Banner image

City lift GFA Cup in six-goal thriller

City lifted the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup with a 4-2 victory over plucky Cirencester Town at Oaklands Park.

Luke Williams’ side trailed early on, before Jonny Smith and Opi Edwards inspired a fightback to see the Robins lead 3-1 at the break.

There was another scare after half-time, before Aaron Parsons’ header with 19 minutes to go made sure the trophy would be returning to Ashton Gate.

TOPSY-TURVY FIRST HALF

City started brightly as Jake Andrews went close twice in the opening exchanges.

But on eight minutes the defence switched off, allowing Felipe Barcelos to cross for Jack Watts, who finished smartly at the far post.

Cirencester keeper Mateusz Wieczorek produced a wonder save to deny Andrews on 20 minutes after good work from Kel Akpobire.

However, the same keeper was powerless to stop Smith from equalising soon after as the former Wrexham winger cut in from the left and fired high into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Smith was again involved as City took the lead on 38 minutes. This time he was the provider, crossing from the left for Edwards to bundle home at the back post.

The same combination brought about the third goal on the stroke of half-time, albeit with Andrews thrown into the mix. Smith’s cross should have been buried by Chippenham Town loanee Andrews, who somehow lifted his shot against the bar from a yard out, but Edwards was on the spot to scramble in the rebound.

DEVELOPMENT SIDE EDGE TO VICTORY

City were slow to get going after half-time and were punished when Watts was afforded time and space in the box to reduce the deficit with a low shot that crept in off the far post.

Parsons made sure there would no need for extra time, however, as he rose well to powerfully head in George Dowling’s corner on 71 minutes and effectively kill the game as a contest.

Skipper Dowling was the man with his hands on the trophy at the final whistle, as City claimed the 2016/17 crown, after the final was held over from the back end of last season.

City Under-23s: Sesay, Pring (Turner-Williams 90), Nurse, Dowling, Parsons, H.Smith (Baldwin 79), Edwards, Richards, Akpobire, Andrews (Trialist 51), J.Smith.

Opi Edwards bundles in to put City 3-1 up in the final

Related News

Williams appointed Under-23 coach

Williams appointed Under-23 coach

Posted: Thursday, June 29th 2017

Latest News

🗓  Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

🗓 Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

✍️ Cataldo signs to stay in the West Country

✍️ Cataldo signs to stay in the West Country

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

📣 Trustee of Robins Foundation

📣 Trustee of Robins Foundation

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

✍️ Morgan pens new deal

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold
Rugby icon

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold

Season Tickets for the 2022/23 campaign are selling at a record pace, with more than 9,000 supporters already committed.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour
Rugby icon

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour

Academy U18 prop Louie Trevett has been named in the England U18 squad for the summer tour to South Africa.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent
Rugby icon

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent

Omar Mouneimne has left Bristol Bears by mutual consent, the club can confirm.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup
Rugby icon

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup

Charles Piutau has been named in the Tonga squad to compete in July’s Pacific Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend
Basketball icon

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend

The Matthew Bromley memorial basketball games will take place from 4pm on Saturday, May 28th at the SGS College Arena.

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2022 • Basketball