Forest Ladies go through in FA Cup after pipping Gills
NOTTINGHAM Forest Ladies pipped Gillingham 3-2, away, to reach the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup.
It was a memorable game for Katie McLoughlin who conceded two own goals and then grabbed the winner.
Stephanie Smith shot over from just outside the Gillingham box. Then McLoughlin kicked the ball long into the Gillingham area but it was cleared for a throw in.
Natasha Meade saw a powerful shot deflected for a corner, but Forest were again unable to take advantage.
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Meade gave Aileen Whelan a ball to chase but the keeper got there first.
But it was Gillingham who took the lead. McLoughlin got to a cross first, but could only direct the ball into her own net.
Forest, who are campaigning to join the Women's Super League, equalised when Meade flicked the ball up and beat the keeper with a powerful first-time volley.
Whelan, who was booked for a late tackle, played the ball off a Gillingham player to win a corner.
Reanne Thomas met it with a powerful header giving the keeper no chance.
Confident Forest were now on the front foot and Annabel Mckechnie on the overlap, cut into the Gillingham area and put in a low cross that flashed in front of goal.
Gillingham equalised after the break when McLoughlin again got her head to a high ball, but it looped up and dropped in under the bar.
Stephanie Smith saw a deflected shot saved, while Meade shot straight at the keeper.
Forest snatched the winner following another corner taken by Amber Hughes. It was aimed at McLoughlin who connected with a powerful header.