PRINCES Villa Youth have made history by becoming the first ever youth team from Ellesmere Port to win the Cheshire Cup.
Duncan Barlow's side secured the honour after beating Winsford 2-1 in an epic final, courtesy of a sensational double from Tom McGill.
The young striker's first goal came three minutes before the interval when he produced a superb overhead kick to direct a Sean Johns cross into the corner.
Despite a strong reaction from Winsford that resulted in an equaliser, Villa kept battling and McGill raced clear to fire home and win the match with 15 minutes remaining.
A delighted Barlow was quick to praise his players for their recordbreaking feat.
He said: 'Its a tremendous achievement for an Ellesmere Port youth team to win the Cheshire youth cup. Younger age groups have won this competition but never a youth team.
'The sheer commitment off all the lads is fantastic not just for matches but for their efforts in training. Their whole attitude is always to work hard.'
It was a particularly poignant win for the youngsters after a tough year in which they lost a very close friend in a car accident and Barlow was keen to highlight the togetherness of the squad.
He added: 'The managers and all the parents and guardians were so proud of the lads and to see them at the final whistle cheering and hugging each other was fantastic.
'They have had a tough time this past year but they still stick together and have a great team spirit that no one can break.' nVilla's road to the final: Round one, Parkview (H), W 14-0; round two, Heygrath (A), W 1-0; round three, Ashville Yth (A), W 2-1; round four, Dukinfield Town (H), W 2-0; semi-final, Stork Yth (H), W 2-0. nPrinces Villa Colts are geared up for success after securing a kit sponsor-ship.
The U9 junior side now have the strip to match their silky skills after it was donated by Hannay Associates based in Birkenhead.
The sponsorship means Colts have matched their Villa counterparts who were recently featured modelling their new kit in the Pioneer.
Manager Dave Ramsay is delighted with the deal and said: 'The kids are made up with the new kit and are looking forward to wearing it for many years to come. We'd like to thank Hannay Associates for donating it.'