Bronze denied dream Wembley FA Cup final

Lucy Bronze.
Lucy Bronze.

Lucy Bronze and her Manchester City team-mates have missed out on a dream trip to Wembley after suffering a 1-0 FA Women’s Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea today.

Bronze, from Alnwick, played the whole game, which was settled by a late winner from Ji So-Yun, who was recently crowned PFA Player of the Year.

Chelsea will face Notts County at Wembley Stadium in the final on August 1.

The tense semi-final was played at Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers. Eniola Aluko could have put Chelsea ahead within two minutes after advancing down the left wing and working her way into the box, only for the England international to hit the post.

Nikita Parris then had a chance for City only two minutes later when Toni Duggan and Demi Stokes combined well to find the striker but her shot sailed over the bar.

The pace of the game slowed thereafter before another Parris shot was parried into the path of Natasha Harding, whose effort was blocked by a resolute Chelsea defence just after the break.

Duggan had the chance to put City ahead in the 78th minute but could not get enough connection on Parris’ cross to trouble Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Then in the 84th minute Chelsea substitute Drew Spence held the ball up well before laying it off to Ji, who scored from 20 yards to settle the contest for the FA Women’s Super League 1 leaders.

England international Bronze, 23, moved to Manchester City in November, but her playing time at the club has been limited due to injury.

Last month, she failed to win back-to-back PFA Player of the Year titles, having won it in 2014, but the defender was named in the PFA FA Women’s Super League Team of the Year for her performances at Liverpool Ladies last season.