Limavady United boss Paul Owens wasn’t too disappointed following their League Cup exit at Coleraine.
Goals from Darren McCauley and James McLaughlin (2) was enough for the Bannsiders to secure a comfortable 3-0 win at the Coleraine Showgrounds.
However Owens knew his side were going to be up against it, especially after watching Oran Kearney’s side hammer Glentoran, last Friday night.
“I watched them last Friday night and they played well against Glentoran and I was very impressed by them,” he said.
“We set out stall out to try to get to half time without conceding a goal but 1-0 at half-time I was a little disappointed with.
“Things that disappointed me most was the soft free kick because if we had of stood over it, it wouldn’t have happened.
“The second was from a throw in and the third goal we switched off a bit so they were all preventable from my perspective.
“Once you step up a level and play the big boys you get punished for mistakes like that unfortunately.”
United drew a blank in the game with Owens admitting they missed a little bit of quality up front.
“We lacked a bit of cutting edge up front tonight plus Joe (McCready) was missing for the game as well which didn’t help.
“To be honest though I felt that it was better for us to try and contain them at least until half time with the three in the middle.
“Then the plan was to be a bit more adventurous but we just about to make the sub in the 63rd minute when they scored and that just killed the game.”
Despite the defeat there are positives for the manager to take from the game.
“There are a lot of young boys in the team who will learn from this although they are still disappointed with the defeat.
“When you step up to the higher level when you switch off at all you get punished and that’s something they will learn.
“They do punish you and fair play to them they deserved the win but focus for me now is the Queens game in the league on Saturday,” he concluded.