Doune Castle .............................. 2

St Mungo’s ................................. 0

A BRACE of goals early in the second half secured the points for Doune from a fiercely contested match.

Doune forced the play throughout the first period but found it difficult to gain control against a battling St Mungo’s midfield.

When Doune did penetrate the Mungo backline, they found keeper Tennent in fine form, denying Doune with several crucial blocks.

Doune’s best chance in that first period came after 42 minutes.

Alan Inglis saw his powerful downward header blocked on the line. The ball spun to Graham McClymont 8 yards out and he smacked the ball first time only to see it rattle off the face of the cross bar and rebound to safety.

A hard-fought first half that had seen Doune with the clearer opportunities ended with the sides still locked at 0-0.

Doune finally made the break through after 58 minutes.

Sean Heaver powered another corner from the left towards the back post. Niall McClure found space in the crowded box and forced a strong downward header between the defender and the post to net from 8 yards, edging Doune into a 1-0 lead.

Doune made it 2-0 after 63 minutes. Sean Heaver laced a corner from the left towards the six-yard box at an inviting height. Alan Inglis anticipated the cross and darted in front of the defence to stab the ball home acrobatically from 7 yards.

Doune continued to press for the third goal they knew would secure the points. They wasted several openings and continued to find Tennent in fine form in the Mungo goal to ensure a tense finish to the game.

After 85 minutes, St Mungo’s thought they had snatched a lifeline with a powerful header following a corner from the right. Ryan Duncanson made the decisive block and followed it up to hack the ball to safety.

Doune withstood that late flurry and eased towards the final whistle after a disciplined and patient display allowed them to overcome a resolute and battling St Mungo’s team.

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