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Arsenal 3 (Ohno 65, Ayisi 76, Scott 86) Watford 0
Arsenal began their defence of the Continental Cup with a 3-0 win against Watford at Boreham Wood.
The first opening fell to the Hornets when Sarah Wiltshire expertly controlled a lofted free-kick before lifting an effort on to the roof of the net. Despite that early chance, Watford rarely ventured forward in the first half with Arsenal taking control of possession, but much to their frustration they couldn't find a way through.
Kelly Smith saw ambitious drive from 35 yards fly over in the 11th minute, before dragging a low free kick wide moments later. However the veteran forward was forced to withdraw through injury on 27 minutes and was replaced by Freda Ayisi.
In the 38th minute Ohno fed Weir, whose powerful left footed shot was well held by Lauren Davey.
Arsenal's best chance came two minutes before the break. Danielle Carter raced to the goal line and her cutback found Ohno in space, but the Japanese forward couldn't adjust her feet in time and fired a weak shot just wide.
The Gunners spurned a golden chance to take the lead just moments after the restart. Weir's cross found Carter, whose header hit the post and fell to Kinga three yards out but she somehow put the ball wide with the goal gaping.
Arsenal were on top now and Kinga was unlucky not to make immediate amends for her miss when she combined with compatriot Ohno before seeing her shot tipped over by Davey. Carter steered a shot wide moments later.
Watford rarely ventured into the Arsenal half in the second period. Substitute Magda Mosengo's wayward drive was their only real chance of note. Arsenal had found their urgency and were camped outside the Watford box. Ayisi did well to wriggle into some space before seeing a curling effort saved by Davey.
The Gunners finally broke down the Watford rearguard and it was the Japansese duo who found the way through. This time Kinga picked out Ohno in space and the forward took one touch before firing beyond Davey.
In the 76th minute, Ayisi put the game beyond Watford when she blasted home after Yankey's cross was only half cleared.
In the end, Arsenal's superior quality on the ball was telling. Scott headed a third from Yankey's floated cross with two minutes to go to complete a resounding win.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Anouk Hoogendijk, Yukari Kinga, Casey Stoney, Leah Williamson, Jade Bailey, Caroline Weir (sub Rachel Yankey 58mins), Danielle Carter (sub Christie Murray 77mins), Kelly Smith (sub Freda Ayisi 27mins), Shinobu Ohno.
Watford: Lauren Davey, Ellie Butterwick, Chloe Gunn, Bonnie Horwood (sub Emily Heaslip 88mins), Renee Hector, Josie Green (sub Megan Wynne 62mins), Cally Rowell, Emma Beckett, Jo Wilson (sub Magda Mosengo 45mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Kate Natkiel.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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