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Gills at the double
 Women's Football News 16 Apr 2011
 
Gills at the double - 16 Apr 2011 - Women's Football NewsGillingham Reserves completed a historic first double when they beat Long Lane in the Kent County Women's Plate final to add to the League title they had already won.
 
They went behind in the fourth minute to an H Thomas header but rallied two equalise through Kirsty Goodall before Kylie Overton put them in front. In the second half subs Temi and Amy Russ both scored twice and Lesley Kay smashed home a penalty in her last game in a Gills shirt.
 
The score line reflects just how dominant the Reserves have been this season and rounds on their most successful season ever.
 
In a game that was always going to have a nervy opening Long Lane took the lead with only four minutes on the clock. The ref blew for a free kick and it was sent into the Gills box and H Thomas rose highest to loop a header over Lauren Harris.
 
This goal spurred the Gills into life and they were back on level terms in the 11th minute when a Whitney Judd cross was headed into the back of the net by Kirsty Goodall from close range.
 
They were ahead on the night just six minutes later when Anelle Massey harassed the Long Lane defence in their area and won the ball, she headed it onto Kylie Overton who managed to bundle the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
 
On the half hour mark Amy Taylor made a lung bursting run through the midfield and won the Gills a corner. From that corner Anelle Massey picked her out but the midfielder couldn't direct her header goal wards.
 
The Gills were starting to create plenty of half chances and there was always the sense that the third goal was coming. Shortly before half time Amy Taylor played the ball to Kirsty Goodall who turned and hit a shot straight at the keeper from distance.
 
In the second half Long Lane came at the Gills early on in an effort to get back into the match, but after that the Gills fitness shone through. In the 52nd minute S Downs went close when her effort from distance flashed wide of Lauren Harris near post.
 
Four minutes later and a Lesley Kay free kick found Whitney Judd unmarked but she directed her header straight at the goalkeeper. Aaron Perry then played what proved to be his trump card just before the hour mark when he brought on Temi and Amy Russ for Kirsty Goodall and Amy Taylor.
 
No sooner had she come onto the pitch and Temi was having a massive influence on the game. She played the ball to Kylie Overton who played it back to Temi, who advanced into the Long Lane area taking out two defenders before crashing an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
 
Not to be out done fellow sub Amy Russ was on the score sheet in the 71st minute. Again it was Temi who was involved in the move, it was her corner that caused panic in the area and allowed Amy Russ to slot home for 4-1.
 
Two minutes later another Temi run forced the keeper into a good save after she was put through by Liv McGregor. The corner was swung into the area by Amy Russ and Les Kay rose highest and forced Kay into a fantastic save to deny a certain goal. The ball fell nicely for Izzy Martin but she couldn't force the ball in but it rebounded to Temi who smashed home into the top corner from six yards out to make it
5-1.
 
Temi was once again involved in the 6th goal in the 80th minute. As she made a run down the right wing she cut into the area and just as she was about to hit a shot the keeper brought her down. It was left to Les Kay to step up and smash home the penalty in her last game for the Reserves before retirement.
 
There was still time for Amy Russ to grab her second goal of the night and the Gills' seventh in the 89th minute. She picked the ball up in the midfield before firing a shot low into the bottom of the net from 20 yards out.
 
In the 93rd minute there was one last chance for the Gills as the impressive Temi set up Whitney Judd but her thunderbolt of a shot crashed off the crossbar.
 
As the final whistle blew it queued wild celebrations and a pitch invasion from the Gills fans to celebrate the victory. The Women's Plate final victory finishes the season nicely for the Reserves and means that they have now won three trophies in their first two seasons as a team. 
 
Gillingham Res: Harris, Judd, Lynch, Kay, Bolden (C), Taylor (Russ, 57), Abbott, Massey (Martin, 68), Goodall (Temi, 57), Overton, McGregor. Subs not used: Jackson L, Lester

Long Lane: Kay, Robertson, Demetrious, Gallone, Glover (c), Bingham, Gould, Downs, Whitehorn, Thomas, Draper

 
(Report by Chris Dicketts)

 
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