St Patrick’s FP 7
Doune Castle 0
(Kelme Scottish Amateur Cup Round 2 - played at Dumbarton)
An impressive St Pat’s side eventually overwhelmed a Doune side who struggled to cope with the home side’s incisive attacking play.
St Pat’s demonstrated their threat with a scorching run and cross down the right. The ball flashed across the face of the Castle goal but eluded everyone and the danger passed.
Chris Macdonald combined well with Lukasz Duszynski as the Castle countered with a quick break down the left. Duszynski’s shot was deflected for a corner, which came to nothing.
On 10 minutes, Robbie Hurst saw his shot from the edge of the area well saved by the St Pat’s keeper.
St Pat’s took a 1-0 lead after 12 minutes. They broke at pace down the Castle left. Poor marking inside the area allowed the home winger to drive forward before rifling a low drove across Callum Haig and into the far corner from 16 yards.
Doune fought back well. Robbie Hurst saw his shot from 25 yards flash narrowly over.
After 23 minutes, Graham McClymont found Alan Inglis with a long throw from the right. Inglis held off the challenge of both centre backs before swivelling to hit a low drive towards goal from 8 yards. The keeper dived low to smother his effort.
Crucially Doune conceded a second goal on 28 minutes in controversial circumstances. Just inside the Castle half, the St Pat’s centre gained possession with a lunging challenge that saw him leave the ground and lead with studs clearly showing.
With the Doune defence anticipating a free kick in their favour, the referee allowed play to continue. The centre took full advantage, curling a perfectly-placed shot beyond Callum Haig for 2-0.
After 30 minutes, Alan Inglis shaved the left-hand post with a raking free kick from 22 yards. 2 minutes before the break, Robbie Hurst also came close with another free kick that troubled the keeper but dropped inches over.
With half-time beckoning, St Pat’s all but sealed the match with a third goal. The home side attacked down the left and curled an inviting ball into the heart of the Castle area. Slack marking allowed a forward to break clear to direct a simple header wide of Callum Haig for 3-0.
Doune switched formation at the break and enjoyed better possession in the opening minutes of the second half.
Robbie Hurst forced the keeper into a decent save with a 30-yard free kick towards the postage stamp corner.
St Pat’s weathered that early period of Castle pressure and struck with devastating effect on 55 minutes. A surging run down the left saw the ball crossed to the back post where a simple finish made it 4-0.
Doune tried to force their way back into the game but their play now lacked conviction. It was no surprise when St Pat’s made it 5-0 after 65 minutes.
To their credit, Doune battled on and enjoyed a short period of pressure, without really troubling a well-marshalled home backline.
St Pat’s again finished in clinical fashion after 83 minutes. A long ball upfield caught the Doune defence in disarray. The home striker took full advantage, beating Callum Haig with an impertinent lob from all of 25 yards for 6-0.
Deep in added time, Doune’s miserable day ended when they conceded another long-range effort, the ball flying past Callum Haig for 7-0.
Doune Castle: Haig, Meldrum, Duncanson, Coubrough, McClymont, Gibson (A. Innes), Hurst (Macfarlane), D. Innes (Mann), Macdonald (Wilbert), Duszynski (Deacon)