Gills knocked out of Ryman Women’s Cup

John Seager

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Despite a great comeback from three-nil down, Gillingham Ladies were knocked out of the Ryman Women’s Cup on Wednesday night, after narrowly losing to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.

The game started with Gills looking to control the game, but a slip up in the defence saw a cross drilled into the penalty box, Lauren Williams stuck a foot on the ball but she guided it into the bottom corner of the net.

Gillingham tried hard to get back on level terms, but a great creative move from Spurs saw Wendy Martin through on goal and she coolly slot the ball past Quantrill to double their lead.

Spurs had a great chance to add a third goal when a corner was drilled in, Sophie McLean got the ball as Gills failed to clear the ball and she hit a low shot which beat Quantrill but it cannoned off the post. Spurs got to the rebound first but Quantrill denied them on the goal line and cleared the ball away.

Gills had their first chance of the game, when Katie Hardaker played Emma Tune through on goal and she hit a low shot on target. The ball did beat Hulman, but it cannoned back off the post and the ball was cleared away.

Spurs did add a third goal before half time. Gills failed to clear the ball away from the penalty box and the ball was won back by Katie O’Leary, who easily placed a curling shot past Quantrill and into the back of the net.

Half Time: Gillingham Ladies 0 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3

Gills started the second half brightly and almost got back into the game when a cross came the way of Paige Baker-Carroll, she got a foot on the end of the cross, but her shot went narrowly wide.

Spurs nearly added a fourth goal as a cross was drilled into the path of O’Leary, she was pretty close to goal and she tried to tap the ball over the line, but Quantrill did well to save the shot.

The ball went straight up the other end and Baker-Carroll headed the ball straight to Kallie Balfour, who did well to compose herself before hitting a beautiful low shot which went past Hulman and give Gillingham their first goal of the game.

The Gills comeback was on when they won a free kick on the edge of the penalty box, after Baker-Carroll was fouled. Maddison North took the kick and curled it over the wall and into the back of the net.

Spurs then regained back their two goal advantage, when the ball was played out to Lucy Loomes. She was unmarked and she unleashed a low and powerful shot from twenty yards out, the pace of the shot beat Quantrill and the ball zipped into the back of the net.

Gills then got back into the game when Tune ran down the wing and drilled the ball to Baker-Carroll; she did well to hold off her defender before placing a shot past the stricken Hulman to setup a tense last fifteen minutes.

Despite some chances for Gillingham, Spurs added a fifth goal as Gillingham were penalised for a back pass, Loomes drilled a low shot past the on rushing defenders and went through them all and cannoned off Martin before ending up in the back of the net.

Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 3 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 5

Line ups:

Gillingham Ladies: Sarah Quantrill, Lauren Williams, Emma Tune, Rachel Ahern, April Bowers, Katie Marie-Hardacker, Kallie Balfour, Ashleigh Loosemore, Maddison North, Paige Baker-Carroll, Charlie Thurston

Subs: Imogen Alabaster, Lydia Wills, Fiona Constable, Jade Keogh

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: Barbara Hulman, Sophie McLean, Jenna Schillaci, Alex Keown, Molly Kmita, Shannon Moloney, Mia Vio, Meegan Wynn, Wendy Martin, Katie O’Leary, Lucy Loomes

Subs: Bianca Baptiste, Rosie Kmita, Kelley Blanchflower, Lucia Leon

Referee: Matt Charles

Linesman: Dean Firmin and Steve Christie

Attendance: 113

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