Danielle van de Donk of Arsenal celebrates scoring the second goal with teammates. Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women, FA Women's Continental Cup Semi-Final football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 29 Jan 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Arsenal see off Manchester City to reach Conti Cup final

Arsenal are into the final of this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup after beating holders Manchester City 2-1 in their semi-final tie at Meadow Park this evening.

Joe Montemurro’s side capitalised on a disappointing first half performance from the visitors to establish a two-goal lead and that left City with a mountain to climb, a step too far despite an improved second half display.

The Gunners were ahead after just six minutes in Boreham Wood with goal machine Vivianne Miedema striking a low effort across goal and into the far corner of the net. The Dutch striker really should have had a second goal just before the half-hour but she scuffed her shot from close range.

Arsenal were to go into the break with a two-goal lead. Danielle van de Donk took aim from the edge of the box and her effort really should have been gathered by City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck but the ball somehow deceived her and found the back of the net.

Manchester City were improved in the second half and they had a golden opportunity to pull a goal back in the 58th minute when youngster Lauren Hemp was fouled in the box. The so often dependable Ellen White stepped up to take the spot kick but her effort was saved by home keeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Nick Cushing’s side were soon back into it when Gemma Bonner headed in from a corner kick, breathing new life into her side’s hopes of another final appearance.

A cagey last half-hour saw Roebuck produce an excellent save to deny Miedema while Katie McCabe went close in a scramble late on. Arsenal were unable to add to their lead but it didn’t matter as they recorded a 2-1 victory.

The Gunners will now feature in this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup final at The City Ground in Nottingham on Saturday 29 February.

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