Manchester City ended 35 years of waiting for a trophy with a deserved 1-0 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup final at Wembley. In what turned out to be a good afternoon for the City of Manchester after United's clinching of the Premiership title, the Blue half of the city defeated Stoke thanks to a late Yaya Toure effort.
Stoke battled hard but never really threatened City who enjoyed more of the possession with only a Kenwyne Jones effort troubling the Manchester keeper.
Stoke showed more attacking intent after the break but still Roberto Mancini's side looked the most likely to break the deadlock which they did with 16 minutes remaining.
The ball pinged around the Stoke penalty area with Balotelli, Silva and Carlos Tevez all having attempts on goal before finally Toure crashed the ball into the back of the net to hand City their first major trophy since 1976.
It ends a remarkable week for the team from Eastlands who ensured Champions League qualification after beating Tottenham on Tuesday.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Venue: Wembley Stadium Attendance: 88,643
Man City scorers: Y Toure 74 Stoke scorers:
MAN CITY 25 Hart 02 Richards 04 Kompany 13 Kolarov 19 Lescott 18 Barry (Johnson 73) 21 Silva (Vieira 90+2) 34 De Jong 42 Y Toure 32 Tevez (Zabaleta 87) 45 Balotelli
Substitutes 01 Given, 05 Zabaleta, 38 Boyata, 07 Milner, 11 Johnson, 24 Vieira, 10 Dzeko
STOKE 29 Sorensen 04 Huth (yellow card) 17 Shawcross 28 Wilkinson (yellow card) 06 Whelan (Pugh 84) 12 Wilson 16 Pennant 24 Delap (Carew 80) 26 Etherington (Whitehead 62) 09 Jones 19 Walters
Substitutes 27 Nash, 05 Collins, 25 Faye, 14 Pugh, 15 Diao, 18 Whitehead, 22 Carew