West Ham United Women cruise past Chichester & Selsey in FA Cup fourth round
West Ham United Women 11-0 Chichester & Selsey Women
Vitality Women's FA Cup fourth round
Sunday 18 April 2021
West Ham United Women cruised into the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with an 11-0 win over Chichester and Selsey Women at Victoria Road on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Emily Van Egmond (four), Kenza Dali, Gilly Flaherty, Kateřina Svitková, Nor Mustafa, Cecilie Redisch, Kate Longhurst and Anouk Denton ensured the Hammers progressed to the next stage of the competition with a professional display.
A proud afternoon for the Women’s Academy saw Denton start and Janaye Beaufort introduced at half-time.
Olli Harder’s side will now travel to Manchester City in the next round in a tie that is currently scheduled to take place on Sunday 16 May.
West Ham were ahead after just two minutes in east London. The visitors failed to clear Svitková’s arcing cross that fell to Maz Pacheco to volley goalward. The defender’s strike cannoned off the arm of a Chichester & Selsey defender and the referee duly pointed to the spot.
Van Egmond stepped up and tucked the resulting spot-kick underneath Izzy Foster to give the Hammers an early advantage.
Just four minutes later, Van Egmond got her second of the afternoon. The Australia international reacted quickest to Maisy Barker’s cross and prodded beyond Foster to make it 2-0.
Despite their best efforts, the visitors were failing to cope with the swathes of pressure being applied by the hosts.
The Hammers had a spectacular third inside ten minutes. Dali picked up the ball deep in midfield and drove at the heart of the Chichester & Selsey defence. The French midfielder slipped past two defenders and fired low into the corner to give Harder’s side a commanding lead.
Van Egmond made it four shortly before the 20th minute. The forward completed her hat-trick with a simple finish into an empty net after Barker had found her, once more with a deep cross to the back post.
Van Egmond wasn’t finished and added her fourth and the Irons' fifth at the midway point of the first period. The striker climbing highest to meet a Svitková cross and head beyond Foster.
The flow of the game wasn’t threatening to change, and Irons captain Flaherty got her name on the scoresheet next. A whipped corner from Svitková evaded the Chichester and Selsey defence and Flaherty was on hand to nod home and make it six.
Mere moments before the break, Svitková turned from provider to scorer, adding a seventh. The reigning Czech Footballer of the Year jinked inside two Chichester & Selsey defenders and drilled her left-footed shot past Foster.
Harder turned to the substitutes' bench when the two sides emerged from their half-time break.
Nor Mustafa, Kate Longhurst and Beaufort were all introduced in place of the first-half scorers, Dali, Van Egmond and Svitková.
Mustafa was quickly into the action and added an eighth as the game approached the hour-mark. The Swedish striker was rather fortuitously in the right place at the right time as Amber Howden attempted to hack clear. The swiped clearance flicked off Mustafa’s head and looped over a helpless Foster into the net.
As the second period wore on the visitors dropped deeper and deeper as they looked to avoid conceding further goals.
Foster in the Chichester goal produced a number of outstanding stops in the east London sunshine, but she was no match for Cecilie Redisch’s stinging strike that made it 9-0.
With a little less than ten minutes left on the clock, the Irons got their tenth. Mustafa was felled by Howden as she looked to pull the trigger inside the box. Referee Sarah Garrett pointed to the spot for the second time and Longhurst converted
The loudest cheers of the afternoon were reserved for teenager Denton, who got herself in on the act with the eleventh goal at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
The young midfielder, who impressed throughout, took aim from range and finished with aplomb to rapturous applause of her peers in the dugout.
To their credit, Chichester & Selsey gave their all throughout and did their manager Sadie Blakely proud despite the score line.
Ultimately, however, the visitors were no match for the Hammers who set-up a fifth round clash with Manchester City in little under a month.
The attention of the Women’s squad will now quickly turn to the vital Barclays FA Women’s Super League match with Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
West Ham United: Ramsey (GK), Flaherty ©, Fisk, Cissoko, Barker, Denton, Vetterlein (Arnold 68’), Pacheco (Redisch 60’), Van Egmond (Beaufort 46’), Dali (Longhurst 46’), Svitkova (Mustafa 46’)
Sub not used: Brosnan (GK)
Goals: Van Egmond 2 (pen), 6, 20, 23, Dali 10, Flaherty 28, Svitková 45, Mustafa 59, Redisch 71, Longhurst 82 (pen), Denton 84