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Manager Nick Cushing chose the dugout over the delivery suite and saw Lucy Bronze net an extra-time winner for Manchester City Women in the Continental Tyres Cup final.

Cushing's wife Claire went into labour on Sunday morning and the Manchester City boss was with her initially, but he headed to the Academy Stadium for the clash with Birmingham before the birth of their third child.

He was awaiting news from hospital and an added 30 minutes at work was perhaps not ideal as Manchester City made hard work of a 1-0 victory, seven days after clinching their first Women's Super League title.

The decisive moment came in the 104th minute when Birmingham goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger came for Toni Duggan's corner from the left but failed to gather. Steph Houghton got a useful flick to the ball, and it was left to fellow defender Bronze to head into an unguarded net from 10 yards.

After the match, Cushing told BT Sport he would be rushing to his wife's side.

"I think I'll be in the hospital all night," he said. "I haven't spoken to my wife but there's no message on my phone. So I'll get the medal and then it's straight off to the hospital."

The Academy Stadium, next to the Etihad Stadium, had been chosen as the venue for the final before the competition began, and Manchester City's run through the rounds meant they were playing before a partisan crowd of 4,214 - a record attendance at the venue.

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