Southend 0-1 Gillingham- Report
Report of match 1st January 2013
Southend 0-1 Gillingham- Report.
Whelpdale wins it
Chris Whelpdale's second-minute volley handed Gillingham a hard-fought 1-0 win at promotion rivals Southend.
Whelpdale latched on to a deep free-kick from Joe Martin and, with Shrimpers goalkeeper Paul Smith rooted to his goal-line, he cushioned the ball home from close range.
The Gills came close to doubling their lead when a looping effort from Myles Weston was tipped to safety by Smith, who also did well to keep out a 12-yard shot from former United man Adam Barrett.
However, Southend improved in the second half and almost levelled in the 58th minute when a stunning 30-yard shot from Kevan Hurst was impressively tipped over the crossbar by Stuart Nelson.
The visitors had a huge let off a minute later when Barry Corr volleyed wide of an open goal from inside the six-yard box.
But, having weathered the storm, Gillingham almost added a second when Weston fired against the foot of the right post from 12 yards.
|Competition: npower League Two Date: Tuesday, 1st January 2013 Kick off: 13:00 Venue: Roots Hall|
||0 - 1||Gillingham
|26||Marc Laird (Corr 45)|
|27||Tamika Mkandawire (Donnelly 79)|
|20||Britt Assombalonga (Eastwood 74)|
|7||Freddy Eastwood (Assombalonga 74)|
|10||Barry Corr (Laird 45)|
|12||Scott Donnelly (Mkandawire 79)|
|7||Chris Whelpdale (Lee 63)|
|20||Deon Burton (Kedwell 85)|
|17||Adam Birchall (Jackman 63)|
|8||Charlie Lee (Whelpdale 63)|
|9||Danny Kedwell (Burton 85)|
|11||Danny Jackman (Birchall 63)|
|Southend Utd. cards shown|
|Gillingham cards shown|
|70 mins||Joe Martin||Unsporting behaviour|