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West Ham United 0
att: 43,264; at Wembley Stadium>
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City nail Hammers with second half strikes
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 4 May 2019
 
Manchester City 3 (Walsh 51, Stanway 80, Hemp 87)
West Ham United 0
att: 43,264; at Wembley Stadium

Manchester City produced a strong second half performance to run out convincing winners against West Ham United at Wembley Stadium.
 
Three young English players scored the goals to see off a West Ham side which worked hard and kept going until the end, but the result was never really in doubt after Keira Walsh's deflected effort had given City the lead early in the second half.
 
The early exchanges of the game were largely quiet, Jane Ross almost getting in for West Ham but the angle was too acute and her shot hit the side netting. City then attacked with Nikita Parris driving into the area before she was halted by a perfectly timed tackle from Gilly Flaherty.
 
City were having the better of possession and territory but were not looking like threatening a well drilled Hammers defence at this stage, with goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse being well protected by her back four.
 
The game exploded into life in the 28th minute, when Ross released Erin Simon on the right, where her cross was met with a downward header by Ross but Karen Bardsley dived to her right to pull off a superb save.
 
West Ham's tails were up, with Ross looking sharp against her former club, and threatened again after a Flaherty free kick was half cleared by Adriana Leon miscued her volley.
 
Georgia Stanway made a good run at the other end, cutting in from the left, but her shot was well off target. Two minutes later, City had their best chance so far as the ball broke kindly to Jill Scott in the area, but Claire Rafferty did well to get across and block her shot.
 
A low ball from the right was not dealt with by Brooke Hendrix but Parris lifted her shot over the bar. That was the last opportunity of the half which ended goalless.
 
City had an early chance in the second half as Scott did well to hook the ball back from the goal line but Caroline Weir shot over with her weaker foot.
 
However City's bright start to the second half was to bring its reward, albeit with a touch of fortune. Keira Walsh received the ball from Weir and skipped past Kate Longhurst's challenge before sending in a shot which took a deflection off Ria Percival and a wrong footed Moorhouse was unable to keep the ball out.
 
Wullaert drilled a shot wide and Parris curled a shot past the post, before there was a scare for West Ham as Stanway dispossessed Moorhouse but Flaherty was just able to divert the danger.
 
Moorhouse was again called into action, this time making a good save to deny Parris after she had been put through by a beautifully threaded pass from Weir. West Ham then counter attacked with two against one remaining defender, Leanne Kiernan passed to Lehmann but she shot straight at Bardsley.
 
At the other end, Weir burst through on goal and her shot was blocked by Moorhouse with her legs. A deep cross from Wullaert picked out Stanway in the area but she was unable to direct her header on target.
 
Stanway was not to have to wait too long though, with ten minutes remaining, she cut across goal from the left and her shot took a slight deflection off Hendrix and found the corner of the net to double her side's lead.
 
The young striker had come to life and another strong run into the area almost saw her score again, but this time Moorhouse kept out her shot.
 
However another England youngster was to make her mark, just six minutes after coming on as a substitute. Lauren Hemp chased a long ball forward and got there before the oncoming Moorhouse and steered her shot past her.
 
Hemp could even have had a second as her blistering pace took her clear of the West Ham defence again, this time her shot came back off the post and an off balance Hemp fired the rebound over.
 
West Ham tried to respond with a Brianna Visalli header which was just over but Claire Emslie sent a good chance wide at the other end as City continued to finish the game strongly, and their celebrations could begin following the resulting corner.
 
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Abbie McManus, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Jennifer Beattie, Steph Houghton, Georgia Stanway, Jill Scott, Nikita Parris (sub Lauren Hemp 81mins), Caroline Weir (sub Claire Emslie 84mins), Tessa Wulleart. Subs not used: Ellie Roebuck, Gemma Bonner, Pauline Bremer, Janine Beckie, Megan Campbell.
 
West Ham Utd: Anna Moorhouse, Ria Percival, Erin Simon, Brooke Hendrix, Gilly Flaherty, Cho So-Hyun, Alisha Lehmann, Kate Longhurst, Jane Ross (sub Leanne Kiernan 64mins), Adriana Leon, Claire Rafferty (sub Brianna Visalli 61mis). Subs not used: Becky Spencer, Vyan Sampson, Rosie Kmita, Lucienne Reichardt.

 

 
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