Ladies: Hounslow 0-6 Watford
Five second half goals in addition to Helen Ward’s first-half strike saw the Golden Girls ease to a 6-0 victory at Hounslow Women on Wednesday night.
Hounslow’s Gillian Kasirye had a fantastic game in goal and Watford were frustrated for much of the first half, before eventually making the breakthrough in the 43rd minute.
The constant pressure was then rewarded in the second 45 with five different scorers. Adekite Fatuga-Dada, Andrea Carid, Katie O’Leary, Leanne Bell and Anne Meiwald all getting on the scoresheet.
Four changes were made to the side that won at Crawley Wasps a few days prior. Chrissie Wiggins came in for her debut for the Hornets, as she replaced Nina Wilson in goal.
Ward made her comeback from injury, while Bell and Alysha Stojko-Down also returned to the starting line-up.
With only six minutes on the clock Stojko-Down had appeared to have put Watford in front with a sweet strike, but it was ruled out for offside with a player in front of the goalkeeper.
Fatuga-Dada then threaded a pass through to Ward whose shot was stopped by the outstretched leg of Kasirye, the first of many great saves over the course of the 90 minutes.
Watford went even closer when Jennifer Kikomeko’s effort came back off the crossbar and not over the line. It also bounced high enough to evade the others in a yellow and black shirt from getting on the end of it.
It was very much a case of one-way pressure, but there was soon to be a close moment at the other end. With players committed forward, Hounslow countered, found Jeta Bytyqi in space and she hit the post from a great position.
As the half entered the final ten minutes, Watford stepped it up in the search for a goal before the break. Emma Beckett played Ward in and her effort across Kasirye went just wide of the post.
It was a busy night for the Hounslow keeper, and she had to be at her best to push away Beckett’s well-hit strike from 30-yards out. Ryah Vyse then headed over from the resulting corner.
Eventually, she was beaten. Beckett again played a pass through to Ward and this time she made no mistake, finding the corner and leaving the keeper with no chance.
The start of the second half saw O’Leary replace Ward in a planned substitution. Watford continued to pepper the Hounslow goal and Elle Richards almost doubled the advantage with a sensational 40-yard hit, the follow-up off the bar then fell to Bell and she was superbly stopped by Kasirye.
A second was always likely to be key and Fatuga-Dada got in the 54th minute, having been played in by Beckett, she calmly slotted the ball past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.
The chances kept coming. Stojko-Down and Carid both had shots saved by Kasirye, while Bell was again denied.
Carid managed to get her long-awaited goal to put the game beyond doubt. The Hounslow keeper pulled off a double save from O’Leary, but there was nothing she could do to keep out Andrea’s effort.
Kasirye made another stunning stop to keep it at three, but with the chances now coming even more regularly, she was beaten again. Carid’s goalbound effort was cleverly redirected away from the keeper by O’Leary for the fourth.
Having been thwarted several times throughout the evening, Bell eventually managed to get a well-deserved goal. O’Leary’s strike hit the post and came back towards her and she hammered it home.
The scoring was then rounded off late on. Meiwald made it goals in back-to-back games as she headed in the sixth of the night for her side.
It was a professional performance from the Golden Girls, getting the win but also keeping a clean sheet and netting six times.
The result sees Watford move up to third and the Hornets will be looking to continue the upward momentum on Sunday, as Yeovil Town make the visit to Kings Langley.
GOLDEN GIRLS | Wiggins, Meiwald, Beckett, Richards, Bell, Kikomeko (Scanlon, 62), Stojko-Down, Vyse (Huggins, 69), Fatuga-Dada, Ward (C) (O’Leary, HT), Carid
Goals | Ward (43), Fatuga-Dada (54), Carid (69), O’Leary (72), Bell (83), Meiwald (89)
TRIDENTS | Kasirye, Hinchcliffe, Vines, Brown (Nebbitt, 86), Rodrigues-Anes, Castro, Bytyqi, Kumaning, Lawrence (Tucker, 77), Rabin, Campos
Attendance | 98