Matildas star Hayley Raso’s dream of FA Cup glory has been dashed after her Everton side’s 3-1 final loss to Manchester City at Wembley.
Former Brisbane Roar winger Raso, the first Matilda to start in a Women’s FA Cup final, played for 76 minutes before being substituted by Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
The score was 1-1 at the time after Everton netted a 60th-minute equaliser through Valerie Gauvin following City’s first-half goal from Sam Mewis.
Extra-time was needed to find a winner, with substitutes Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie both scoring to seal City’s victory.
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Despite the defeat, Everton coach Willie Kirk was proud of his players.
“Unfortunately someone’s got to lose today,” Kirk said.
“We matched them all the way into extra time and even created chances up until the final whistle.
“City are deserved winners, but they had to be deserved winners because we pushed them hard. They had that little edge.”
City coach Gareth Taylor was confident throughout the match despite Everton’s second-half fightback.
“We dominated huge portions of the game,” Taylor said.
“It was always tight. I still felt comfortable at 1-1. If we kept sticking to our principles I knew we’d be OK.”
“I’m super proud of the players and this builds us a great platform.”
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