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Khiara Keating defies abuse to star for Man City over Arsenal

Khiara Keating defies abuse to star for Man City over Arsenal

They were, however, not without drama. She fumbled an Arsenal corner at the death – the hosts protested wildly as she clawed the ball when it dangerously flirted with the goal line. With no Video Assistant Referee in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup, referee Stacey Pearson did not flinch. Keating arguably deserved a stroke of fortune given the amount of stick that she had to put up with all game. Women’s football has often been praised – and is rightly loved – for its platonic, family-friendly atmosphere. The incessant chants of “You’re s—!” that were repeatedly hurled her way are a sad indictment of the vulgar ambiance that is increasingly being fostered across women’s grounds. In a show of pure defiance, Keating rose above it all in a coming-of-age performance with Sarina Wiegman, the Lionesses manager, watching on from the stands. A first senior England cap surely beckons. “Khiara was excellent, given what she had to deal with,” said Gareth Taylor, the City manager. “Particularly at the beginning of the game, with …

Khiara Keating the hero as Manchester City knock Arsenal out of FA Cup | Women’s FA Cup

Khiara Keating the hero as Manchester City knock Arsenal out of FA Cup | Women’s FA Cup

There was redemption at Meadow Park for the goalkeeper Khiara ­Keating as Manchester City won 1-0 and knocked the 14-time FA Cup ­winners Arsenal out in the fifth round. Keating weathered taunts from the home crowd and a late ­Arsenal charge, including pulling off a ­stunning save from a Victoria Pelova header destined for the top corner, ­pushing over Lotte ­Wubben-Moy’s effort and ­clawing away a ­set-piece that looked to have crossed the line, all in added time, to atone for her errors for both goals in City’s 2-1 defeat here in the Women’s Super League in November that left her in tears. “She got a lot of stick when she came here last year,” the City ­mana­ger, Gareth Taylor, said. “For a young player to go through that and come through with a clean sheet is the reason why we love the game.” There was no VAR or goalline ­technology to show definitively whether Beth Mead’s corner had finally caught out Keating in the final ­minutes of added time and she looked a ­little sheepish …