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On this day: JPT final 2015

Forty-thousand Bristolians witnessed City create history by becoming the first club to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for a third time.

Defenders Aden Flint and Mark Little scored either side of half-time to ensure City’s name was on the trophy for a third time under three different competition names.

A first win at the new Wembley followed success at the old stadium in the Freight Rover Trophy in 1986 and the LDV Vans Trophy triumph of 2003 in Cardiff.

City looked the brighter team from kick-off and played with energy. Little and Joe Bryan typically clocked up the miles down the flanks and Agard stretched the Walsall back four at every opportunity.

Freeman has been the division’s most potent provider and was keen to put goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell under pressure from the start with a couple of corners swinging in just under the crossbar.

When one was helped on its way for another set-piece on the opposite side, it was Marlon Pack who delivered on to the head of room-mate Flint, who powered a downward header into the bottom corner from six yards with O’Donnell helpless.
The underdogs responded well to the early setback. Jordan Cook headed over when Andy Taylor’s cross arrived just fractionally behind him before City had a succession of corners to defend but the Robins were doing a good job of keeping the Saddlers at arm’s length, with the Midlands club not lacking motivation themselves on their first ever Wembley appearance.

City were controlling possession too and finally added some breathing space with the second goal. 
Freeman was patient, biding his time down by the corner flag and shaping to cross on more than one occasion before finally delivering with his right foot towards the back post and the onrushing Little.

The defender’s initial header was saved at point-blank range by O’Donnell before Little’s right knee nudged the ball into the net in front of a sea of red and white behind the Walsall goal.
The Robins survived a huge let off later but in truth they didn't look like crumbling under the pressure. Part one of the Double was complete.

After all the excitement of the day out at Wembley and another trophy added to the cabinet, City returned to league action where they had eight matches to go before eventually lifting the League One title and ensure it would be an unforgettable double-winning season!

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