Manchester City qualifies for Women’s FA Cup final

Manchester City qualifies for Women’s FA Cup final

Manchester City qualifies for Women’s FA Cup final
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Manchester City will fight for a fourth Women’s FA Cup title after defeating West Ham in the semi-finals at Wembley.

City, who last won the title in 2020, was put under pressure early at Victoria Road by the hosts but went ahead 2-0 thanks to Ellen White and Chloe Kelly.

Kelly’s goal, her first since recovering from a catastrophic knee injury, seemed to put City ahead, but Lisa Evans’ calm finish gave West Ham a lifeline minutes before halftime.

West Ham remained close in the second half, but Lauren Hemp sealed City’s victory with two goals in the second half, spinning away from several players before blasting into the bottom corner for her first goal, and then drilling in a second in stoppage time.

In front of a loud crowd in Dagenham, it was an intriguing semi-final with lots of chances for both teams.

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White had two headed goals disallowed, the first because Lucy Bronze failed to maintain the ball in play, and the second because White was offside when she was picked out by Keira Walsh.

After the break, the hosts came close through Tameka Yallop and Katerina Svitkova, but City struck the crossbar when Hemp set up Filippa Angeldahl.

Kelly’s emotional goal for City

Kelly was beginning her first game for City since returning from an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, and it was a special event for her.

Kelly’s goal was gifted to her by West Ham defender Gilly Flaherty, but it didn’t take away from how much it meant to her.

She sprang into the air, fists clenched, before being hugged by her teammates.

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As she jogged back to the midway line and spoke with manager Gareth Taylor, she smiled.

Before coming down the tunnel at halftime, she made a signal to her family in the stands.

 

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