99-year-old record remains for women’s football – bringing embarrassment on the men’s game

Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley could have set a new record attendance for women's club football in this country, were it not for an embarrassing footnote: the men's game conspired to hold it back.

Manchester City ran out convincing 3-0 winners against West Ham, with second half goals from English trio Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp. Walsh and Stanway will expect to represent the Lionesses at next month’s World Cup, while an assured late substitute performance from 18-year-old Hemp, who has yet to earn a senior England cap, gives plenty of hope for the future.

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