Jessie Fleming & Kadeisha Buchanan’s Chelsea beat Jayde Riviere’s Manchester United to win FA Cup
Jessie Fleming is really making a habit of winning trophies at Chelsea.
The Canadian women’s national team star started in Sunday’s FA Cup final at Wembley in front of a record crowd of 77,390 at Wembley Stadium as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup for the third year in a row.
Fleming was substituted off in the 57th minute for Danish international Pernille Harder. Australian superstar Sam Kerr scored the match’s only goal in the 68th minute, which proved to be all that Chelsea needed.
Fleming was one of three CanWNT players available for the historic final and got to celebrate her third FA Cup trophy with fellow Olympic champion and CanWNT teammate Kadeisha Buchanan.
This is Buchanan’s first season at Chelsea, after joining from 8-time Champions League winners Lyon in the summer. The Brampton, Ontario native spent the last few weeks out of action with a foot injury and saw the pitch for just eight minutes on Sunday as head coach Emma Hayes tried to preserve Chelsea’s one-goal edge. Buchanan was in a walking boot for Chelsea’s loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final last month.
Jayde Riviere was in Manchester United’s squad on Sunday but didn’t see any action. The 22-year-old is just beginning to make her way into Marc Skinner’s team, something that CanWNT goalscorer Adriana Leon failed to do in her first season at Old Trafford, but was part of Canada’s three-player representation for Sunday’s showcase at England’s cathedral of football.
While Sunday’s battle ended with the Blues on top, it is United that currently sit atop the Women’s Super League table. Chelsea sit just one point behind and do have a game in hand. With dreams of a double very much within reach, Sunday’s FA Cup triumph could be just what Hayes’ side need to push on to win a third straight league title.
Fleming signed a new contract with Chelsea in November that will keep her in West London until the summer of 2025.