Neither side was able to break the deadlock in a tight and often tense first half, but Yaya Touré’s thunderous strike 16 minutes from time secured a first FA Cup triumph for Manchester City since 1969. Yaya Touré was also the match-winner in the semi-finals, when City beat Man United 1-0.
Roberto Mancini’s men settled the better and had the first meaningful attempt inside five minutes through Carlos Tévez, whose fiercely-struck shot was well saved by Thomas Sorensen away to his left. The Blues continued to assert themselves, with Yaya Touré’s long-range drive sailing agonisingly wide before Mario Balotelli’s top-corner bound effort was superbly tipped wide by the impressive Sorensen.
Stoke grew into the game, with Kenwyne Jones providing a constant aerial threat, but the best chance of the first half fell to David Silva, who, with the goal at his mercy, smashed his shot into the ground and over the bar when it seemed easier to score.
The second-half started in frenetic fashion, with Silva squandering another glorious chance from Tévez’s centre, while at the other end Jones was thwarted by the legs of Joe Hart after shrugging off Vincent Kompany. With 16 minutes remaining, however, Yaya Touré scored the winner, smashing in the loose ball following a scramble in the Stoke penalty area.
It’s been a huge week for Man City and their fans. In mid-week they beat Spurs to ensure that they will be playing in the Champions League next season. Then today they end their 35 year trophyless run.