Rothesay Brandane 0
Doune Castle 6
Doune made the long journey to the Isle of Bute and recorded a thoroughly convincing win, without ever hitting top form.
Rothesay spurned a great opportunity to take the lead on 10 minutes. The Castle backline allowed a Rothesay forward to break clear inside the box. With only Callum Davison to beat, the home player shanked his effort well wide of the post.
Doune took full advantage of that let off. Almost immediately they broke down the stadium slope to make it 1-0 on 12 minutes.
Andy Mann, Andrew Gibson and John Marshall produced a flowing move from inside their own half. Marshall slipped the ball to his left to release Chris Macdonald. The Castle’s most recent signing calmly stroked the ball into the net with a clinical finish from 12 yards.
Callum Davison was called into action on 17 minutes. The keeper comfortably gathered a free kick from 25 yards after the ball had been fired over the Castle defensive wall.
Chris Macdonald missed a great chance after 19 minutes. John Marshall beat the full back wide on the left and found Macdonald with a pinpoint cross. With the keeper rooted to his line, Macdonald headed over the bar from 6 yards.
Doune were the stronger side, but were still struggling to bring any great fluency to their play. They did carve another good opening on 33 minutes. Niall McClure released Sean Wilbert on the right. Wilbert drove to the line before crossing into the area. Chris Macdonald did well to connect, but saw his strong downward header gathered by the keeper.
The Castle edged 2-0 ahead on 37 minutes.
Andrew Gibson sliced open the Rothesay defence with a defence-splitting pass through the middle to release Lukasz Duszynski. Duszynski powered into the box, drew the keeper and dinked the ball home with a confident finish.
On 41 minutes, Doune spurned another great opportunity. Chris Macdonald switched play from left to right to find Lukasz Duszynski. He curled a lovely cross into the box. Sean Wilbert’s first touch was perfect to give him a clear shot at goal. The forward then rushed his effort and hit the ball directly at the keeper who saved.
It remained 2-0 at half-time.
3 minutes into the second period, Lukasz Duszynski broke clear down the right. He drilled a low cross across goal. Chris Macdonald connected, but scooped his first-time shot over from 8 yards.
On 50 minutes, Callum Davison denied Rothesay with a fantastic save. 8 yards out, a Rothesay defender connected perfectly with a corner from the right. He seemed certain to score. However, Davison instinctively thrust out his arm to palm the ball over the bar.
Doune all but sealed the match with a third goal after 60 minutes.
Lukasz Duszynski dribbled his way into the box and was upended by a challenge from behind for a clear penalty. Duzynski took the kick himself, tucking the ball into the corner for 3-0.
5 minutes later it was 4-0.
Robbie Hurst and John Marshall combined at the edge of the box. Hurst sent Marshall clear with a clever pass inside. Marshall twisted and turned, left two defenders in his wake, before powering the ball into the far corner of the net from 10 yards.
Doune made a raft of substitutions without interrupting their new-found fluency.
Robbie Hurst nearly extended the lead with an impertinent 35-yard lob that left the keeper stranded. The home stopper was relieved to see the ball drop just over the bar.
Chris Macdonald made it 5-0 after 85 minutes. The striker created the opening with clever feet at the edge of the box before rifling a low shot into the corner.
2 minutes later, Robbie Hurst forced a fine save from the Rothesay keeper. Hurst curled a shot from the edge of the area towards the top corner. The keeper did well to leap to his left to palm the ball over.
With the game’s last kick, Robbie Hurst made it 6-0. Hurst pounced on a loose ball at the edge of the box. He quickly changed direction before drilling a low shot through a pack of defenders and into the far corner, leaving the keeper rooted to his line.
Doune Castle: Davison, McClymont (Macfarlane), Coubrough, Docherty, Mann (Balmer), McClure, Gibson (Hurst) Wilbert (D. Innes), Marshall (A. Innes), Macdonald, Duszynski