3 goals inside the first 15 minutes saw the Hammers run out winners in Match day 3 of the Continental Cup.
A quick blaze from the hammers saw them have a comfortable advantage early on as they looked to punish Millwall at every opportunity they had. It only took West Ham 4 minutes before they got their first when De Graff found space from close range as the forward was able to simply poke home and give West Ham the lead.
It got worse for Millwall not long later when the Hammers doubled their advantage, Visalli hit the ball perfectly on the edge of the box as she smashed the ball past a helpless Chloe Sansom and gave West Ham some breathing space over Millwall. It was very good play by West Ham who countered and punished any Millwall mistakes on the pitch, Millwall, who were struggling feet in the game, now had a two goal deficit in front of them.
West Ham were showing their class and proving a point to the rest of their league that they made business as they dominated possession and made it 3 only 4 minutes later. This time it was Kmita who found the back of the net, 3-0 down after -5 minutes it looked game set and match for West Ham who posed a real threat going forward and showed good composure on the ball and at the back.
Millwall hadn’t really got going early on and were made to pay, West Ham continued to press and move the ball forward as they looked to extend their 3 goal lead. The wingers for West Ham were delivering good balls into the box for the striker, causing a danger to Millwall for a lot of the game. The back three of Millwall did well to steer clear pleny of crosses, but the quality of the West Ham side made it a very hard task to defend against and to stop them getting chances away.
Despite being 3 goals behind Beth Powell, Ellie Stenning and Lenny Priest as the back 3 were playing well including some brave sliding challenges and some real proper Millwall defending. It was very much a back to the walls performance by Millwall who looked to avoid West Ham getting any more goals.
The first half continued of constant West Ham pressure as they looked for a fourth, the home side saw their shots blocked and canon off of the bar as Millwall refused to concede again, A first half which saw a dominating display by West Ham ended as Millwall looked to recoup and go again in the second half.
The second half saw Millwall show much more composure on the ball and were much improved in their organisation at the back. Chris had clearly got his message to his players at the break and wanted them to show a bit more structure. While Millwall still failed to get any real chance at the West Ham goal, it was certainly a much improved display and the plan of Chris Phillips was showing more and more.
Millwall continued to defend well and aim to stop West Ham getting that all illusive 4th goal, however despite some very strong and brave defending, the Hammers eventually had 4, with only 8 minutes to go, De Graff made it 4 and got her second of the game, as the side from East London gained 3 more points in the Continental Cup group.
A painful lesson for the Lionesses who look to now bounce back on Wednesday night in another London derby against London Bees in hope to get on the board and start collecting some points.
Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:
Sansom, Mackie, Priest, Stenning (Bailes 78), Powell, Auguste, Lumsden, Clarke, Fitzgerald (Giddings 51), Rossiter (Young 70), Ravenscroft
Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Cowan, Cataldo, Charles
West Ham Starting XI:
Spencer, Longhurst, Hendrix (Sampson 61), G.Flaherty, Percival, Reichardt, De Graff, Visalli (Simic 64), Lehmann, Ross, Kmita (C.Flaherty 57)
West Ham unused subs: Moorhouse, Kiernan