Bristol City lift the Johnson Cup!
Bristol City ran out 2-1 winners in the Johnson Cup game at Whaddon Road.
An early Jonathan Kodjia goal meant Lee Johnson’s side went in one goal ahead at the break after an even first half.
Cheltenham came out fighting at the start of the second half but couldn’t convert any chances.
City ended the game as a contest just after the hour thanks to Lee Tomlin, but Danny Wright pulled one back late on to make it a nervous last few minutes.
Bristol City opened the scoring after 8 minutes when Kodjia lobbed the goalkeeper after being sent clean through on goal.
Just over 10 minutes later Tomlin let fly from a free kick on the edge of the box, but his effort hit the post after deflecting off the wall.
With 25 minutes on the clock Dan Holman was given the ball by Asa Hall, but even though the front man turned well is shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
10 minutes before the break Holman was involved again as he stung the fingers of O’Donnell with a powerful effort from range.
In the 37th minute City had a good chance to double their lead as Tomlin had a go at goal from just outside the box, but his curling effort came back off the post.
Just before half time James Dayton was given the ball with space inside the area, but his shot went just over the crossbar.
After the interval both Dayton and Jack Barthram had efforts from long range, but neither of them could keep their shots from going over the crossbar.
12 minutes into the second half Asa Hall’s corner was met by Wright, but his header was cleared off the line.
Just over an hour into the game Tomlin made it 2-0 to City as his first shot was parried straight back at him by Ivan Lucic, and his deflected rebound found it’s way into the net.
Good football five minutes later from Cheltenham saw Holman play James Jennings into some space inside the box, but he dragged his left footed effort past the far post.
With just three minutes remaining Danny Wright got a goal back for Cheltenham as he headed in from close range.
It wasn't to be for Gary Johnson and his men though, as his son Lee lifted the famous Johnson Cup after the final whistle.
Cheltenham Line-Up: I Lucic, J Barthram, J Jennings (J Cranston, 70), D Parslow, D O’Shaughnessy, H Pell (B Waters, 77), K Storer (D Whitehead, 53), A Hall (J Munns, 77), J Dayton (J Rowe, 70), D Holman, D Wright.
Bristol City Line-Up: R O’Donnell, J Bryan, L Ayling, A Flint, H Magnusson, M Pack, L Tomlin (J Smith, 77), J Brownhill, C O’Dowda, G O’Neil (J Smith, 85), J Kodjia (S McCoulsky, 83).