East of Scotland Cup Semi Final

Craigshill Thistle 4

Doune Castle 0

At Ochilview, Stenhousemuir

DOUNE’S interest in this season’s East of Scotland Cup ended at Ochilview on Friday evening.

After an evenly contested first half, Craigshill overwhelmed the Castle with a dominant second half display. Talisman striker, the fleet-footed David Swan was the main architect of their deserved win with a fine opportunist hat trick.

The early exchanges were even with few clear cut opportunities, Alan Inglis with a downward header and Sean Heaver with a long-range shot offering Doune’s best efforts.

The opening goal always looked crucial. Craigshill snatched it after 37 minutes.

David Swan reacted fastest to a header back down the Castle right touchline and sprinted clear into the area. From 16 yards, Swan assuredly slashed the ball into the far corner to make it 1-0.

Craigshill edged a competitive first period to lead 1-0 at the break.

Doune forced an early corner at the start of the second half. Chris Ogilvie found Alan Inglis with his back post ball. Inglis forced a downward header that bounced high before slipped inches wide.

Craigshill struck the vital second goal after 47 minutes.

There seemed little danger when the ball broke to Swan on the left but he cut inside and forced a low shot from 14 yards through a ruck of players and under Steven Fotheringham to make it 2-0.

Craigshill all but sealed their win when David Swan completed an impressive hat trick after 57 minutes. Swan rammed a fierce strike high into the net beyond Steven Fotheringham from 12 yards to make it 3-0.

Doune refused to capitulate as a now buoyant Craigshill moved the ball around with the confidence instilled by their 3-goal advantage.

After 76 minutes, Sean Heaver posed danger once more with a run and shot down the left but his effort missed the target.

As the game moved deep into added time, a ruthless Craigshill drove the final nail into the Castle coffin with the simplest of goals.

With the Doune defence committed to attack, a long ball left the Craigshill Castle clear on goal 25 yards out. He gleefully accepted the opportunity to lob an exposed Steven Fotheringham to make it 4-0.

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