Gillingham Ladies 1
Enfield Town LFC 0
Gillingham Ladies welcomed Enfield Town LFC in the FA Women’s Premier League on Wednesday, May 4. Manager Jack Wheeler made two changes with Ashleigh Loosemore and Shannon Redhouse returning to the starting line up. Gills Ladies dominated possession but it took until early in the second half for Gills to take the lead through Jade Keogh. The goal was enough to secure all 3 points and move Gillingham up to second in the league table.
Gills started the brighter with a lot of early possession and had the first chances through Kallie Balfour. A corner to Gills was well defended by Enfield but the subsequent ball came into the box, however, Balfour couldn’t quite reach the ball before it went out of play for a goal kick.
Jade Keogh picked up the ball in midfield and provided a perfect cross for Kallie Balfour who was onside and in a great position to score but her shot went just wide of the goal.
Enfield were awarded two consecutive corners but both of the crosses into the box were well defended by Gills. Enfield then had a long range shot but this went high over the crossbar not causing Courtney Shanly any problems.
Kallie Balfour made one of her wonderful runs and put a cross into the box for Fiona Constable but the ball was just behind Constable and Enfield easily cleared the danger. Balfour then had a number of chances but each time keeper Bethan Davies came off her line to clear the ball to keep the score at 0-0.
A free kick was awarded to Gills for a foul just outside the box, Emma Tune took the free kick but her shot didn’t test keeper Bethan Davies and went over the crossbar.
As the first half progressed Gillingham were controlling the game and dominating possession. A great ball was played in by Jade Keogh to Shannon Redhouse, her shot was saved by keeper Bethan Davies but the ball went straight to Kallie Balfour who was perfectly placed for a tap in but she was adjudged to be off side and the goal was not given.
Half Time: Gillingham Ladies 0 Enfield Town LFC 0
Gillingham started the second half as they finished the first half dominating possession. Jade Keogh had an early chance after Emma Tune held the ball up out wide and put a cross into the box, the cleared ball then fell to Keogh but her shot was high over the crossbar.
Jade Keogh picked up the ball on the half way line and played a delightful ball over the top to Kallie Balfour who was through one on one but she couldn’t get a decent shot and this was saved by keeper Bethan Davies.
Enfield had a half chance of their own but this was well and easily defended by Gills. Then straight up the other end Jade Keogh latched onto a long ball over the top, she dragged the ball left and at a tight angle placed a low shot into the far bottom right corner for Gills to take a well deserved lead (1-0).
Enfield had a great chance to level the score but a fantastic save from Gills young player of the year, Courtney Shanly pushing the ball over the bar. The subsequent corner was easily defended by Gills.
With thirty minutes to go Manager Jack Wheeler made his first substitution with Megan Maslak replacing Fiona Constable.
Megan Maslak had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes before she had her first chance, a corner was awarded to Gills and Maslak’s header from the cross went just wide.
With ten minutes to play Gillingham made their second substitution with Lydia Wills replacing Kallie Balfour.
The ball fell perfectly for Emma Tune just outside the box but her shot went over the crossbar for a goal kick.
In the last few minutes of the game Megan Maslak had a great chance to the double the Gills lead chasing down a ball over the top and putting the keeper Bethan Davies under pressure, her shot was saved and the follow up shot went over the crossbar to keep the score at 1-0 just as the final whistle was blown.
Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 1 Enfield Town LFC 0
Gills Ladies last home game is against Old Actionians LFC on Wednesday 11 May 2016 (kick off 8pm).
Courtney Shanly, Rachel Ahern, Vanisha Patel, Ashleigh Loosemore, Lauren Davis, Emma Tune (c), Jade Keogh, Katie Hardaker, Fiona Constable (Megan Maslak 61’), Shannon Redhouse, Kallie Balfour (Lydia Wills 80’).
Subs: Imogen Alasbaster, Lydia Wills, Megan Maslak, Lauren Williams.
Enfield Town LFC
Bethan Davies, Holly Brandon, Cally Browne, Elizabeth Kent, Beth Demery, Chloe Bassett, Victoria Lewis, Sheryce Slater, Ayse Mustafa, Regan Coleman, Alena Beganovic.
Subs: Kerrie Marlborough, Eliza Diaz, Nuala McKevitt
Referee: Piotr Zachwieja
Assistants: Glenn Keane and Ray Snell