As I did a year ago for the 2018 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United I returned to Wembley at the weekend to watch Manchester City become the first team in history to win the domestic treble as they beat a sorrowful Watford by a record equaling 6-0 final scoreline. It was the third time in under a year that i’ve seen City at Wembley winning the Community Shield in August and the League Cup in February they conceded zero goals, scored eight and won all three trophies in the process to go with the Premier League title they secured at the grasp of Liverpool last weekend.
On the journey down the M1 to Wembley I saw two old open top London Buses with Watford fans singing and chanting which certainly got me in the spirit of things ahead of the match. At 13/1 to win in normal time I wondered just maybe if the historical tradition of the underdog causing an upset would continue and when Gerard Delofeu raced clear early doors it could have been Watford’s day… But with it, and that missed opportunity was the Hornets chance gone. City dominated, delivered and destroyed their opponents from then on with the only uncertainty regarding who go the last touch for the sky blues second goal?
David Silva put City ahead after he, then Raheem Sterling won successive headers against the Watford back line and Sterling tried to poach on the line from Gabriel Jesus to make it 2-0 at half time. After the break and on the break Kevin De Bruyne made it 3-0 before Jesus netted again (officially) beating an offside trap that would embarrass a Sunday Morning team. Sterling would himself get on the scoresheet (officially) as he netted from close range and would make it six with his second as he tapped in his own rebounded effort.
Embarrassing for Watford who simply didn’t show up. City destroying a mediocre outfit to cement their dominance on the English game by making history with special mention to both sets of fans who deserve credit from their clubs in creating a warm and loud buzz at a venue that is hotly improving for its fantastic atmosphere.
Saturday 18th May 2019
FA Cup Final: Manchester City 6-0 Watford (Wembley)
Manchester City 4-3-3 Ederson – Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany (c), Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko – Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan (Leroy Sane 73), David Silva (John Stones 79) – Riyad Mahrez (Kevin De Bruyne 55), Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling. Coach: Josep Guardiola.
Watford 4-2-3-1 Heurelho Gomes – Kiko Femenia, Adrian Mariappa, Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas – Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue – Will Hughes (Tom Cleverley 73), Gerard Delofeu (Andre Gray 66), Roberto Pereyra (Isaac Success 66) – Troy Deeney. Coach: Javi Gracia.
Goals: 1-0 David Silva (Manchester City) 26, 2-0 Jesus (Manchester City) 38, 3-0 De Bruyne 61 (Manchester City), 4-0 Jesus (Manchester City) 68, 5-0 Sterling (Manchester City) 81, 6-0 Sterling (Manchester City) 87
Referee: Kevin Friend