After Sam Edozie’s deflected strike gave us a first half lead, City turned on the style after the break scoring five more – including a four-goal blast in nine minutes.
The final scoreline was a tad harsh on the visitors who proved tough opponents for the opening 60 minutes.
But Gareth Taylor’s side were a joy to watch and the full-time whistle sparked scenes of celebration and joy amongst the players after a superb campaign that saw us retain the trophy in fine fashion.
It proved to be a compelling, absorbing contest, befitting the occasion, with two talented sides providing a contrast in styles.
The final saw Stoke blending a high press and physicality to powerful effect against City’s vibrant, possession-based football.
The visitors settled first with a second minute Adam Porter corner causing mayhem in the City box before Joe Hodge scrambled behind.
From the follow up there was yet more panic as Andre Godfrinne lashed over from close range.
Gradually however, Taylor’s young charges found their feet with Edozie and fellow winger Oscar Bobb dangerous on either wins, James McAtee’s technical prowess catching the eye and Liam Delap a constant menace upfront.
On 13 minutes a searing run from Bobb saw the youngster cut inside only for his cross-cum shot was blocked by Stoke keeper Nathan Broome before Edozie’s instant return was sent wide by skipper Cole Palmer.
There was then a scare at the other end as home keeper Cieran Slicker was almost robbed on the line by Stoke striker Mohamed Sankoh.
But City’s persistence was finally rewarded on 39 minutes as we made the all-important breakthrough.
Edozie’s teasing run on the edge of the box opened up a fraction of space and his shot was deflected off Palmer into the right corner of the net to leave the Stoke keeper no chance.
The visitors then almost hit back instantly, and it needed a crucial goal-saving block by Slicker from outside his box to deny Godfrinne after the Stoke striker had evaded CJ Egan-Riley.
Stoke came out with an extra spring in their step and the visitors – backed by a noisy travelling contingent of fans - almost restored parity straight after the restart, the powerful Sakho sending a curling shot narrowly wide.
City then almost doubled our lead. Delap’s power saw him cut a swathe through the Potters defence only for his goal bound shot to be deflected wide before Slicker then gathered Porter’s stinging shot.
That man Delap ripped through the Potters defence once again on 57 minutes finding McAtee only for desperate defending to deny City a crucial second.
Delap through was not to be denied and a moment of magic from the striker saw City take a decisive grip on the game on 64 minutes
Delap’s power and pace saw him slalom round the Stoke defence and – just when it looked as if he had gone too wide - he showed the presence of mind to drill a shot past Broome into the corner of the net.
It was a quite stunning goal and one worthy of winning any cup final.
Two minutes later the deal was effectively sealed as McAtee showed the presence of mind to chase down a Broome miscue and fire home.
With the shackles off, McAtee claimed his second and City’s fourth two minutes later, procuring a stunning chip from Palmer’s exquisite through ball.
How we lined up
Cieran Slicker was in goal shielded by a back four of Sammy Robinson, Finley Burns, CJ Egan-Riley and Josh Wilson-Esbrand. Joe Hodge was the midfield anchor with James McAtee and Cole Palmer also in the engine room. Liam Delap was the striking spearhead with Oscar Bobb and Sam Edozie deployed on either wing.
City are back in Premier League Under 18 North action on Saturday when we travel to take on Wolves.
Kick-off at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Centre is 12pm.