Goal of the Month is back for the 2016/17 season, and August’s edition already includes contenders for the season’s best strike. With 15 goals scored, including five from new boy Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, it was difficult deciding the shortlist for August’s goal of the month, but here are our nominees:

#GILLSGOTM1: Emmanuel-Thomas opened his account for the Gills just 24 hours since signing on loan from QPR. The striker equalised against Southend United just before half-time from a well-worked corner routine with another new recruit and former QPR team-mate, Paul Konchesky.

#GILLSGOTM2: Rory Donnelly came on a substitute with the Gills losing 1-0 at home to Swindon. The striker’s curling effort left the goalkeeper with no chance and Donnelly earned his team a deserved point.

#GILLSGOTM3: Mark Byrne stunned Vicarage Road as Premier League Watford went crashing out of the EFL Cup. The Irishman left Ben Watson for dead, before unleashing a left-footed shot that Costel Pantilimon could do nothing about, leaving him rooted to the spot.

#GILLSGOTM4: Emmanuel-Thomas’ fifth goal for the club was an individual wonder strike. The 30-yard swirling shot was voted as Sky Bet’s EFL Goal of the Weekend and gave the Gills the impetus to grab a last-minute winner at Greenhous Meadow.

#GILLSGOTM5: Darren Oldaker scored on his full senior debut for the Gills in the EFL Trophy game at home to Luton Town. The 17-year-old’s drilled effort flew into the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough for the Gills to grab anything from the game.

Watch the August Goal of the Month nominations below:


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