MK Dons Ladies 1-2 Gillingham Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League South East Division 1
Sunday 21st February 2016
Kick off 14:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
11. MK – Hannah Barrett shoots from the angle of the area, Courtney Shanly saves.
12. MK – Hannah Barrett clips the ball to Leah Cudone, Courtney Shanly once again saves the shot.
14. MK – Hannah Barrett’s free kick goes straight through to Courtney Shanly.
15. GM – Lauren Davis goes on a driving run from mid way in the opponent’s half before shooting wide.
18. GM – Kallie Balfour is well tracked by Sam Gillings but still manages a shot that just goes over the crossbar.
19. GM – Claire Hollingsworth stays alert to clear Ashleigh Loosemore’s free kick.
23. GM – Madison North puts the ball through for Lauren Davis, Emma Kirby is quick to react with a great tackle to deny Davis.
29. GM – Katie Hardaker curls a corner straight into the arms of Emma Kirby.
34. MK – After great running from Hannah Barratt, the ball is worked to Heather McDonnell who hits the bar with a wonderful strike from 25 yards.
40. GM – Emma Kirby cuts out Shannon Redhouse’s cross.
41. GM – GOAL 0-1. Rachel Ahern plays in Kallie Balfour, one on one with the keeper she calmly slots past Emma Kirby.
42. MK – Hannah Barrett comes close to leveling, following a mix up between defender and keeper, she knocks the ball past Courtney Shanly before Lauren Williams manages to clear the danger.
45+1. MK – Hannah Barrett passes to Leah Cudone who shoots high.
45+4.5 Half Time: 0-1
48. GM – GOAL 0-2. Emma Kirby pulls off a great save, palming Lauren Williams’ shot behind. The Gills score from the resultant corner as the ball is swung into a mêlée of players, Lauren Williams claims the goal.
56. MK – Rachel Ahern blocks Charley Clarke’s shot.
73. MK – Charly Wright swings a delightful free kick into the area, Courtney Shanly claims the ball.
75. MK – Charly Wright crosses and Courtney Shanly punches the ball off the head of Hannah Barrett. Gillingham fail to clear and Barrett lays the ball back for Louise Naylor who fires over the bar.
76. GM – A brilliant save by Emma Kirby denies Kallie Balfour a second of the game.
81. MK – Hannah Barrett sets up Louise Naylor who shoots high.
87. GM – Emma Kirby easily collects a weak shot by Jade Keogh.
90+5. MK- GOAL 1-2. A mix up at the back between Courtney Shanly and Madison North allows Leah Cudone to pounce before poking the ball home.
90+6 Full Time: 1-2
This was never going to be an easy game for the Dons against an excellent Gillingham side who were playing their first league game since November. Both teams had a solid start in what would prove to be a tight match. MK were engaging quite high in the first twenty minutes in order to plug gaps behind the front players but after a slight adjustment in their play they gained foothold in the game. The Gills gave a strong performance in the first half but it was the Dons who almost struck first only to be denied by the woodwork.
Two goals either side of the break gave Gillingham a safety cushion and they sat back a little allowing MK more space and time on the ball. Despite their superior possession in the second period the Dons struggled to carve out many clear cut chances as the Gills defenders put in a sound performance. Gillingham appeared to tire towards the end and gifted a goal to their opponents but it came too late in the game for the Dons to push on for an equaliser.
This was an excellent match for the spectators to watch as two outstanding teams went toe to toe. It is in games like this that Dons manager Tony O’Neill will learn most about his players and despite the defeat he will have been happy with what he learnt.
0-1 Kallie Balfour (41 mins)
Half Time: 0-1
0-2 Lauren Williams (48 mins)
1-2 Leah Cudone (90+5)
Full Time: 1-2
MK Dons Ladies
Charley Clarke (28 mins)
Sam Gillings (64 mins)
April Bowers (90+2)
MK Dons Ladies
12. Emma Kirby
5. Leanna Doyle
4. Sam Gillings
7. Charley Clarke (18. Sophie Watson, 64 mins)
2. Claire Hollingsworth
11. Heather McDonnell
9. Hannah Barrett (c)
3. Vicky Holland
10. Leah Cudone
8. Charly Wright
15. Louise Naylor
13. Rosie Anderson
14. Zoe Lander
16. Charlotte Murphy
1. Courtney Shanly
2. Lauren Williams (c)
12. Ashleigh Loosemore (18. Lydia Wills, 64 mins)
4. Emma Tune
5. Charlotte Thurston
6. Rachel Ahern
17. Madison North
8. Katie Hardaker (32. April Bowers, 53 mins)
14. Kallie Balfour
25. Lauren Davis (10. Shannon Redhouse, 28 mins)
11. Jade Keogh
30. Paige Baker-Carroll
13. Imogen Alabaster
– Ian Huckle
– George Smith
– Gavin Smith