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Manchester City Women win their first trophy in Continental Cup victory

Manchester City Women beat Arsenal Ladies to win the FA WSL Continental Cup Credit: PA

Manchester City Women landed the first major trophy in their history as Isobel Christiansen's header secured the FA WSL Continental Cup.

Their opponents, Arsenal Ladies, had triumphed in each of the three previous seasons of the competition's existence, but their dominance was halted by Nick Cushing's City side at Wycombe's Adams Park.

Christiansen headed City ahead after 72 minutes, connecting with a flying header after Krystle Johnston whipped over a classy cross from the right flank.

Manchester City Women look to the men's team for inspiration in tonight's Cup Final

Manchester City Ladies are looking to the men's team successes for inspiration Credit: PA

For now there is only one name on the FA WSL Continental Cup, as Arsenal Ladies have won the title every year since the competition started in 2011.

Tonight Manchester City Women will be looking to stop the three time Continental Cup and current FA Cup winners from winning four years in a row.

To do so their manager Nick Cushing has challenged his players to use the success of the men's team as an inspiration.

"Arsenal probably have a slight advantage established as a team who have previously won the Continental Cup but we're confident that we can apply ourselves well and give them a tough game.

When our men's team played Manchester United in the semi-final of the FA Cup back in 2011, that was a big challenge and they got through it.

They went on to win the FA Cup against Stoke and that was a real catalyst for them to then go on and win the Premier League."

– Nick Cushing, MCWFC manager.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City Ladies manager is confident his team can win tonight. Credit: PA

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Everton striker gives England a lifeline

Duggan celebrates her equaliser in last night's match Credit: PA

Everton striker Toni Duggan's injury-time leveller gave England a lifeline in the UEFA Women's European Championship following a draw against Russia in Linkoping, Sweden.

She struck in the third minute of added-on time to cancel out Nelli Korovkina's first-half opener, although Duggan's heroics - after she had been denied by the woodwork seconds earlier - still leaves England's hopes of emerging from Group C hanging by a thread.

Duggan had conflicting emotions after bagging the equaliser as she knows it may not prove enough, in the coming days, to save England in the competition.

She told BBC Sport: "I don't know how I feel. I'm disappointed. We played Russia and we expect to win and we've come away with a draw."

Everton and England striker Toni Duggan Credit: PA

"But I've been waiting to play my part in the team and thankfully today I did that."

"I've been kicking on my heels, I've been dying to get on but Hope's given me the chance and thankfully I've repaid that, so I'm happy."

"Now we just have to move on to the big one against France because I don't think we've shown what we can do in this tournament and there's still a lot more to come from everybody else."

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