Aylesbury’s Ellen White helped fire Arsenal to another FA Women’s Cup win on Sunday afternoon – making her the second FA Cup winner from the town in the same astonishing season.
With Wigan Athletic’s Emmerson Boyce having already shocked the football world by helping his underdogs lift the men’s trophy, it was Fairford Leys woman White’s turn as she scored in a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bristol Academy.
The Gunners ladies’ victory was less of a shock, though, as they sealed their 12th FA Women’s Cup.
Just hours after lifting the prestigious trophy, White told The Bucks Herald it was the ‘perfect day’.
“The feeling of winning the cup and scoring is overwhelming!” she said.
“To have my family there watching as well was the icing on the cake.
“The whole team were amazing,” she said.
“We really stuck together to get our trophy back. The disappointment we felt last year at not reaching the final spurred us on in our games leading up to the final. We went out there today to firstly enjoy playing football and secondly to prove a point as well that we deserve to win this trophy.
“It is such an amazing feeling to win the FA cup. To have won it once and then win it again, the feeling gets better and better.
“Steph (Houghton) scored a great goal really early on from an amazing Rachel Yankey cross. That goal gave us confidence and we could have scored a couple more, their keeper made some great saves.
“Second half we were a bit sloppy but we knew they would pile on the pressure.
“So when Jordan scored a great header from a pin point Gemma Davison cross we had a little cushion.”
Describing her goal in added on time at the end, a humble White said: “Bristol were pushing more people forward so we were catching them on the break and this is when we scored our third.
“A great run from Gemma a decent strike by Jordan and a good save from their keeper.
“I was fortunate that the rebound landed in front of me, but I had a moment when I thought do not miss this, please. Thankfully it went in!”
In an open and entertaining clash that did the women’s game proud, Houghton’s early goal and Jordan Nobbs’ second-half header, plus White’s late third, proved enough for Shelley Kerr’s side to secure the club’s 39th major trophy.
Bristol had battled bravely and created no shortage of opportunities but it was Arsenal and former Grange School pupil White’s superior play in the final third that settled the outcome.
+ See a video of White’s FA Women’s Cup final goal