Cody McDonald helped Gillingham to victory at Carlisle with his seventh goal in eight games.

Home keeper Jordan Pickford marked his debut in fine fashion, denying both Adam Barrett and Leon Legge.

However, Joe Pigott beat the on-loan Sunderland teenager with a powerfully struck shot, while Michael Drennan and Lee Miller hit the woodwork in reply.

McDonald found space to make it 2-0 as Carlisle pushed for a leveller, before Legge shaded into his own net late on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

Post-match: Gills manager Taylor

"Carlisle are like ourselves so it was an important place to come and get a point or three. It's fantastic that it's three.

"He [Cody McDonald] worked his socks off all afternoon and was fantastic. I think they were very nervous of him.

"We had a really good chat pre-match and spoke of the importance of away wins. This was a perfect place to get it and they all felt it was a decent meeting.

"We're all pleased that three points was fantastic timing for the club."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Carlisle United

  • 18 Pickford
  • 39 Chimbonda Booked
  • 03 Robson
  • 16 Potts
  • 30 Meppen-Walter
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 10 Ekangamene (Redmond - 71' Booked )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 09 Miller
  • 07 Amoo
  • 31 Drennan (Byrne - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Noble
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 19 Symington
  • 20 Fleming
  • 24 Redmond
  • 25 Byrne
  • 29 Guy

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin
  • 15 Dack
  • 26 Barrett
  • 06 Legge
  • 12 Gregory
  • 19 Smith (Fagan - 22' )
  • 10 McDonald
  • 32 Pigott (Akinfenwa - 64' )
  • 04 Linganzi

Substitutes

  • 05 Davies
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 18 Lee
  • 27 Fagan
  • 30 Hare
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 35 Baxter
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 3,584

Match Stats

Shots

21 9

On target

4 6

Corners

9 2

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Carlisle United 1, Gillingham 2.

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Gillingham 2.

90:00 +3:13

Attempt saved. Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +1:57

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

90:00 +0:40

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

90:00 +0:03

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Craig Fagan.

89:03 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Leon Legge, Gillingham. Carlisle United 1, Gillingham 2.

87:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 0, Gillingham 2. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

83:07

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:07

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

82:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Sam Byrne replaces Michael Drennan.

82:20

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

81:42

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

76:37 Booking

Booking Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

76:31

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Carlisle United).

76:31

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:20

Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:37

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:37

Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).

73:51

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:51

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

72:28

Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:28

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

70:53

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:53

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

70:30

Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:30

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

70:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Daniel Redmond replaces Charni Ekangamene.

69:28

Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:28

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

68:50

Attempt missed. Charni Ekangamene (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:06

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

66:47

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

64:28

Attempt blocked. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

63:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Joe Pigott.

63:07

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

63:07

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:46

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Amine Linganzi.

58:40

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

57:22

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

57:00

Attempt saved. Craig Fagan (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

51:34

Attempt saved. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

50:36

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:36

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

45:00

Second Half begins Carlisle United 0, Gillingham 1.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Gillingham 1.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +0:47

Michael Drennan (Carlisle United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

45:00 +0:13

Attempt blocked. Michael Drennan (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:28

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:28

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

43:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 0, Gillingham 1. Joe Pigott (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

42:45

Attempt blocked. Charni Ekangamene (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:00

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:59

Foul by Joe Pigott (Gillingham).

36:52 Booking

Booking Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

36:33

Foul by Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United).

36:33

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:01

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:01

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

31:11

Attempt missed. Matty Robson (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

30:13

Courtney Meppen-Walter (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:13

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

27:22

Attempt missed. Matty Robson (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

26:50

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

26:27

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

26:03

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Amine Linganzi.

25:44

Attempt saved. Leon Legge (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

25:16

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

25:01

Attempt saved. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

24:47

Attempt blocked. Joe Pigott (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:57

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Courtney Meppen-Walter.

21:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Craig Fagan replaces Connor Smith because of an injury.

20:26

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:26

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

16:57

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

15:06

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:50

Attempt missed. James Berrett (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:43

Attempt blocked. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:09

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:07

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

7:57

Attempt missed. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

7:32

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

6:41

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

6:05

Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:05

Foul by Charni Ekangamene (Carlisle United).

4:05

Hand ball by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

3:14

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

3:14

Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:53

Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:26

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

1:26

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:50

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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