Gillingham Ladies 1 MK Dons Ladies 2
Report by John Seager
Gillingham Ladies suffered their first home league defeat of the season on Sunday as they lost to MK Dons Ladies at Chatham Town FC.
Gillingham started the game with a goal after three minutes. Kallie Balfour got hold of the ball and she ran into the penalty area, she laid the ball to Jade Keogh who hit a low shot past Emma Kirby and into the net.
Balfour had a great chance to double their lead as she ran through and hit a shot on goal, but Kirby deflected the ball wide.
Balfour had two more chances to put the Gills further ahead. But on both chances she got too much power on her shots and the ball went high over the goal.
MK Dons did level the game up just after the half hour mark. A free kick was drilled into the penalty area. Charley Clarke got ahead of Chelsea Wallace in front of goal, and deflected the cross into the bottom corner of the net.
Keogh had a great chance to get Gillingham back in front before half time. She completed a good one-two with Balfour on the edge of the penalty area, then she hit the ball towards goal but it went over the cross bar.
Half time: Gillingham Ladies 1 MK Dons Ladies 1
Gillingham tried to retake the lead in the second half through Chelsea Wallace. She got hold of the ball after a lay off from Emma Tune. Wallace then hit a low shot towards goal but the ball didn’t trouble Kirby and the ball went wide.
It was the MK Dons who took the lead after 68 minutes. A long ball was played forward towards Leah Cudove. She broke away from Rachel Ahern before placing the ball under the out-rushing Shanly and into the bottom corner of the net.
Gillingham had one late chance to get back on level terms through Balfour. She got the ball and ran towards the penalty area, she unleashed a low shot towards goal, but she couldn’t connect with the shot and the ball went wide of the net.
MK Dons could have scored a third goal as they went on a counter attack, Cudove raced ahead of Ashleigh Loosemore and hit a low shot towards goal but the ball was easily saved by Shanly.
Final score: Gillingham Ladies 1 MK Dons Ladies 2
Courtney Shanly, Vanisha Patel, Rachel Ahern, Madison North (Ashleigh Loosemore,70), Lauren Davis (Georgia Reece,84), Lydia Wills, Chelsea Wallace, Katie-Marie Hardaker (Shannon Redhouse,68), Jade Keogh, Emma Tune, Kallie Balfour
Subs: Imogen Alabaster, Georgia Reece, Shannon Redhouse, Ashleigh Loosemore
MK Dons Ladies:
Emma Kirby, Sam Gillings, Charley Clarke, Clare Hollingsworth, Leanna Doyle, Heather McDonnell, Charly Wright, Vicky Holland, Leah Cudove, Charlotte Murphy, Rosie Anderson
Subs: Zoe Lander
Referee: Chris Clarke
Linesman: Michael Michelmore and Opemipo Akisanya