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Report: Gillingham 0-1 MK Dons Women

MK Dons Women claim victory on the road…

27 February 2023

Match Reports

Report: Gillingham 0-1 MK Dons Women

MK Dons Women claim victory on the road…

27 February 2023

Mollie Coupar’s late winner secures all three points in MK Dons Women’s FAWNL Southern Premier Division league game against Gillingham.

Charlie Bill’s Women travelled to Chatham Wood to partake in their third away league fixture within the week. The team sought to build on their draw against Cheltenham Town Ladies on Thursday night in an effort to replace the Gills within the FAWNL League table.
 
A victory for the Dons Women would ensure that they replaced the home side in seventh with a greater goal difference.
 
Two changes were made from Charlie Bill’s mid-week side, who faced the robinesses. Amy McLean replaced Tricia Gould and Zoe Barratt made her first full debut since the number 16 returned to Stadium MK in place for Laura Mitchell.

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FIRST HALF
A tight contest throughout the first half would eventually lead to a goalless score-line at the break.
 
MK Dons looked to grab three points in an attempt to swap league positions between the two side who battled on field. On the other hand, the Gills had desires of their own to claim three points, which would help secure their position over the dons within the table.
 
Promising chances were created by the travelling team, but the scoring had yet to be opened. The second half could prove vital to the FAWNL league standings.
 
SECOND HALF

Similarly to the first 45 minutes, an even encounter saw that neither side had broken the deadlock. That was until MK Dons’ top goal-scorer Mollie Coupar increased her season’s tally to an incredible milestone.
 
Chances at goal were conjured by Charlie Bill’s Women throughout the second half, but they were yet to penetrate the Gills’ goalmouth. With less than ten minutes remaining on the stopwatch, Coupar netted goal number 20 within the striker’s current campaign.
 
A high-intensity press had caught the home side on their heels, which allowed MK Dons to pick-pocket the ball within Gillingham’s final-third. A delivery into the path of the number 18 set up a golden opportunity for the forward, who had composedly finished the chance gifted to her. 0-1



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An extra seven minutes of injury time were seen to be played, but that didn’t faze the Dons, who had performed well defensively to maintain their advantage.
 
All three points were in favour of the travelling team at the final whistle. Coupar’s winning goal allowed MK Dons to match Gillingham on points and rise to seventh within the league table due to their goal difference.
 
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MK Dons: Sansom (C), Warren, Puddick, Biggadike, Stovold, Nixon (Samuels 90+7), Barratt (Miles 86), Coupar, Brown (Giddings 66), McLean (Gould 66), Newman
 
Subs: Mitchell
 
Goals: Coupar 81

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