Doune Castle .................... 5

Dumbarton Academy FP .............. 3

A STORMING second half performance saw Doune overcome the stern test provided by a determined Accies.

Jonny Burns fired the Castle into a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Burns took advantage of a probing 25 yard through ball from Graham McClymont to tuck the ball home coolly into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

Doune remained the stronger side in that opening period but Dumbarton posed problems with their lighting counter attacks.

The Accies snatched a 2-1 lead with a quick double just after the half hour mark. The second of these was a hotly disputed spot kick, harshly awarded against Ryan Duncanson who had simply appeared to be the stronger in a tussle for the ball at the edge of the box.

Sean Heaver drew the Castle level with a clinical finish on the stroke of half time. Put through one on one with the keeper, Heaver tucked the ball home with aplomb to make it 2-2 at the interval.

Doune regained the lead with a stunning Niall McClure solo goal five minutes after the restart.

McClure gathered the ball on the halfway line and powered through the heart of the Accies defence. Once inside the area, McClure made no mistake, slotting home into the corner from 16 yards.

Doune were now dominant and pressed forward.

Midway through the half, their pressure paid off when an Accies defender turned the ball into his own net to make it 4-2.

With 75 minutes gone, Alan Inglis extended the Doune lead when he calmly lobbed the keeper for an assured finish to make it 5-2.

Dumbarton pulled a goal back late in the game to make it 5-3 to take some gloss off an impressive second half Castle performance.

Doune Castle: Fotheringham, Innes, Smith, Duncanson, More, McClymont, Burns, McClure, Duszynski, Inglis, Heaver Substitutes (Used): Burke, Ogilvie, Holmes, Stevenson (Unused): Scott