A sublime six goal haul from Ashlee Hincks, plus a four goal haul from Lauren Phillips and hat trick from Jade Keogh plus two goals from Emma Tune was more than enough for Gillingham Ladies to progress through the first round of the FA Women’s’ Premier League Cup as they destroyed Ebbsfleet United Ladies at Chatham Town FC on Sunday Afternoon.
Going into the game, Gillingham Ladies manager Simon Ratcliffe was still coming off the back of his first defeat as manager as they lost 3-0 in the league to Spurs Ladies, and with the club’s first ever game at Priestfield Stadium on the horizon next week, it was important to get a morale boosting win in the Cup. Hincks makes her competitive debut up front for the team after re-joining the club over the summer.
The game started with Gills Ladies on the attack as they looked to get a foot hold of the game early into the match.
And it nearly paid off as Hincks got the ball as she set up Tune who could have been through on goal but she lost the ball under her feet and it went for a goal kick.
Gills Ladies then had a corner which Louise Lorton took and crossed into the path of Lauren Williams who then tried a deep cross to Jade Keogh who couldn’t control the ball and went out for a goal kick.
Sophie Brown then set up Keogh but her shot was too powerful and it went high and wide of the goal for a goal kick.
Gills finally broke the deadlock on 10 minutes goal as Hincks pinched possession on the edge of the area and cooly slot the ball past Bronwyn Allen for a great individual goal and her first goal in her second spell for the club.
Tune could have made it two nil but Allen did well to save the ball and clear it away from danger. Tune then had a great chance to score as she hit a lob trying to deceive Allen who did well to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.
Allen was made to work hard again for Ebbsfleet as a shot from Hincks cannoned off the bar, and she saved two great saves from shots from Louise Lorton and then Emma Tune as Gills Ladies were working hard for a second goal.
Gills Ladies then doubled their lead on 20 minutes as Lorton broke away on the right and sent over a delightful cross into the path of Hincks who simply headed the ball past Allen for her brace.
Things then went bad for Gills Ladies as Lorton was caught late in a tackle and went down hard. Athena Yennaris came on for her as Gills made their first change of the game.
Phillips, pushed into more of an attacking role, broke away from the Ebbsfleet defence and got a powerful shot towards the goal but the shot was saved brilliantly by Allen and went out for a Gills corner.
Gills ladies added a third goal on 42 minutes as Philips got the ball after some great pressure on the centre back and then rounded Allen, coolly slotting the ball into the empty net.
And as quick as a flash Gills added a fourth on 43 minutes as Hincks broke away from the middle and dribbled the ball past two defenders and Allen to complete her hat trick.
Hincks could have added a fifth goal for Gillingham Ladies before half time as Keogh worked well on the left and got the ball over to her team-mate, but she took too much time with her shot and it went well wide of the goal.
Half time Gillingham Ladies 4 Ebbsfleet United Ladies 0
Gillingham Ladies started the second half as they finished the first, with the ball and in control of the game.
Brown worked well down the right and hit a delightful ball towards goal but Hincks nor Allen could reach the ball which went out for a goal kick.
But Gills Ladies added a fifth as Hincks got away from a cross from Brown and beat the ball before Allen could reach it to slot home.
Gills quickly added a sixth when Keogh got the ball and slotted a quality finish from over ten yards out which had Allen beaten all ends up.
Gills Ladies added a seventh goal on 59 minutes as they pushed forward and some poor defending let the Gills Ladies score again and it was Lauren Phillips who got her second goal of the game
Tune was continuing to work hard in the middle of the pitch alongside Charlotte Long, and Tune had a great chance to get on the score sheet as she was put in by Hincks but her low goal bound effort was deflected wide.
Tune got the goals she deserved from the game on 69 minutes as some great through play from Phillips came her way on the six yard box and she slotted the past Allen.
Hincks then got a fifth goal after some more great work on the right from Phillips who crossed the ball to her strike partner who nailed the ball into the top corner.
Gills Ladies got into double figures as Keogh got the ball on the left side of the pitch and ran the ball directly to goal before hitting a low shot past Allen and into the back of the net for her second goal of the game.
Phillips completed her hat trick as Keogh broke though on goal, her shot was easily saved by Allen but the rebound fell straight to Phillips who beat off her defender before slotting the ball into the back of an empty net.
Gills Ladies manager Simon Ratcliffe then made two changes as Charlotte Long and Emma Michelmore went off and Emily Lyons and Megan Carroll replaced them.
Things then went really bad for Ebbsfleet as a cross from Keogh missed Hincks but the ball cannoned off Kristina Hewlett’s out stretched leg and past Allen and into the back of the net.
Gills Ladies then made it a thirteenth goal as some more good work from Hincks set up Phillips to take the ball and run the ball towards goal before hitting a low shot past Allen and into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the game.
Keogh then completed her hat trick as Ebbsfleet failed to clear their lines and Keogh placed the ball from just under fifteen yards out to nestle it into the bottom corner of the net.
Tune added a fifteenth goal for the Gills as she broke away down the middle of the pitch and placed a low shot from just inside the penalty box which Allen had no chance of saving.
Full time Gillingham Ladies 15 Ebbsfleet United Ladies 0
Gillingham will now turn their attention to their first ever home game at Priestfield Stadium next Sunday as they entertain Keynsham Town Ladies in their first home game of the Season. Free entry for all fans. The game kicks off at 2.00pm.
Gillingham Ladies line up: Courtney Shanly, Lauren Phillips, Lauren Williams (Capt), Emma Tune, Emma Michelmore (Megan Carroll), Sokhara Goodall, Louise Lorton (Athena Yennaris), Charlotte Long (Emily Lyons) , Ashlee Hincks, Sophie Brown, Jade Keogh,
Subs not used: Imogen Alabaster, Kayleigh Galvin.
Ebbsfleet United Ladies line up:
1. Bronwyn Allen, 9. Emily Broad, 2. Charlotte Abbott, 7. Elise Hallum, 17. Amiee Smith, 3. Esther Alboye, 15. Kristina Hewlett, 12. Millie Main, 5. Nicola Jordan, 10. Nikola Wajcechawska, 4. Amy Zacza
Subs not used:
Briony Houghton, 8. Charlotte Ragiru, 14. Hannah Ragiru
Referee: D. Sotomin
Assistants: D.Geary and N.Wilson
4th Official: Mr Patrick Miller