Lauren Hemp’s brace lifts Manchester City to FA Cup final

Lauren Hemp of Manchester City crosses the ball during The Vitality Women's FA Cup Semi-Final match between West Ham United Women and Manchester City Women at Chigwell Construction Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Dagenham, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Manchester City cruised to a 4-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday, booking their ticket to the FA Cup final.

West Ham put Man City under pressure early in the semifinal matchup, but two quick goals from Ellen White and Chloe Kelly quieted the hosts’ momentum.

Kelly’s first-half finish marks the 24-year-old’s first goal since returning from her ACL injury.

Lisa Evans cut Man City’s lead in half, beating the goalkeeper one-on-one to give West Ham hope heading into the break.

Following the half, however, Man City continued to pull away, with Lauren Hemp scoring a pair of goals to hand her side the 4-1 victory.

Man City will face the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Chelsea and Arsenal in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 15. The club last hoisted the competition’s trophy in 2020.