Gillingham Ladies 3 Herne Bay Ladies 0
A Louise Lorton brace and a penalty for Ashlee Hincks was enough for Gillingham Ladies to progress to the Kent FA Women’s Cup Final as they defeated Herne Bay Ladies in their semi final at Chatham Town FC.
Going into the match, Gillingham Ladies manager Simon Ratcliffe was desperate to get a win under his belt against a Herne Bay side who have only lost one game all season.
The game started with Gillingham Ladies on the front foot and Hincks got away from her defender and hit a shot towards goal but it was deflected for a corner. Emma Tune crossed the ball into the penalty box but the ball was easily gathered up by Sarah Cooper.
Hincks then hit a delightful cross field pass to Lorton who got the ball on the edge of the penalty box and hit a lob shot over Cooper and towards goal, but she mistimed her shot and the ball narrowly went over the bar for a Herne Bay goal kick.
Chloe Cavenagh then broke though the middle after holding off three Herne Bay defenders before laying the ball off to Lorton show hit a low shot towards goal but again her shot went wide of the post.
Ellie Manning then got the ball from a decent throw in for Gillingham Ladies and she hit a beautiful cross deep into the penalty box and Lorton was the to get her head on the end of it but she can only graze the ball past Cooper and head the ball narrowly wide of the goal.
Gillingham Ladies took the lead on 26 minutes as some neat build up play in the middle saw a ball from Emma Michelmore go deep into the six yard box and Lorton got the important touch ahead of Cooper to divert the ball into the back of the net.
Herne Bay then went immediately down the field to get back on level terms and Vicky Holness got the ball and tried to hit a powerful shot from twenty yards out but het shot untested Shanley and the want went harmlessly out wide for a goal kick to Gillingham.
Tune then had a chance to double the lead for Gillingham as she got the ball from a good pass from Sophie Brown, she had space to unleash a shot from outside the penalty box but the ball was easily gathered by Cooper.
Gillingham then won a corner after some more good work from Cavenagh. Tune delivered the ball into the path of Cavenagh but she couldn’t control the ball and it went out for a goal kick to Herne Bay.
Hincks then delivered a great cross to Cavenagh in the penalty box and she got a foot out to hit the ball towards goal but Cooper did well to save her shot low wards the middle of the goal.
Half time: Gillingham Ladies 1 Herne Bay Ladies 0
The second half started with Gillingham doubling their lead after some good work from Cavenagh in the middle saw the ball deflected to Lorton who hit a high ball past Cooper and the ball nestled into the top corner of the net.
Gillingham continued to work the ball forward and Lauren Phillips then had a great chance to score a third as was unmarked and got the ball from a good Cavenagh pass but she lashed at her shot with the goal begging for her and the ball went well wide of the goal and out for a goal kick.
Gillingham then won a penalty on 59 minutes as Lorton was fouled by Nugent inside the penalty box. Hincks stepped up and drilled a high shot past Cooper and added a third goal for Gillingham.
Herne Bay still looked to get on the score sheet and Carly Farrow drilled a great pass to Isabella Tullet who out ran Lauren Williams to get through on goal but Shanley did well to rush out and gather the ball with Tullet though on goal.
Then Farrow had another chance to get Herne Bay on the score sheet as she ran down the left wing and cut inside Williams before hitting a high shot towards goal but Shanley did well to get behind it and save her shot.
Herne Bay’s final chance to get on the score sheet came when they won a free kick, Harriet Chapman drilled the ball into the edge of the penalty box but the shot was cleared away by Tune.
Hincks then broke though for Gillingham as they looked for a fourth goal, she did well to zigzag through the Herne Bay defence before hitting a low shot which Cooper did well to save.
Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 3 Herne Bay Ladies 0
Courtney Shanley, Lauren Williams (Capt), Ellie Manning, Emma Tune, Emma Michelmore, Sokhara Goddall, Louise Lorton, Chloe Cavenagh (Maddison North), Lauren Phillips(Lydia Wills), Ashlee Hincks, Sophie Brown,
Goals: Lorton (26 and 46), Hincks (pen 59),
Herne Bay Ladies:
Sarah Cooper, Emma Brown, Debbie Blackmore, Beth Nugent, Rachel Tracy (Capt), Kate Foster, Kayleigh Mount, Carly Farrow, Isabella Tullet, Vicky Holness, Harriet Chapman,
Subs: Emily Brown, Nicola Harris, Jemma Roberts, Bella Smith, Ashley Bantges
Referee: Daniel Doyle
Linesman: Matthew Williams and Bradley Lonergan