Chelsea Ladies Celebrate Triumph at Wembley

Team members "over the moon" after winning FA Women's Cup Final

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Chelsea Ladies have triumphed in the FA Women's Cup Final at Wembley, scoring a 1-0 victory against Notts County to win their first ever trophy.

In front of over 30,000 supporters at the national stadium, Ji So-Yun’s goal settled the showpiece final, just as it had done in the semi-final win against Manchester City.

Today, the team - led by captain Katie Chapman - were celebrating their victory.

"‘It's just about sunk in," she said. During her career she had had her hands on the FA Women’s Cup nine times with five different London clubs.

" Winning the FA Cup at Wembley is an unbelievable feeling. The dressing room was crazy, there was a lot of dancing and champagne, we just enjoyed the moment. As a club we deserved it.

"All of my previous FA Cup have been really, really special but itís nice to win one with Chelsea and help bring the club to where itís got to. Itís a magical moment. "

" It is important we win silverware. We have had massive support from the club and now it can only get better."

She lifted the cup aloft alongside Claire Rafferty, who has been at Chelsea for nine years and played every minute of the victorious cup run. " I couldn’t be more over the moon about finally winning something at this club," says Claire. " We knew we had to minimise their dominance at free-kicks and set-pieces so succeeding with that helped us to win the game.

 " There was no stage in the game where I didn’t think we were going to win. We probably should have been up by a few more goals but in the end the one goal was enough to win the game and that’s the most important thing."

Ji So-Yun scored the game’s only goal, just as she had done in the semi-final against Man City.
" It was a great chance created by Eni [Aluko] and I just knew I had to take the opportunity," she says.  " It was a once-in-a-lifetime goal.

" I’m very happy and proud of my team. I’m thankful to them for making this happen and really happy to help the club win its first trophy. Chelsea Ladies is already a great team and we get a lot of respect from people for that but now it’s going to get even bigger and I’m very pleased to be a part of it."

Find out more about the team and read a report on yesterday's match at Chelsea FC's website.

August 2, 2015