Gills Ladies begin their defence of the Kent FA Women's Cup in convincing fashion

Goals from Lauren Williams, Emma Tune and hat-tricks from Ashlee Hincks and Natalie Crinean were enough for Gillingham Ladies to start their defence of their Kent FA Women’s Cup, as they defeated Parkwood Rangers Ladies 8-0.

The game started with Gillingham Ladies trying to boss the tempo as they started with a 4-3-3 formation.

Lauren Phillips created the first chance for Gillingham as she got hold of a good ball and ran down the right, before placing a great cross to Crinean who was unmarked at the back post but she shot wide of the goal.

Phillips was the next player to strike off target before Hincks had a chance to open the scoring as she hit a low shot towards goal from outside the penalty area, the ball cannoned off Crinean in the chest and narrowly went wide.

Gills then took the lead on 18 minutes as Tune worked the ball well in the middle of the pitch and gave the ball to Crinean who held off three Parkwood defenders before hitting a high and powerful shot towards goal which Amer had no chance of saving.

Two minutes later Gills then doubled their lead as Phillips worked well down the right and crossed the ball into Crinean who hit a low shot at Amer. The keeper did well to save the first shot but Crinean was there to get the rebound and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Tune could have added a third goal for Gillingham as she got the ball from a good throw in from Ellie Manning. Tune got away from her defender and hit a high shot at goal but she got too much behind her shot and it sailed over the bar for a goal kick.

Phillips then had another chance to score for Gillingham as Tune gave her the ball and beating the offside trap got though on goal, she did well to beat Amer but the ball cannoned off the post and out for a goal kick.

Hincks got the goal she deserved on 34 minutes, as Tune played a great ball to Phillips on the right and she ran the ball deep to the penalty box before hitting a great cross to Hincks who simply tapped the ball past Amer and the ball zipped into the back of the net.

Gills added a fourth goal two minutes before half time as Hincks worked well in the middle and she held off her defender before hitting a powerful shot at goal. The ball was deflected off a defender and went the way of Tune and she simply took her time and placed a low shot past Amer and into the back of the net.

H/T: 4-0

Gillingham added a fifth goal on 47 minutes as Hincks got the ball and ran though the midfield and tried to hit a shot towards goal but it hit her knee and luckily for her, the ball rolled past Amer and into the back of the net.

Louise Lorton was working hard down the right and had two great chances to score, her second chance she worked hard down the right before hitting a curling shot from over twenty years out, the shot had beaten Amer but narrowly went wide of the left post.

Parkwood had their first chance of the game as Alana Royston broke through on goal and got away from Williams. Royston hit a low shot past Shanly but the ball missed the left post and out for goal kick.

Gillingham then added a sixth goal on 68 minutes as Crinean got the ball from some good work from Lorton, she simply took her time to get away from her defender and placed the ball past Amer completing her hat-trick.

Gills were still looking for more goals as Lorton had another chance to score from a corner, she got at the end of the cross and placed a looping header at goal but it was cleared off the line.

Gillingham then added a seventh goal on 82 minutes as Tune got the ball in the middle of the pitch and worked a great one-two with Lauren Williams. Williams simply tapped the ball past Amer who rushed out quickly to her and it went on to the back of the net.

Gillingham then completed the scoring by adding an eighth goal on 84 minutes as the ball was played deep on the right and Tune crossed the ball into Hincks, who placed a glancing header past to Amer to complete her hat-trick.

Gillingham Ladies are next in action at Priestfield Stadium on Sunday December 7. To make it a bumper weekend for Gills fans, those who attend Gills Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Leyton Orient on the Saturday will be granted free entry to support the girls in their local derby game.

Gillingham Ladies: Courtney Shanley, Emma Michelmore, Ellie Manning, Rachel Ahern, Lauren Williams (Capt), Charlotte Long, Emma Tune, Louise Lorton, Natalie Crinean, Ashlee Hincks, Lauren Phillips,

Subs: Sophie Brown, Chloe Cavenagh