Mar 21 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
Symington Tinto 0 Doune Castle 8
DOUNE cruised to a comfortable league win with four goals in either half.
They took the lead after nine minutes when Alan More’s deep cross squirmed from the keeper’s grasp and Alan Inglis blasted home from three yards.
After 14 minutes Robbie Hurst lofted a clever pass down the right channel and Inglis lashed an unstoppable volley over the keeper and high into the net.
The third goal came after 18 minutes. Inglis clipped a clever ball into the path of Robbie Hurst, who chipped over the advancing keeper.
With the first half drifting towards added time Alan Inglis shrugging off two challenges before blasting an unstoppable shot high into the net from 16 yards to make the half-time score 4-0.
Goal number five came after 51 minutes. Doune were awarded a free kick just outside the area in a central position and Hurst calmly stroked the ball round the edge of the defensive wall to plant it in the right corner of the net.
A minute later it was 6-0. Lukasz Duszynthreaded the ball between two defenders to Patrice Napoli and the slipped it under the advancing keeper for a well-taken goal.
Doune scored number seven after 73 minutes. Graham McClymont won a challenge deep inside his own half before lofting a high pass down the middle towards Alan Inglis, who unleashed an unstoppable drive high into the net.
The Castle made it 8-0 three minutes from time when Duszynski crossed for Napoli to side-footed the ball into the corner.
DOUNE CASTLE: McGirr (Dormer 53), Innes, Duncanson, MacMillan, More, Napoli, Hurst, McClymont, Burke (Cameron 74), Inglis, Duszynski. Substitutes: Cameron, Foster, Falconer, Colquhoun.
Cambusbarron 1 Milton 3
STATTER opened the scoring for the visitors after just seven minutes, following a tremendous corner kick from Burns. Ten minutes later Burns should have made it two but the home keeper saved well. Five minutes later the same player clipped the outside of the post as Milton threatened to run riot, mainly due to Whiteford and Cooper totally dominating the midfield.
Cambusbarron should have equalised on the half-hour mark but their big striker headed past the post. Five minutes before the break the home side hit the post.
A minute into the second half Cambusbarron should have scored but the ball went narrowly over the bar. Shaddick headed over from a Whiteford free kick then Burns should have buried the ball but again it went past the post. Shaddick got Milton's deserved second goal with a solo effort in the 55th minute.
Cambusbarron had their best spell now and got a goal back on 70 minutes.
In the closing stages Burns squared the ball to Reid, who hammered it into the net and gave Milton all three points.
This Saturday Milton have no game.
Bannockburn 3 Greenock 1
BANNOCKBURN moved into second place in the league with this hard-fought victory.
The home side came close early on when S Kilgannon put his effort just over the bar but the same player netted the opener with a well placed free kick from just outside the box. Midway through the first half they doubled their lead when M Donnelly powered home a header from an S Boyack corner. The visitors missed a gilt-edged chance after the striker put his header just past the post from close range. Just before half-time S Boyack notched the third and as the first half ended it was the home side who were well on top.
After the restart it was the visitors who started to press forward and G Maitland brought off a great save to keep them at bay. Their pressure finally paid off after a well taken close range effort.
Bannockburn then pushed forward and the keeper brought off great saves from K Fotheringham and S Kilgannon to prevent the home side increasing their lead.
Bannockburn are away to Harestanes from Kirkintilloch this week in the quarter-final of the West of Scotland Cup. Transport leaves McQues at noon, £5 a head.