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Everton will play Manchester City in the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final after winning their respective semi finals in midweek.
On Wednesday night, Everton were first in action against Birmingham City at Solihull and went close to taking the lead when Rikke Sevecke hit the bar with a volley from a corner. The Blues defended in determined fashion but were undone a minute before half time as Izzy Christiansen clipped a neat pass into the path of Simone Magill who buried her shot past Hannah Hampton from ten yards.
On the hour mark, the Toffees doubled their lead when Ingrid Mae Wold overlapped on the right and crossed for Nicoline Sorenson to slot in just beyond the far post. Everton went on to sew up a 3-0 win with three minutes remaining, this time Molly Pike was the provider as she slid a through ball for Valerie Gauvin to tuck home the final goal.
Manchester City hosted Arsenal in the other semi final at the Academy Stadium on Thursday night and the holders started quicker in the first half, being rewarded on 19 minutes when Steph Houghton planted a 25-yard free kick beyond the dive of Manuela Zinsberger for the opening goal.
Arsenal were struggling to get going at this stage but came up with a stunning reply, seven minutes before half time. There appeared no danger to City when Jordan Nobbs received the ball 30 yards from goal but the midfielder unleashed a stunning first time effort which dipped over Ellie Roebuck for the equaliser.
Just three minutes later though, City hit back and went in front again as Ellen White did well to lay off a Chloe Kelly cross into the path of Sam Mewis who rifled home from around eight yards.
After the break, Arsenal came into the game more but City defended assuredly and restricted the number of chances for the Gunners. City therefore held on for a 2-1 win and the opportunity to defend their trophy at Wembley.
The Final will be at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 1st November.
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