Post-Match Report

FA Cup: Birmingham 1-2 Arsenal - Report

Birmingham City Women -

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SSE Women's FA Cup
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  Birmingham City Women
      
              Remi Allen (30)
          
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Birmingham City Women
Remi Allen (30)
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  Arsenal Women
      
                  Kelly Smith (39)
                   Freda Ayisi (54)
            
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Arsenal Women
Kelly Smith (39)
Freda Ayisi (54)

Arsenal Ladies came from behind to beat Birmingham City and progress to the semi-finals of the Women's FA Cup on Sunday.

Remi Allen headed the Blues ahead on the 30th minute but goals either side of half-time from Kelly Smith and Freda Ayisi sealed the comeback for Shelley Kerr's side.

Having been knocked out of the Champions League by David Parker’s side, Arsenal were seeking revenge and came out on the front foot, with Ayisi firing wide from 25 yards early on.

But Birmingham grew into the game and they took the lead on the half hour mark. A, Jade Moore stole the ball and pulled it back to Kirsty Linnett who put in a perfect cross for Allen to nod home from six yards out.

Arsenal tried to respond immediately, but Casey Stoney had a tame header saved by Rebecca Spencer before they were awarded a penalty six minutes before half-time.

Smith's shot from 25 yards appeared to strike Moore's hand and the referee pointed to the spot.

The Arsenal forward made no mistake with her penalty, sending Spencer the wrong way.

The Gunners completed the comeback in the 54th minute when Danielle Carter played a perfect ball through the heart of the home defence to find Ayisi, who coolly slotted past Spencer to give Arsenal the lead for the first time.