Bristol City's Korey Smith has scooped the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Ultimate Finish award – after his stunning strike against Cheltenham Town in Round 2.The 23-year-old midfielder secured more than 50 per cent of the vote for his goal to run out a resounding winner of the competition.
Ten spectacular goals were nominated for the award, with Smith’s jinking run past two players and unstoppable 25-yard shot dominating the vote.
Doncaster Rovers’ Richie Wellens finished second in the public vote with Morecambe’s Shaun Beeley in third.
Smith’s strike has earned him the Ultimate Finish trophy, while his goal will also feature in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Ultimate Finish of the Season competition which will showcase the competition’s best goals.
Pat Ashfield won the supporter prize - awarded to one fan who voted for the winning goal - of an iPod Shuffle.
Smith said: “It was a really pleasing goal and made all the more special as it helped the team to an important victory which took us through to the Area Quarter-Finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
"I managed to open up a bit of space and thought it was worth an effort on goal. I was delighted with the way I struck it and was thrilled to see it fly into the back of the net."
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “This is one of the highest quality Ultimate Finish shortlists we have ever had – the calibre of the goals was simply outstanding.
"For Korey’s goal to have been such a comfortable winner of the public vote speaks volumes for the quality of his goal so we send our congratulations to him."