The Bees swept away London rivals City Lionesses in a superb showing at Princes Park in the Conti Cup.
First half goals from Bonnie Horwood and Merrick Will set us on our way before Lauren Pickett capped off a memorable afternoon with a third in the second half.
Sarah Quantrill was called into action in the fourth minute as she tipped over Harley Bennett’s long range drive as the hosts started on the front foot.
Up the other end the Bees had a golden chance to go ahead as Pickett teed up Will who’s effort was somehow saved by Thomas. The follow up from Pickett was then held by the ‘keeper, the Bees very much holding their own against full time opposition.
Quantrill made a fine stop after 22 minutes as she turned round a prodded near post effort that was destined for the bottom corner, our number one showing why she’s one of the most highly rated ‘keepers in the division.
The Bees took the lead on 25 minutes as Horwood beautifully struck a free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards out. It was a superb way for our number eight to open her account for the club.
For a good period of 10 or so minutes the hosts looked to respond as they put countless balls into the box, but the Bees stood firm and defended resolutely to keep their lead.
It was two just before the break as Merrick Will rose highest from Meg Alexander’s corner to power a header into the back of the net. It was no less than Lee Burch’s side deserved after a superb first half showing.
After the break the hosts really put the Bees under pressure as they controlled possession for large parts. However it took till 62nd minute for a clear cut chance as Kemmpi broke into the area to fire a shot that Quantrill was equal to.
Despite the pressure it was the Bees who netted a third, as they won the ball high up the pitch before Pickett saw her strike deflect past Thomas to extend her sides advantage.
Burch’s side had more chances through Horwood and Pickett who both saw efforts fly wide of the post, up the other end we restricted our London rivals to half chances at most.