Report by Julian Hart
Gillingham Ladies booked a place in the semi final of the Kent FA women’s cup after a resounding win over Margate Ladies at Hartsdown Park.
Goals from Breon Grant in the first half gave Gills the advantage at the interval. A brace from Alice Bussey in the second half along with strikes from Ellie Manning and Vicky Ashton-Jones secured a last four tie for Gills.
At a cold and blustery Hartsdown Park, Gills were keen to avoid a start like that against Margate in pre-season where the hosts took an early two goal lead.
In the opening few minutes, Gills were on the attack, Sharna Giordani scuffed a shot which went wide of the goal.
Gills followed up with another attack. Gills were awarded a free kick after Alice Bussey was fouled by Nicole Adams. Daisy Monaghan’s delivery into the penalty area was headed wide of the goal.
Margate had an effort on goal when Rebecca Longley picked up a lose ball and tried an ambitious long range effort. The looping shot was dealt with by Courtney Shanly.
Gills broke the deadlock on the quarter of an hour mark. Alice Bussey did well to gain possession on the half way line and burst forward. Bussey played a smart through ball to Breon Grant but the forward’s first touch sent the ball wayward, and looking like the Margate keeper would collect. Grant did well to regain the ground and round the keeper and poke a shot home from an acute angle. 0-1
Alice Bussey was at the heart of the Gills attack, it took a double block from Margate defender Rebecca Longley inside the penalty area to deny the young Gills’ forward.
Grant looked to add to her tally but was denied by ‘Gate keeper Lauren Watson did well to tip a shot round the post for a corner.
Just before the half hour mark, Grant’s shot from inside the penalty area came off the underside of the crossbar, bounced behind the line before coming out and cleared away. The referee initially played on before a discussion with the linesman awarded the goal to Gills. 0-2
HALF TIME | MARGATE LADIES 0 GILLINGHAM LADIES 2 (GRANT 15′, 28′)
After the restart Gills quality showed through, in the 52nd minute Alice Bussey was fouled by the Margate goalkeeper on the edge of the box. The resulting free kick was tipped over the crossbar by Watson.
In the 67th minute, Ellie Manning added Gills third goal of the game with a cooly taken finish past the goalkeeper. 0-3
Gills added a quick fourth goal just a minute later, Alice Bussey using her pace to get past the Margate defence, a smart low shot into the bottom right hand corner was out of the reach of Watson. 0-4
Manning turned provider setting up Vicky Ashton-Jones, a well taken finish beating the offside trap. 0-5
With five minutes to go, Gills were awarded a penalty. A clumsy tackle in the box. Bussey scored the spot kick with a strike into the bottom right corner. 0-6
Gills Ladies will face either of Herne Bay Ladies, Ashford United Ladies or Gillingham Ladies DS in the semi final of the competition.
FULL TIME | MARGATE LADIES 0 GILLINGHAM LADIES 6 (GRANT 15′, 28′, MANNING 67′, BUSSEY 68′, 84′, ASHTON-JONES 72′)
Margate Ladies: Lauren Watson, Rebecca Longley, Rebecca Slevin, Olivia Godden, Hannah Russell, Lucy Paris, Nicole Adams, Wiktoria Bukowska, Harriet Woolston, Amy Robinson, Grace Phillips-James
Margate Subs: Katie Longley, Shannon King, Isabelle Robinson, Annabelle Ashby, Megan Longden.
Gillingham Ladies: Courtney Shanly, Vanisha Patel (Harriet Clark 58′), Lydia Huntly, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Millie Waud, Sharna Giordani (Emily Symonds 70′), Daisy Monaghan, Ellie Manning, Niamh Jestin, Breon Grant (Grace Seely 63′), Alice Bussey