Thursday 16 November 2017

Taylor at the double as Arsenal hit Watford for six

The Gunners are through to the FA WSL Continental Tyres quarter-finals with the away win

FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match
19:45, Thursday 16 November 2017
Kings Langley FC

Arsenal Goal Scorers: Taylor 26', Carter 55', Mitchell 61', Janssen 71', van de Donk 78'

England striker Jodie Taylor scored twice ahead of the upcoming international break, as Arsenal made their extra quality count by thrashing Watford 6-0 in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.

The emphatic scoreline moved the Gunners to the top of their group, albeit having played a game more than Reading, and a place in the quarter finals is now assured.

Watford had an early chance to take a shock lead when Natalie Murray found Merrick Will in plenty of space, but the winger lofted her shot over the bar.

Arsenal made the most of surviving this scare by taking the lead in the 15th minute, as Emma Mitchell's low ball from the left gave Taylor the simplest of finishes.

The Gunners doubled their lead within a minute of the restart, as Taylor's pass found Lisa Evans in space and her low cross was tapped in by Danielle Carter at the far post.

Arsenal's third arrived just before the hour mark, as Leah Williamson helped the ball into the penalty area and Mitchell turned before finding the bottom corner.

Then followed three superb finishes within four minutes of each other, as Dominique Janssen swept first-time into the top corner from Lauren James' corner.

Before Watford had recovered, Janssen's fellow Dutchwoman Danielle van de Donk launched a brilliant effort from just inside the box that sailed over Fran Kitching.

Taylor, who had earlier missed an open goal, then completed the rout with her second of the night with a terrific shot from distance with 12 minutes left.

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Arsenal defender Jemma Rose:

“The pitch was a lot different to Boreham Wood, in terms of the style in which we wanted to play, but we're happy with the 6-0 and the clean sheet and we're happy to progress to the quarter finals.

“If you're going to get Jodie Taylor in front of goal she's always going to score and I think she showed how clinical she is in front of goal today and how much of an asset she is to our team.

“Jordan Nobbs is our playmaker on the ball, she dictates play and the tempo of the play and her and Jodie today showed their professionalism and experience ahead of the international break.

“Extra fitness might have come into play, but I think our technical ability helped, with us able to get the ball down and shift it quickly.

“Our aim was to play our style of play, get the ball down and keep it and be patient and I think we showed that.”

Watford midfielder Merrick Will said:

“It was a really good first 45 minutes from us and it's such a good opportunity to face one of the best teams in Europe.

“It was good for the girls to try and relish the opportunity, despite the scoreline because girls of that class are bound to score goals and some of them were the sort that we couldn't do anything about.

“There were some from our mistakes, which we're going to look to try and improve on.

“But it was a good first 45 minutes and that's what we'll try to focus on because for a good 45 minutes I thought we matched them.

“Thinking about my chance, I could have had an extra touch and slotted it away, but under that sort of pressure I just presumed there was another player coming in, so I just tried to dink it over the 'keeper.

“It was quite close. but I need to learn to take chances like that.”

Watford 0

Arsenal 6

Taylor 15, 78, Carter 46, Mitchell 59, Janssen 74, van de Donk 75

Watford (4-2-3-1): Fran Kitching, Ellie Sargeant, Kylie McCarthy, Sarah Jones, Meghan McKeag, Anneka Nuttall, Lilli Maple, Merrick Will, Danielle Puddefoot, Rinsola Babajide, Natalie Murray

Substitutes: Adekite Fatuga-Dada for Sargeant 64, Simona Petkova for Maple 68, Helen Ward for Nuttall 74

Substitutes not used: Weronika Baranowska, Cherrelle Albert, Charlotte Kerr, Leanne Bell

Bookings: Maple 22, Murray 63, Will 85

Red cards: none

Arsenal (4-3-3): Anna Moorhouse, Heather O'Reilly, Jemma Rose, Dominique Janssen, Emma Mitchell, Danielle van de Donk, Jordan Nobbs, Lisa Evans, Beth Mead, Jodie Taylor, Danielle Carter

Substitutes: Leah Williamson for Carter 57, Lauren James for Nobbs 68, Ava Kuyken for O'Reilly 79

Substitutes not used: Lauren Thomas, Taylor Hinds, Anna Filbey, Louise Quinn

Bookings: none

Red cards: none

Referee: Stacey Pearson

Attendance: 823

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