Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema both scored twice as Arsenal strolled past Bristol City to move top of FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup Group B with one game to go.
Both scored in the derby win over Tottenham last weekend and Little in particular was highly influential, taking her brace with aplomb before being withdrawn on the hour mark.
The results leaves Arsenal two points clear, while Bristol trail second-placed Brighton on goal difference.
Little opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with a cool finish after being played through on goal after a slick team move.
Arsenal’s second goal came on the stroke of half time when Jill Roord’s shot was bundled over her own line by Bristol City defender Gemma Evans.
On 51 minutes, a Franke Brown handball gave Arsenal a penalty, for which captain Little stepped up and confidently converted.
Miedema added the fourth thanks to some ponderous Bristol City defending, leaving the Dutch star unmarked to chest down a corner before her shot beat keeper Sophie Baggaley.
The striker added her second with a tap-in from Lisa Evans’ cross on 76 minutes, before Jordan Nobbs steered a low cross home with three minutes to go.
Jennifer Beattie completed the thrashing with a piledriver struck from outside the box in the dying seconds.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
Beattie ended a comprehensive victory with a flourish, striking home from fully 40 yards to get the Borehamwood faithful on their feet in injury time