Gillingham Ladies manager James Marrs credited his side after a stylish second half demolition of semi final opponents Ebbsfleet United secured the club a place in the Kent Women’s Cup final for a third year in a row.
The Gills carried on their 2014 winning streak with a 5-0 thrashing of their local rivals. With goals from Jade Keogh, Jay Blackie, Charlotte Gurr, Emma Tune and an own goal fixing the Gills with a final at Maidstone United against Charlton Athletic.
James Marrs was clearly delighted with his team’s progress in the competition.
“We’re really pleased to be in the final, it’s something we wanted to do as the Kent Cup is a trophy we want to retain. The girls are really looking forward to the occassion, as much as they’re looking forward to the game, they’re pleased to be part of the occassion at a great stadium, on a good surface.”
” We should hopefully have a lot of supporters there and it’s a mid week game too which is another bonus to help get more people down. It’s all set to be a good final which we’re all looking forward to.
Whilst the scoreline reflected a comfortable afternoon for Gills Ladies, Marrs saluted Ebbsfleet for their performance in the semi -final tie.
“Fleet set up to defend deep, we knew that was going to happen and so were prepared for that. We weren’t particuarlly happy with our intensity to start off with, our tempo practically wasn’t there which made it frustrating for us. We addressed that at half time and I think the girls came out in the second half with a lot more purpose.”
“We changed the shape to make us a lot more penetrative. We ended up being in their half for pretty much the majority of the game. All in all, we’re pleased the girls took on our instrcutions for the second half and we ended up winning the game convincingly as a result.”
Marrs added, “All credit to Ebbsfleet, I don’t think they’ve played for a long time so to come out and play the way they did for a semi final owes a lot of credit to them.”
Gillingham utilised all three substitutions to take a firm grip of the game. The Gillingham Ladies manager was pleased with the impact all three had on the game.
“We had a lot more quality on the ball, we were more direct and the players we brought on enabled that. We were able to shake things up a bit because we’ve got quality players. We got people onto the ball and when Ebbsfleet begun to tire we made the most of it.”
Another successful afternoon for the Kent club and one that marks the club’s development this season. Marrs will now prepare for a second Kent Cup final as manager against local rivals Charlton Athletic Reserves, an opportunity he relishes.
“It’s massive and it’s the rewards for the hard work that goes in. I said that to the other members of staff after the game. Today is a reward for the hard work they put in at the training ground.”
“It’s nice to have a final, it’s nice to go down there, relax, chill out and have the opportunity to compete for a trophy. That’s what we want, we want to win trophies this year and the girls want to win trophies and that’s what we’re going for.”