Women's FA Cup semi-final: Arsenal beat Brighton 3-0 to set up final against Chelsea

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Beth Mead scored a goal against Brighton and added two more to make Arsenal reach the 2020-21 Women’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Kim Little was set up by Mead for the opening shot in the second period, and it was 2-0 shortly thereafter.

Leah Williamson won the cup with a third, making it a record 14-time winner from a Mead corner.

London rivals Chelsea will be facing the Gunners for the third time in six year at Wembley on Friday, 5 December.

Arsenal won the Women's FA Cup for the first time in 2016, beating Chelsea 1-0. However, they lost their most recent final to Emma Hayes' team in 2018.

Hope Powell, Brighton's manager, stated that her team had "more to lose than win" against the Women Super League leaders. The Seagulls were "going out to enjoy" the semi-final of the Women's FA Cup for the first time in 45 years.

Although the former England boss would have loved how her side held the hosts so long, it would not be much consolation.

Even though Vivianne Miedema has been taken a long rest following the international break, Gunners still had Mead and Nikita Paarris at the front.

Powell claimed that the Gunners would be under pressure to win a record 17th title. This prompted Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal manager, to respond that he doesn't care about what others think of his team.

Arsenal performed at Meadow Park as expected, even though Brighton struggled for long periods to contain them.

Foord had two opportunities to make a serious threat to the Gunners, but they had to wait until the 22nd minutes. Megan Walsh denied the first goal, before Foord sent a narrow header from a Little cross.

Mead missed a rare opportunity to score, and England team-mate Parris came close with a header that beat Walsh. However, Parris failed to overcome the backtracking Victoria Williams at the line.

Arsenal displayed a greater level of intensity in the second period. Mead did well on the left, before Little took a pass in the 50th minute. Little opened the scoring from close range.

Four minutes later, Mead doubled her advantage. She started the attack with a fine run in her own half before trading passes and side-footing home with Jordan Nobbs.

Although Emma Koivisto was close to scoring at the other end of the match, Brighton did not respond and Williamson won the final minute.

Former Gunner Danielle Carter was the Arsenal winner five years ago. However, chances were slim for the visitors.

Chelsea's side is currently waiting at Wembley to play Arsenal. This is after the competition was delayed by three months due to the pandemic.

Mead Beth Mead was the player of the match with an average score of 9.09 Arsenal Women Arsenal Women Arsenal Women

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