Gillingham Ladies welcomed MK Dons LFC for the first home game of the season at our new home ground (Corinthian Sports Club). Manager Jack Wheeler made three changes to the side that drew with Luton Town LFC last weekend. Three goals in the first half were enough for Gills to secure all 3 points and first win of the season.
For our first home game we had the pleasure of welcoming Grasshoppers Girls U11s to be match day mascots. The girls did a fantastic job.
Prior to kick off a minutes silence was held in memory of Portsmouth Ladies President Dave Coyle who sadly passed away last week.
Gills started the game positively with the first chance in the opening minutes with a perfect pass from Lauren Williams for Amy Taylor but she was caught off side, shortly after Millie Waud ran into the box and went down. A penalty was awarded to Gills and April Bowers converted the spot kick to give Gills the lead.
MK Dons first chance came mid way through the first half but goalkeeper Courtney Shanly was there to pull off a good save to keep the score at 1-0.
Gills continued to make chances and dominate possession, Gills doubled their lead after half an hour this time it was Amy Taylor who delightfully avoided a number of tackles in the box and her shot was nicely placed in the bottom left hand corner of the net.
MK Dons had a couple of chances as the half time was approaching, firstly a free kick hit the cross bar that went for a goal kick and a cross into the box that was easily saved by goalkeeper Courtney Shanly.
Gills were playing some good pass and move football which led to the third goal with a great one two between April Bowers and Lauren Williams on the edge of the box. Williams coolly slotted home to make it 3-0 just before half time.
Half Time: Gillingham Ladies 3 MK Dons LFC 0
MK Dons LFC started the second half positively and were looking to get back into the match from the opening minutes. The away team dominated possession in the second half and had a number of chances but the Gills defence stood firm and Courtney Shanly was there with some fine saves to keep the score at 3-0.
On 60 minutes Gills made a double change with Shannon Redhouse and Emily Symond replacing Millie Waud and Lauren Williams.
Half way through the second half MK Dons pulled one back when a looping shot from outside the box managed to beat Courtney Shanly who could not get a hand to it (3-1).
With 10 minutes to play Gills made their final change with Lydia Wills replacing April Bowers.
Gills continued to defend resolutely as a team and saw out the last 10 minutes, Gills also had a chance of their own with Amy Taylor on goal but her shot was easily saved.
FULL TIME: Gillingham Ladies 3 MK Dons LFC 1
Courtney Shanly, Grace Seely, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Rachel Ahern, Vanisha Patel, Emma Tune, April Bowers, Lauren Williams (c), Katie Hardaker, Amy Taylor, Millie Waud
Subs: Katie Startup, Seren Bentley, Emily Symond, Shannon Redhouse, Lydia Wills
MK Dons LFC
Savannah Smith, Kara Howes, Sammy Gillings, Charley Clarke, Vicky Holland, Louise Naylor, Leah Cudone, Kerry Newman, Heather McDonnell, Charly Wright, Hannah Barrett
Subs: Nicola Brooks, Anna Loftus, Sasha Newsome.
The next game for Gills is a trip to Southampton Saints LFC in the FA WPL Cup on Sunday 11th September, then we welcome Ipswich Town LFC to Corinthians for our next home game in the league on Sunday 18th September. Come and Roar Us On.