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Cho drives West Ham into Women's FA Cup Final

Monday, April 15, 2019
Cho So-hyun-West Ham

Wycombe: Korea Republic captain Cho So-hyun emerged as the hero, scoring the winning spot-kick that took West Ham United to their first ever Women's FA Cup Final on Sunday.

Cho's decisive penalty came following a 1-1 draw with Reading in the semi-final, with the midfielder giving West Ham a historic 4-3 win in the shootout, and setting up a showdown with Manchester City in next month's final at Wembley Stadium.

With the two sides - both mid-table in the FA Women's Super League - looking for a first ever appearance in the final, Reading took the lead through Rachel Furness four minutes into the second half, but West Ham levelled eight minutes later through Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann.

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Unable to be separated, the teams required penalties to find a winner, and Anna Moorhouse's save from Jade Moore presented Cho with the opportunity to take the Hammers to Wembley and the 30-year-old showed nerves of steel to slam the ball high into the net, sparking wild celebrations at Adams Park.

West Ham's win continues a memorable start to April for Cho, who returned to the UK this week after appearing for her country in two home friendly internationals against Iceland, with the first drawing a Korea Republic record crowd of 15,839 in Yongin.

😀 Smile like you're about to send @westhamwomen to Wembley!

👏 The Korean midfielder Cho So-hyun slots home to send the Hammers into dreamland!#ssewomensfacup

— The SSE Women's FA Cup (@SSEWomensFACup) April 14, 2019

It could well have been two Korean players in the FA Cup Final, but for the last-gasp defeat suffered by Ji So-yun's Chelsea in Sunday's other semi-final against Manchester City.

A two-time winner of the competition, and the scorer of the winning goal in 2015, Ji appeared as a substitute for the Blues, who were eliminated by a 1-0 defeat thanks to a stoppage-time own goal from Magdalena Eriksson.

The final will be held on May 4, before Korea Republic begin their final preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup, where Cho and Ji will face host nation France in the tournament opener in Paris on June 7.

Photo: West Ham United

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