Gills win emphatically to close in on league leaders


Report by John Seager

Gillingham Ladies 10 Luton Town Ladies 1

Gillingham Ladies continued their unbeaten season with a comfortable win against Luton Town Ladies.

The Gills started strongly, with Fliss Gibbons having a good chance in the opening minutes of the game. She raced away from her defender, but before she could put the ball into the goal, she was adjudged to be offside.

But after fifteen minutes Gillingham took the lead. Emily Symonds worked well down the right of the pitch before cutting inside and passing the ball to Gibbons. She did well to evade a defender before slotting the ball past Angelika Kopec for the opening goal.

Three minutes later, April Bowers got at the end of a beautiful cross from Ellie Manning, took a good touch and placed the ball into the net to double Gillingham’s lead.

Luton got themselves back into the game just before the half-hour mark. A long ball from Jess McKay was not cleared by Courtney Shanly, the ball fell towards Joanne Rutherford and she placed the ball into an empty net.

Gills added another goal when they were awarded a penalty. Gibbons did well to break through into the area when she hit a shot which was going in, but a Luton defender stopped the ball with her hand. The referee decided against sending her off and awarded the penalty. Gibbons took the penalty, sending Kopec the wrong way for her second goal of the game.

Gills completed a great first half but grabbing a fourth goal, with Gibbons completing a first half hat-trick. She did well again to get to the edge of the penalty area before hitting a low shot which past Kopec and into the back of the net.

HALF TIME: Gillingham Ladies 4 Luton Town Ladies 1

The second half started well for Gillingham. After three minutes, they added a fifth goal of the game. Gibbons completed a good one-two with Charlotte Gurr and she raced away to slot the ball into the bottom of the goal for her fourth goal of the game.  

Just after the hour mark, Gurr got on the score sheet when she broke away from the Luton defense, beating the offside trap from a pass from Bowers and she calmly placed the ball into the net for Gillingham’s sixth goal of the game.

Four minutes later, Gurr doubled her tally for the game when Bowers played her a nice through ball, and Gurr raced away to slot the ball under the outrushing Kopec.

Gibbons added the fifth goal when she got hold of a good over the top through ball and she raced away to place a ball past Kopec and into the back of the net.


Catherine Cooper scored her first goal since making her return to the club when a free kick was crossed from the right side of the penalty area. Cooper was at the end of the cross and she tapped the ball home from three yards.

Gillingham completed the scoring when they were awarded a second penalty. Gibbons was in the penalty area and she was hounded and barged off the ball in front of the referee. Gurr stepped up to send Kopec the wrong way and complete a second-half hat trick.

Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 10 Luton Town Ladies 1

Line Ups:

Gillingham Ladies:

Courtney Shanly, Rachel Ahern(sub 73 Bethany Nugent), Millie Waud, Ellie Manning, Emily Symonds, Jade Keogh (c), Grace Seely (sub 61 Lauren Davis), April Bowers, Jenny Newman(sub 61 Catherine Cooper), Fliss Gibbons, Charlotte Gurr

Subs not used: Katie Startup, Vanisha Patel

Luton Town Ladies

Angelika Kopec, Rachel Kosky, Lucy Webster, Jess McKay, Rachel Carter (sub 45 Asia Brown), Mollie Robinson, Nicola Henman, Zara Carroll, Amy Summerford, Joanne Rutherford(sub 75 Jodie Bellinger), Erica Byron (sub 85 Jemma Moore)

Attendance: 70

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