Gillingham Ladies broke club history by securing a place in the FA Women’s Cup fifth round by beating Preston North End 1-0 courtesy of a brilliant Jade Keogh free kick. Manager James Marrs was delighted to secure an important win.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to be in the hat for the next round. It wasn’t a good performance by us but we managed to sneak the win.”
It was a close affair according to the Gills Ladies manager who has lead the club to the furthest point of the FA Cup two years in a row.
“It was a fairly even 90 minutes that could of gone either way. We were just fortunate that Jade has struck a superb free kick into the top corner. They had some clear cut opportunities and should of finished from them. We also had three or four clear opportunities in front of goal that should of been finished. On another day it could of been 4-4.”
“I am so pleased for Jade to get the winning goal, a wonderful strike and that will certainly keep a smile on her face for a while.”
Asked who he’d like to face in the next round, before the draw against Arsenal was cast, Marrs said: “We are just grateful to be in the hat if I’m honest. It doesn’t matter who we get as it will be a special occasion. We will work hard an give it our all whatever the tie.”
Meanwhile, Sunday’s result saw the Gills pick up two victories within five days, an important response to a disappointing week previously.
“It’s huge to erase the two defeats we had before that. We are still looking at improving our performances and looking to sharpen up in key areas of the pitch. Lewes were the first team to beat us this season so we want to make sure we do our best to avenge that defeat.”
“We will get a feel for the mood of the camp on Tuesday night when they report for training. If its anything like the buzz of the warm up and the feel in the changing room then I’m certainly looking forward to preparing them for this week’s game.”
Gillingham Ladies host Lewes Ladies at Chatham Town this Sunday. Kick off 2pm.