Gillingham Ladies 8 Parkwood Rangers Ladies 0
Report by John Seager
Goals from Lauren Williams, Emma Tune and hat tricks from Ashlee Hincks and Natalie Crinean was enough for Gillingham Ladies to start their defence of their Kent FA Women’s Cup, as they defeated Parkwood Rangers Ladies.
Going into the match, Gillingham Ladies manager Simon Ratcliffe was desperate to get a win under his belt after losing five games in a row and he was determined to put this right against Parkwood Rangers Ladies. Sending out a full strength side as Gillingham Ladies started the defence of the Kent FA Women’s Cup which they won back in May of this of this year.
The game started with Gillingham Ladies trying to boss the game early on as they started with a 4-3-3 formation.
Lauren Phillips created the first chance for Gillingham as she got hold of a good ball and ran down the right, before placing a great cross to Natalie Crinean who was unmarked at the back post but she shot wide of the goal.
Gillingham had another chance as it was Crinean who turned to provider as she got a good run down the right, she tried to look for an unmarked Phillips but she couldn’t get enough on the ball to cross it to her and the ball was gathered by Kelly Amer.
Ashlee Hincks was the next player for Gills Ladies to have a chance to score as she got the ball in the middle and she hit a low shot towards goal from outside the penalty area, the ball cannoned off Crinean in the chest but the ball narrowly went wide.
Gills then took the lead on 18 minutes as the Emma Tuned worked the ball well in the middle of the pitch and she gave the ball to Crinean, she held off three Parkwood defenders before hitting a high and powerful shot towards goal which Amer had no chance of saving.
Two minutes later Gills then doubled their lead as Phillips worked well down the right and she crossed the ball into Crinean and she hit a low shot at Amer, she did well to save the first shot but Crinean was there to get the rebound and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Emma Tune could have added a third goal for Gillingham as she got the ball from a good throw in from Manning, Tune got away from her defender and hit a high shot at goal but she got too much behind her shot and it sailed over the bar for a goal kick.
Phillips then had another chance to score for Gillingham as Tune gave her the ball and beating the offside trap got though on goal, she did well to beat Amer but the ball cannoned off the post and out for a goal kick.
Hincks then stood over the ball and hit a low and curing kick over the wall, but Amer did well to save well low to her left to deny Gillingham again.
But Hincks got the goal she deserved on 34 minutes, as Tune played a great ball to Phillips on the right and she ran the ball deep to the penalty box before hitting a great cross to Hincks who simply taped the ball past Amer and the ball zipped into the back of the net.
Crinean could have completed her hat trick as she got the ball from Long on the left and she zipped past three defenders before getting into the penalty box placing a shot straight at Amer, who did well to deflect the ball over the bar for a Gills Ladies corner.
But Gills added a fourth goal two minutes before half time as Hincks worked well in the middle and she held off her defender before hitting a powerful shot at goal. The ball was deflected off a defender and went the way of Tune and she simply took her time and placed a low shot past Amer and into the back of the net.
Half time: Gillingham Ladies 4 Parkwood Rangers Ladies 0
The second half started with a chance for Gillingham Ladies, as Rachel Ahern came off and Sophie Brown was introduced. And Gillingham added a fifth goal on 47 minutes as Hincks got the ball and ran though the midfield and tried to hit a shot towards goal but it hit her knee and luckily for her, the ball rolled past Amer and into the back of the net.
Louise Lorton was working hard down the right and had two great chanced to score for Gillingham, her second chance she worked hard down the right before hitting a curing shot from over twenty years out, the shot had beaten Amer but narrowly went wide of the left post.
Chloe Cavenagh was then introduced in place of Lauren Phillips as Gillingham Ladies looked to freshen things upfront as they look to add some more goals.
But it was Parkwood who had their first chance of the game as Alana Royston broke through on goal and got away from Williams, she hit a low shot past Shanly but the ball whooshed past the left post and out for goal kick.
But Gillingham then added a sixth goal on 68 minutes as Crinean got the ball from some good work from Lorton, she simply took her time to get away from her defender and placed the ball past Amer completing her hat trick.
Gills were still looking for more goals as Lorton had another chance to score from a corner, she got at the end of the cross and placed a looping header at goal but the ball was close to going in but a defender headed the ball off the line to the dismay of Lorton and the ball was cleared away.
Gillingham then added a seventh goal on 82 minutes as Tune got the ball in the middle of the pitch and worked a great one-two with Lauren Williams. Williams simply tapped the ball past Amer who rushed out quickly to her and it went on to the back of the net.
Gillingham then completed the scoring by adding an eighth goal on 84 minutes as the ball was played deep on the right and Tune crossed the ball into Hincks, who placed a glancing header past to Amer to complete her hat trick.
Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 8 Parkwood Rangers Ladies 0
Courtney Shanley, Emma Michelmore, Ellie Manning, Rachel Ahern, Lauren Williams (Capt), Charlotte Long, Emma Tune, Louise Lorton, Natalie Crinean, Ashlee Hincks, Lauren Phillips,
Subs: Sophie Brown, Chloe Cavenagh
Goals: Crinean (18, 20 and 68), Hincks (34, 47 and 84), Tune (43), Williams (82),
Parkwood Rangers Ladies:
Kelly Amer, Natalie Pann, Jordan Springett, Jade Opodall, Kimberley Green, Skye McNally, Emily Vaughan, Hayley Thomas, Corrie Goodhew, Alana Royston, Emily Chapman,
Subs: Courtney Durham, Ellen Oaten, Zoe Candee