Matildas Abroad: Chelsea and Arsenal book ticket to Women's FA Cup final; Wheeler scores first for Fortuna

Chelsea and Arsenal book their ticket to the Women's FA Cup final; while Clare Wheeler scored her first goal in Fortuna Hjørring colours. 

Returning from the international break, a number of Matildas Abroad made appearances for their club sides. 

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Sam Kerr's Chelsea booked their place in the Women's FA Cup final, and have the chance to claim the domestic quadruple. 

Although the 2020/21 campaign has ended, The Blues clinched the FA Community Shield, Continental Tyres League Cup and Barclays FA Women’s Super League last season, with the Women's FA Cup last on the agenda.

Kerr made the start for Chelsea and sparked early, making a dangerous run into the box leaving her one-on-one with the Manchester City keeper. City centreback Jill Scott made the run back to relieve pressure off her keeper and clear for a corner, which Chelsea then scored off thanks to Erin Cuthbert. 

Melanie Leupolz and Beth England added two goals to ensure a spot in the final. Hayley Raso made her first appearance on the bench after recovering from a shoulder injury as an unused substitute, while Alanna Kennedy did not appear in the matchday squad for City. 

Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion battled to decide who would meet Chelsea in the final. The Gunners came into the game having plenty of experience in the competition, after claiming the Women's FA Cup title a record 14 times. 

Caitlin Foord started for Arsenal, with coach Jonas Eidevall opting to rest Vivianne Miedema.

Nikita Parris had the perfect opportunity to open the scoring before the half-time break, with her header being cleared off the line by the Seagulls defence. 

Goals to Kim Little, Beth Mead and Leah Williamson sealed the 3-0 win for the Gunners, booking a ticket to Wembley Stadium. 

Lydia Williams remained an unused substitute on the bench, while Steph Catley was rested. With an intense WSL and UWCL upcoming schedule for Arsenal Eidevall opted to rest some familiar faces in his lineup. 

Arsenal and Chelsea will face off at Wembley Stadium on December 6th at 1:00 am (AEDT). Chelsea has won their last five out of six games across all competitions, with their last loss coming at the hands of Arsenal in the opening weekend of the WSL.

Moving over to France, Mary Fowler's Montpellier took on newly-promoted Saint-Étienne. 

Saint-Étienne opened the scoring early before two goals in second-half stoppage time sealed the 2-1 win for Montpellier. Fowler remained an unused substitute on the bench. 

Ellie Carpenter's Lyon kept their perfect start to the season running, beating Soyaux-Charente 6-1. 

American Catarina Macario opened the scoring for Lyon, with Soyaux finding the equaliser just one minute later.


Goals to Cayman, Malard, Bathy and a double for Bruun sealed the win. Carpenter remained an unused substitute on the bench. 

Moving over to Sweden, Clare Polkinghorne's Vittsjö GIK took a blow in their quest to claim the final UWCL spot of the season, going down 1-0 to AIK Fotboll.

Dylan Holmes' BK Häcken sealed a 4-0 win over Djurgårdens, with striker Stina Blackstenius picking up a hat-trick. Holmes remained an unused substitute on the bench. 

In Japan, Alex Chidiac's JEF United Chiba enjoyed back-to-back wins to move to 5th on the ladder, beating Urawa Reds 2-1 at home. 

 

Our final destination takes us to Denmark, where Clare Wheeler scored her first goal for Fortuna Hjørring in their 5-0 win over AaB Fodbold. 

Watch Clare's goal and post-match interview below! 

 

With only four matches left, Fortuna Hjørring is back to winning ways, looking to keep their spot in second place. Angela Beard came on at half-time, replacing fellow Aussie Alex Huynh, while Indiah-Paige Riley remained an unused substitute on the bench.