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Gillingham 3-3 Southend United

Tom Eaves bagged a hat-trick to help Gillingham secure a draw at home to Southend.

Eaves netted twice at the start of the second half before scoring his third goal 10 minutes from time to ensure Gills claimed their first point of the League One season.

The Shrimpers took the lead in the 20th minute when Ryan Leonard hooked the ball home after Tomas Holy had dropped a cross from Jermaine McGlashan.

Gills hit back, though, with Eaves heading home Mark Byrne's cross in the 56th minute before he also nodded home a cross from Connor Ogilvie in the 63rd minute to put the home side in front.

Southend equalised just two minutes later with Michael Kightly volleying home before Phil Brown's side regained the lead in the 73rd minute when Simon Cox bundled the ball home after Theo Robinson's shot had hit the bar.

But Robinson then brought Byrne down in the box, enabling Eaves to complete his hat-trick as he fired home after initially having his penalty saved by Mark Oxley.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 4Lacey
  • 5EhmerSubstituted forParkerat 42'minutes
  • 6ZakuaniSubstituted forNugentat 70'minutes
  • 2O'Neill
  • 16Bingham
  • 33ByrneBooked at 51mins
  • 11Martin
  • 12OgilvieBooked at 89mins
  • 9EavesBooked at 90mins
  • 27NashSubstituted forCundleat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wagstaff
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 14Parker
  • 19Nugent
  • 20Oldaker
  • 24Cundle
  • 26Arnold

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 24DemetriouBooked at 58mins
  • 48White
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 2HendrieBooked at 87mins
  • 17McGlashan
  • 18Leonard
  • 8TimlinBooked at 11mins
  • 7Kightly
  • 9FortunéSubstituted forRobinsonat 63'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 10Cox

Substitutes

  • 11McLaughlin
  • 12Ba
  • 16Yearwood
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Smith
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 31Robinson
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,339

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away22
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Southend United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Southend United 3.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Michael Timlin.

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

Attempt missed. Michael Timlin (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Tom Eaves (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Michael Kightly (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Stephen Hendrie (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Southend United).

Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Billy Bingham (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Southend United 3. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Tom Eaves (Gillingham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Gillingham. Mark Byrne draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Theo Robinson (Southend United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Ben Nugent (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United).

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.

Billy Bingham (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Gregory Cundle replaces Liam Nash.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Southend United 3. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough4400124812
2Wigan431082610
3Shrewsbury431063310
4Charlton43017349
5Fleetwood43016339
6Scunthorpe42207258
7Oxford Utd42116247
8Blackpool42117617
9Bradford42116517
10Blackburn42027616
11Bristol Rovers420278-16
12Doncaster41216605
13Walsall41216605
14Portsmouth412145-15
15Southend4121610-45
16Wimbledon411234-14
17Bury411247-34
18Plymouth411247-34
19Rotherham41036603
20MK Dons410326-43
21Gillingham402235-22
22Rochdale402236-32
23Oldham400428-60
24Northampton4004210-80
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