A strong first-half performance saw Watford Girls Academy Under-14s come out on top 5-0 against Watford Ladies Youth Hornets in their Capital Girls League derby.

The Hornets Academy got off to a flying start as Lape broke through to hit a powerful strike into the net.

The striker was to double her tally as the home side’s pressure continued to pay off, but they were to be then thwarted by a combination of the woodwork and some fine goalkeeping.

It took an impressive curling strike from Xhema to break the Hornets’ resistance and make it 3-0, and a fourth was to follow before the break thanks to Reeves’ solo effort.

The Academy continued to create chances after the interval, but the second half was to be a tighter affair as their opponents’ defence held firm.

However, one further goal was added as Karakus finally found a way past the Hornets’ impressive keeper.

The Academy’s Under-12 side have a County Cup semi-final to look forward to after three goals saw them defeat Garston Ladies Wildcats.

The tie was played at Kings Langley’s CRY Community Stadium, the home of Watford Ladies, and Kafero-Roberts’ brace and single strike from Forster saw the Academy advance to the last four.

Watford Under-10s’ return to league action saw them edged out of an exciting encounter as they went down by the odd goal in nine at home to Islington.

The visitors adapted to a wet, muddy pitch the quickest and opened up a two-goal lead by the interval, although the home side did start to create opportunities after conceding the first goal.

Watford pulled one back straight from the restart as Reid fired into the top corner, but Islington were to score a third soon after.

Reid was to halve the deficit again following another solo effort; a goal which led to a shift in momentum as Watford took charge.

They were to be thwarted on several occasions by the keeper, but Ekendu-Obi did score twice to give her side a 4-3 advantage.

But it was Islington who finished the stronger and scored twice more to win.