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Delight for Irish pair as Arsenal take FA Cup in front of record-breaking Wembley crowd

A magnificent individual strike from Danielle Carter was enough to give the Gunners victory against Chelsea.

A SUPERB GOAL from Danielle Carter ensured Arsenal were crowned Women’s FA Cup champions for a fourth time in six years in front of a record-breaking crowd of 32, 912 at Wembley Stadium.

Facing reigning champions Chelsea, Carter struck after 18 minutes, cutting in from the left side before curling a terrific effort wide of Hedvig Lindahl and into the far corner.

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There was a strong Irish influence too with international goalkeeper Emma Byrne included on the Gunners’ bench while defender Niamh Fahey was part of the Chelsea squad.

Fahey, who won four winner’s medals during her six-year spell with Arsenal, was introduced at the break and went close to equalising right at the death, only to see her header saved by Sari van Veenendaal.

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Arsenal’s victory means a sixth FA Cup winner’s medal for Byrne, who has been with the club for 16 years.

20-year-old Katie McCabe, who signed for the North Londoners last December from Shelbourne and who netted the winning penalty in Arsenal’s quarter-final shootout win over Notts County, wasn’t involved in the match-day squad.

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