Giffnock North ..................... 0 Doune Castle ......................... 0 This was far from a dull encounter as Doune left with a hard-earned point after a bruising contest.

The Castle should have taken the lead after six minutes when the ball spun awkwardly for Dylan McGowan inside the area, but he scooped the ball over the bar.

Kenny Feaks then made an acrobatic goal-line clearance with a forward poised to force the ball over.

Giffnock were reduced to 10-men after 14 minutes when a forward was sent off following an off-the-ball incident.

Doune pushed forward. Alan Inglis forced a fine, finger-tip save with a low drive.

From the resultant corner, Colin Burke unleashed a fierce drive towards the top corner.

The keeper flung himself full-length to push the ball over.

Callum Davison made a point-blank save from 16 yards to deny the home side.

The Giffnock keeper then made three further saves as the half ended all square.

Colin Burke hooked a looping volley a foot over following Alan More’s driven free kick.

The keeper then produced another acrobatic save to push away Sean Heaver’s low drive.

After 81 minutes, Doune broke at speed.

Dylan McGowan releasing Jonny Burns, whose ripping shot on the run flashed inches over the bar.

As the game crept into added time, the keeper’s fine performance was capped when he held Dylan McGowan’s looping effort from 16 yards.

The Castle will be frustrated they were unable to break down a side reduced to 10-men after 14 minutes.

That they failed to do so was the consequence of a battling performance from a compact and well-organised home side and, in particular, the inspired performance from North keeper.

Doune Castle: Davison, Innes, More, Feaks, Duncanson, McClymont (Foster), Burns, Burke, McGowan, Inglis, Heaver Substitutes: Stewart, Morrison, Gallagher