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Smith lands Ultimate Finish of the Season

Matt Smith has capped City’s memorable Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign by landing the Ultimate Finish of the Season award.

The striker scored all five City goals in the 5-3 aggregate area final victory over Gillingham, but was unable to play in the final at Wembley with his loan spell from Fulham already over.

Smith’s stunning half-volley from the corner of the penalty area – his fourth of the first leg at Priestfield – demanded 40% of the public vote in which over 1,110 football fans had their say.

The goal, also voted as the goal of the round for the area final stage, saw off competition from nine other sensational strikes to claim the Ultimate Finish season accolade.

City went on to defeat Walsall at the national stadium to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, part of a famous double along with the Sky Bet League 1 title.

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “There were a number of superb goals in this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the shortlist gave fans a very difficult decision.

“Matt Smith’s goal was an absolute cracker and continued Bristol City’s fantastic season in all competitions. Our congratulations go to both the player and the club.”