Women’s FA Cup: Man City 2 Arsenal 1

Manchester City's Sam Mewis (centre) celebrates scoring her teams second goal against Arsenal with E

Manchester City's Sam Mewis (centre) celebrates scoring her teams second goal against Arsenal with Ellen White, during the Vitality FA Women's Cup semi final match at the Academy Stadium, Manchester. - Credit: PA

Arsenal Women missed out on a trip to Wembley as rivals Manchester City came out on top in their entertaining semi-final.

Manchester City's Steph Houghton scores her team's first goal against Arsenal

Manchester City's Steph Houghton scores her team's first goal against Arsenal - Credit: PA

City quickly hit their stride in the opening exchanges, with summer signing Sam Mewis controlling the midfield and pegging Arsenal into their own half.

Captain Steph Houghton scored the goal City’s dominance deserved in the 19th minute when she curled a free-kick over the wall and into the left-hand corner, after Leah Williamson fouled Caroline Weir just outside the box.

But Arsenal clawed themselves level after a glorious shot from Jordan Nobbs on the edge of the D looped powerfully over Ellie Roebuck seven minutes before the break.

City wasted no time restoring their lead as Chloe Kelly’s cross from the right found White, who managed to scramble the ball back for USA international Mewis to rifle home unmarked in the box just two minutes later.

Manchester City's Ellen White battles for the ball with Arsenal's Leah Williamson (right) and Vikkto

Manchester City's Ellen White battles for the ball with Arsenal's Leah Williamson (right) and Vikktoria Schnaderbeck (left) in the Vitality FA Women's Cup semi final match at the Academy Stadium, Manchester. - Credit: PA


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And City picked up in the second half where they had left off, dominating the ball and pressing with purpose.

They could not find their third goal, though, and Arsenal rallied, creating chances of their own.

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Nobbs picked out Caitlin Foord in the box with 15 minutes remaining but her header was not powerful enough to trouble Roebuck.

Vivianne Miedema sparked into life on 82 minutes, driving into the penalty box, but Demi Stokes got down well to steal the ball away.

Manchester City's Georgia Stanway battles for the ball with Arsenal’s Leah Williamson

Manchester City's Georgia Stanway battles for the ball with Arsenals Leah Williamson - Credit: PA

Arsenal continued to probe but cup holders City held on to make sure of a place at Wembley against Everton.

Arsenal: Zinsberger, Maritz, Williamson, Schnaderbeck, McCabe, Little (Walti 50), van de Donk, Nobbs, Mead, Miedema, Foord. Unused subs: Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Maier, Gut, Stenson, Mace.

Referee: Helen Conley.

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