Sunday Mirror


- BY RICHARD ED­WARDS Sports · Soccer · Manchester City Football Club · Manchester · The Football Association · Scottish Football League Second Division · Wembley Stadium · Taylor

GARETH TAY­LOR is hop­ing Manchester City can sum­mon the club spirit of 1999 as they go in search of Women’s FA Cup glory to­day.

The for­mer Wales in­ter­na­tional (right) was part of the side that came back from the dead to beat Gilling­ham in a Sec­ond Di­vi­sion play-off fi­nal that has gone down in Wem­b­ley folk­lore.

City were 2-0 down go­ing into in­jury time but came back to draw 2-2 be­fore go­ing up on penal­ties. It’s a mem­ory that stayed with the man who will lead Manchester City women’s side in this af­ter­noon’s fi­nal, af­ter be­ing ap­pointed as boss back in May.

Tay­lor said: “It’s go­ing back a few years. But one thing that does stick with me is that we were heavy favourites.

“It didn’t look good af­ter 85 min­utes when we were 2-0 down. But I’ve never been so con­vinced about win­ning a foot­ball game as I was in that ex­tra-time pe­riod.

“Now we want to ful­fil our op­por­tu­nity to win a tro­phy this af­ter­noon.”

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