Women's Football

Manchester City win 2022 Continental Cup final to end Chelsea's domestic dominance

Ali Rampling
Ellen White was on the score sheet as City beat Chelsea in the Conti cup final
Ellen White was on the score sheet as City beat Chelsea in the Conti cup final / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages
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Manchester City have won the 2022 Continental Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, bringing an end to the Blues' recent run of domestic dominance.

Having trailed at the break through a Sam Kerr finish, City swung the game in their favour in the space of nine second half minutes. Caroline Weir levelled the scores with a low strike from the edge of the box following Georgia Stanway's charging run.

Ann-Katrin Berger could only palm Lauren Hemp's effort into the path of Ellen White as City took the lead in the 58th minute. City doubled their advantage 20 minutes from time, Weir crashing home her second and City's third.

Chelsea had held all three domestic trophies, with City's victory over Everton in the 2019/20 FA Cup final the last time that Chelsea had failed to win a domestic title.

The win is the fourth Continental Cup triumph for City following their victories in 2014, 2016 and 2019. Only Arsenal have been more successful in the competition. The Gunners have lifted the Continental Cup on five occasions.

The Continental Cup will always hold a special place in Manchester City's history, with their 2014 triumph the first major trophy the club lifted.

Their 2022 victory represents an impressive turnaround for Gareth Taylor's side. City endured a disappointing start to the season after suffering an unprecedented injury crisis, and are all but out of the WSL title race due to points dropped at the beginning of the campaign.

They could still complete a domestic double, having been drawn against Everton in the FA Cup quarter finals - a replay of the 2019/20 final.

The win is also Taylor's second major trophy since taking the City hot seat in the summer of 2020.

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