The Arsenal Women added another piece of silverware to their trophy case today, besting Manchester City W.F.C. 1-0 in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup. The Cup is an independent knockout competition contested after the Women’s Super League season. It is roughly the equivalent of the League Cup in that the women also compete for the WSL league title and the FA Women’s Cup. The competition features a group stage followed by a knockout stage.
The matchup with Manchester City gave Arsenal a shot at revenge. The two times the Arsenal women have not won the competition, Manchester City knocked them out (the 2014 finals and the 2016 semifinals). With today’s win, Arsenal have claimed the cup 5 out the 7 times it has been contested.
Arsenal had the better of the first half action in today’s match, hitting the bar in the 14th minute before Dutch international Vivianne Miedema scored just after the half hour mark. The goal came from a nice piece of combination play - midfielder Jordan Nobbs played a ball out wide to Dominique Janssen who crossed to Miedema for the finish. City fought back hard in the second half but the Arsenal defense was resolute and preserved the 1-0 win.
Today’s win is yet another trophy for the most successful club in the history of English women’s football. The Arsenal Women have now won 44 major trophies since their founding in 1987.
Obviously winning any major trophy is a fantastic accomplishment, but this win is particularly welcome because the Ladies have fallen off just a bit in the WSL. Arsenal have come in third the past three seasons and haven’t won the league since 2012. But Scotland international and team captain Kim Little, who coincidentally marked her 150th appearance for the club today, thinks that the win can “be the start of building a great team again.”