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Chelsea seal domestic treble with historic Women's FA Cup win over Arsenal - Roundup and reaction

The Blues completed a domestic treble for the 2020/21 campaign.

Millie Bright of Chelsea celebrates with team mates at full-time during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Millie Bright of Chelsea celebrates with team mates at full-time during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Chelsea put in a comfortably dominant display against Arsenal to win the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Emma Hayes’ side had to wait for their moment of glory after last season’s final was delayed, but wasted little time in imposing themselves on their London rivals at Wembley.

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Fran Kirby opened the scoring after just three minutes, with a second-half brace from Sam Kerr – including a sublime chipped effort – enough to secure the victory.

The Gunners struggled to lay a glove on Chelsea, with Kirby and Kerr both hitting the woodwork and Manuela Zinsberger forced into a number of smart saves to keep the scoreline down.

After winning the WSL and League Cup last season, the Blues’ success on Sunday allowed them to put the finishing touches to a long-awaited domestic treble.

Manager Hayes, who herself made history by becoming the first women’s boss to lift three FA Cups, was quick to heap praise on her goalscoring heroines in the aftermath of her side’s win.

As quoted by BBC Sport, she said: "That was Fran's best game in a Chelsea shirt.

"I thought she ran the show. She got on the ball in dangerous situations, she thread Sam in on numerous occasions but was also herself a real threat. She was a real handful throughout the game.

"She's been telling me for weeks what I was to expect and she delivered above and beyond.

"Fran is at her best when she plays off a striker and is able to just float in those key areas, and I thought everything she did was just so dynamic. I felt like every time she went forward she was going to score a goal."

Turning her attention to Australian international Kerr, Hayes added: "As far as I'm concerned, she's the best striker in the world and she displayed that when it mattered most," said Hayes.

"She's courageous, she's full of confidence and she can do that after getting off a plane from Sydney on Thursday.

"Champions don't make excuses or look for anybody else to manage them. Sam takes responsibility and every time I listen to her and every time I watch her perform, she's in charge.

"She's in control of making sure that she sets the standards for herself and that's what I admire about her. There was no way she was going to be on the losing team today. She sets that tone in such a way that I've rarely seen.

"We are extremely lucky to have her at this football club."

Elsewhere, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker took to social media to hail the Blues’ success, tweeting: “Congratulations to Chelsea on winning the FA Cup. Convincing victory. Well deserved.”

Fellow broadcaster Carrie Brown echoed the former England striker’s sentiments, writing on her own personal account: “Outstanding achievement. Congratulations!”

Ultimately, the most comprehensive reaction came from Hayes herself, who took to Twitter after the dust had settled to write: “Say no more. London is Blue. To our fans, you know what I think. We were incredible today. I love my club”.