ECCLESHILL United under-18s are celebrating winning a prestigious trophy which they hope will be the first on their way to a treble.

The Eagles held their nerve to lift the West Riding County FA Under-18 Minor Cup after their final against Rothwell Town under-17s went to penalties.

The Garforth League rivals could not be separated after the game finished 2-2, with the Bradford side coming out 4-2 winners.

Now with six games left, Lee Brannan's side are hoping to bow out of junior football in style by making it back-to-back league titles, and three consecutive Challenge Cup wins when they take on Hall Green at Garforth Town this Sunday.

In the County Cup final, Rothwell came close to taking the lead, only to be denied by the woodwork. Eccleshill threatened through Asa Mitchell before Billy Farrell pounced on a defensive mistake, skipping past two defenders and applying a cool finish.

The lead was cancelled out before half-time when a long ball split the United defence, leaving the Rothwell striker to finish past keeper Jordan Moorhouse.

A couple of tactical changes paid off for Eccleshill when Mitchell scored within seconds of the second-half kick-off, his left-footed finish giving the keeper no chance.

The Eagles had further chances through Mitchell and captain Jack Holroyd but they failed to add to their tally.

Instead Rothwell equalised with just one minute left to play but Eccleshill were spot on in the shootout to become the first Bradford side to lift the under-18s County Cup trophy in eight years.