January 26, 2013
Returning hero earns Gills a point
Cody McDonald picked up from where he left off at Gillingham and rescued a point with a late header on his second debut for the club - but Martin Allen's men still missed out on top spot.
McDonald bagged 25 goals on loan at Priestfield two seasons ago and having returned to the Kent club this week on loan from Coventry, he salvaged a draw for the Gills with five minutes to go.
York went ahead when the Gillingham defence failed to deal with Patrick McLaughlin's corner and Charlie Lee diverted the ball into his own net on 17 minutes.
Gills skipper Adam Barrett nearly levelled things before the break, his header forcing a superb reflex save from York stopper Michael Ingham.
York's Chris Smith then went a whisker away from doubling the advantage, glancing a header off the post on the hour.
And Lee's day went from bad to worse when he was forced off with a head injury, leaving the Gills with only ten men for the last ten minutes having used all their substitutes.
But McDonald finally got the breakthrough, glancing in Miles Weston's looping cross to rescue a point in his first game back at Priestfield.
|1 Stuart Nelson||24 Michael Ingham|
|12 Andy Frampton||4 Chris Smith|
|26 Adam Barrett||6 Daniel Parslow|
|6 Leon Legge||2 Lanre Oyebanjo|
|3 Joseph Martin||22 Jack O'Connell|
|28 Steven Gregory||8 Scott Kerr|
|8 Charlie Lee||33 Alex Rodman|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||17 Matty Blair|
|14 Charlie Allen||19 Michael Potts|
|17 Adam Birchall||26 Patrick McLaughlin|
|9 Danny Kedwell||9 Jason Walker|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Paul Musselwhite 1|
|2 Matt Fish||Tom Allen 27|
|15 Callum Davies||Lee Bullock 12|
|37 Sam Muggleton||Jon Challinor 20|
|24 Myles Weston||John McReady 15|
|20 Deon Burton||Oli Johnson 14|
|29 Cody McDonald||Ben Everson 21|
|Myles Weston for Andy Frampton (38)||Jon Challinor for Lanre Oyebanjo (81)|
|Matt Fish for Charlie Allen (46)||Lee Bullock for Alex Rodman (90)|
|Cody McDonald for Adam Birchall (55)|
|Steven Gregory (58)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | York City|