Stunning comeback sees Weston-super-Mare lift Somerset Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:24 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 10 May 2018

Marc McGregor with assistants Mike Kilgour and Rob Boyd. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Marc McGregor with assistants Mike Kilgour and Rob Boyd. Picture: Will.T.Photography

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Tristan Plummer’s last-gasp winner completed a stunning comeback, as Weston defeated Paulton Rovers in the Somerset Premier Cup final at Frome on Tuesday.

Tristan Plummer was Weston's hero. Picture: Will.T.PhotographyTristan Plummer was Weston's hero. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Plummer smashed an added-time strike into the top corner to send a healthy band of travelling supporters wild at Frome Town’s Badgers Hill.

The Seagulls trailed 2-0 at the break after Liam Monelle bagged a brace, but a rousing comeback in the closing stages saw the trophy head back to BS24 for the first time since 2012.

After lifting the trophy, Weston boss Marc McGregor said: “We moved the ball so well on a poor surface. Paulton are a good side, they worked really hard but they tired.

“We have to be more ruthless in front of goal because they took the two chances they had, and out of 10 or 15 chances we only took three.

Skipper Jacob Cane and Jake Lee celebrating the win. Picture: Will.T.PhotographySkipper Jacob Cane and Jake Lee celebrating the win. Picture: Will.T.Photography

“But it’s great to win the cup for the supporters; they’ve been brilliant all year. The players were not happy with their performance, but they went and won the game for the supporters.”

McGregor’s side were a goal behind within 10 minutes when Monelle – scorer of Weston’s goal in the 4-1 FA Cup first round defeat to Doncaster Rovers in 2014 – cut out a poor clearance to round Liam Kingston and roll into an empty net.

The Seagulls spurned a long list of chances before Monelle added to his tally five minutes before half-time, capitalising on a weak Kingston punch to nod home from close range, putting the Southern League West side within touching distance of just their second Somerset Cup crown.

But Weston once again mustered the character they displayed for much of the league season to come back into the game.

With 26 minutes remaining Jarrad Welch was felled in the area, and Jake Lee narrowed the deficit with a cool penalty which sent the keeper the wrong way.

And Welch found the equaliser nine minutes from time, when a clever set piece bought the Welshman room to hammer home from the edge of the area.

And the comeback was complete in the second minute of added time when Welch found Plummer in space 20 yards out, and the winger outfoxed the defence with a smart jink before crashing into the top corner.

He was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for removing his shirt in celebrating the goal, but it will matter little to the Seagulls who cap off a promising season with silverware in the bag.

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