MOTHERWELL Youth Cup hero Dom Thomas is plotting a bright future in the first-team after bringing his Under-20 career to a close in true style.

The tricky and talented winger won the man of the match on Wednesday night is young Steelmen cruised to a 5-2 victory over Hearts in the Little Big Shot Cup final.

It not only represented the first time the Lanarkshire club had ever won the honour, but it signified the last act at this level for many of Stephen Craigan’s lot.

As well as captain Chris Cadden, Thomas will not be eligible for the next campaign due to their age, and he was delighted to sign off with some silverware as his full-time focus now rests on breaking into Mark McGhee’s plans.

“He came in and spoke to us before it and told us to go and enjoy it,” said the 20-year-old of manager McGhee. “He came in and congratulated us afterwards.

“I’ve still got two years left on my contract at Motherwell so I’m looking to kick on and play more next season.

“I’ve just turned 20 so this was my last chance to win this trophy, it was nice to sign off in style.

“The first-team boys now turn their attention to Pittodrie and we’re looking to go up there to get three points. We want to kick on again.

“That is something that is instilled into you at Motherwell. You are never too big for your boots.

“If you are asked to go and play for the 20s you do it. To play on Wednesday night was an honour.

“The boys have been terrific through all the rounds. They give everything and you can learn off them.

“It shows you how well they have been playing when the final was the first game in the cup run that we conceded a goal.”

Reflecting on Wednesday’s landmark occasion, Thomas was delighted to bring a rare piece of silverware back to Fir Park.

With the Well on a 25-year barren run when it comes to cup success, the young winger was delighted to give the 2000 supporters at the National Stadium something to cheer about.

“It’s massive,” he said. “Regardless of who you are playing for or what level, it’s a cup final at the end of the day. Everyone wants to win cup finals and we’re delighted we managed to do that.

“We knew the club had never won it before and it was nearly 30 years since we last were even in the final. It puts a bit of pressure on us but we like playing under pressure and we went out and did the job.

“It was great to have so many fans at Hampden. You always get a good support at Motherwell.

“They are always there every week through the hard times and the good times. Thankfully we were able to give them one of the good ones on Wednesday.”