Post-Match Report

Arsenal Ladies 7-0 London Bees - Report

Alex Scott

London Bees -

Boreham Wood FC
The FA WSL Continental Cup
The FA WSL Continental Cup
  Arsenal Women
      
                  Freda Ayisi (1)
                   Turid Knaak (2
                   84)
                   Casey Stoney (23)
                   Danielle Carter (57)
                   Alex Scott (88
                   89)
            
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Arsenal Women
Freda Ayisi (1)
Turid Knaak (2
84)
Casey Stoney (23)
Danielle Carter (57)
Alex Scott (88
89)
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London Bees

By James Milin-Ashmore at Boreham Wood FC

SUMMARY

Arsenal Ladies stormed to a 7-0 victory against London Bees in the Continental Cup on Thursday evening.

The Gunners flew out of the blocks at kick off, moving into a 2-0 lead after just two minutes courtesy of goals from Freda Ayisi and Turid Knaak.

Casey Stoney added a third after 23 minutes, but the hosts didn’t take their foot off the gas as they set about their London rivals.

Danielle Carter added a fourth after the break, before Knaak claimed her second of a highly-impressive debut.

Alex Scott then volleyed in the sixth, before wrapping things up with a first-time strike into the top corner. It had been a thoroughly-satisfying night for the Ladies.

SETTING THE SCENE

Arsenal were third in group one before kick-off, but a win would see them rise to first at the expense of Reading - and level with Chelsea Ladies on nine points.

London Bees had struggled in the Continental Cup, winless and bottom of the group with a solitary point. Their last game in the competition had been an 8-1 defeat to Reading.

FIRST HALF

From kick off the ball was played to Ayisi, who instantly hammered home a powerful drive from the edge of the box after just 22 seconds.

A minute later, Arsenal added a second when Knaak poked home after a goal-mouth scramble, putting the Bees firmly on the back foot.

The Gunners continued to pile on the pressure, with Jade Bailey coming close in the seventh minute with a half-volley that fizzed just wide.

John Bayer's side continued to control the game, with Stoney adding a third with a powerful header.

SECOND HALF

The second half started much as the first, with Arsenal on the front foot. Substitute Carter caused the Bees backline immediate trouble, and she was soon rewarded after a brilliant individual run and finish in the 57th minute.

The tie may have been over but Arsenal weren’t finished yet, as Knaak added a second with a sweet strike in the 84th minute.

The Gunners saved the best until last, with Alex Scott unleashing a looping shot that left the keeper planted between the sticks for their sixth, before scoring again with a fine swerving drive.