Thirteen not unlucky for Gills

Gillingham Ladies 13 Lowestoft Town Ladies 0
Report by John Seager

Gillingham Ladies produced a master class of ladies football, as they scored thirteen goals against Lowestoft Town Ladies, at Chatham Town FC on Sunday afternoon.

Their first goal of the game came on their second attack after just ninety seconds. They work the ball down the left, and it was crossed to Lauren Davis who hit a glancing header passed Brown from five yards out.

Eight minutes later, they doubled their lead through Kallie Balfour. She got on the end of a deep cross from Maddison North on the left, and Balfour calmly placed a low shot past Brown from inside the penalty area.

Gills added a third goal after 21 minutes. Lydia Wills had one chance to grab her first goal of the game but she blasted the shot wide. She didn’t make that mistake this time after getting the ball from a deflected cross from North, she tuned up a beautiful lob shot which went over Brown and into the back of the net.

Gills final goal of the first half came after 38 minutes. Davis was involved again as she broke away and hit a powerful shot at goal. The ball was saved by Brown but the rebound fell to North who calmly slotted the ball home to a rapturous applause from her teammates.

Half Time: Gillingham Ladies 4 Lowestoft Town Ladies 0

Gillingham continued their domination into the second half where within the first minute they added a fifth goal. Shannon Redhouse was introduced at half time and she made an immediate impact; she got the ball on the left side of the penalty box, and she hit a beautiful shot which beat Brown at her near post.

Gills added a sixth goal through Kallie Balfour. She got the ball after some great work both Emma Tune and Lydia Wills before breaking away from the Lowestoft defence and slotting the ball past Brown.

Gills seventh goal came from the penalty spot. Balfour broke away and was brought down by Brown on the right side of the box. Emma Tune stepped up and drilled a shot that sent Brown the wrong way to score her first goal of the game.

Five minutes later, Balfour completed her hat trick as the Gills scored an eighth goal. Redhouse was doing some great work on the left and she crossed the ball to Balfour, who slotted the ball from inside the penalty area.

Gills then added a ninth goal after 70 minutes. Paige Baker-Carroll was introduced to the game and she made her first contribution after being set up by Wills to score her first goal of the game, when she got the ball in the penalty area and coolly slotted the ball past Brown.

Gills hit double figures for the game when Baker-Carroll added a second goal; she got on the end of a good Redhouse cross and she tapped the ball past Brown.

Balfour then turned goal provider for Gillingham’s next goal. She got the ball on the edge of the penalty area and drilled a great cross to Lydia Wills, who nodded the ball past Brown from six yards out.

With less than five minutes to go, Emma Tune then scored a wonderful goal for Gillingham. She got the ball outside the penalty area and drilled a high shot from twenty five yards out which Brown had no chance of saving as the ball whizzed into the top corner of the net.

Shannon Redhouse completed the scoring for Gillingham with three minutes to go; when Lowestoft failed to clear their lines, Redhouse pounced on the loose ball and raced towards goal before slotting the ball home under the outrushing Brown.

Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 13 Lowestoft Town Ladies 0

Line ups:

Gillingham Ladies:

Courtney Shanly, Ashleigh Loosemore, Rachel Ahern, Vanisha Patel, Emma Tune, Lauren Davis, Maddison North, Jade Keogh, Chelsea Wallace, Kallie Balfour, Lydia Wills


Imogen Alabaster, Georgia Reece, Katie-Marie Hardacker, Paige Baker-Carroll, Shannon Redhouse

Lowestoft Town Ladies:

Elish Brown, Lyndsay Adams, Charnelle Riggall, Millie Daviss, Ellie Froud, Abbie Everson, Gemma Moore, Tiffany Foreshaw, Hannah Waters, Sophie Gillett, Aimee Durrant,

Subs: Kelly Allen

Referee: Tunde Adebayo

Linesman: Aimee Keir and Peter Worton

Attendance: 68


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