By James Milin-Ashmore at Boreham Wood FC
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.
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.
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.
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