The Women's FA Cup - Semi-Final
Reading Women1West Ham Women1
West Ham United Women win 4-3 on penalties

Women's FA Cup: Reading Women 1-1 West Ham United Women (West Ham win 4-3 on penalties)

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Women's FA Cup: West Ham beat Reading on penalties - highlights

West Ham reached the Women's FA Cup final for the first time with a sudden-death shootout victory over Reading.

Rachel Furness' powerful header gave Reading the lead in normal time but Alisha Lehmann prodded West Ham level.

Reading's Fara Williams - who clipped the bar in the first half - then hit the post with a penalty before firing a gilt-edged chance wide in injury time.

After extra time produced no further goals, Cho So-hyun scored the winning spot-kick to send West Ham to Wembley.

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Rachel Furness heads in Reading's opening goal

Defeat will have been tough to take for Reading who had by far the better chances in the 120 minutes against their Women's Super League rivals and fellow semi-final debutantes.

But penalties proved to be their undoing, not only in the shootout but during a frantic second half in which they missed one spot-kick and should have been awarded two more.

Williams struck the post after Gilly Flaherty had handled Lauren Bruton's shot but, either side of that miss, West Ham survived two strong penalty shouts.

Reading's Jo Potter was booked for simulation after appearing to be fouled by Kate Longhurst, while referee Sam Allison also waved away Bruton's appeals after she seemed to be clipped by Erin Simon.

Bruton's woe was compounded in the shootout as she slipped while taking her spot-kick and Rakel Honnudottir hit the bar, but Brianna Visalli and Longhurst also missed for West Ham to take the game to sudden death.

West Ham keeper Grace Moloney then made her second save of the shootout to deny Jade Moore before South Korea captain Cho fired the Hammers into May's final against Manchester City.

West Ham boss Matt Beard told BBC Sport: "We showed immense character. Sometimes maybe it is just your day.

"The main thing is we're there. I'm immensely proud of everyone at the club.

West Ham defender and captain Gilly Flaherty added: "This is so special. I feel like I could cry. It's unbelievable.

"We have a really good group. We've had so many doubters and people against us this year but we've got here through graft. Bring on Wembley, let's do it!"

Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 1Moloney
  • 3Pacheco
  • 5Bartrip
  • 22PotterBooked at 66minsSubstituted forHowardat 104'minutes
  • 11HardingBooked at 79mins
  • 16BaileySubstituted forHönnudottirat 67'minutes
  • 7Furness
  • 8Allen
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forDavisonat 101'minutes
  • 18MooreBooked at 88mins
  • 10BrutonBooked at 98mins

Substitutes

  • 2Jane
  • 6Pearce
  • 9Davison
  • 15Hönnudottir
  • 17Estcourt
  • 26Howard
  • 27Laws

West Ham Women

  • 13Moorhouse
  • 3SimonBooked at 90minsSubstituted forSampsonat 103'minutes
  • 4Hendrix
  • 5FlahertyBooked at 69mins
  • 11Rafferty
  • 18ReichardtSubstituted forVisalliat 52'minutes
  • 12Longhurst
  • 20ChoBooked at 75mins
  • 7LehmannSubstituted forKmitaat 118'minutes
  • 9Ross
  • 8KiernanSubstituted forLeonat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Spencer
  • 14Sampson
  • 15Visalli
  • 16Kmita
  • 19Leon

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamWest Ham Women
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home24
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Reading FC Women 1(3), West Ham United Women FC 1(4).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Reading FC Women 1(3), West Ham United Women FC 1(4).

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(3), West Ham United Women FC 1(4). Cho So-Hyun (West Ham United Women FC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty saved! Jade Moore (Reading FC Women) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(3), West Ham United Women FC 1(3). Gilly Flaherty (West Ham United Women FC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(3), West Ham United Women FC 1(2). Remi Allen (Reading FC Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Still Reading FC Women 1(2), West Ham United Women FC 1(2). Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(2), West Ham United Women FC 1(2). Rachel Furness (Reading FC Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(1), West Ham United Women FC 1(2). Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women FC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Lauren Bruton (Reading FC Women) right footed shot misses to the right. Lauren Bruton should be disappointed.

Penalty saved! Brianna Visalli (West Ham United Women FC) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Rakel Hönnudottir (Reading FC Women) right footed shot is too high. Rakel Hönnudottir should be disappointed.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(1), West Ham United Women FC 1(1). Jane Ross (West Ham United Women FC) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 1(1), West Ham United Women FC 1. Gemma Davison (Reading FC Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Reading FC Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Reading FC Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 1.

Sophie Howard (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jane Ross (West Ham United Women FC).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Rosie Kmita replaces Alisha Lehmann.

Mayumi Pacheco (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women FC).

Foul by Rachel Furness (Reading FC Women).

Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sophie Howard (Reading FC Women).

Jane Ross (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Rachel Furness (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Gemma Davison (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sophie Howard (Reading FC Women).

Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lauren Bruton (Reading FC Women).

Claire Rafferty (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half Extra Time begins Reading FC Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Reading FC Women 1, West Ham United Women FC 1.

Foul by Lauren Bruton (Reading FC Women).

Brooke Hendrix (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Gemma Davison (Reading FC Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading FC Women. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

Attempt missed. Gemma Davison (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading FC Women. Sophie Howard replaces Jo Potter because of an injury.

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