Vitality Women’s FA Cup: Manchester City through to final

Chloe Kelly is congratulated on her goal in the FA Cup semis
Man City’s Chloe Kelly celebrates her goal with Ellen White. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Manchester City are the first side through to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final after a 4-1 victory away to West Ham United.

West Ham began brightly and Dagný Brynjarsdóttir had a tight-angled effort blocked by Ellie Roebuck.

Manchester City were ahead in the 21st minute, Keira Walsh with a 20-yard strike against the crossbar and Ellen White with a diving header to turn in the rebound.

A similar finish from White was disallowed as the ball was judged to have gone out of play before Lucy Bronze crossed it.

Gilly Flaherty did well to deny White a clear shot on goal but her loose ball across her own box went straight to Chloe Kelly, whose finish past Mackenzie Arnold was clinical.

Ellen White heads Man City in front at West Ham
Ellen White of Manchester City scores the first goal of the tie. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

The Hammers gave themselves hopes close to half-time, Lisa Evans exchanging passes with Adriana Leon before rounding Roebuck and coolly tucking the ball home.

Early in the second half White again had a goal ruled out, as she was offside from Walsh’s cross that she headed in.

City did have a third goal on 65 minutes though, Lauren Hemp’s shot across the keeper going in off the far post.

Arnold tipped a Filippa Angeldal strike onto the bar and also turned a shot round the post from Georgia Stanway, who later slipped in Hemp to score her second of the day.

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