STEPHEN YOUNG has achieved an incredible feat: he's won an international football tournament with Scotland.

The 23-year-old represented his country in Barcelona as part of the national Cerebral Palsy team and returned to Dunfermline with a winner's medal in his luggage.

After four days of competition, Stephen and his team-mates were crowned champions of the CP Football International Trophy.

"It was an amazing experience," he said.

"I can't really put it into words. It was just surreal to be a part of it.

"It's rare being able to celebrate winning with Scotland!"

After gaining the attention of coaches from the national side while playing for Glenrothes Strollers Superstars, he was called up to play for Scotland at the 2017 Cerebral Palsy World Championships in Argentina.

The dream of playing in the famous dark blue was taken away from him in cruel fashion though, as the SFA pulled the side from the event over fears a change in player eligibility rules could lead to Scotland's status as an independent footballing nation being jeopardised.

His dream was eventually fulfilled, and latterly played in last year's International Trophy when the Scots finished in third place.

And Stephen was delighted to return to the tournament and emerge unbeaten from their four games against Italy, Northern Ireland, Catalonia and English club side, CP United at the start of this month.

They started with an 8-0 rout over CP United on the opening day, taking confidence into their next match against Italy, who they beat 7-0.

Stephen was among the goals and continued his scoring form into the penultimate tie against the local Catalonia side.

They were dispatched 12-0 with Stephen grabbing a double.

The Scots then performed above expectations and shocked Northern Ireland with a 2-0 victory, a result he'll never forget.

"It's always an honour to play in a Scotland kit and represent the country.

"We're a close group and everyone is ready to run for each other.

"We couldn't have asked for a better tournament. We scored a lot of goals and never conceded any. From the keeper, to the defence, midfielders and forwards, we couldn't have asked for a better tournament.

"Everything went according to plan.

"It more than made up for last year's disappointment of coming third.

"It felt really special this year. To lift the trophy and receive my medal was a crazy feeling.

"It felt like all that hard work I put in was worth it."