The sides produced a thrilling and fiercely competitive match, with a draw a fair reflection of a thoroughly entertaining ninety minutes.

Doune took a 1-0 lead after 28 minutes, thanks in no small part to Robbie Hurst’s quick thinking.

Alan Inglis was fouled on the half way line. With the entire Harp backline loudly protesting the award, Hurst took the kick instantly, drilling an accurate pass to David Innes charging forward unmarked at the right edge of the box. His first touch was unsure, but he maintained his composure, cut inside Johnstone who had belatedly charged to the edge of his box, and powered a clean shot into the empty net at the far post from 16 yards.

Glasgow Harp replied dramatically with an equaliser after 30 minutes. A simple, lofted ball over the top split the heart of the Doune defence. A Harp forward took full advantage, bringing the ball down before slipping it under the advancing Craig Cowan from 12 yards to make it 1-1.

Glasgow Harp snatched a 2-1 lead after 39 minutes. They charged down the Castle right and Smyth crashed the ball home from just inside the area, shooting across Craig Cowan to plant the ball in the far corner of the net.

Harp held that 2-1 advantage at the interval.

Doune deservedly equalised after 62 minutes. Harp sweeper Shanta unceremoniously bundled Alan Inglis to the floor from behind as the striker tried to get onto the end of a cross into the box, conceding a glaring penalty kick.

Alan Inglis remained calm as Harp protested the award and delayed the kick with complaints about the positioning of the ball. Inglis confidently strode forward and drilled the ball low into the corner of the net beyond the diving Johnstone to make it 2-2.

After 80 minutes, Harp passed up an excellent opportunity to regain the lead, a forward shooting wide from three yards out after the Doune defence had failed to clear a long throw from the right.

With a minute left on the clock, Jonny Burns had a fierce 16 yard drive blocked after a driving run down the right from Dylan McGowan had created the opportunity.

Spoils were shared in a highly competitive game, in which both sides enjoyed spells of dominance but neither was able to translate that into a winning position.

Doune Castle: Cowan, Tervit (Burns), Feaks, Burke, Blyth, Innes, Hurst, McClymont (Stewart), Foster (McGowan), Inglis, More Substitutes: Myles, Gallagher