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Gillingham 1-0 Rochdale

Scott Kashket scored the winner on his home debut as Gillingham claimed a deserved 1-0 victory over Rochdale at Priestfield.

Two of Gills' summer signings combined for the opener, as an unmarked Kashket connected with Will Wright's free-kick to head home after just nine minutes.

Only a fingertip save from on-loan goalkeeper Glenn Morris prevented Rochdale midfielder Toumani Diagouraga from scoring a quick-fire equaliser with a looping header.

The hosts took control of the half from there and almost doubled their advantage when both Olly Lee and captain Shaun Williams tested Dale goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell from distance.

O'Donnell kept his side in the game in the 65th minute as he brilliantly denied Ben Reeves after the energetic Jordan Green had cleverly created an opening.

Gillingham striker Mikael Mandron also headed over after connecting with another pinpoint Wright delivery.

The best chance for Robbie Stockdale's winless visitors in the second half fell to Femi Seriki, whose low shot from an acute angle was blocked by Williams.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Morris
  • 4WrightBooked at 39mins
  • 5EhmerBooked at 21mins
  • 23Baggott
  • 17LawBooked at 88mins
  • 10Lee
  • 6Williams
  • 22GreenSubstituted forMacDonaldat 83'minutes
  • 11Reeves
  • 24KashketSubstituted forAlexanderat 90+3'minutes
  • 9MandronSubstituted forWalkerat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alexander
  • 3Tutonda
  • 7MacDonald
  • 19Walker
  • 25Turner
  • 27Akehurst

Rochdale

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15Graham
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 24John
  • 2Seriki
  • 14BrierleySubstituted forOdohat 62'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 8Ball
  • 3WhiteSubstituted forSinclairat 68'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 10Rodney

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 5Taylor
  • 11Odoh
  • 16Nelson
  • 17Sinclair
  • 22Slicker
  • 29Scanlon
Referee:
Will Finnie
Attendance:
4,233

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 1, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

    Sam Graham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Walker (Gillingham).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Cheye Alexander replaces Scott Kashket.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Femi Seriki (Rochdale).

  7. Post update

    Scott Kashket (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron John (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Elkan Baggott.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Elkan Baggott.

  11. Post update

    Tyrese Sinclair (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Gillingham).

  13. Booking

    Abraham Odoh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Booking

    Ryan Law (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Abraham Odoh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Law (Gillingham).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jimmy Ball.

  18. Post update

    Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Olly Lee (Gillingham).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Alexander MacDonald replaces Jordan Green because of an injury.

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