DOUNE eased past a battling Leslie side to progress into the next round of the Scottish Cup. The home side defended resolutely and frustrated the Castle’s attempts to play their normal passing style.

Doune opened the scoring after three minutes. Sean Heaver sweetly struck a 25-yard dipping free kick around the defensive wall and into the corner of the net beyond the keeper’s full-length dive to make it 1-0.

After 10 minutes, Doune made it 2-0.

David Innes and Chris Ogilvie again combined to good effect down the right. Ogilvie passed to Dylan McGowan who turned past a defender before hammering a left foot shot high into the net from 12 yards.

Two minutes after the restart, Sean Heaver made it 3-0.

Chris Ogilvie sped past his full back and found Sean Heaver. He bulleted an unstoppable half volley high into the net from 16 yards.

Doune made it 4-0 after 65 minutes. Niall McClure scythed open the Leslie defence and cut the ball back to Chris Ogilvie who lashed home from 10 yards.

Leslie grabbed a fortunate consolation goal after 75 minutes, the ball taking a cruel deflection off Ryan Duncanson to divert the ball past Malcolm Scott to make it 4-1.

On 78 minutes, Doune made it 5-1 with the best goal of the game.

Sam McDougall cushioned a lay off back to Graham McClymont. McClymont stepped inside before placing a precise curling shot from 20 yards high into the net at the postage stamp corner.

Despite never hitting top form, this was a comfortable Castle victory, who gladly accepted their place in the third round draw.

Doune Castle: Scott, Innes, Currie, Docherty, Duncanson, McClymont, Ogilvie, McClure, McGowan, More (McDougall), Heaver (Macaloney) Substitutes: Gallagher, Morrison