DANIEL Sullivan hit two as Torquay United stormed past Ilfracombe Town to reach round three of the Devon FA St Luke's Challenge Cup at Plainmoor on Tuesday.
Alan Knill fielded a largely second-string squad to take on the North Devon outfit in the county competition.
Dan Lavercombe started in goal behind a back four of Tom Cruise and Jake Hutchings, with scholars Oneil Odofin and Mickey Parcell.
Sullivan and Ashley Yeoman started up front, with a more experienced midfield including Damon Lathrope, Nathan Craig and Courtney Cameron.
Youth team forward Kevin McCallion filled the other wide position.
Sullivan's first goal was one of three in three minutes at Plainmoor – the first of which was by the visitors.
After a goalless first half, Combe's Stan Paxton gave the visitors a shock lead on 55 minutes.
But Lathrope hit back for the Gulls just a minute later, before Sullivan made it 2-1 on 57 minutes.
Sullivan (75) and Cameron (81) put the game out of reach of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division side.
The visitors had the first chance – in the first minute – as left-winger Liam Craze saw his 25-yard drive go just over the bar.
Lavercombe was forced into his first save just a minute later as Town forward Frank Paxton latched on to a free-kick.
United responded with a dazzling run inside from Cameron, committing a number of Ilfracombe defenders and the loose ball dropped to Sullivan, who instantly lashed a shot inches wide of the far post.
Craig was next to test Kurtis Parkin in the visiting goal, flashing a low drive across the skiddy surface and the 'keeper showed good hands to grasp the ball. Cameron then had a fierce shot from distance fisted clear by Parkin.
The Gulls were laying siege on the Ilfracombe goal, with Cameron, in particular, causing all manner of problems.
The left-foot of Craig was also a constant option for the Yellows and when he unleashed a shot from distance, Parkin was relieved to see his fingertip save divert the ball over the bar.
It was, however, a sequence that summed up United's major problem in the first period, as all of the shots on goal were coming from distance and credit to Ilfracombe for holding a decent defensive shape.
The half ended with a Craig effort deflecting on to the post but it was the opening minutes of the second period when the game took off.
Ilfracombe took a shock lead when Stan Paxton pounced on a loose ball after a slip by Odofin and the visiting striker did well to steer his shot inside the near post.
The hosts hit back less than a minute later, as a break from Cruise led to a half-cleared cross landing at the feet of Lathrope on the edge of the area, and he showed composure to curle a shot inside the bottom corner.
United's second goal followed in less than a minute, with Sullivan surging through a shell-shocked Town defence to find space 20 yards from goal and drive a low shot beyond the exposed Parkin.
Cameron was denied a third after latching on to a clever pass from Yeoman, but Parkin did well to narrow the angles and deny the former Aston Villa winger. Fitness became a bigger factor, as the professional legs began to turn the screw and the next Yellow goal arrived on 75 minutes.
The move started with a ball wide from Lathrope to Cruise and his near-post cross was neatly converted by Sullivan.
Yeoman then took centre-stage by squaring a cross that narrowly beat the outstretched leg of McCallion.
Yeoman's next move was a dance around the 'keeper but the angle became too tight as his shot crashed into the outside of the post.
On 81 minutes, Cameron notched the goal his performance deserved, bursting down the middle and curling a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.
Knill said: "In the first half, we just didn't pass the ball quick enough in the final third but up to that point, we were really good.
"We just needed a quick tempo in the final third but we gave them a poor goal. We're asking the players to play out from the back and you accept occasional mistakes.
"We reacted immediately and I felt a goal was always coming. We played good football, moved the ball around the pitch really well and scored some good goals, the first of which was a terrific finish from Damon.
"If you can have possession like we had last night and you don't enjoy it, there is something wrong."
Torquay United [4-4-2]: 13 Daniel Lavercombe; 2 Mickey Parcell, 5 Oneil Odofin, 32 Jake Hutchings, 21 Thomas Cruise; 8 Kevin McCallion, 7 Damon Lathrope [capt], 20 Nathan Craig, 11 Courtney Cameron; 14 Ashley Yeoman, 31 Daniel Sullivan. Substitutes [not used]: 3 Jamie Alexandrou, 9 Liam Prynn, 10 Jordan Campbell, 12 Sam Chaney, 15 Jack Mace.
Ilfracombe [4-4-2]: 1 Kurtis Parkin; 2 Ian Cockwill [15 Ross Middleton 77], 4 Gary Skinner, 5 Lewis Ovey, 3 Josh Heafield; 7 Steve Holland, 6 Jamie Bright, 8 Kane Dryden [capt], 11 Liam Craze [16 Shaun Lewis 77]; 9 Stan Paxton, 10 Frank Paxton [14 Nathan Broome 77]. Substitutes [not used]: 12 Kevin Darch, 13 Edward Yeo.
Referee: Aaron Reed