Sam Mewis scores to help Man City retain Women’s FA Cup

Sam Mewis emulated fellow American Carli Lloyd by scoring in an FA Cup final for Manchester City as the defending champions beat Everton 3-1 after extra time

LONDON — Just when it really mattered, the routine Sam Mewis worked on at Manchester City with teammate Alex Greenwood in the days before the FA Cup final finally came off.

“Obviously I kept missing in practice, so it felt great to put one away,” Mewis said after heading into the net against Everton from Greenwood’s corner

But Valérie Gauvin nodded Everton level on the hour and Mewis missed a chance to seal victory before extra time when a 3-1 victory was eventually sealed.

Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver thwarted City’s pursuit of a winner before substitute Georgia Stanway found a way past her at the near post in the 111th minute.

And with the final touch of the game, another substitute — Canadian forward Janine Beckie — wrapped up the victory with a low finish after being set up by Stanway.

“It was tough on the legs,” Mewis said. “But everyone got through it. I am really proud of the group. It was a tough grind and the subs that came on did great.

“There are girls who played in the FA Cup last year to get us to this point.”

This was City’s third Women’s FA Cup triumph in four seasons — a winning streak that began with another American, Carli Lloyd, netting in the 2017 victory over Birmingham.

Mewis wasn’t the first American to score in a pandemic-delayed FA Cup final at Wembley in 2020. Christian Pulisic also netted for Chelsea’s men.

Pulisic had nothing to celebrate as he came off injured and Chelsea was beaten by Arsenal.

Mewis had a day to remember, but one with limited celebrations due to the pandemic keeping fans out of Wembley.