Cup success for Gills Ladies
Gillingham Ladies have pulled off two successive extra time victories in as many weeks to progress to the next round of the FA Women’s Premier League Plate and FA Women’s Cup respectively.
The goals have been pouring for Gillingham FC’s women’s side in recent weeks, with the club accomplishing a fantastic 5-3 victory away at Lewes Ladies before travelling again to see off London Corinthians with a 4-3 win.
The Gills travelled to Lewes Ladies, who compete a division higher, but it was the visitors who dominated the opening of the FA WPL Plate tie, establishing an early 2-0 lead.
Paige Baker-Carroll opened the scoring for Gills, skilfully netting after creating time and space in the six yard box. Her goal was followed by a bullet header at the back post by Katie Hardaker who rose highest to meet Madison North’s pinpoint set piece.
With torrential conditions making it difficult for both sides, Lewes were able to craft a way back into the game. A whipped ball escaping everyone, including goalkeeper Courtney Shanly, rolled into the back of the net.
The second half proved to be an entertaining encounter, with free flowing football and end-to-end attacking play. Whilst Gills Ladies had opportunities to extend their lead, Lewes secured an equaliser pushing the game into extra time.
Whilst the weather continued to deteriorate, Gillingham Ladies upped the tempo in the opening period of extra time. Baker-Carroll bagging another before Lewes retaliated again to make it 3-3.
The visitors showed great determination and endeavour with Girls Academy player Georgia Reece stepping up to score her first goal in senior football, handing Gills Ladies the advantage once more.
It was an opportunity Jack Wheeler’s side would not let escape again and Baker-Carroll bagged another hat-trick for the club to ease nerves and set up a home tie against either Newcastle or Wren Rovers Ladies in the New Year.
After a huge effort in the Plate, the following Sunday Gills Ladies showed the same battling qualities to beat London Corinthians.
Kallie Balfour scored a cracking goal three minutes into the game, setting the tone for a dominant 90 minutes for Gills Ladies. Up against a goalkeeper in form and a resilient opponent in London Corinthians, Gills Ladies were unable to get the goals to reflect their superior performance and a long range shot from the hosts gave them an equaliser to take the game beyond 90 minutes.
The Gills looked to have got the upper hand when Balfour was bundled over in front of goal, gifting her team a penalty. Girls Academy youngster North stepped up to convert. This was quickly followed by a clinical finish from Baker-Carroll whose fine form up front continued.
London Corinthians caused a scare pulling two goals back including a contentious penalty and it was down to Baker-Carroll to show class with a fine finish to get Gills the match winning goal, teeing up a visit to Forest Green Rovers in the next round.
The next match sees Gills Ladies return to the FA Women’s Premier League action at home to Lowestoft Town on Sunday, December 13 (kick off 14:00). Good luck girls.
Gills Ladies Assistant Manager and Performance Analyst Opportunities
Following a reshuffle of Gills Ladies coaching team, the club are looking for a new assistant manager. If you're ambitious, dedicated and passionate about coaching and are interested in the role, please email Charlotte Richardson email@example.com.
The club are also looking for a part time Performance Analyst intern to join the team, training for this role will be given and this role can be carried out remotely. If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to Nick Gearing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gills Ladies match day mascot opportunity
The Kent Girls and Ladies League have joined forces with Gills Ladies to offer all affiliated clubs within the Kent Girls and Ladies League a unique opportunity to be Gills Ladies match day mascots.
If you would like your team to have the chance to experience this fantastic opportunity please contact Charlotte Richardson email@example.com.
Gills Ladies Website
The Gills Ladies website has been updated and now includes a new Ladies and Girls section and the page is dedicated to the female player pathway at Gillingham FC. Please click here
Gills Ladies Next Fixtures
Sunday, December 13 (kick off 2pm) – Lowestoft Town LFC – FA Women’s Premier League South East (Home)
Sunday, December 20 (kick off 2pm) – Enfield Town LFC – FA Women’s Premier League South East (Home)
Sunday, January 3 (kick off 2pm) – Lowestoft Town LFC – FA Women’s Premier League South East (Away)
Tickets for all games are £3 for adults and free entry for under 16s.
Girls Centre of Excellence
After a week of home games last weekend against Hampshire, our U11s, U13s and U15s made the long trip to MK Dons this week while our U17s had a training session at the 1st Team Ground.
Well done to the girls who put in a fantastic shift for the Ladies against Lewes Ladies in the FA WPL Plate. The game had a number of COE graduates involved and current Academy players and saw Madison North converting a penalty after a great run from Lydia Wills was ended unfairly. At full time the game was 2-2 and needed extra-time to decide the winner.
The first half of extra time saw Madison turn provide this time as she finished a great run with a superb cross which was clinically slotted home by Baker-Carroll for the third. With the scores tied at half-time the arrival of Georgia Reece and Fiona Constable added some fresh legs and impetus to the game and it wasn’t long before Georgia was on the score sheet. Madison was the provider again with a well worked set piece which saw Georgia score her first senior goal in football and nudge the Gills back in front, the win was sealed when Baker-Carroll scored her hat-trick.
It was a tough game and competitive game and the young players really stepped up to the challenge and demonstrated the quality in the squad and this was also shown in the match against London Corinthians. Well done girls.
Christmas Soccer Schools
The Community Trust will be offering three Christmas Soccer School on Wednesday 23 December for both boys and girls at various locations (Gillingham, Strood and Folkestone) between 10am and 1pm. For full details on how to sign up please click here