ABERDOUR remain second in South Division One after they were held to a draw at Taynuilt in a 10-goal thriller on Saturday.

The visitors were 3-0 up inside the opening 18 minutes thanks to strikes from Jack Kelly, Kevin McKell and Angus Thorburn and appeared to be on course for maximum points.

Fraser MacMillan pulled a goal back for the home side on 32 minutes to reduce the arrears before the break before he added his team's second on 54 minutes. Thorburn completed his brace on 70 minutes to make it 4-2 but once more Taynuilt came back, with David Campbell reducing the deficit to a single goal.

Kelly looked to have made both points safe for Dour 10 minutes from time by adding his second and the West Fifers' fifth but after Willie Gilles struck a minute later, Stuart Scott rescued a point for the home team with just five minutes remaining.

Aberdour coach Lisa Norman said, "After 18 minutes we were three goals up but I think at that point we took our foot off the gas a wee bit; had we got another the game would've been finished. But they converted a free hit for 3-1 and I felt we got a bit flustered instead of composing ourselves. We tried not to lose instead of continuing to try and win it was disappointing to lose five goals. We had a couple of defenders playing through illness and although it wasn't our most impressive performance defensively, we scored five against a pretty decent team which is a positive to take.

"We were missing our main forward Darren Coyle but the other four I played stepped up to the mark and played some beautiful, quick shinty and our final two goals were well-worked also. It was a shame we couldn't hang on but I'd rather a draw than take nothing, and a win this week can take us joint top of the table. Half of the league has been played and, particularly in the forward line, the team have stepped up to the plate and I've been delighted with our performances in general." Meanwhile, Dour's seconds suffered a heavy defeat in Division Two as they were thumped 8-0 at home by Tayforth to follow their Bullough Cup defeat by the same opposition.

This Saturday, Aberdour take on Kilmory at 3pm on league duty while the seconds play Glasgow Mid Argyll, with throw-up at 12pm. Both matches are at Silver Sands.