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Gloucester City claim 2023/24 Gloucestershire County Cup defeating Bishops Cleeve 5-4 on penalties. MATCH REPORT:

Gloucester City end their 23/24 season with silverware after 5-4 penalty shootout victory against Bishops Cleeve in the Gloucestershire County Cup final at the TigerTurf stadium, after drawing 2-2 in normal time.


Mike Cook made five changes from his side's last league game of the season on Saturday with Ty Lake and Teddy Rowe filling in at full back, Elliott Durrell returned to the starting 11 in place of the injured Josh Smile. 


Cleeve enjoyed an early spell of possession and came really close to breaking the deadlock after Ross Langworthy found himself through on goal but couldn't pull off the audacious backheel.


Brandon Smalley came desperately close to putting City a goal up after winger struck the bar on 28 minutes.


City did take the lead on 36 minutes thanks toa  delightful set piece delivered by Elliott Durrell, which was headed towards the back post by Theo Robinson, giving the Cleeve goalkeeper no chance.


Lake eased off his man brilliantly to deny Cleeve another good chance shortly before the halftime whistle.


Danny Wright asserted himself throughout the game as the veteran striker displayed some brilliant hold up play causing problems for Cleeve defenders throughout the match.


Jared Thompson made a hand full of saves as the game went on to keep City going throughout.


Cleeve did get their equaliser on 68 minutes as Langworthy tapped home from close range thanks to a well worked move down the left-hand side from the visitors.


City came so close to regaining the lead on 76 minutes after another brilliant Durrell delivery was seen out for a corner, as the Cleeve defender ushered the ball just over the bar.

Minutes later though Cleeve would take the lead as Malshanskyj lobbed the ball over Thompson from just outside the City box.


Thomposn pulled off a brilliant save at his near post to keep City in the match late on, followed by another close range stop to deny Cleeve making it a two goal advantage.


Some individual brilliance from Rowe meant the ball fell to Brandon Smalley inside the box, as he flashed an effort across goal which went narrowly wide.


City manged to find their equaliser in the 93rd minute as Theo Robinson scored his brace getting on the end of Durrell's lovely weighted through ball and dispatching with ease around the keeper to send the game to penalties.


Wright had another headed effort as added time winded down, but his shot flew over the bar.


Cleeve missed three spot kicks in the shootout as club captain Spencer Hamilton tucked away the winning penalty to bring Home the Gloucestershire County Cup.


Following the match, shootout-hero Hamilton received an award for making his 150th City appearance this season. 


Harry Pinchard was awarded with player's, manager's and fan's player of the season, with Harry Emmett picking up young player of the season. 

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