Match ends, Gillingham 2, Southend United 1.
Two Josh Wright goals in the space of four first-half minutes secured Gillingham victory over 10-man Southend.
Wright fired home twice in quick succession before the Shrimpers were reduced to 10 men deep into first-half stoppage time, when Ryan Inniss was dismissed after being shown a second yellow card.
Southend rallied in the second half, with substitute Nile Ranger heading home, but Wright's double saw the Gills come out on top.
Wright's first goal of the afternoon came from the penalty spot after Southend defender Jason Demetriou brought down Cody McDonald.
Wright fired the penalty into the bottom-left hand corner of the net and then doubled his tally when he bundled the ball home from close range after excellent approach play from McDonald.
Play-off chasing Southend fought hard in the second half and netted a late consolation when Ranger nodded home Theo Robinson's right-wing cross.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 9DonnellySubstituted forParkerat 28'minutes
- 33InnissBooked at 45mins
- 3CokerBooked at 90mins
- 17McGlashanSubstituted forWhiteat 45'minutes
- 18LeonardBooked at 88mins
- 4WordsworthSubstituted forRobinsonat 73'minutes
- 8TimlinBooked at 75mins
- 14FortunéSubstituted forRangerat 46'minutes
- Dean Whitestone
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Southend United 1.
Simon Cox (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. John White (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).
Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).
Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Goal! Gillingham 2, Southend United 1. Nile Ranger (Southend United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Theo Robinson with a cross.
Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).
Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Adam Thompson (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).
Jason Demetriou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Michael Timlin (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).