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Birmingham ladies defeat Chelsea in FA Women's Cup final

Birmingham City won the FA Women's Cup final in a penalty shoot-out after twice coming from behind in a game that ended 2-2 after extra time. For Birmingham, who like Chelsea were making their FA Women's Cup final debut, it was the first major trophy lifted in the 44-year history of the club.

Boss David Parker said: "After a fantastic journey and so many trials and tribulations for the club, it's amazing to have our first piece of silverware."

Losing counterpart Matt Beard said: "No-one expected us to get to the final so it was a great achievement just to get here.

"But I'm so disappointed for the girls, because I thought we deserved to win the game and it was a horrible way to lose it."

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