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Gallery: Chelsea Women's past semi-finals against Man City

Tomorrow night, Chelsea Women host Manchester City at Kingsmeadow as the two sides meet in a sixth domestic cup semi-final since 2014. Tickets are still available for the latest big tie between the sides, and we have some of the best pictures from those memorable past match-ups to whet the appetite. 

When the draw for the Continental Tyres League Cup last four took place at Bramall Lane, where the final is due to be held on Saturday 23 February, Blues boss Emma Hayes was not surprised.

As she noted shortly after her side were drawn out before Manchester City, ‘We've played them in so many semi-finals I think we both know it's going to happen!’

Of the previous five semi-finals, the Blues lead 3-2, and we take a photographic look back at each of those three triumphs.

 

It was a hard-fought match at Adams Park in the 2015 FA Cup semi-final, and Hedvig Lindahl had to be on her toes for the Blues.

Ji So-Yun was our match-winner, drilling home a brilliant late winner from the edge of the box.

Eni Aluko and Katie Chapman celebrate the Blues securing our place in the first Women’s FA Cup final to be held at Wembley, when we overcame Notts County to lift our first major trophy.

A year later Ji popped up with another crucial goal against City, this time with a sublime free-kick.

And you can see just how much that late goal meant to the South Korean, as it sent the tie into extra time.

With penalties looming, Fran Kirby scored a superb winner with virtually the last kick of the game to secure another trip to Wembley.

The players enjoyed the moment with the Wheatsheaf Park crowd, although ultimately our campaign ended with a disappointing defeat to Arsenal on the big day.

There was a packed house at Kingsmeadow when we hosted City again in an FA Cup semi-final last year, with the two sides also neck and neck in the race for the WSL title.

Once again there was little between the sides in a hard-fought contest.

 

Two moments of magic from Kirby were enough to settle the tie, with the striker showing her clinical finishing in a season when she claimed a whole host of individual honours.

A 2-0 win sent us back to Wembley for the third time in four years and it was a stunning end to the campaign as we claimed both the FA Cup and WSL title for another domestic Double.

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