Oban Saints .............. 5

Doune Castle ............ 1

DOUNE suffered their heaviest defeat in years as they crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the Seventh Round stage.

The Castle never recovered from the loss of two early goals. Stronger at the start of the second period, they were unable to pull back a goal that might have given them a foothold into the tie. A buoyant and confident Saints side then killed them off with three late strikes to deserve their quarterfinal berth.

The Saints opened the scoring after 4 minutes, Smith raking a shot beyond Steven to make it 1-0.

The Saints extended their lead after 13 minutes. Maitland McEwan broke clear to direct a downward header into the far corner from 12 yards to make it 2-0.

Oban led 2-0 at halftime.

On 54 minutes, Doune Lukasz Duszynski seemed certain to score as he met the ball first time at the back post. However, McCulloch threw himself to his right to make a fine point-blank save.

Doune felt aggrieved on 64 minutes when the referee dismissed their penalty claims after a challenge on Alan Inglis.

After 67 minutes, Oban all but sealed their win. The ball broke to Campbell who strode into the box to slip the ball under Steven Fotheringham with a clean 16 yards strike that made it 3-0.

On 70 minutes, Ryan Duncanson hit a shot on the run but sent his effort a foot wide.

Two minutes later, Alan Inglis latched onto another Alan More free kick and, despite the close attention of the centre back and keeper McCulloch was able to head cleanly but his effort flashed just over.

With Doune committed to all-out attack, Oban killed the tie with a fourth goal after 82 minutes.

Maitland cut inside from the left to net at the near post from 10 yards to make it 4-0.

To their credit, Doune still pushed forward and Alan Inglis pulled one back after 86 minutes. Inglis gathered and turned to rifle a low shot under McCulloch and into the net to make it 4-1.

In the fifth minute of added time, the Saints again demonstrated their ruthlessness in front of goal to make it 5-1.

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