DEEP in added time, Dalziel grabbed a crushing equaliser to deny Doune the win their overall display merited. The Dalziel keeper played a pivotal role in earning his side a share of the points.

Doune made it 1-0 after only four minutes.

Alan More pounced on Dylan McGowan’s pass, pushed it wide of the keeper and slid it into the net from the most acute of angles for a fine goal.

The away side equalised after eight minutes, sliding home from close range after a break down the Castle right.

The Dalziel keeper made a series of fine saves before they grabbed an unlikely lead after 41 minutes. They converted a penalty, awarded after a late challenge in the box. Dalziel drove the ball high into the net to make it 2-1 at the break.

The Castle started the second half strongly. Alan More, Kenny Feaks and Chris Ogilvie all had good efforts before Ogilvie scored a stunning equaliser after 63 minutes.

Ogilvie collected a cushioned pass from Dylan McGowan and unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard drive high into the left hand corner of the net to make it 2-2.

Two minutes later, Doune surged into a 3-2 lead.

Following a corner on the right, McGowan took possession 22 yards out. He cut inside and assisted by a slight deflection, crashed a looping shot that flew high over McMahon’s despairing reach.

On 70 minutes, Dalziel crashed a free kick off the face of the crossbar with Malcolm Scott beaten.

With 10 minutes remaining, the Dalziel keeper denied Alan More with a fine diving block.

After 89 minutes, the keeper stretched to push away Sam McDougall’s clever lob from the edge of the box.

With the clock showing 94 minutes, Dalziel powered a near post header high into the net following a corner driven from the left to make it 3-3.

The scorer’s over exuberant celebrations towards the Castle bench harshly earned him an immediate red card, leaving the away side with 10 men for the closing minutes.

With the game some 7 minutes into added time, Des Currie hammered a powerful left foot shot that was heading for the far corner until a defender stuck out a foot. He watched relieved as the ball deflected an inch wide of the post.

Doune will feel aggrieved they failed to capture all three points. However, they will be heartened by their impressive second half display when only an outstanding display from the Dalziel keeper stopped them recording a win.

Doune Castle: Scott, Feaks, Innes, Docherty, Duncanson, McClymont (Currie), Statter, McClure, McGowan (McDougall), More, Ogilvie Substitutes: Gallagher, Morrison