Manchester City won the Women’s League Cup for a third time, beating Arsenal 4-2 on penalties at Bramall Lane.
Janine Beckie’s calm spot-kick ultimately settled a tense shootout, after two Karen Bardsley saves.
It was a deserved reward for City, who created the better chances over 120 goalless minutes.
Arsenal – who have won the cup five times since 2011 – were missing numerous senior players because of injuries and were not at their fluid best.
In the league, Arsenal are two points behind City but the Gunners have two games in hand.
Nikita Parris and Beckie hit the bar in the second period of normal time, after Steph Houghton was denied by a good save at the end of a quiet first half.
The eventual result was the reverse of last year’s final, which the Gunners had won 1-0, as these two sides continued their dominance of the competition since in began in 2011.
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