May 14, 2017 by Blues Ladies
It had been well documented in the build up the wealth of experience and financial clout that Man City have had contributed to them being made heavy favourites pre match. As Blues fans we have become accustomed to being classed as the underdogs though and love to upset the odds. Not many outside the club probably expected us to beat either Arsenal or Chelsea in the quarters and semis, but we did.
The Blues squad went into yesterday’s cup final full of confidence knowing that they are more than capable of making Man City work for a result, having held them in our previous 2 league encounters and forcing them into extra time the last time the two sides met in a final. However it wasn’t to be as Man City came away with a 4-1 win after a disappointing 15 minute spell that cost Blues 3 goals and sucked much of the life out of the team.
I don’t want to dwell too much on what happened out on the pitch. There are plenty of reports and highlights reels around for that. I would much rather focus on the future and where we go next. For the young Blues team, which has a large number of England youth players, the experience they will gain from playing in front of the largest ever crowd will be golden. For their development as a footballer its experience money can’t buy. If we can get to the cup final again next year, the crowd will probably be bigger again and our players will be more than able to cope with the occasion.
The Spring series is back underway on Wednesday when we host Bristol at Solihull Moors. The game will present another opportunity for Skinner to try out new things as he continues to build the team for the future. You can already see that these players are developing and it is going to be really interesting to see where we are in 12 months time at the end of the first winter WSL. However for now Wednesday is a great opportunity for Blues to go out and get our first 3 points in the spring series. If you can make it then get down and show your support.
As a final note I wanted to thank all the players and staff at BCLFC for giving us fans such a fantastic journey to Wembley this season.