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The Scottish ace grabs a brace as City lift the Conti Cup and dashed the Blues’ hopes of a domestic treble

CAROLINE WEIR did it a magical evening for Manchester City with their first ever League Cup final against Chelsea.

The forward sparked cheers among Citizens fans, scoring twice as her side mounted a comeback to stun the Blues 3-1.

Caroline Weir scored twice as Manchester City battled their way to Conti Cup victory from a 1-0 deficit

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Caroline Weir scored twice as Manchester City battled their way to Conti Cup victory from a 1-0 deficitPhoto credit: Getty
Ellen White bundled City's second goal to give them the lead

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Ellen White bundled City’s second goal to give them the leadPhoto credit: Getty

The three goals – including two within ten minutes – allowed the side to recover from injury woes earlier in the season and dashed the Blues’ hopes of a domestic treble.

When asked if their second-half comeback was symbolic of their resurgence this season, City boss Gareth Taylor said: “It reflected that, if I’m honest.

“But again, I think it’s up to the players and their level of performance.

“It’s difficult sometimes when you’ve played against Chelsea before and suffered a bit like we’re having this season.

“But our last league game (against them) showed that we were getting closer.

“I didn’t think we were great that day, but what that gets us goes beyond winning this trophy.”

Chelsea suffered late fitness hits with Fran Kirby missing through illness and Jessie Fleming testing positive for Covid.

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The Blues were also without captain Magda Eriksson, Melanie Leupolz and full-back Erin Cuthbert.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said: “We were lacking players today and it showed.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of missing players like Jessie, Erin, Fran, Magda and Melanie.

“We automatically assume that defeat is the end of something and not just defeat.

“Man City have had a sad season so far so credit goes to them to bounce back from a really tough start.

“Their performance makes them worthy winners.”

Questions had been raised before the game as to whether Chelsea would have ‘home advantage’ as Plow Lane is just over five miles from Kingsmeadow.

And it looked like that very early on, when they started out strong.

Sam Kerr gave the Blues the lead after they got off to a good start in the first period

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Sam Kerr gave the Blues the lead after they got off to a good start in the first periodPhoto credit: Getty

Pernille Harder robbed Georgia Stanway and almost headed Sam Kerr in the fifth minute.

City had to create a space shortly after when Alex Greenwood smashed Guro’s cross out of harm’s way.

And Chelsea saw Niamh Charles go in the ref’s book for a foul on Lauren Hemp.

That preceded a futile scream for a handball after Hemp’s punch ricocheted off the post and hit Demi Stokes’ follower Sophie Ingles’ arm.

The 0-0 lasted until the 34thth minute Kerr took advantage of a mix-up between Ellie Roebuck and Stokes to put the Blues ahead.

And the WSL champions had a chance to extend their lead when Charles volleyed over the bar just before halftime.

In the second half, City came out and Chelsea temporarily dropped to 10 players after Charles was nudged into a promotional hoard.

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City skipper Steph Houghton took to the field to celebrate her club's fourth Conti Cup win

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City skipper Steph Houghton took to the field to celebrate her club’s fourth Conti Cup winPhoto credit: Getty

After a lapse in concentration in the Blues’ defence, Weir pounced on a pinpoint Stanway cross to equalize in the 49th minute.

City took the lead nine minutes later, Ellen White scratching the ball home.

A little later, Chelsea suffered a scare with a difficult back pass that caused problems for Ann-Katrin Berger in the 65sth Minute.

And City prevailed over their rivals when Weir buried a fatal volley in the 70th minute to give their club their fourth Conti Cup trophy win.

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