenal's second goal, as she sent an assist to Kinga who smashed it home. 2-0 to the Arsenal. Game over.
With the glorious victory, the Arsenal Ladies have successfully defended their FA Cup victory from last year. This is also the Arsenal Ladies' 13th FA Cup, the most of any women's squad by a mile, and the third time the gunners have won back to back women's FA Cup. Who needs the FA WSL when we have the FA Cup on lockdown!?
Up next, the coaching search continues. Tony Gustavsson has been hired on as an assistant for the US Women's National Team, so it seem that he is now out of the running. After Kelly Smith's performance today, its pretty clear she's not done with playing the beautiful game. However, the option of being a player coach is still there, no matter how awkward that may end up being.
While searching for a new manager, Arsenal will play last year's FA WSL winners, Liverpool. The game is at Liverpool on Sunday, June 29th. Unless the squad has been totally reinvigorated by today's win, things could get ugly. Regardless of the result, we shall have coverage here at the Short Fuse as always.