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Could FA Cup history repeat itself for Blues this year?

It was the first major trophy that the club had won in its 44-year history.

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Birmingham City Women start their Women’s FA Cup campaign on Sunday as they travel to Yeovil Town Ladies, a trophy that they lifted seven years ago.

On 26th May 2012 at the home of Bristol City, Ashton Gate, Blues embarked on 120 minutes of football in a bid to win the FA Cup.

It was the first major trophy that the club had won in its 44-year history and David Parker’s Birmingham side enjoyed an FA Cup journey where they scored 11 times against Liverpool, Sunderland and Bristol.

There were some familiar faces in Kerys Harrop and striker Rachel Williams who were part of that successful squad.

Here’s how our road to the FA Cup final played out:

Blues v Liverpool 

Birmingham City Ladies, as they were known as the time, entered the competition in the fifth round where they were drawn at home to Liverpool Ladies. Jodie Taylor struck first in the 26th minute to give them the lead, before Isobel Christiansen volleyed home the second. Substitute Maz Ballard poked the ball past Liverpool goalkeeper Aroon Clansey in the final minute to cap off a 3-0 win.

Blues v Sunderland

Blues then faced Sunderland Women in the quarter-finals at Stratford Town. Kerys Harrop opened the scoring. Harrop added the third before Eni Aluko’s effort secured a place in the semi-final.

Rachel Williams’ header in the ninth minute ensure Blues made the perfect start to their semi-final tie against Bristol Academy. Karen Carney then struck twice before Williams added her second and Blues’ fourth. Mark Sampson’s side grabbed a consolation goal courtesy of Laura del Rio’s late strike, but Blues secured their place in the final for the first time.

Blues v Chelsea 

In the final, Blues found themselves behind after a goalless first half. Helen Lander put Chelsea ahead in the 70th minute but Williams had other idea, equalising in the 91st minute to send the game into extra time. Chelsea retook the lead when substitute Kate Longhurst slotted home. Blues however bounced back once more when Carney converted a free-kick to force a penalty shootout. Williams saw her spot kick saved by Carly Telford, but Rachel Unitt, Taylor and Carney all scored theirs. Chelsea’s Drew Spence saw her penalty saved by Rebecca Spencer, while Claire Rafferty and Gemma Bonner missed to hand the silverware to Blues.

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