By Lloyd Webb at Adams Park
We celebrated a record fifth FA WSL Continental Cup title with Vivianne Miedema’s first-half strike proving the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Adams Park.
With both sides limited to few goalscoring opportunities, the Netherlands striker’s clinical finish was enough to edge out our opponents to secure the first title of Joe Montemurro’s tenure in north London.
The game got off to a slow start until Dominique Janssen sparked it into life with a stunning 30-yard drive which had the beating of an outstretched Ellie Roebuck, but left the crossbar rattling.
Former Gunner Steph Houghton was next to try her luck from outside the box with a dangerous free-kick, but Sari Van Veenendaal was able to watch her strike float harmlessly over the bar.
But we made our next chance count. Miedema latched onto Janssen’s deep cross in the box, held off her marker forward and lashed a measured finish into the bottom corner.
Nikita Parris’ off-target shot was the closest Nick Cushing’s side would later come to equalising in a physical first half, as we took our slender lead into the break.
After the restart Janssen left many of our fans thinking we had doubled our lead, but her thunderous set-piece crept inches wide of the post.
Chasing an equaliser and looking to break forward, Manchester City attempted to stamp their authority on proceedings. Their labour almost paid off when a dangerous cross into the box was…