WIRRAL Schoolboys Under 13s football team beat a strong Trafford team 4:0 to win the ESFA North West Cup Final.

Wirral made the journey over to Hyde in search of their first piece of silverware.

Up against a Trafford team they had failed to beat in their last two encounters the boys were aware they would have to put in a shift in order to go home with the trophy.

Getting the kick-off, Trafford were on the front foot straight away, looking to get their strikers in behind the Wirral defence.

Wirral had to weather the storm conceding a corner or throw-in for some form of respite.

Unable to get much time to pick a pass both teams looked to play into space but would need a bit longer to get their eye in and make these balls anything more than hopeful punts.

Wirral seemed to settle a bit more, growing into the game.

Joe Baty and Harry Challinor looking more assured and lively to get to the ball, cutting out chances before much could become of them.

Both fullbacks Sam Coulbrook and Flynn Kaye were getting stuck into their direct opponents and were not shy in getting involved higher up the pitch.

The midfield was fiercely contested, Henry Willett, Sam Hughes and Ethan Davies scrapping for every ball and cutting out forward options for Trafford limited them to long balls.

Harrison Hindley cracked open his box of tricks and served them up to the Trafford fullback in abundance.

However, it wasn't until late on in the first half Wirral finally broke through Flynn Kaye and Ben O’Neill forging a menacing partnership down the right put Ben in space to put a low cross into the box, Trafford were unable to get rid of the danger.

Adam Pettitt's clever movement off the ball got him placed perfectly to perfectly place the ball past the keeper and into the back of the Trafford net. 1-0.

Whilst Wirral were now in the driving seat, Trafford were still getting forward and could have got back level if not for Shea Lockyer dealing with whatever came at him and being vocal as ever in organising the lads in front of him.

Wirral then seemed to have more of an appetite to go forward, yet were unable to put away a handful of chances before the half-time interval.

The changes at half-time saw Joe Haley, Lucas Jackson, Ben Murphy and Ben Francis join the fray.

The boys were upbeat and looked as convinced there were more goals in this for them.

Wirral took back to the field as strong as they left it, much of the play theirs and looked the better of the two teams.

For all their good work Wirral entered a bit of a lull in play, which saw Ben Francis called upon, reading the Trafford attacks and dealing with the danger well.

A goal for Trafford would be enough to change the whole game in their favour and give them the momentum.

Wirral needed to kill it off.

Right on cue, Henry Willett found himself within range with the time to get a shot away.

Henry's arced shot left his foot like a freed dove and hit the back of the net like a bowling ball. 2-0.

Zac Tyler-Holland replaced Harrison on the left and gave their fullback a whole new taste of getting beat 1v1.

Lucas Jackson battled against the two centre-halves creating his own chances from the pressure he put them under.

It was from this battling a loose aerial ball on the edge of the box was dinked over the outrushing and provided Lucas with a tap-in. 3-0.

With Ben Murphy carrying on the solid work of Harry Challinor, working in partnership with Joe Baty to sweep up at the back and Ben Francis making a very good save to deny Trafford any sort of comeback, Wirral were in clear control now.

Zac Tyler-Holland provided Wirral’s fourth after working well down the left-hand side and being presented with a ball sitting up nicely, struck a clean, looping volley over the keeper and sending his team-mates into delirium.

Harvey Sample came on almost making a positive impact straight away, linking up with team mates and almost getting a goal for himself but for the Trafford defender making a last ditch block to see it away.

Full-time, and Wirral run out 4-0 winners over Trafford in the ESFA North West Cup Final.

Their first piece of silverware as a team and the best all-round performance all season, every one of them played their part and should be massively proud of what they have achieved.