FA CUP FINAL: Manchester City win FA Cup to end the trophyless years

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.

David Silva should have given City a first–half lead but fired narrowly over whilst the Potters keeper Thomas Sorensen made a smart stop from Mario Balotelli.

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:

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

01 Given,
05 Zabaleta,
38 Boyata,
07 Milner,
11 Johnson,
24 Vieira,
10 Dzeko

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

27 Nash,
05 Collins,
25 Faye,
14 Pugh,
15 Diao,
18 Whitehead,
22 Carew

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