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Report: Gillingham 1-3 Millwall

A FIRST-HALF double from Steve Morison set Millwall on their way to a comfortable 3-1 win over Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.

Morison's first goals of pre-season came before Andy Keogh headed in a third goal with less than 30 minutes on the clock.

Bayo Akinfenwa bagged a late consolation for the Kent side.

Millwall took the lead in just the seventh minute when Morison slammed the loose ball into the bottom corner after Jimmy Abdou had bundled his way into the area.

Moments later, a slick move involving Keogh and Scott Malone ended with Morison heading just wide at the far post, but the Lions striker soon had his second goal, latching onto Feeney's pass and sweeping home from a tight angle in the 18th minute.

Morison nearly added his and the visitors' third goal when Feeney's deflected cross dropped into his path at the far post, but he sliced his shot wide from close range.

But it was 3-0 shortly afterwards when Morison broke clear down the right flank and clipped an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Keogh, who guided the ball into the far corner.

Keogh nearly repeated the feat from Feeney's centre in the 35th minute, but this time his header dropped into the grateful arms of goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

James Henry had Millwall's first shot on goal of the second half, forcing Nelson to palm his ferocious drive behind for a corner in the 48th minute.

Substitute Jermaine Easter then powered a header narrowly over the bar from Feeney's cross, before Malone's curler was tipped over by Nelson.

A wave of substitutions by both managers disrupted the flow of the game but Richard Chaplow's one-two with Martyn Woolford created a chance for Dany N'Guessan, whose shot was blocked.

In the 71st minute, Easter skipped past a couple of challenges before hammering a shot off the underside of the bar as the Lions pushed for a fourth goal.

But Gills substitute Akinfenwa headed a deep cross over David Forde to pull one back.

Easter could have restored Millwall's three-goal lead five minutes from time but he hooked Alan Dunne's pass narrowly wide.

Millwall: Forde, Smith (Chaplow, 63mins), Malone (Shorey, 63mins), Abdou, Shittu (Osborne, 63mins), Beevers (Robinson, 63mins), Feeney (McManus, 85mins), Wright (Easter, 46mins), Keogh (Dunne, 46mins), Morison (N'Guessan, 63mins), Henry (Woolford, 63mins). Subs not used: Bywater.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

18 thoughts on “Report: Gillingham 1-3 Millwall

  • July 20, 2013 at 14:44
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    Great to see Moro on the scoresheet and even better to see Keogh get in on the act, will do his confidence the world of good.

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    • July 20, 2013 at 14:52
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      @jayced: Yes, great to see Moro and Keogh on target. Goals, what a rare commodity last season. Who knows, whilst not a fan of Keogh this is very encouraging. One more striker and goals from midfield, blimey we shall have to use a calculator to add goals for. We can only hope.

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      • July 20, 2013 at 15:19
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        @hants lion: fingers crossed mate, I certainly don't remember being so optimistic about a season for quite some time

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  • July 20, 2013 at 14:48
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    Good to see them playing some nice football....shame about the disgraceful tackle in Chaplow !!! That could off finished his season before it started !

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      • July 20, 2013 at 18:10
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        Pradon the pun it was the last kick of the game !@mfcjon:

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  • July 20, 2013 at 14:56
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    Great to hear the team working so hard creating chances with good play. When goal scoring chances are not happening is the time to worry. Another good work-out, roll on the new season.

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  • July 20, 2013 at 15:20
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    All the forwards get a mention which is nice to see. Maybe a reflection on the opposition but compare it to the Brentford/Welling games SL could be getting close to a formula and a couple of combinations. Good days works for the squad, well done lads! One Stevie Lomas!

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  • July 20, 2013 at 17:25
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    Well done boys especially good to see keogh's got his mojo back, maybe Moro can get the best out of him. Sounds like things are taking shape nicely. Can't wait for next sat to see what stevie lo considers his 1st 11.

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    • July 20, 2013 at 18:22
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      Luke it would seem that as the new additions come in, your posts get shorter and shorter lol you ok bud haha

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      • July 21, 2013 at 09:28
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        @mfc1rob: in agreement there rob. I am having to sleep at nights now there are no long posts to keep me awake! Lol

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  • July 20, 2013 at 17:45
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    Is it the 3rd of august yet lol, cant wait for the season to start COYL!!!!!!

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  • July 20, 2013 at 19:12
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    I must say the midfield looks really strong and SL could easily have a strong five man midfield with a choice of five from: Martin, Trotter, Henry, Chaplow, Bailey, Abdou, Wright, Feeney, Woolpants etc

    If 5 of the first 6 I listed are fit for selection that's a strong midfield in most Championship teams for me.

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    • July 20, 2013 at 19:36
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      It sure is. Forward line looks pretty good too now especially if we sign another.
      Full backs- Shorey and Richardson look like they might get a contract. If all that happens, we'll be set up and ready to go.

      @JonnyBanks:

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  • July 20, 2013 at 20:56
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    Just a point lads, but isn't Easter having a strong Preseason? I would not be surprised to see him partner moro come Yeovil as he is getting in the mix if not putting them away just yet.

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    • July 20, 2013 at 22:41
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      @glyngo: shoot me all you want but baring the goals I personally thought he deserved at least a yrs contract when on loan as his work rate impressed me and if the rest where firing on all cylinders then he would have looked even better. I thought he was rather unfortunate to not have scored more, granted he missed a few sitters but his positional sense is probably the best at the club.
      Got a gut feeling he's gonna come really good for us.

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  • July 20, 2013 at 22:02
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    Keogh is as good as Morrison when he's at his best, and I think they'll be a good partnership this season.

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