Birmingham City will face Manchester City in the 2017 Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium next month after two dramatic, and exceptionally close, semi-finals.
Marc Skinner’s side beat 2015 cup winners Chelsea 4-2 on penalties after Drew Spence had cancelled out Meaghan Sargeant’s second-half opener.
It was Lioness Ellen White, nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award, who converted the winning spot-kick, but goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger certainly played her part, saving from both Eniola Aluko and Millie Bright in the shoot-out.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” coach Skinner told the club’s official website.
“I was tremendously proud regardless of what happened in the shoot-out. To take a team like Chelsea to extra-time with all the pedigree they have was an achievement in itself.
“The way we kept our heads up after Chelsea equalised was fantastic.”
In the other semi-final, Manchester City edged past Liverpool thanks to a Melissa Lawley goal just before the hour mark.
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