Watford Ladies 5 Colchester United Ladies 0
A dominant second half performance proved the difference as Watford secured a first win in this year’s League Cup campaign at the expense of Colchester.
Doubles from Jo Wilson and Sarah Wiltshire, alongside a debut goal from Bonnie Horwood, marked a solid victory – keeping the Hornets’ momentum going as they continue their impressive start to the season.
With 15 minutes on the clock, Wiltshire went close with a volley before Lauren Davey was fortunate to concede only a free-kick as she raced from goal and took down a Colchester forward.
Colchester’s Amy Nash then went close as Davey redeemed herself with quick reactions to stop the United striker.
Wiltshire saw an effort cleared off the line as Watford started to ramp up the pressure, and Irene Martin Garcia went close with a long range strike.
With time running out before half-time, Watford finally made the breakthrough as Wilson picked out Wiltshire, who tucked the ball away at the near post.
After a re-shuffle at half time, Watford produced a free-flowing move to carve out another chance for Wiltshire, but her shot was straight at the Colchester keeper.
Colchester could have equalised moments later, but wonderful piece of individual skill from Wilson made the game secure as she got Watford’s second goal.
A quick throw found Kate Natkiel down the right, and she picked out Wilson in the box with a pin-point cross – allowing the striker to find the net with a spectacular bicycle kick from 12 yards out.
Wiltshire made it three half-way through the second period, before Josie Green set up Wilson for her second as Watford started to break Colchester down with ease.
Wilson then turned provider for Horwood and she capped off a comfortable win with Watford’s fifth of the match.
Watford manager John Salmon said: “I’m really pleased with the performance and the result.
“We started slow and had to grow into the game, but I couldn’t have asked for any more from our second half display.
“It was a very mature performance, we kept the ball well and were intelligent in attack.
“It’s another confident showing from the players that sets us up nicely for what will be a difficult game against Man City next week.”