Arsenal in seventh heaven with win over London Bees
Emma Mitchell and Beth Mead both score a brace as Arsenal rack up a 7-0 win in the cup
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match
19:30, Thursday 12 October 2017
Boreham Wood FC
Arsenal Goal Scorers: Evans 24', Mitchell 34',37', Taylor 52', Quinn 83'
Emma Mitchell and Beth Mead both scored twice as Arsenal put London Bees to the sword in their opening match in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup by running out winners at Meadow Park.
The Gunners seemed to take out some of their league frustrations from the last two weeks on their WSL2 opponents, who simply had no answer to their rampant attackers.
Arsenal broke the deadlock halfway through the first half when Mead did well to turn before sliding Lisa Evans through on goal and the Scotland international finished calmly into the bottom corner.
The hosts then struck the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds as Evans' superb strike was tipped on to the bar by Sophie Harris before Mead's follow-up from Alex Scott's cut-back struck the far post.
Emma Mitchell then struck twice in three minutes to put the hosts 3-0 up before half-time, first lashing in a half-volley from 25 yards, before her header beat Harris to Jordan Nobbs' corner.
The Gunners then brought England striker Jodie Taylor into the action and within seven minutes she found the net, following up after Harris had beaten away Mead's powerful strike from long range.
Mead then struck a post again, this time with a header from Scott's cross, but she got the goals her performance deserved, as she struck twice from the penalty spot.
And there was still time for Arsenal to make it a magnificent seven, as Louise Quinn had ample space to take down Evans' cross before forcing the ball in.
WHAT THEY SAID
Arsenal striker Beth Mead:
“I think that was some of the frustrations of the last two weeks coming out tonight - we needed to put a performance out and that's a result we needed, to score some goals and play good football.
“These sometimes are your harder games because teams can come to get draws or try to frustrate you and we beat that trap tonight.
“We got the goals and it was a professional performance from us.
“We've got a lot of strength in depth and a lot of competition in the team and that's shown, maybe not in our performances, but in training and hopefully that can only make us better, as a squad.
“Sometimes you get a little bit frustrated and you've just got to keep going and I managed to get my goals off penalties, but I think the girls took their goals well and we've put some good play together to get those goals.”
London Bees captain Emma Beckett:
“Personally, I was really pleased with the way the team acquitted themselves from start to finish, even the subs that came on.
“We had a very young girl who came on - Bolu Fisher - who ran and ran and ran.
“She'll probably go to school tomorrow saying that she's played against European and World Cup winners.
“The scoreline doesn't always reflect the game, so it's about trying to keep your head up and pressing on when you're facing one of the best teams in Europe.”
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Evans 24, Mitchell 34, 37, Taylor 52, Mead 59 (pen), 79 (pen), Quinn 84
London Bees 0
Arsenal (3-4-3): Anna Moorhouse, Jemma Rose, Louise Quinn, Leah Williamson, Alex Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Dominique Janssen, Emma Mitchell, Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema, Lisa Evans
Substitutes: Taylor Hinds for Mitchell 45, Jodie Taylor for Miedema 45, Heather O'Reilly for Scott 67
Substitutes not used: Sari van Veenendaal, Danielle Carter, Danielle van de Donk, Jessica Samuelsson
Bookings: Williamson 54
Red cards: none
London Bees (4-2-3-1): Sophie Harris, Ocean Rolandsen, Ashleigh Goddard, Rosie Lane, Sophie Fogarty, Taylor O'Leary, Emma Beckett, Destiney Toussaint, Hana Lalani, Paula Howells, Jo Wilson
Substitutes: Bolu Fisher for Lalani 58, Katherine Huggins for Fogarty 63, Lucy Loomes for Howells 73
Substitutes not used: Amelia Houghton-Boyle, Chelsea Weston, Evie Clarke, Lisa Milliken
Bookings: Lane 75
Red cards: none
Referee: Robert Whitton