Gillingham Ladies face Aylesford Ladies at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium on Monday night, looking to regain the crown of Kent FA’s Women’s Cup.
Gillingham Ladies’ have a sparkling record in the competition lifting the trophy five times in the last seven seasons.
Gillingham’s route to the final this season has seen them beat last season’s cup winners London Corinthians in a convincing 7-0 victory. A semi-final tie at Meridian Ladies followed and despite conceding an early goal to fall behind in the scoreline, Gills ran out with a 13-1 tally to secure a place in the final of this season’s Kent Reliance Kent FA Women’s Cup.
Besides from long term injury absentee Charlie Thurston, Gills’ manager Jack Wheeler has a fully fit squad to choose from for the cup final on Monday night.
Ahead of the cup tie Wheeler spoke of his delight as his side reached the final;
“I am very pleased we have once again got to the final of the competition; the club’s record in the Kent Reliance Kent FA Women’s Cup is outstanding having won the trophy four times on the bounce in the last five years.”
The chance to regain the crown this season was at the front of the Ladies’ team plans this season according to manager Wheeler;
“The first thing that the girls discussed at the start of this season was that they wanted to get the Kent Cup back under the blue and white colours of Gillingham FC. Hopefully we can do that on Monday night at Maidstone.”
Having been assistant manager to the Gills victorious 2015 Kent Cup winning team, Wheeler could mark this season’s occasion as his first trophy at the helm of the Ladies side;
“For me, it will potentially be the first trophy of the season we get our hands on. The timing of the game will hopefully give us even more motivation, to go on and be more successful as we hunt for promotion back to the FA Women’s Premier League Southern.”
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