Doune Cas­tle’s last minute derby draw

Stirling Observer - - DISTRICT NEWS - Sports re­porter

CAL­LAN­DER THIS­TLE ............. 2 DOUNE CAS­TLE ....................... 2

Two goals in the dy­ing min­utes, in­clud­ing a dra­matic own goal equaliser with the game’s last touch, capped a storm­ing Doune Cas­tle fight­back in a bruis­ing derby against Cal­lan­der This­tle.

The home side swept into an early lead with a stun­ning goal af­ter three min­utes when Craig smashed an un­stop­pable, first-time shot high past Adam Smul­ski from 22 yards.

There was lit­tle foot­ball of qual­ity as one petu­lant chal­lenge fol­lowed an­other and a frag­mented first-half ended with Cal­lan­der 1-0 ahead.

Af­ter 47 min­utes, Alan Inglis an­gled a deft header that saw keeper Joe Ghat­tas make a ter­rific save, tip­ping the ball over the bar and Jonny Coubrough and Niall McClure both came close with first-time vol­leys be­fore Cal­lan­der ex­tended their lead af­ter 63 min­utes.

A quick cross into the box left the un­marked Bow­man the sim­plest of fin­ishes as Cal­lan­der were 2-0 ahead.

Inglis crashed a shot off the un­der­side of the bar be­fore Ghat­tas de­nied Doune with three fur­ther high-qual­ity saves.

But with five min­utes left, Inglis gave Doune a muchde­served life­line. Cal­lum Macdougall threaded the pass through to him and he showed great com­po­sure to draw Ghat­tas be­fore smash­ing the ball high into the far cor­ner of the net from 14 yards.

With time now their en­emy, Doune pressed for­ward look­ing for an equaliser and it came two min­utes into added time.

Sean Wil­bert cut in­side a de­fender be­fore drilling a low ball across the face of goal with sev­eral Cas­tle play­ers well placed. The ball de­flected off a Cal­lan­der de­fender and flew into the net at the near post past a stranded Ghat­tas to square the match at 2-2.

The ref­eree al­lowed the restart and im­me­di­ately blew for full-time, leav­ing Doune to en­joy their late equaliser, but rue­ing their in­ef­fec­tual first-half per­for­mance.

Doune Cas­tle: Smul­ski, Mac­far­lane, D Innes, Docherty, Coubrough, Macdougall, A Innes, McClure, Wil­bert, Inglis, Purves Sub­sti­tutes: Balmer, More, Haig

Saved Cal­lan­der This­tle keeper Joe Ghat­tas de­nies Doune Cas­tle as Robert Purves waits to pounce

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