West Ham Women 1 – 4 Man City Women

Lauren Hemp inspired Manchester City to a 4-1 win over West Ham at Victoria Road as they earned a place in the Women’s FA Cup final for the third time in four seasons.

Both teams intended to press each other up the pitch while building the play from the back, approaches that made the game entertaining, if error-prone.

While they endured some nervy moments – including Alex Greenwood’s mistake which led to West Ham’s goal – it was a style that presented opportunities for Hemp, as well as Ellen White and the returning Chloe Kelly as they headed to next month’s final at Wembley. .

City took the lead midway through the first half when Keira Walsh’s excellent half-volley from the edge of the area crashed into the crossbar, allowing White to duck and nod in the rebound as West Ham defenders were caught eyeing the ball.

Kelly then doubled City’s lead to 37 minutes on her first start in over a year as she continues her recovery from an ACL injury, when West Ham captain Gilly Flaherty passed her the ball directly and passed the exposed Mackenzie Arnold.

Crucially for the Hammers, they managed to halve the deficit before half-time when Greenwood was taken into possession, allowing Adriana Leon to play in the impressive Lisa Evans, who rounded Ellie Roebuck and passed the ball in front of the cover Lucy Bronze and in the empty net.

City were able to reassert their dominance in the second half, however, with Hemp capitalizing on another West Ham error to make it 3-1 (66) before wrapping up the win with another clever finish as Gareth Taylor’s side struck the hosts on the break through stoppage time and secure their place in the final in style.

More soon…

And after?

West Ham travel to Reading and Man City host Leicester in the WSL on Sunday at 2pm.

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