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Watford-born Kelly Smith scored twice to send Arsenal Ladies to the FA Women's Cup final
Watford-born Arsenal Ladies forward and coach Kelly Smith helped the Gunners into the final of the Women’s FA Cup on May 11.
Smith, 35, scored in the 86th minute to drag the Gunners into extra-time of their semi-final against Chelsea as Shelley Kerr’s side progressed as 5-3 winners.
Ji-So Yun put Chelsea ahead in the 69th minute, but Smith equalised 60 seconds later.
Yuki Ogimi scored five minutes from time to restore Chelsea’s lead before Smith levelled a minute later from 25 yards.
Arsenal finally took control in extra-time, scoring through Danielle Carter, Shinobu Ohno and Casey Stoney to seal a final date against Everton.
The 12-time winners were given a fright when Eniola Aluko pulled one back for Chelsea to make it 4-3.
Speaking after, Smith said: “The FA Women’s Cup is such a special trophy and a great occasion to be part of and as a team, we’re so happy to have made the final again.
“We’ll go into it full of confidence after overcoming a very good Chelsea side and it was great to play a part with a couple of goals.
“Everton have had some good results in this year’s cup, and it’ll be a tough game for us, but we’re determined to go out there and lift that trophy once again.”
Aspiring footballers from Evergreen Ladies Under-13s were fortunate enough to win an hour’s coaching with the England international.
By taking the most supporters from one club to the Champions League tussle between the Gunners and Birmingham City on May 4, Evergreen’s players earned a coaching session with Smith.
As well as putting on a coaching masterclass for the youngsters, Smith posed for photographs and signed autographs.
Smith’s visit capped a memorable season for the Under-13s, who won promotion following an unbeaten league season.
Evergreen are on the lookout for new players for next season. For more information, email Micky Willams on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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