Happy birthday Bert, but not a happy return for Hares

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EVERYBODY at Harestanes Amateurs would like to wish supporter Bert Houston a very happy 90th birthday.

Unfortunately Bert didn’t get the result he was hoping for when Hares returned to action in the Scottish Cup.

Doune Castle................ 3

Harestanes.................. 0

Harestanes failed to progress beyond the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, going down to Caledonian side Doune.

They have complaints against some dubious refereeing decisions: two in particular led to goals. Even with this, Doune deserved their victory. They played the park right, and were organised and determined. Harestanes, too often, tried too many passes on a soggy park that was just not suitable.

After an even start, Harestanes began to exert some dominance in the tie. They came close to an opener after good play by Broadfoot on the right. He crossed over for McCafferty to head with the keeper struggling to clear. In the 14th minute

McCafferty again came close when a Cawley corner broke out to him. He took on the shot which was only inches over.

A McDonald cross then set up McClune with a good heading chance, but he put the ball a foot wide. In the 24th minute the ref made his first real influential decision. He gave a throw-in to Doune which clearly should have gone the other way.

From this they played the ball down the left and put in a great cross for their man to drive home. Well created and executed.

Seven minutes into the second half and Doune went two up. An absolute cracker was struck from around 40 yards wide left – the unstoppable shot raged into the top right.

Doune killed the game with their third – a penalty award which should never have been given. The ball was struck low into the right.

Harestanes continued to plug away with little real effect. McDonald, usually so reliable, capped a miserable day for Harestanes when the keeper saved his penalty.