WIDNES FC under 10s yellows tasted success at the first time of asking, having braved the elements and travelled to an Manchester to take part in the Jordan Smithies Tournament on Sunday (December 1).

The Yellows made it to the knock out stage having overcame some tough decisions and setbacks (including losing one player – Lucas Woods to illness) to advance into the last eight.

In the quarter final the Yellows were up against Dean Sports who quickly took a one nil lead.

This served to spark the Yellows into life immediately and they went on to record an emphatic 8-1 victory which included hat-tricks from the team’s leading scorer Harry Owen and Tyler Coen as well as a brace from midfield general Kian Lepts.

The semi-final pitted the Yellows against local rivals Rylands and this time it was Widnes that took an early lead through Tyler Coen which was held until the dying seconds when a heart breaking equaliser was conceded, forcing the game to penalties.

The nerves of the coaching team and parents were being tested, thankfully no one told the players!

Rylands first penalty was saved by the outstanding Kieran "the cat2 Berry who held his nerve and produced an outstanding save. Harry Owen then stepped up to coolly slot his penalty into the corner of the net.

1-0 Widnes.

Rylands second penalty flew high over the cross bar leaving Widnes with the chance to seal a place in the final.

Up stepped Reece Hornby who gave the keeper no chance as he slammed the ball into the net. Widnes were in the Final.

The Yellows proudly took to the pitch once more in search of the winners trophy against Junior Hoops in what was an extremely tense affair.

Once more Tyler Coen was on hand to grab the lead for the Yellows who then had to endure a barrage of attacks to secure victory.

The defence consisting of Zak, Finley, Michael and Josh held firm and Kieran was again called into action making crucial saves to keep his team in front.

The midfield was a battle ground and Lilli-Mae, Reece and Kian covered every blade of grass as the final whistle beckoned.

Eventually the referee called an end to a pulsating game that saw Wdnes FC crowned champions of the Jordan Smithies Tournament.

To see the children so happy at winning silverware filled the newly formed coaching team, consisting of Paul Holland, Grant Smith, Mark Berry and John Lepts, with great pride – what a day.