Double to Fowler, but Man City lose in Women’s FA Cup

Ian Chadband |

Mary Fowler had a bittersweet day, scoring twice but seeing her Man City side slip out the FA Cup.
Mary Fowler had a bittersweet day, scoring twice but seeing her Man City side slip out the FA Cup.

Mary Fowler has found the net during normal time and in a penalty shootout, but her double still proved in vain as Manchester City were knocked out in a Women’s FA Cup quarter-final shock.

The Matildas ace, who spends most of her time as a late-impact sub for City these days, must have been delighted to at last land the rare chance of a full game in a big last-eight tie at Tottenham’s Brisbane Road home on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

But it turned into a bittersweet afternoon for Fowler, despite the 21-year-old striking a landmark goal for City – the 800th in their short history as one of England’s powerhouse women’s clubs – in just the sixth minute.

Spurs, taking advantage of City spurning a host of chances, came back to grab an equaliser in the 96th minute through captain Beth England, courtesy of a mix-up in the visitors’ defence, to take the game into extra time.

It eventually came down to penalties, but though Fowler converted calmly to keep City in the tie at 3-2 down, the damage had already been done.  Spurs keeper Rebecca Spencer had already made two saves in the shootout from England pair Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly.

Amy James-Turner then scored the winning penalty as Spurs won the shootout 4-3 to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

Fowler had been given her chance because City had played just 72 hours earlier in their League Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea.

The Aussie started really sharply, linking up in a neat one-two with star striker Khadija Shaw before firing home via a big deflection.

But despite a good performance, the young Matilda will have rued another volleyed opportunity that she wasted in the first half.

In another quarter-final, Cup holders Chelsea enjoyed a welcome 1-0 win at Everton, who fielded another Matilda, Clare Wheeler. 

Their latest Cup success came at the end of a week that had begun with Blues’ star player Sam Kerr pleading not guilty to a charge of “racially aggravated harassment” of a London police officer in January 2023, and the club throwing their full support behind her.

Substitute Catarina Macario scored three minutes after her second-half introduction to send Chelsea through and keep alive their hopes of a unique trophy “quadruple”.

Chelsea join Spurs, Manchester United and Leicester City, who have Matildas’ fullback Courtney Nevin in their ranks, in the last four.