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Man City book women’s FA Cup final berth

Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold has not been able to stop Manchester City brushing aside West Ham 4-1 to book a Women’s FA Cup final berth.

Ellen White and Chloe Kelly defied West Ham’s Arnold to score ahead of the break before England international Lauren Hemp iced the semi-final result by finding the back of the net twice.

Hemp’s 67th-minute goal – the 50th of her club career – and another in stoppage time booked a final clash with either Arsenal or Sam Kerr’s Chelsea at Wembley.

Three-time winners Manchester City opened the scoring in the 21st minute when White reacted first to head home Keira Walsh’s strike that hit the crossbar despite Arnold desperately scrambling back across her goal.

Eight minutes before the break Kelly then ran on to Gilly Flaherty’s ill-judged pass across her own penalty area to beat Arnold and make it 2-0.

However, Lisa Evans gave the Hammers hope three minutes before the break when she capitalised on hesitancy in the City defence to round England ‘keeper Ellie Roebuck and reduce the deficit 2-1.

West Ham could have levelled the match when Evans set up Tameka Yallop in behind the visitors’ defence but the Matildas midfielder stabbed her attempt wide.

They rued the miss when Hemp turned smartly before thumping a shot past Arnold after the break to extend Manchester City’s advantage.

Australian ‘keeper Arnold had to tip substitute Filippa Angeldahl’s fierce drive on to the crossbar before she was beaten for a fourth time at the death as Hemp completed a good afternoon.

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