Chelsea FC Women have missed out on a place in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final after falling to a cruel 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at The Academy Stadium this afternoon.

After a goalless 90 minutes, the tie looked to be heading into extra-time until Blues defender Magda Eriksson scuffed a clearance into her own net in injury time.

Chelsea started the match brightly and Erin Cuthbert fired an early effort at Karen Bardsley before the Manchester City keeper superbly denied Fran Kirby the opener 10 minutes later. Drew Spence also tested Bardsley in a first half which saw The Blues keep the home side very quiet.

The second half saw Karen Mjelde strike a free-kick just wide before Kirby rattled the Manchester City crossbar after getting on the end of a Cuthbert cross.

Scotland international Cuthbert then saw an effort of her own hit the woodwork as Chelsea continued to pile on the pressure in search of a winning goal.

Extra-time was looming when the match was decided in horrific circumstances. Blues defender Eriksson attempted to deal with a delivery into the box but the Swede directed the ball beyond keeper Ann Katrin-Berger into her own net.

Eriksson and the travelling Blues fans were distraught following the player’s own goal with The Blues having little time to grab an equaliser. That incident proved to be the last of an intense match as Manchester City secured a return to Wembley in next month’s final.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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