Trae Coyle scored on his full debut for Gillingham on Tuesday, making his first competitive start alongside fellow loanee Zech Medley.
Coyle made his full debut for Gillingham in midweek, starting against Crawley Town. The Arsenal loanee had previously come on against Southend United, but only for the final 22 minutes. This time he got a first start, along with Medley making his second.
The 19-year-old had an excellent early chance to score, with a perfectly-timed run in behind the Crawley defence. However, his toe-poke finish deflected off the goalkeeper and away.
Coyle quickly made amends before the end of the half though, curling a finish into the bottom corner after a nice one-two on the edge of the box.
Gillingham doubled their lead early on in the second half, and Medley almost added a third with a thumping effort from distance.
Unfortunately, Crawley pulled one back with 12 minutes to go, and Medley picked up an injury in the process. As he prepared to chase back, he clearly stumbled, before attempting to limp after the play. He had to come off immediately after the goal.
So it wasn’t all good news, but Gillingham got the win and Coyle is off the mark.
“The most important thing was to get the points, which we did,” Coyle said afterwards. “There is a lot for us to work on; I should have scored five minutes before I actually did. It was good to get off the mark.
“Everyone wants to start on Saturday; we have a lot of attacking players who all offer something to the team. It’s healthy competition, but whoever plays will give their all.”
Next up, Gillingham face Hull City at home on Saturday, September 12th at 15:00 BST.