The FA Cup - First Round

Gillingham 3-2 Woking

Dominic Samuel inspired Gillingham to a memorable FA Cup comeback as the League One side came from 2-0 down to beat National League Woking 3-2 at Priestfield.

The semi-professional visitors took the lead midway through the first half when former Wycombe midfielder Max Kretzschmar spectacularly fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Sitting 44 places higher than the Surrey club in the league pyramid, the Gills were denied a quick-fire equaliser as Woking goalkeeper Craig Ross somehow repelled Samuel's goalbound effort with his leg.

Charlton loanee Josh Davison appeared to put the Cards on the verge of the second round for the fourth time in five years when he pounced on a loose ball to double their advantage early in the second half.

However, the deficit was halved just four minutes later as Samuel met Jordan Graham's cross to head past Ross before the Gills fortuitously equalised on 68 minutes - Declan Drysdale's header hitting the bar and deflecting off an unaware Samuel into the net.

Substitute Vadaine Oliver completed the quickfire turnaround 11 minutes from time as he met another Graham delivery to head past the helpless Ross, and only the woodwork denied Kyle Dempsey a fourth late on.

Match report supplied by PA Media.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Tucker
  • 35Drysdale
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 14McKenzie
  • 8Dempsey
  • 21O'ConnorSubstituted forCoyleat 59'minutes
  • 9Samuel
  • 15AkindeSubstituted forOliverat 45'minutes
  • 10GrahamBooked at 9mins


  • 6Medley
  • 7Willock
  • 11Coyle
  • 12Walsh
  • 17Eccles
  • 19Oliver
  • 26Maghoma


Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 13Ross
  • 19Reid
  • 2Cook
  • 6Shotton
  • 3Casey
  • 18DempseySubstituted forTarpeyat 83'minutes
  • 4Cooper
  • 10KretzschmarBooked at 70minsSubstituted forWarehamat 86'minutes
  • 8Ferdinand
  • 14Spasov
  • 25DavisonBooked at 53mins


  • 5Gerring
  • 7Tarpey
  • 12Collier
  • 16Lofthouse
  • 23Wareham
  • 27Leslie
  • 31Smith
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Gillingham 3, Woking 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Woking 2.

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    Attempt saved. Slavi Spasov (Woking) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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    Foul by Jordan Graham (Gillingham).

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    Josh Casey (Woking) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham).

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    Tyler Reid (Woking) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Trae Coyle (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Cooper (Woking).

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    Attempt missed. Dave Tarpey (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

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    Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

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    Tyler Reid (Woking) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Kyle Dempsey (Gillingham) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

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    Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Dave Tarpey (Woking).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Woking. Jayden Wareham replaces Max Kretzschmar.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Woking. Dave Tarpey replaces Ben Dempsey.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 3, Woking 2. Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

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    Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham).

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    Jack Cook (Woking) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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