Arsenal Ladies caretaker manager John Bayer was full of praise for his side as they booked a place in the Continental Cup semi-finals by defeating Millwall Lionesses 4-0 at Beckenham Town.
Goals from Niamh Fahey, Danielle Carter and Leah Williamson all but killed the contest by half-time, and Carter bagged her second on the final whistle.
Despite moving into the semi-finals, Bayer said his side will be focus on fighting for the Women's Super League top spot.
“The result is very pleasing,” said Bayer. “We are on a good run at the moment and delighted to get into the semi-finals.
“We were fortunate with the first two goals but importantly we were following in, and then Leah Williamson’s strike was stunning.
“The FA Cup win gave the players great confidence and I haven’t had to change much at all since taking over from Shelley Kerr.
“Our next match against Chelsea in the league is hugely important and we won’t be doing too much physical work to keep the players fresh.
“It’s nice to win cups but the WSL is our real priority. The league is still tight so we haven’t given up hope of challenging this season.
Millwall started the game already out of contention for next round of the Continental Cup and created little of note during the 90 minutes.
Goalkeeper Sarah Quantrill was culpable for Arsenal’s first on 24 minutes, parrying Rachel Yankey’s shot straight to Fahey who easily tapped in past the stranded keeper.
Arsenal doubled their lead seven minutes later as Carter struck home the rebound after Quantrill had saved Jade Bailey’s powerful shot.
The hosts rarely troubled Arsenal and conceded a third before half-time as Williamson beat Quantrill with an impressive curling effort from outside the box.
In injury time Carter raced through to beat Quantrill to a through-ball and put a gloss on the scoreline.
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