Manchester City Women today booked their place in their first FA Cup final after Melissa Lawley fired them to a 1-0 win over Liverpool Ladies at the Academy Stadium.
It was the away side who started the better of the two with Kate Longhurst hitting the post with a shot from just inside the box.
The first chance for City also came within the first five minutes when Lucy Bronze did well to get to the byline and cross for Lawley, but she hit her shot straight at Liverpool goalkeeper, Siobhan Chamberlain.
The best chance of the first half came midway through it when Demi Stokes’ cross was spilled by Chamberlain but she was able to reclaim the ball before Jill Scott could tap it into the net.
The second half started in a very similar way as to how the first ended, with both sides moving the ball well but neither could find a way to split the other teams defence.
Lawley must have thought that it was not going to be her day when her shot just missed the target after good build-up play by Bronze and Izzy Christiansen.
She could forget those earlier misses though after she broke the deadlock just before the hour mark with a low driven shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
City could have then doubled their lead soon after when Christiansen crossed for Carli Lloyd, but her shot was saved well by Chamberlain.
Liverpool’s only chance of the second half came towards the end of the match when Alex Greenwood fired well over the bar from outside the box.
Today’s win means City will travel to Wembley on 13 May for the final, where they will face Birmingham City Ladies, who this afternoon defeated last years finalists Chelsea Ladies on penalties.
Manchester City Women: Bardsley, Bronze, Stokes, Houghton, Scott, Lloyd, Christiansen (Parris 66′), Lawley, Ross (Duggan 72′), McManus, Walsh.
Subs not used: Hourihan, Middag, Stanway.
Liverpool Ladies: Chamberlain, Harding, Bonner, Ingle, Stoney, Greenwood, Longhurst, Zelem (Weir 70′), Charles (Johnson 70′), Van de Sanden, Hodson.
Subs not used: Gibbons, Rodgers, Taylor.