Report by Callum Hull
Photos from @KentProImages
A sunny day without a cloud in the sky saw Gillingham Ladies play against Kent Football United Ladies in the Kent FA Women’s Cup second round.The game begins with Gillingham having kick-off.
Two minutes into the game and Gillingham have a chance through Alice BUSSEY who played Kylie MANKTELOW but the resulting shot goes just over the crossbar.
Three minutes later and Kent Football United take the lead through Megan Burrows who fires home from point blank range, having been crossed in by Amy RUSS, 1-0 to KFULFC. 0-1
Eight minutes later and Gillingham have a chance to draw level from a free kick, which is taken short. The shot by Daisy MONAGHAN goes just past the post.
A minute later and Kent Football United take a corner which is saved well by Courtney SHANLY in goal who parries, it falls to the opposition who shoot again. This time the ball is cleared off the line by Sharna GIORDANI and goes out for another corner. This ends up with another save from Courtney SHANLY followed by another goal line clearance by Sharna GIORDANI.
Twenty minutes into the game and Kent Football United have a chance to go to 2-0 as Rachel STEVENS goes one on one with Courtney SHANLY, SHANLY makes a good save and the ball is cleared away by Vanisha PATEL.
Thirty minutes in and Alice BUSSEY goes round the Kent keeper, the keeper chases and brings her down, getting a yellow card for dissent in the aftermath. The resulting penalty is converted by Ellie MANNING who shoots hard and low into the corner past the outstretched arm of the Kent keeper. 1-1
Seven minutes after scoring and Sammy BOOKER wins possession back and carries the ball to the edge of the box before shooting, the shot goes narrowly over.
HALF TIME | GILLINGHAM LADIES 1 KENT FOOTBALL UNITED LADIES 1
Four minutes after the break and Gillingham take the lead thanks to Grace SEELY after some brilliant work from Ellie MANNING, MANNING dribbled past several players before passing to SEELY who finishes it well. 2-1
Sixty-three minutes into the game and Kent’s Rachel STEVENS has her shot saved by Courtney SHANLY after she collected a hopeful ball over the top.
Eighteen minutes later and Sammy BOOKER takes a free kick which is saved, the rebound is put over the bar by Kylie MANKTELOW. Two minutes later and Gillingham have another chance to make it 3-1 but Kylie MANKTELOW sees her shot go just past the post.
In the end Gillingham Ladies deserved the win after dominating possession and territory, particularly in the first half. The game was fiercely contested in the midfield with some very strong tackles throughout, the wins sees Gillingham safely through to the next round of the cup.
FULL TIME | GILLINGHAM LADIES 2 KENT FOOTBALL UNITED LADIES 1
Gillingham Ladies: Courtney Shanly, Vanisha Patel, Ellie Manning, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Daisy Monaghan (Emma sherwood), Sammy Booker, Kylie Manktelow, Sharna Giordani (Harriet Clark), Lydia Huntley, Grace Seely (Niamh Jestin), Alice Bussey
Kent Football United Ladies: Jordan Dawes, Tash Moloney, Lizzie Waldie, Lucy Cockerill, Megan Burrows, Amy Russ, Rachel Stevens, Beth Smith, Charleen Cairns, Shannon Burden, Chloe Francis
Kent Football United Subs: Becky Turnham, Zara Roots, Charley MacNeil, Lauren Bullen