Gillingham Ladies extended their unbeaten run with an outstanding 7-2 victory against Tottenham Ladies in the first round of the League Cup.
The Gills got off to a fantastic start after winger Jade Keogh picked the ball up from half way before driving in on goal and unleashing a brilliant effort to go over the rooted Spur’s keeper.
Danielle Carlton added to her season’s tally with a beautifully taken free kick after Fliss Gibbons was upended by a mistimed tackle. The Gills midfielder rocketed the ball into the top right hand corner with great skill to make it 2-0.
Emma Tune was in on the action next, keeping her cool in the box to place the ball through a sea of bodies into the back of the net.
Gillingham Ladies were four up before half time as Gibbons was rewarded for her hussle with a goal. The Gills attacker showing great composure having skipped through the Spurs midfield and defence to give herself time and space to put a shot on goal.
Spurs’ afternoon got worse when their captain was sent off for a second bookable offence. Two mistimed body checks saw the player given her marching orders.
Spurs fought back admirably from this set back and managed to draw back a consolation after a mix up in communications within the Gills back line saw the ball roll into the back of the net.
Gillingham soon corrected this with a fifth from the penalty spot. After a sharp exchange of passes between Lauren Williams and Phillips, Williams’ run could only be halted by a mistimed tackle leaving the referee with no other option but to point to the spot. Phillips stepped up to cooly place the ball beyond the Spurs keeper.
Despite the one goal conceded, Gillingham continued to build upon their momentum from a dominant first 45 minutes and were rewarded again for their positive play as substitute Lisa Fulgence set up skipper Jay Blackie with an inch perfect lay off across the goal. Blackie made no mistake and dispatched the opportunity to put Gills up 6-1.
Fulgence continued to make an impact off the bench for the Ladies as her movement and pace caused problems for a tired Spurs defence. The striker chipped the ball perfectly over the onrushing Spurs keeper to make it 7-1 to Gills.
Spurs continued admirably and grabbed a consolation as a volley from 15 yards out smacked into back of Faye Baker’s goal.
Spurs’ afternoon went from bad to worse as they were reduced to nine players after a dangerous foul on Tune saw their centre back issued with a second yellow and to the changing room for an early bath.
The game concluded 7-2 as Gillingham Ladies enjoyed another fruitful afternoon home at Chatham FC.