Young Gulls win championships

Torquay United's under-16s team - winners of the Junior Premier League National Championships. 

Torquay United's under-16s team - winners of the Junior Premier League National Championships. - Credit: submitted

Torquay United's first team may have suffered promotion heartbreak in a penalty shoot-out, but their under-16 side have emerged as national champions - and they did it on spot-kicks!

The young Gulls reached the final of the Junior Premier League National Championships and met Kidderminster Harriers at Gloucester City FC.

They fought back twice to draw 2-2 with two goals by Jaydon Gilbert and then won 4-3 on penalties to lift the trophy.

The side is coached by Stuart Monk, brother of former Torquay United, Southampton and Swansea City defender and successful manager Garry Monk.

Stuart is a respected coach in his own right and an important part of the Plainmoor Academy.