The second-half kicked off and Karl Davy’s side began on the front foot looking to build on their one goal advantage.
The pressure nearly brought about an instant reward as Skye Bacon struck a powerful effort from the left side which forced Kent goalkeeper Cara Davies into a stunning fingertip diving save.
Just before the hour mark Sussex doubled their lead as Charlotte Young controlled the ball with ease and laid it off to Ashley just inside of the box, she steadied herself before drilling a powerful effort past Davies and into the back of the net.
The momentum was fully with Sussex and ten minutes later Meghann Wingsutton spotted Davies off her line and she cleverly dinked the ball out of her reach and into the top corner making to give Sussex a three goal cushion.
Three goals quickly became four and five as Sussex ran riot. Bacon skipped past Skye McNally and released a sublime curling strike that nestled in the corner, and four minutes later, Wingsutton picked the ball up in midfield and unleashed a powerful strike from distance that flew in!
Lauren Graves pulled off a terrific save in the Sussex goal with ten minutes remaining to deny Rachel Stevens and preserve the clean sheet.
It was end-to-end stuff in the final stages of the match, and the speedy Hayley Bridge put Sussex six goals to the good late on as she found herself one-on-one with Davies, and calmly slotted the ball underneath the Kent keeper.
Kent struggled to hold off Sussex’s attacking prowess and in added time Bridge converted her second and Sussex’s seventh from a low well timed cross courtesy of Bacon.
An impressive all-round first performance from the Sussex side with four different goal scorers on the scoresheet, and the perfect start for new manager Karl Davy!
After the match Davy praised his side’s efforts: “I think it went really well, we had a lot of young players in the side today. We had eleven people getting their first caps which is really, really good.
“I managed to get everyone on which is always nice because it is difficult sometimes with a full bench to use them all. I think we played really well in good areas.
“I think the score line is really positive for Sussex because three of them are quite young as well. I put a squad together of players that I have seen and know, and they’ve all done really well.
“We didn’t expect to come away with a 7-0 win with goal flying in but I’ll take it!”
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
Goals: 7-0; Shots: 13-6; Shots-on-target: 10-3; Corners: 5-1; Offside: 0-0, Yellow cards: 0-0, Red cards: 0-0.
Sussex: Apps, Smith, Ward, Rowbotham, Russel, Young ©, Bridge, Davies, Phillpot, Amerena, Ashely.
Subs: Quinn, Graves, Bacon, Wingsutton, Anderson.
Kent: Davies, Charlesworth, McNally, Waters, Moloney, Portelli, Stevens, Cranstoun, Russ ©, Cumby, Myhill.
Match report by Natalie Clarke