Burntisland Shipyard boss Myles Allan praised his side despite their 3-0 defeat at Inverurie Locos in the Scottish Cup.
Shipyard fell at the first hurdle in the William Hill Scottish Cup but they can be proud of their performance against a strong Highland League team.
Had a couple of decent penalty claims been given it might have been different but overall Inverurie deserved their win.
Following the game, the Shipyard boss said: “While it’s never enjoyable to lose and get knocked out a cup, the performance was very good.
“The game plan was to keep it tight for as long as possible with a view to being more adventurous later in the game if necessary.
“We knew that they would play pretty direct and we’d worked on preventing any space in behind our back line.
“Obviously this meant that we sat quite deep but we were happy enough to do that and we kept their chances to a minimum other than long- range efforts.
“There were two decent shouts for penalties when the score was 0-0 and the push on Grant Blyth in particular looked an absolute stonewaller to me.
“I can’t speak for Inverurie as to whether they were at their best or not but I couldn’t ask any more from our players.”
The visitors started brightly with Brendan Napier’s free-kick being cleared and a shot from the edge of the box by Pete Bell blocked.
The Shipyard had appealed for a penalty as Grant Blyth appeared to be pushed in the back as he shielded the ball and minutes later had another strong appeal as Dale Robertson burst into the box.
No-one was denying that the defender won the ball but such was the ferocity of the challenge, Robertson was unable to continue after treatment to a nasty ankle injury caused by the Loco’s players other foot. He was replaced by Adam Doig.
Inverurie took the lead in the 36th minute when the Shipyard defence was dragged to the front post and when the ball reached the far post Donaldson had the easiest of tasks to knock the ball in.
Gavin Bridges headed clear a minute later as Inverurie looked to double their advantage but the Shipyard were still causing problems to the home team as Masson fired over from just inside the box.
Kieran Adams headed over from a corner as Inverurie started the second half well and they were rewarded when Connor was penalised for a foul in the box.
It was a clear penalty but it seemed harsh that Connor was cautioned given the treatment that he had received.
Mushet did get a glove on Donaldson’s penalty but he was unable to keep the ball out. Locos added number three deep into injury time at the end of the 90 minutes to wrap up the win.
Burntisland Shipyard- J. Mushet; G. Bridges; S. Connor (A. MacDonald); A. Clark (B. Smart); C. McKay; S. Blake; D. Robertson (A. Doig); P. Bell; K. Masson; B. Napier; G. Blyth. Unused Subs - L. Henderson; M. Morrison; R. Sartarello; J. Crombie.