Gallagher in the goals again
Last Updated: 26/04/14 7:22pm
Paul Gallagher: Amongst the goals again
Paul Gallagher made it four goals in two games as Preston bolstered their play-offs position with a 3-1 victory over Gillingham.
Preston led for most of the first half thanks to captain John Welsh's early strike but Cody McDonald equalised just before the break.
However, North End struck twice in six second-half minutes through Gallagher and substitute Neil Kilkenny to climb up to third in the table.
Preston took the lead in the eighth minute through Welsh who shot past goalkeeper Stuart Nelson from 12 yards after a Stuart Beavon lay-off.
Gillingham were struggling to compete and team-mates Chris Whelpdale and Joe Martin were spoken to by referee Charles Breakspear after a heated disagreement.
However, the visitors were level on the stroke of half-time when Jack King miscued a headed clearance and Leon Legge fed McDonald who lashed home a shot from eight yards out.
Preston regained the lead after 57 minutes as Beavon found Gallagher on the edge of the area and he curled in an effort from 18 yards.
And it was 3-1 to six minutes later when sub Kilkenny scored with his first touch, bundling home from three yards out after Joe Garner's effort had been saved by Nelson.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 26th Apr
Bradford2 - 1Crawley
Bristol C0 - 0Crewe
Carlisle0 - 1Oldham
Colchester4 - 1Brentford
Coventry1 - 1Wolves
Leyton Or2 - 0Tranmere
Notts Co2 - 0Swindon
Preston3 - 1Gillingham
Rotherham2 - 2MK Dons
Shrewsbury2 - 4Peterboro
Stevenage3 - 2Walsall
Sky Bet League 1
|4||Milton Keynes Dons||3||6|
|8||Preston North End||3||5|