Gillingham Ladies Res 0 Sheffield Ladies Res 2
Report by John Seager
Photos courtesy of Bob Searle (AllSportsKent)
Goals from Sheffield Ladies’ Brooke Chappel and Nikki Hogg were enough to knock Gillingham Ladies Reserves out of the Quarter Final in the Reserves League Cup.
The game started with Gillingham trying to push forward looking for an early goal in the game, they were controlling the ball well in the middle of the pitch.
But it was Sheffield who won the first corner of the game, as Bonnie Long cleared away a chance for Sheffield, the ball was crossed into the box and fell to Chloe Dixon whose shot was deflected for another corner. It was again crossed into the penalty box but this time the ball was cleared away by Gills’ Laurel Collins.
Gillingham did manage to get forward and they had their first chance on goal, a good through ball came the way of Georgia Pilbeam. She raced away to the right and tried to hit a curing shot towards goal, but the ball was easily gathered up by Jess Houndsworth.
Gillingham almost broke the deadlock as a pass from Collins was collected by Pilbeam and she broke through on goal, racing through to the edge of the box but Houndsworth did well to save her powerful shot. The rebound came the way of Kiera Daulby, who got away from her defender but the ball was cleared to safety by the Sheffield player, taking the ball with a forceful challenge inside the penalty box which upset Gillingham Reserves manager Jason Wright.
Sheffield finished the half with a chance of their own as Nikki Hogg went on a good run, passed the ball to Brooke Chappel and she drilled a good cross deep into the penalty box. It took Alabaster two attempts to gather the ball up safely for Gillingham.
Half time: Gillingham Ladies Res 0 Sheffield Res 0
The second half started with Gillingham on the back foot, Sheffield looked to take the lead but they were held by a really organised Gillingham midfield and defence.
Lydia Wills had the first chance for Gillingham as a good pass out of the defence came her way, she did well to get away from her defender. She had options to choose from but decided to have a shot from twenty yards out, the ball was easily gathered up by Houndsworth.
Sheffield then pressed and won a corner as Collins deflected a shot wide, the ball was crossed into the penalty box but the ball was cleared away again by Long.
Sheffield then took the lead just after the hour mark as Nicole Kemp cut inside Georgia Reece and drilled a pass to Brooke Chappel. Who got her foot on the end of the cross and poked the ball low past Alabaster, and into the back of the net.
Gillingham then tried to get further forward to get back on level terms, but found themselves pushed back by Sheffield who were looking to finish the game off by scoring a second goal.
Gillingham did manage to dig out a chance through Emily Lyons, she got hold a of good pass and tried to lob the Houndsworth from over twenty yards out, her shot did beat Houndsworth but narrowly missed the post and the ball went wide of the goal.
Lydia Wills then had another good chance for Gillingham, as some good play from Collin and Lyons set up Wills, to have a shot at goal from outside the right side of the penalty box. Her shot beat Houndsworth in the Sheffield goal but went narrowly wide of the post and out for a goal kick.
Sheffield then could have added a second goal as Brooke Chappel broke the offside trap and hit a good cross to Stacey Elliot who was unmarked in the box. She let the ball go through her legs and the ball went out for a Gillingham throw in. Sheffield regained possession and a shot from Dixon at point blank range inside the penalty box was superbly saved by Alabaster and the ball this time was cleared away.
But Sheffield then doubled the lead with just over ten minutes to go, as Gillingham failed to clear their lines and Nikki Hogg got the ball in the middle of the penalty box. She hit a low shot past the stranded Alabaster and into the back of the net.
Final score: Gillingham Ladies Res 0 Sheffield Res 2
Gillingham Ladies Reserves:
Imogen Alabaster, Georgia Reece, Laurel Collins, Bonnie Long, Hollie Musmeci, Emily Lyons (Capt), Maddison North, Kayleigh Galvin, Keira Daulby, Lydia Wills, Georgia Pilbeam,
Subs: Sophie Ledger, Lucie Heath, Nicole Gilham, Annie Morrison, Rebecca Stroud.
Sheffield Ladies Reserves:
Jess Houndsworth, Carina Fuller (Capt), Olivia Foxton, Sheldon Ashton, Nicole Kemp, Sydney Shugag, Rachel Taylor, Brooke Chappel, Chloe Dixon, Millie Kenyon, Nikki Hogg.
Subs: Stacey Elliott, Ellie Hall, Lois Spreckley, Jess Heald, Magan Hill