MANAGER SHERAN SAYS SCOTTISH CUP DEFEAT IN AYRSHIRE WAS HARSH ON COVE RANGERS PLAYERS
COVE Rangers boss John Sheran feels his players deserved more for their efforts in their William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Auchinleck Talbot in Ayrshire.
The Junior side won their second round replay at Beechwood Park 2-1 and will now travel to Fraserburgh in the next round later this month.
Cove manager John isn't too unhappy though because he believes his team were unfortunate not to become the first Highland League side to get the better of Talbot in the national competition.
John said:"On a different day we could have taken the tie into extra time and gone on to win it.
"They went about their business exactly as I expected.
"It was 100 miles an hour with battles all over the park.
"I wasn't particularly happy with our first half performance but felt we were the better side after that.
"We were back in the game at 1-1 and pushing hard for the winner.
"The players had shown great character to come back from losing a goal in the first half.
"We also felt we had two really strong penalty claims in the second half, on top of the one in the first half that was given.
"Blair Yule then saw his shot hit a post in the last minute, so we certainly didn't deserve to lose the match.
"When you tally all of that up it clearly just wasn't going to be our day.
"That's football though, we just have to take it on the chin and move on."
Some observers suggested that referee Chris Fordyce appeared to get caught up in the heated atmosphere generated by the Talbot fans, who could almost touch the pitch within the tight confines of Beechwood Park.
He booked eight players, six from Cove, on top of failing to award the two spot kicks.
The 82nd minute incident when Cove substitute Jordan McRae was blatantly pulled back by a defender while taking a shot at goal, looked particularly blatant, but John refused to be over critical of the official.
He said: "As I said we could have had another two penalties but they weren't given so there is no point in complaining about that now.
"As for the atmosphere, I absolutely loved it.
"Ayrshire is a great place to go and play football at.
"I would rather we played in conditions like that every week.
"I expected their home crowd to be a bit passionate, that's what football is all about.
"We desperately wanted to enjoy a good run in the Scottish Cup, as we did last season, so are disappointed that won't be happening.
"But we are now fully focussed on Wednesday's league clash with Deveronvale."
Cove's Breedon Highland League clash with Vale kicks off at 8pm.