Gillingham 2-3 Fleetwood Town

Kyle Dempsey’s injury-time winner kept Fleetwood’s automatic promotion hopes alive after they twice came from behind to win against Gillingham.

An unfortunate own goal from Alex Cairns and Rory Donnelly’s effort looked to have secured three points for the Gills, but Fleetwood battled back to clinch victory courtesy of goals from Ashley Hunter, David Ball and Dempsey.

The hosts took the lead when defender Zesh Rehman headed an effort against the post from a Lee Martin corner and it went in via Cairns.

Town struck back in the 54th minute after a defensive error saw Hunter collect the ball 18 yards out and drill a low shot into the bottom corner.

Donnelly then restored his side’s lead on the hour mark as his deflected free-kick fortunately dribbled into Cairns’ goal.

But the visitors responded again through Ball in the 79th minute before Dempsey’s first-time strike with seconds remaining clinched victory.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 30Holy
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 31Rehman
  • 2Jackson
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 44Wright
  • 14L MartinSubstituted forOsadebeat 81′minutes
  • 19Parker
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forCornickat 79′minutes
  • 9DonnellyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forCundleat 89′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 4Herd
  • 16Osadebe
  • 21List
  • 24Cundle
  • 34Cornick
  • 36Mbo

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5EasthamSubstituted forColeat 70′minutes
  • 6PondBooked at 39minsSubstituted forBolgerat 45′minutes
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 34Dempsey
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forBurnsat 70′minutes
  • 11Grant
  • 3Bell
  • 10Ball
  • 22Hunter

Substitutes

  • 4Brannagan
  • 9Burns
  • 12Bolger
  • 15Nirennold
  • 38Schwabl
  • 41Urwin
  • 44Cole
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
8,760

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 3.

Attempt missed. Tomas Holy (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 3. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Hunter with a cross.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Gregory Cundle replaces Rory Donnelly.

Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Harry Cornick (Gillingham).

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces Lee Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 2. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cian Bolger following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Harry Cornick replaces Cody McDonald.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Gillingham).

Amari’i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Josh Wright.

Attempt blocked. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Devante Cole replaces Ashley Eastham.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Wes Burns replaces George Glendon.

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham).

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Fleetwood Town 1. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town).

Booking

Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Attempt saved. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Fleetwood Town 1. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

goal

References

  1. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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