Gills Ladies step closer to FA Cup first round

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Gillingham Ladies 4 Maidenhead Ladies 0

Gillingham Ladies progressed through to the Fourth Qualifying round of the SSE FA Women’s Cup, with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Maidenhead United Ladies.

Gillingham started well and took the lead after five minutes. After being denied a few minutes earlier by a great save by Eleanor Parker, Fliss Gibbons got on the end of a through ball by Harriet Chapman; Gibbons got ahead of her defender and coolly slotted the ball past Parker and into the net.

Gillingham then doubled their lead a minute later. Their next attack started with a cross from the right by Jade Keogh, the ball was not cleared and it fell straight to Emma Tune. Tune controlled the ball away from the defender before hitting a powerful left foot shot which Parker couldn’t stop as it curled into the top left corner of the net.

Rachel Ahern had a great chance to add a third for the Gills. A deep cross from the left saw Ahern unmarked at the right post but she couldn’t get her foot on the end of the cross as it went out for a goal kick.

Gills did add a third goal after twenty two minutes; Keogh played through Chapman, who then brilliantly turned inside her defender, before placing a powerful shot past Parker to score her first goal for the club.

Gills then completed a superb first half, by adding a fourth goal with four minutes to go before half time. Grace Seely passed the ball into the path of Gibbons, who worked well to get the ball into the penalty area and drilled a low cross straight into the path of Emily Symonds, who was unmarked at the back post the tap the ball into the goal.

HALF TIME: Gillingham Ladies 4 Maidenhead United Ladies 0

The second half saw Gibbons pressing hard as she was looking for a second goal of the game. She did well to break through on goal but he shot was excellently saved by Parker at point blank range.

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Maidenhead did have a great chance to get on the score sheet when Alex Lover passed the ball straight to Rachel Panting. She hit the ball on the volley on the edge of the penalty area, but she couldn’t connect fully with the ball and it was an easy low save for Courtney Shanly

Gibbons almost made it five for Gillingham; she got the ball and cut inside two defenders before hitting a looping shot with beat Parker but it cannoned off the crossbar. Gibbons tried to get on the rebound but she was flagged for being offside.

Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 4 Maidenhead Ladies 0

Line ups:

Gillingham Ladies:

Courtney Shanly, Charlie Thurston, Rachel Ahern, Vanisha Patel, Emma Tune, April Bowers, Fliss Gibbons, Grace Seely, Emily Symonds, Harriett Chapman, Jade Keogh

Subs: Lauren Williams, Katie Hardaker, Bethany Nugent

Maidenhead United Ladies:

Eleanor Parker, Amy Saunders, Sinead Thompson, Chelsea Coulter, Sarah Reid, Rachel Panting, Jessica Perkins, Natalie Richardson, Natasha Thompson, Alex Lover, Lauren May

Subs: Emily Boycott, Shyla Carty

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